My friend Aimee tagged me in the ‘Would You Rather’ book tag and the questions are super interesting, so I’m writing this post with the intent to motivate myself, once again, to read! Since finishing ‘Girl Online: On Tour’ (review here, if you’d like to read) and starting ‘A Mindfullness Guide for the Frazzled’, I’ve hit a bit of a block and not really been writing again.
So hopefully writing about reading will inspire me to read again!
1) Read only series or standalones?
This one’s difficult because there are a lot of series’ that I love but, on the other hand, a lot of my favourite books are standalone novels. I think writing both kinds of novel is an art and a talent – creating a world to craft a whole series around is a lot of difficult work but on the other hand, making a story that is succinct and complete within only one book is another challenge.
I think I’ll go for standalones because they’re less commitment to read and, overall, history would suggest I’ve enjoyed them more.
2) Read only male or female authors?
Again another tricky one (I feel like most of these questions will be)! Going by my favourite books, they’re pretty balanced between male and female authors – there’s no particular writing style I prefer as I’ve read male authors with male narratives, male authors with female narratives, female authors with male and female narratives and everyone writing from third person! ‘Fangirl’ by Rainbow Rowell is my favourite book of all time but I also love ‘the perks of being a wallflower’ by Stephen Chbosky. I’m one of those people that really enjoyed ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ by John Green and, in my younger reading years, I adored ‘Skulduggery Pleasant’ (Derek Landy) and ‘Maximum Ride’ (James Patterson) but there’s such a mix of genders that I don’t know what to pick!
I’ll say female for Rainbow Rowell and my complete adoration for ‘Fangirl’.
3) Shop at Barnes and Noble or Amazon?
Going to substitute Barnes and Noble for Waterstones because I’m not American but Amazon definitely! I bought three books from Waterstones in January and when writing my ‘what I’m going to read this year’ blog post I realised every single one of them was cheaper on Amazon.
I love browsing physical books and I want to support bookstores but I’ve got limited money and student budgeting to consider! If I buy books again in the near future (which I really shouldn’t!) I’ll be browsing in-store and buying online because I simply can’t afford in store purchases.
4) All books become movies or TV shows?
There are some brilliant movie-book adaptations and whilst I haven’t really seen any TV adaptations of books I’ve read, I’m going to say TV. Say the options were having the first book of your favourite series turned into a TV show or a movie – a movie is two hours, probably a bigger budget and maybe some bigger names but a TV show might be 12 or 13 hour long episodes. It would mean that the series could go into far much more detail of the book than the movie ever will and then each season might get picked up again for another book within the series. Definitely TV shows!
5) Read 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?
I read very, very slowly and considering I’ve not read a word of the book I’ve currently got on the go in a couple of weeks I’d have to go with 5 pages a day because I’m not capable of reading 5 books per week (however much I wish I was!).
6) Be a professional review or author?
Author – 100%. I’d love to just drop out of uni and work full time on my book and geta publishing deal and become a full time author but it’s not an option for me right now (I really wish it was). I like reviewing books, but I’d much prefer to be writing them!
7) Only read your top 20 books over and over or always read new ones that you haven’t read before?
I don’t have a top 20 (though maybe I should create one?) but I do love rereading my old favourites… I don’t know if I’d like never reading a new book though – this one’s particularly tricky!
I think I’ll go with new books, because I’m going to say that when a new edition of my favourite book is printed it counts as a new one. Maybe it’s cheating, maybe it’s me being sneaky, but that’s my answer!
8) Be a librarian or a book seller?
Book seller – I’ve only ever seen miserable, stickler-for-the-rules librarians in my life that are so ‘by the book’ (literally) that I might hate both my life and books by the end of it! A book seller I think would be able to chat about books more with a bigger variety of people and you’d get discounted books as well!
9) Only read your favourite genre or every genre except your favourite?
Only read my favourite genre – I think I’d say ‘fantasy’ is my favourite genre (with the occasional bit of young adult romance in there as well!) but fantasy covers so many things – there’s young adult fantasy, fantasy adventure, sci-fi fantasy; it’s such a broad genre with so many sub genres that I don’t think I could ever get bored!
10) Only read physical books or ebooks?
Physical books – I do have a kindle that I read on while I was in Ecuador and I think if I were going on holiday I’d get books on there but only so I could take as many as I wanted! The ebook is very practical and makes taking many books without weighing yourself down easy, but to me there’s nothing to match holding a physical book when reading – I like bending the spine back so it lies flat and folding the corners of the page to bookmark it. I like books that look like they’ve been read rather than leaving them pristine on the shelf – I love having books that are mine and I love looking at my little library.
Nothing beats a physical book!
I tag Meet On The High Street because she’s such a lovely girl and a wonderful blogger, have fun Renee! Hope you like books!
Thank you for reading,
Uni blog: http://sophieannblogs.blogspot.co.uk/