I was tagged by the lovely Bella @ Bella Blogs Because Books for the This or That Tag, if you don’t already follow Bella go check out her awesome blog right now. Are you back? OK, let’s get started with the questions…
Reading on the couch or in bed?
Definitely in bed, but propped up on loads of cushions because nobody likes getting hit in the face by an 800 page tome when it slips through your fingers.
Male MC or Female MC?
As a girl, I find it easier to relate to female MCs, but I love reading from the boy’s perspective because it’s like an insight into the mind of a guy. I read more books from a female POV, but that’s not necessarily intentional, I get the impression more YA books are written from a female POV, so I definitely need to hunt down more male perspective YA books. I’ve been loving getting into Jorg’s head in the Prince of Thorns series, and I know there are some amazing YA contemporaries from a guy’s perspective, like Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz, and everything by Adam Silvera, which are all on my TBR.
Sweet or salty snacks?
Ooh I like a bit of both, salt and vinegar crisps and chocolate, preferably Maltesers or some kind of Galaxy bar. And ice cream. With coke. Or wine. Or tea. Now I’m hungry. And thirsty.
Trilogies or quartets?
I love a really, really long series, like The Mortal Instruments or Throne of Glass, so I’m going to vote for quartets, as I find that trilogies often drag out plot lines that could have been wrapped up more effectively in a duology. At the end of the day, if a story is still compelling and well written, I’m still reading, but if it loses its thread and just seems to drag on for no real reason other than book sales, I stop reading.
First or third person POV?
I honestly don’t have a preference on POV, I’ve read plenty of both and it’s never occurred to me that one feels more natural than the other. However, I do much prefer past tense than present. “I opened the door” just feels smoother to me than “I open the door”. I can get past it, it doesn’t stop me enjoying a really great book (The Hunger Games was written in first person present and is still one of my favourite series), but it takes longer for me to become absorbed in the story.
Reading at night or in the morning?
I tend to read more at night, because mornings are busy times in my daily life, plus I love a lie in if possible, but on holiday I prefer reading in the morning. Waking up and picking up my current read to dive back into the story while my husband is still asleep is such a pleasure. I love long lazy mornings when we’re on holiday, we almost never make it to breakfast!
Libraries or bookstores?
Libraries, all the way! If libraries sold coffee and cake my life would be perfect. It’s not necessarily that bookstores expect you to pay for the books whereas libraries don’t, it’s more that bookstores are designed for you to pop in and out, whilst libraries are laid out so you can spend a few hours browsing, reading, using the computers, etc. They encourage you to stay, whereas I feel like shops want you to come, pay and leave so they can move onto the next customer. I also love that libraries allow those who can’t necessarily afford to buy lots of books to still enjoy reading, and if we all request the newest releases then our favourite authors are still getting paid. Win, win!
Books that make you laugh or cry?
Both, please. Preferably simultaneously, or at least alternately. Books should make you feel something, whether that’s happiness, sadness, anger, frustration, joy, amusement or hope. If a book doesn’t make you feel, or think, then is it even a book?
Black or white book covers?
Being that I’m a huge fantasy fan, my book shelves are full of books with predominantly black covers, and I need to continue in that vein or they won’t coordinate pleasingly. So, black book covers for that reason, but I actually love books in a rainbow of colours, especially pastels (I need to read more contemporaries!). The only books with white covers I can think of are Throne of Glass, and I only own the audiobooks, so…
Character or plot driven?
I prefer character driven books, I can excuse a predictable or slightly cliche plot if I fall head over heels in love with the characters, but a great plot can rarely save a bunch of 2D, unlikable or boring characters. Witty dialogue trumps thrilling action scenes in my book!
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I have so much to tell you all, I’m going to have to do a writing update soon to let you in on what’s been going on in my writing life! I’m off to FRIENDSfest this weekend, which is where the film sets from FRIENDS travel around the world and you can take photos, buy merchandise, and sit on the Central Perk sofa, so I’ll take hundreds of photos and post them here on Sunday so you can all enjoy!