Quick reminder: Our read-along of Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi started September 1st on Facebook! Discussion questions for the first week’s reading have already been posted. When joining, be sure to answer the membership questions so that we can learn a bit more about you.
This post is going to be another book tag! The last time that we did a book tag, it was extremely fun and today, we are participating in the 20 Questions Book Tag. Rachael found this book tag when browsing through Paper Fury‘s blog. If you would like to complete this book tag yourself, you are tagged to do so! Have fun with it, and let us know in the comments what book tags we should do in the future.
- How many books are too many for a series?
Danielle: This is completely dependent on the series. As long as the series is well-written, the plot is not dragged out, and the character’s story arcs are not redundant, I feel like a series can be longer than the average 2-3 books. Otherwise, 2-3 books is sufficient.
Rachael: For me, it depends on the series. Some series definitely only need 2-3 books, but others, like mystery series, could probably go on forever as the author could do many different types of mysteries to solve.
Skyler: I think that 4 is enough. Unless, it’s a fantasy series that needs space for world building and has a myriad of characters.
- How do you feel about cliffhangers?
Danielle: Cliffhangers are only successful if they are done correctly. A good cliffhanger leaves a reader begging for the next book in the series. Books that just end abruptly leave me frustrated.
Rachael: This one depends on if it’s done well. Sometimes I get angry at cliffhangers because they aren’t well done, but other times not. Take the Aurora Rising series for example. There are cliffhangers in each book so far (I haven’t read Aurora Burning yet, so no spoilers!) and they are usually extremely well done.
Skyler: I love them if they are done the right way. Sometimes, I think they are unnecessary.
- Hardcover or paperback?
Danielle: Either! I don’t have a preference. I just like holding a book in my hands.
Rachael: Paperbacks! They are easier to hold!
Skyler: Hardbacks, 100%. They are solid and stable. And more often the covers are prettier than their paperback counterparts.
- Favorite book?
Danielle: Inkheart by Cornelia Funke and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Rachael: Speechless by Hannah Harrington and Sisters of Sword and Song by Rebecca Ross
Skyler: The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern and The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
- Least favorite book?
Danielle: Psychological thrillers with very predicted plots. An example would be In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware.
Rachael: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
Skyler: The Sympathizer
- Love triangles, yes or no?
Danielle: Eh. I have to be in the mood.
Rachael: Typically, no.
- The most recent book you couldn’t finish?
Danielle: 77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz (I love stories about haunted houses, but the plot was going nowhere.)
Rachael: Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee (I promise I’m going to get back to it!)
Skyler: Most of them. I’m in a slump. There are multiple.
- A book you’re currently reading?
Danielle: The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix (For the months of September and October, I tend to read more spooky books.)
Rachael: Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend
Skyler: You Had Me at Hola
- Last book you recommended to someone?
Danielle: I am constantly recommending books to Rachael (previous recommendations include The Illuminae Files and Throne of Glass series). The most recent book that I recommended to her was The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen.
Rachael: Knowing me, probably The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I always recommend the audiobooks to anyone that I can.
Skyler: The Interpreter of Maladies
- Oldest book you’ve read by publication date?
Danielle: 1984 by George Orwell
Rachael: Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
- Newest book you’ve read by publication date?
Danielle: Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin (Unreleased would be Hush by Dylan Farrow.I received an ARC.)
Rachael: Twin Daggers by MarcyKate Connolly
Skyler: You had Me and Hola
- Favorite author?
Danielle: Leigh Bardugo, James S. A. Corey, and Marissa Meyer
Rachael: VE Schwab! Also, Amie Kaufman, Rebecca Ross, and KayLynn Flanders.
Skyler: Jenny Han, Talia Hibbert, Jason Reynolds
- Buying books or borrowing books?
Danielle: I like to buy books that I would reread. For books that I unsure about (some recent releases, debuts, or first books in a series), I may borrow a copy from the library.
Rachael: I do both. It really just depends on the book and if I think I’ll read it again.
Skyler: Both, trying to limit the buying though.
- A book you dislike that everyone seems to love?
Danielle: The Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard (I read Red Queen and Glass Sword, but I could not continue the series.)
Rachael: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. I read it for school and hated Holden Caufield. I just hated the book in general.
Skyler: A Court of Thorns and Roses
- Bookmarks or dog ears?
Danielle: I am guilty of dog earring pages in books, but I am trying to use my bookmarks more often.
Rachael: I used to dog ear my books (only my books), but now I have lots of bookmarks to use.
- A book you can always re-read?
Danielle: Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Rachael: Speechless by Hannah Harrington
Skyler: I read The Hating Game by Sally Thorne and A Walk to Remember every year.
- Can you read while listening to music?
Danielle: No, music can be distracting to me. I like silence because it allows me to fully immerse myself into the story.
Rachael: Nope, I get distracted easily. Silence is best for me to stay focused on the book I’m reading.
Skyler: Yes. It calms me.
- One POV or multiple?
Danielle: I love multiple POVs! One POV can be limiting at times. Multiple POVs allow you to learn so much more about the characters and the world.
Rachael: Depends on the book. I’ll read both and have enjoyed both.
Skyler: Both, but I do love a multiple POV done right.
- Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
Danielle: I would love to read a book in one sitting! Alas, it typically takes me about 5 days to read a book. It is longer if I am struggling with maintaining interest in the plot or in a reading slump.
Rachael: Multiple days typically. I have read a book in one day, but never in one sitting. Sitting still for that long is too much for me.
Skyler: Multiples days, most often. If it’s poetry or an essay collection, then maybe a day.
- Who do you tag?
Anyone! Please complete this book tag and then share your post with us, so we can get to know you!