Would You Rather Book Tag

This looks like great fun and I love reading and writing these so thank you to the lovely Gil for tagging me – her blog is amazing so please go and check it out (https://gilreadsbooks.wordpress.com/) here goes!

Would you rather only read mass market paperbacks or only read stiff, non-floppy paperbacks?

It has to be mass market paperbacks, it really bothers me when books are stiff and hard to read. I don’t like bending back the covers because then they permanently don’t close by themselves. So mass market paperbacks all the way! And plus, they are usually always in the buy one get one half price at Waterstones. 🙂

Would you rather have your favourite character be a terrible person in real life or your favourite author be a horrible in real life?

Hmm that’s a difficult one. I’d have to say my favourite author be a terrible person – and I think this is somewhat true in a lot of cases! (sadly). I know George Orwell wasn’t meant to be particularly nice as a person…

Would you rather meet your favourite booktubers or meet your favourite book blogger?

I don’t actually follow any booktubers – I’m not sure why, I just haven’t got into that yet. If anyone can recommend some please let me know in the comments! So it would have to be my favourite book bloggers.

Would you rather have to dog-ear your pages or have to write on them?

I write on my pages anyway… and I like it that way so I’d rather be able to keep doing that. I actually think it looks quite nice to have little penciled in comments in books. I’d never write in pen though.

Would you rather have a damaged book delivered to you every time or the wrong book to be delivered to you every time (the second or third time you may get the right one)?

Damaged – I often think used books give them more character but it depends on how damaged it would be… If it’s still readable I really wouldn’t mind. I took home a book from work (I work in a bookshop) which had been flooded on, all the pages were crinkly but I put it on my radiator to dry off when I got home and it was fine!

Would you rather be a librarian or a bookseller?

I have volunteerd in a library in the past and worked as a bookseller more recently. Have got to say a bookseller – there’s nothing more rewarding than being able to recommend books to customers and later hear that they loved them. And the discount is pretty good too!

Would you rather have your favourite character die in the end or have your favourite character not complete their mission/life goal?

Sorry for being depressing but I’d rather see them die than have endless suffering and a boring life, never moving forward…

Would you rather live in a library in space or a live in a library under the sea

Space scares me and I’d be very far away from earth – so I’d rather live in a library under the sea. Also, I love the sea so it wouldn’t be too bad. But just hope the books wouldn’t get wet.

Would you rather not be able to read any books from your favourite author or have them not publish anything again?

I think I’d rather them not be able to publish anything again… as at least I could then try and catch up with everything they’ve written. Also, I’m a great re-reader, so reading the same book again wouldn’t bother me. (I’ve read One Day about eight times I think)

Would you rather read everything ever published (even the worst books) or read only one book a year?

This is a no brainier for me – I’d rather have endless books to read than only one a year. There’s something weirdly satisfying about reading bad books, sometimes.

Thank you for the tag, Gil 🙂 I now nominate the following… These are all great blogs and some of my favourites so check them out if you can!

No pressure to do the tag! Just a bit of fun 🙂

The ultimate book tag

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This one is just a bit of fun and a chance to get to know me! Copied from https://cupsandthoughts.com/ (actually one of the blogs that inspired me to start my own!)

Do you get sick whilst reading in the car?

Nope! I once read the whole of Jane Eyre in a single car journey and have been known to finish more than one book (depending on its length!) in a journey.

Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

That’s a tough question… I’m torn between Haruki Murakami and Donna Tartt. The way in which they both tell a story is completely unique and something I have never come across before. They both craft characters and protagonists in such an in depth way which means I’ve always felt a connection to them. Tartt especially – for her use of stream of consciousness in the characterization of Theodore Deckcer – that was an entirely new reading experience. By the end of the book, it felt like I knew him as I would a close friend.

Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

Have been a devoted fan to both but Harry Potter all the way. The creation of such a unique and complex world so alike and yet so different from our own, the way you witness the characters grow up over the series, that’s pretty special, and the way it deals with complex topics (death, love, family etc) for a relatively young audience.

Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books…)?

What’s the difference between a bag and a book bag? I don’t think I carry a book bag but I always carry a book with me in my bag…

Do you smell your books?

All the time. I smell them before buying and a lot during my time reading them, maybe too much? I’m reading Big Sky at the moment and that smells amazing, I keep having to take ‘smell breaks’ – I much prefer the smell of second hand books though.

 Books with or without little illustrations?

Without – that way there’s more room for words… I like to read the words and create the image for myself, but sometimes it can be interesting to have illustrations.

What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing? (Ex. I read Twilight before I read HP and thought the writing was amazing but read HP and now think Twilight is a little bit of a joke.)

Probably the Dan Brown series (Angels and Demons) – amazing to read in terms of the story line, the detail and everything but the writing is actually really bad (spelling and grammar) which I didn’t realise at the time as I was so engrossed in the story.

Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!

I was always reading above my supposed age bracket when it came to books but I think it was when I was in year 5 (between age 10-11) and we had to read aloud to our teacher once a week which was something I never minded… At the time I was reading The Tiger in the Well by Philip Pullman, which I think is technically YA.. ANYWAY I was reading it aloud to my teacher and realised I was reading to her a sex scene and it was very awkward. I think she wrote a note to my mum in my reading log telling her she might want to keep on track of my reading hahaaa…

 What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

Probably my collection of George Orwell’s essays, published by Penguin.

What is the thickest book on your shelf?

Ducks, Newburyport (Lucy Ellmann) and The Little Friend (Donna Tartt.)

 Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

I do, flippantly and when I can. I would love to be an author one day, but I honestly don’t know if I’m any good at writing or if anyone would want to read it… haha

When did you get into reading?

I would say properly 7 onwards. I went through the care system between the ages 4-6 and I found a lot of comfort in reading (I didn’t like talking to people at all at this point) and especially Jacqueline Wilson’s Tracy Beaker. So that started me off really, also just generally growing up in a family that loves books and reading helps.

What is your favorite classic book?

Cliche, but it will probably always be The Great Gatsby.

In school was your best subject Language/Arts/English?

It was always a battle between English and History. I was slightly better at History which is why I studied it at University.

 If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?

Give it to a Oxfam book shop or other charity shop.

What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

Probably more similar to Twilight, but I loved the Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick.

What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?

Probably just writing SO much and having to massively edit it otherwise no one would even think about reading it.

What is your favorite word?

Poignant, nonchalant, irreconcilable (purely because I think they sound nice…)

 Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?

Probably a bit of a dork – I was definitely as a child anyway. Likely still am.

 Vampires or Fairies? Why?

Vampires – I will always have a soft spot for Edward Cullen as I grew up with the Twilight series… and was always Team Edward 😉

 Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

Angels – they are far more complex than they seem. You can get good and bad angels or ‘fallen’ angels (read Hush Hush.)

 Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

Werewolves – much fluffier, and they would keep you warm if you became friends.

 Zombies or Vampires?

Vampires… always.

Love Triangle or Forbidden Love

Forbidden love, usually makes for a more interesting story.

 AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

Action packed with a few love scenes mixed in. Don’t think I have ever read a full on romance book.

Feel free to copy and fill in your own answers! 🙂