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The 20 Questions Book Tag

Good morning, everyone! I hope that you are having a fantastic week so far, and that you are continuing to stay healthy.

Over the past several months, I’ve come across a lot of Book Tags that have been posted on the websites of my fellow book bloggers. I always enjoy reading everyone’s responses to Book Tag questions, but have never participated myself…until now.

I stumbled upon this particular Book Tag over on the Read to Ramble blog earlier this week. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Ellie’s responses, and since she tagged anyone who would like to participate, I thought I would give it a try.

While I don’t know who initially started this Book Tag, I do want to thank you for creating it because it was a lot of fun! If you are the originator of this Book Tag, and happen to be reading this, please leave a comment on this post with your name and web address. I would really love to be able to give you credit for creating these questions!

Without further ado, here are my responses to The 20 Questions Book Tag…

1. How many books are too many books in a series?

The number of books in a series doesn’t really make much of a difference to me, as I enjoy reading both longer and shorter series. That being said, I think that when you reach the point where you’re no longer excited for the release of the next book, then the series has gotten too long.

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?

My feelings about cliffhangers are directly related to how quickly I can get my hands on the next book in the series. If I already have the next book, or can get it within a couple of days, then I’m fine with a cliffhanger. If I’m going to have to wait for a year (or more) for the next book to be released, however, then I get pretty annoyed.

3. Hardback or paperback?

My home library contains a pretty decent mix of both hardbacks and paperbacks, and I don’t really have a preference between them. I do tend to take paperbacks (or my iPad) with me when I travel though, just because they are a bit lighter and I can usually fit more in my suitcase or carry-on.

4. Favorite book?

This is a really hard question, but I think I’ve got it narrowed down to three titles: The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien; Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen; and Beauty, by Robin McKinley.

5. Least favorite book?

My least favorite book is probably Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky. It was one of the books that I read for my AP Literature class in high school, and we spent an entire quarter reading and discussing it. It’s a very well-written book, but I just did not enjoy it.

6. Love triangles, yes or no?

Honestly, the love triangle conflict has become so common that I’ve gotten to the point where I’m tired of seeing them in the books I read. I’m probably not going to stop reading a book (or series) because a love triangle develops, but I don’t go looking for books that include them.

7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

Last year I ended up not finishing Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, because I just wasn’t in the right place to read it at the time. I am planning to pick up this book again this year, however, because I do think it will turn out to be a worthwhile read.

8. A book you’re currently reading?

I’m currently reading several books, including: The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien; The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England, by Ian Mortimer; and Binti: The Complete Trilogy, by Nnedi Okorafor. I’m also reading the Assassination Classroom manga series, by Yusei Matsui.

9. Last book you recommended to someone?

The most recent book I recommended here on The Unapologetic Bookworm was the Yu Yu Hakusho manga series, by Yoshihiro Togashi.

I’ve also recommended a few books to individual friends, including The Outlaws of Sherwood, by Robin McKinley, and Howl’s Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones.

10. Oldest book you’ve read?

The oldest book that I have read up until this point is probably Homer’s The Odyssey.

11. Newest book you’ve read?

The newest book that I’ve read is the second volume of the Cutie and the Beast manga, which was released in English on January 26, 2021.

12. Favorite author?

I can’t choose just one. Some of my favorite authors are: J.R.R. Tolkien, Robin McKinley, Jane Austen, Charlaine Harris, Fred Saberhagen, and Ray Bradbury.

13. Buying books or borrowing books?

As anyone who has seen my home library can attest, I own a ton of books.

I do love to buy books, but I also enjoy using the library. I usually go to the library every couple of weeks to browse and borrow their new releases, but I have not felt comfortable borrowing books from the library during the pandemic. (How do you even sanitize a book?) As a result, my book buying has increased slightly during the past year.

14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?

I’ve seen quite a few people talk about how much they loved Turtles All the Way Down, by John Green, but I couldn’t get more than a couple of chapters into it. As someone who has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and frequently has to fight their way out of spiraling thoughts, I found the book anxiety-inducing and had to put it down.

15. Bookmarks or dog-ears?

Given my obsession with collecting them, I would have to say bookmarks. Though I will use whatever materials are available (napkins, scraps of paper, my cell phone, etc.) if I don’t have one handy.

16. A book you can always reread?

I can always reread The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. I read this book a total of three times last year alone.

17. Can you read while listening to music?

I can read while listening to music, but only if it is instrumental. If there are lyrics, I will be singing instead of reading. I usually listen to movie soundtracks when I read, but I also enjoy classical and Celtic music.

18. One POV or multiple POVs?

I’ve actually talked about this in a few other posts… If switching between multiple points of view works well for the story, I’m okay with it, but I usually prefer when books have a single, consistent point of view.

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

It depends on the book, but I can go either way. If I’m really hooked on a good story, I will definitely sit and read for hours at a time, but there are some books that I need to take more time with.

20. Who do you tag?

I am tagging anyone who would like to participate in this Book Tag!

This was a really fun experience, so if you’ve never participated in a Book Tag before, I highly recommend giving it a try. If you do decide to write your own post, I hope you’ll link back to this post so I can have a chance to read your responses.

Have a great rest of the week!

3 thoughts on “The 20 Questions Book Tag

  1. After reading your I very like you. My answers would be about the. M favorite book is REST AND BE THANKFUL by Helen MacInnes. My favorite author is Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Micheals.

    1. Thank you so much for the recommendations! I will definitely have to check out Rest And Be Thankful, and books by Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels. I’ve wanted to read her Amelia Peabody mysteries for quite a while!

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