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20 Questions (Book) Tag

I found this tag and I thought it would be a fun way to help readers of the blog get to know me better as a reader. Some of the questions I've answered before in other tags, but many I haven't. If you do this tag yourself I'd love to see your answers. Email me the link at and I'll share it on the blog!

1. How many books is too many books in a series?

I don't have an exact number to offer because I feel like authors should write as many as they feel are needed to fully complete the story and wrap up loose ends. For me personally, I usually don't invest in more than a trilogy or quartet. I do like when authors write multiple series within the same world (ex. Leigh Bardugo's Grishaverse).

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?

This is probably an unpopular opinion but I like them because oftentimes they serve the purpose of setting up a sequel and getting the reader interested in continuing on with the series. If it's a standalone or the last book in a series and the author wants you to just imagine what happens next I'm not as big of a fan of that.

3. Hardback or paperback?

Hardbacks because they are more durable and I just like the feel of them better. That being said, sometimes books are only available in paperback and they're cheaper in paperback format so I don't turn my nose up at those ones either.

4. Favorite book.

The Giver by Lois Lowry is my most reread book and the first one to really make me ponder things after I finished reading. Bunnicula by James and Deborah Howe, meanwhile, is the book that inspired me to be a writer so those are my typical answers.

5. Least favorite book.

The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez which is an adult romance that depicts a toxic, abusive relationship in which every boundary is broken. I think it's a dangerous book. It was especially disappointing after I'd loved the first book by her I'd read.

6. Love triangles: yes or no?

I want to say no but I really can't considering I wrote a novel with them. I tried to turn the trope on its head and have the character end up with the love interest the reader wasn't expecting. So often it's obvious who they will choose from the start and that sucks the tension out of it.

7. The most recent book you just couldn't finish.

Final Girls by Riley Sager. I've really only enjoyed one of his books. Quite frankly I believe he is grossly overrated. This book was particularly egregious for its poor mental health representation and the pressuring of a young woman to sleep with her boyfriend before she was ready (written by a male author, ew).

8. Book you're currently reading.

Broken Web by Lori M. Lee which is the sequel to Forest of Souls.

9. The last book you recommended to someone.

Given my reviews can be seen as recommendations of a sort I guess The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson would be my last given I gave it a rave 5 star review. In my monthly wrap-ups I always put a READ IF under the synopsis/my thoughts of the book which is intended to recommend it based on what your tastes may be.

10. Oldest book you've read by publication date. Without a doubt it was something I had to read for school but given I graduated from high school 10 years ago and college 3 I can't say I can recall exactly what it would be. Of books I picked up of my own volition it would probably be The Giver by Lois Lowry.

11. Newest book you've read by publication date.

The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson. It was released on June 15th of this year.

12. Favorite author

Leigh Bardugo is my most read author has I've read every book she's written and enjoyed all of them. Her world building is so unique and intricate and as a writer of YA fantasy myself I admire and aspire to that. I also love how each novel in her Grishaverse books builds on the previous one.

13. Buying or borrowing books?

Both for me. The books I buy (or ask for as gifts) are ones from beloved authors of mine or ones I previously borrowed and know I'll want to reread/bring me joy to have on my shelves. I couldn't be as voracious of a reader as I am if not for the library, however, and I think it's incredible that we have a place that literally provides us with free books. I don't think people appreciate enough how libraries give kids access to countless worlds and skills.

14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to like.

Sara J. Maas has an author is someone whose books are extremely popular but who I can't get into. The last book I read by her was A Court of Thorns and Roses and its pacing was so painfully slow and the protagonist was a frustrating idiot.

15. Bookmarks or dog-eared?

Usually neither because I always forget to actually use a bookmark and I hate to bend/damage pages. When I remember though I use a bookmark.

16. A book you can always reread.

I love rereading books so I couldn't really pick one because I feel like any book you can reread. I always reread the first book(s) in a series right before the new one comes out, though, because I've inevitably forgotten details.

17. Can you read while hearing music?

I sometimes read in the family room while my mom is watching TV because it's nice to spend time with her. Because of that I've adapted to reading with noise around me so I could read with music playing. I'm not going to actively listen to music while reading, though.

18. One or multiple POVs?

Either. I've read and written books with singular and multiple point of view characters and so I don't necessarily have a preference. It really depends on how many characters are 'main' verses supporting characters. If there is more than one prominent main character then I prefer to have multiple point of views.

19. Do you read a book in one setting or over multiple days?

Over multiple days since I'm still a slower reader than most who read as much as I do. I envy those who can finish a book in one setting but at the same time sometimes I don't want the experience of reading a book for the first time to end.

20. Who do you tag?

I don't think any other book bloggers or booktubers follow this blog so I'm going to tag my best friend. I'm going to try and get her to answer these questions and allow me to post it on the blog so we can compare our answer as we're both big readers.



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