As mentioned in my last post, I’ve been wanting to a) participate in more tags and b) become more involved in the Blogosphere. Also, I’d like to share some book reviews with you all at some point in the future when I have more time – perhaps in the summer holidays? Anyway, that’s why I decided to combine all of these things for today’s post: ‘The 20 Questions Book Tag’, which was genuinely so fun to write! Please bear in mind that my opinions are my own, and that I would hate for anyone to be upset or offended just because I’m not a fan of their favourite book or book series; I’m just one human in seven billion, and promise that I mean no harm by anything stated below. I really hope you enjoy this post – please leave a like or comment if you did!
1. How many books is too many books in a series? This is an incredibly difficult one for me to answer; usually, I’m not keen on a story being stretched out across multiple novels (I’d say I get bored after three), but I absolutely adore Harry Potter, which is comprised of seven books (excluding ‘The Cursed Child’), so I’m absolutely open to reading more series – any recommendations?
2. How do you feel about cliffhangers? To be honest, I much prefer a book to have a definite denouement, wherein the reader at least get some closure. That being said, I completely understand how effective they can be, and do appreciate them in certain books.
3. Hardcopy or paperback? eBook…
4. Favourite book? This question is impossible! I adore Nabokov’s ‘Lolita’, Walker’s ‘The Color Purple’ and Dante’s ‘The Divine Comedy’, but ‘The Canterbury Tales’ by Chaucer, ‘Eleanor OLiphant is Completely Fine’ by Gail Honeyman, ‘Still I Rise’ by Maya Angelou and Plath’s ‘Ariel’ are also some of my absolute favourites.
5. Least favourite book? Other than every book ever written by E. L. James, the narrator (Piper Kerman) of ‘Orange Is The New Black’ really gets on my nerves, and sort of ruined the book for me: she comes across as somewhat entitled, and refuses to accept responsibility for her own actions – much like Piper in the Netflix series, right? Side note: THE NEXT SEASON IS IN JULY LADS. MY WIFE ALEX AND I CAN FINALLY BE REUNITED!!!
6. Love triangles, yes or no? I guess, although not if it’s forced. I tend to find love triangles to be trite most of the time, but I’m sure they work for some.
7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish? I read almost all of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ entirely in Braille, but simply couldn’t reach the end as it was terrible – I’m sure it’s better as a performance, but just as a text it’s not great (poor character development and confusing plot aside, it didn’t seem authentic to me; I didn’t feel as though it was a continuation of the Harry Potter franchise, but a separate entity unto itself).
8. A book you’re currently reading? I’m attempting to reread ‘The Kite Runner’ (which is one of my A Level set texts), but I’m struggling with motivation at the moment and keep procrastinating as I know certain events in it will end up upsetting me more than I’d like them to.
9. Last book you recommended to someone? ‘The Color Purple’ by Alice Walker.
10. Oldest book you’ve read? I believe it’s ‘The Iliad’, which dates back to around 762 B.C.
11. Newest book you’ve read? ‘Autoboyography’ by Christina Lauren, which was originally published on the 12th of September 2017.
12. Favourite author? DON’T DO THIS TO ME I CAN’T POSSIBLY CHOOSE AAAAH!!! Other than those I’ve already mentioned, I really love Oscar Wilde, Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, Sappho and Patricia Highsmith.
13. Buying or borrowing books? If you looked at how much of my money is spent on literary paraphernalia, this question would answer itself…
14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love? ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen – don’t come for me, I’ve read it four times and still find it insufferably dull. I’m the worst I know!
15. Bookmarks or dog-ears? eBooks…
16. A book you can always reread? Probably Angelou’s ‘Still I Rise’ anthology. It’s just beautiful, and she was such a strong-willed, independent, iconic and politically motivated woman.
17. Can you read whilst listening to music? Unless it’s an audiobook (doh!) then absolutely – there’s nothing better than settling down in bed, kindly asking Alexa to bust out some hip tunes (DJ Debussy and MC Mendelssohn are my go-tos), and immersing myself in another world. The only issue is that I’m lazy and perpetually exhausted, so I can never be bothered to actually read (Audible is my friend). Someone shout at me until I practise my Braille please!
18. One POV or multiple POVs? I’m a fan of both; I think that it majorly depends on the novel’s context and diegesis, because the latter can sometimes confuse things if it isn’t entirely relevant to the story.
19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days? I tend to binge-read: I’ll either read constantly for hours and hours, or go days without picking up a book – there is no in between. I want to work on pacing myself a little more though – do any of you experience this? Do you have any tips?
Thank you always,