Rapid Fire Book Tag

I found this on Kelly’s wonderful page, Kelly’s Rambles and thought it looked like a fun tag.

These are supposed to be quick fire questions

E-book or Physical book?

Both, but I lean towards a physical book. I love the tangibleness of a physical copy.

Paperback or Hardback?

HARDBACK! I am soooo rough on books. *ashamed blushing* One could argue that perhaps I should be better about that, but I can’t. I’m a woman that’s always on the go, always got about half a dozen things I’m juggling, always trying to slip in reading time between appointments or breaks and knowing that a hardcover can hold up better when it comes to the constant on-the-go nature of my life is worth every penny that extra material costs me.

Online or In-Store book shopping?

In-store. Preferably at my local used bookstore. But, I will opt for Amazon or Book Outlet when I cant find a title I’m dying to get my hands on.

Trilogies or Series?

Hmmm tough one. I’m going to say both. I’ve read some trilogies and wished there were more books, and I’ve read some series that I thought could have been reduced to 3-4 books.

Heroes or Villains?

Hmmm I think Heroes is my answer to this one. Although, I LOOOVE an Anti-hero way more than heroes usually but that would mean I was answering another question with a statement of both….

A book you want everyone to read?

This was a tough one, there are a few books I feel everyone should read at some point. But I’ll abide by the question and just give you one; I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

Recommend an underrated book.

So this one is a bit weird because there was a lot of talk about it at first – Stephen King even tweeted about it – and now I don’t hear much about it at all and the few reader friends I have haven’t read it either so I feel like at this point it’s become underrated… 28965131

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

The last book you finished?

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J is for Judgment by Sue Grafton.

The last book you bought?

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Weirdest thing you’ve used as a bookmark?

Weirdest? Ummm I’m not sure actually…. I’ve used my own business cards before, but I think I’d like to answer this one with what my favorite bookmark to use is, instead; Sprout by Fred & Friends! Ugh, I just think it’s so freaking adorable and I love that I can read around it without having to take it out of it’s place in the book – makes for easy opening and closing of a book I’m reading in fits and starts. Like at a doctor’s office while you’re waiting to be called back and can’t really predict when they’ll call you but you don’t want to end up staring off into space hoping for a short wait that turns out to be more than enough time to get through a few pages of a book. (Link to the sprout bookmark here)

Used books: yes or no?

YAAAAAS! But, if I’m buying it for my personal library, I want it to be in really excellent condition. No marginalia, no missing dust jacket, no out of wack spine – just light wearing from a previous reader and maybe a forgotten note tucked between the pages if I’m lucky.

Top three favorite genres?

Science-Fiction, Fantasy, and Thrillers. (But choosing three genres is not nearly enough for me!)

Borrow or Buy?

I tend to be a buyer. Not many of my friends read, and even fewer of them tend to own and read the books that I do so I have to buy most of the one’s I’m interested in reading.

Characters or Plot?

Um, both. Great characters cannot compensate for a poorly thought out plot. Nor can a great plot be truly great without good characters to spur it along and keep it interesting.

Long or Short books?

That would depend on the book/story. I hate when I feel like a story ends too quickly. Alternatively, I hate when I’m reading a book and I feel like the ending should have already happened and I’m wondering why we’re still going.

Additionally, I love the euphoria that finishing a book gives me and shorter books tend to allow that feeling to happen more often, but sometimes after a long book I feel an even greater sense of satisfaction after having completed such a tome.

Long or Short chapters?

Short chapters. Always. I prefer to stop my reading time at the end of a chapter not in the middle. Shorter chapters make that more possible. Plus, books with shorter chapters pull me through the book faster because that “one more chapter” notion can be more effective and satisfying in a book with shorter chapters.

Name the first three books you think of…

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Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews

Furyborn by Claire Legrand

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Books that made you laugh or cry?

Books that made me laugh:

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One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

…really, those are kind of along the same vain of thought/story structure. (But completely different from one another!) The main character in both of these is hilarious and that humor continues throughout the books that follow.

Books that made me cry:

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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

A Child Called “It” by Dave Pelzer

P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

Our world or fictional worlds?

Fictional worlds. Escapism, baby!

Audiobooks: yes or no?

YES! I would not survive two days of my daily commute without audiobooks!

Do you ever judge a book by its cover?

All the time. *hangs head in shame* I try to let the synopsis of the story be the deciding factor though. Pretty book covers just draw me to them though and I’m more likely to read the synopsis and subsequently read the book if the cover is attractive.

Book to Movie or Book to TV adaptations?

Book to movie. Television programing rarely gets it right. Shadowhunters was terrible in my opinion. I liked most of the book series, but damn that show as just awful. I quite watching after two episodes. Bleck.

A movie or TV show you preferred to its book?

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The Death Cure (The Maze Runner #3) by James Dashner

I preferred the first two books to the first two movies, but I preferred the direction the third movie went as apposed to the way the third book went and ultimately how the whole series ended.

Series or Standalones?

Both. I love a good series and I love to binge on a good series, but sometimes it’s nice to read a standalone and move on to another story altogether, perhaps in another genre entirely.


 

I’m not going to tag anyone, so feel free to “tag” yourself if this tag seems like one you’d want to participate in.

 

-R


4 thoughts on “Rapid Fire Book Tag

  1. I have a two good answers for the question of weirdest thing I’ve used for a bookmark. I was reading on my parent’s couch yesterday whilst they were watching TV. I had just started it, so I didn’t have a bookmark. I needed to put my book down, and I picked up what looked like a receipt to use as the bookmark. Turns out it was a strip of paper with my praternal grandmother’s obituary. Uuhhh…..I used it for the time I was at their house, but I didn’t think it’d be wise to use it as a bookmark long-term. So, I replaced it with a paint sample card. The only problem with that bookmark is it’s a sample for beige, so it’s boooooring. Anyway, I found this story humorous.

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  2. Great tag! I definitely am a buyer over borrower, for the same reasons as you! I wish I had more friends I could borrow books from. I also prefer short chapters vs. long ones. I usually flip ahead just to see how long a chapter is and if it’s like 30 pages long I get lowkey annoyed.

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  3. E-book or Physical book?

    For the longest time, I was totally averse to e-books. Not because I ever tried it, but because I don’t care much for reading on my phone. *Shakes head* But after being given a Kindle, I have found that I prefer e-books. They are much more convenient, and I can read them while I do the elliptical or stationary bike (or on my phone whilst I wait in lines). They are a heckuva lot cheaper, too.

    Paperback or Hardback?

    Paperback, oh my word, paperback. I cannot stand hardback books, mostly because of the jacket. I mess it up so easily and it’s really just a burden. I don’t like how hardbacks feel in my hands. They are also more expensive. I accidentally bought Amy Poehler’s book Yes Please in hardback from Amazon. I read it, and held onto it for year or so. Then I became friends with this blogger, and she showed an interest in reading Yes Please. Her birthday was approaching, so I bought her a copy of the book. This time I bought it in paperback, and I decided I’d give her my loathed hardback version. She’d never know the difference. I did not know that she preferred hardback, but she told me she did after I gave it to her. What a happy coincidence. Now we’ll never be jealous of each other’s books.

    Online or In-Store book shopping?

    Well, now that I prefer e-books, I suppose I do more online shopping. I still really enjoy going to Half Price Books, though.

    Trilogies or Series?

    I would have to say series, only because I haven’t read many trilogies. Harry Potter and Game of Thrones are at the top of my list as far as series go; oh, and The Dark Tower, though I haven’t finished this one.

    Heroes or Villains?

    Heroes, unless I’m reading Game of Thrones, then it’s a tossup. But I like heroes to have some realistic flaws. Perfect heroes are boring and predictable. Authors (George R.R. Martin) who can create flawed heroes and virtuous villains, have my respect in abundance.

    A book you want everyone to read?

    Hmmm. It’s hard to pick just one. My favorite book is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith), and as good as it is, I do not think the story would appeal to at least half of the human population (males). So, I’d have to say The Book Thief (Markus Zusack). This blogger’s pick of I Am the Messenger is also very good, and just so happens to be by the same author.

    Recommend an underrated book.

    Oh, goodness. I don’t know if it’s underrated, but Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austen) seems to pale in popularity to Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Pride and Prejudice is good, but I think Sense and Sensibility is much better. I got so much more out of Sense and Sensibility. Elenor was such a lovable character, and through her character, I learned how mature people handle hardship and heartache. She is my favorite fictional character, probably because she is so much different than me. I am nothing like her, but man, I’d sure like to be!

    The last book you finished?

    I’d rather not say.

    The last book you bought?

    The Ocean at the End of the Lane…but it was free on Kindle….so, Stranger and Stranger (Emily Strange #2).

    Weirdest thing you’ve used as a bookmark?

    I most commonly use receipts (usually from Half Price Books), and sometimes those bookmarks last me for years. I’ve witnessed my grandmother use a nail file for a bookmark, that’s pretty weird.

    Used books: yes or no?

    Absolutely. BUT! They have to be in near-perfect condition, which means NOOOO writing or highlighting (my single biggest pet peeve—who gives away books they’ve written in? Shameful).

    Top three favorite genres?

    I don’t know. I know my three favorite authors, though. Stephen King (though I’m not a huge fan of horror), George R.R. Martin (though I’m not a huge fan of fantasy), and Matthew Quick (I have no idea what genre his books fall under). Do you see my problem?

    Borrow or Buy?

    It depends. With my kindle, I’m more apt to buy because they can be so inexpensive. However, I have borrowed many a book from this blogger (even though they are always hardback).

    Characters or Plot?

    A book is only as strong as its weakest link, I think. If one of these elements suffers, the other one would be hard pressed to redeem the book, no matter how good the strong element is. I don’t think you can truly have a great plot without great characters, and vice versa. A book that accomplishes this is a rarity and a walking oxymoron. I just don’t think one can live without the other.

    Long or Short books?

    Kinda depends on if I’m in a reading slump or not. If I’m in a bit of a slump, I want quick reads so I can feel that hit of dopamine after finishing a book. However, there’s a lot to be said for sagas, especially ones that are part of a series. The way some authors are able to construct worlds and stories and have them all tie in together is wondrous and a sight to behold.
    Long or Short chapters?

    Short, please. Or, if the chapters are long, some way to break them up, so I can get to a stopping point and feel good about putting it down.

    Name the first three books you think of…

    Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand), Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), Dexter (Jeff Lindsay)

    Books that made you laugh or cry?

    The Reason You Are Alive (Matthew Quick)—Both, and it’s now in my top ten.
    The Princess Bride (William Goldman)—Laughed until I cried.
    Little Women (May Alcott)—Cry.
    The Book Thief (Markus Zusack)—Cry. Every. Single. Time. Buckets and buckets.
    Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austen)—I seem to remember crying….
    Sherlock Holmes (Sir Conan Arthur Doyle)—Laugh.
    Time Traveler’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)—Cry.

    Our world or fictional worlds?

    I seem to be more drawn to books from our world, though not necessarily in our time period.

    Audiobooks: yes or no?

    Because of this blogger—yes!

    Do you ever judge a book by its cover?

    Not really. The first thing I look at is the title. If it sounds interesting, I’ll pick it up. I then look it up on Goodreads to see it’s overall ranking; if it’s a 4+ star book, I’ll seriously consider buying it. If it’s a 4+ star book AND this blogger has it as “to read,” I’ll practically trip over myself to buy it. (This happened with A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and that is now my favorite book.)

    Book to Movie or Book to TV adaptations?

    Neither? 98% of the time the movie does not do the book any justice. For me, exceptions to this have been The Princess Bride and The Help (there are others, but nothing else is coming to mind…).

    A movie or TV show you preferred to its book?

    Shoot. There is one, but I cannot think of it….

    Series or Standalones?

    I tend to go for standalones, but I have read some really good series. It just depends.

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