The 20 Questions Book Tag

I was tagged by Amy from A Court of Crowns and Quills for this, so thank you, Amy! She takes the loveliest book photos and her reviews are just as wonderful. Plus, she’s a former aviator, which is the coolest thing in the world, so go check her out!

1. How many books is too many books in a book series?

If I love the books, then infinite. Okay, no. With trilogies I often find myself craving just a bit more, so my sweet spot is around five. Eight is where things start to get a little too much. Then again, it really depends on the quality and the genre of the series. With urban fantasies, I will happily read 8+ books, no problem.

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?

If they’re placed in the middle of an ongoing series, I’m perfectly fine with it. If they’re placed at the end of a series, and the author’s intention is to follow it up at the start of their next series, then there will be smoke pouring out of my ears.

3. Hardback or paperback?

Hardbacks for collecting and looking pretty on my shelves. Paperbacks for absorbing tears, scribblings, and just general abuse.

Harry Potter Goblet of Fire
Here’s an example of such abuse! My first copy of The Goblet of Fire has been through several continents, a bathtub dunking, dozens of falls–and all before I graduated middle school. (I swear, not all my paperbacks are like that, please don’t call book protection services.)

4. Favorite book?

Fool's Fate
Fool’s Fate
by Robin Hobb, just narrowly edging out Fool’s Quest. It’s got everything I love in a book: snowy/icy landscapes, an expedition to find a legendary creature, prophecies, and brilliant, heartrending character interactions.





5. Least favorite book?

I don’t know if I can pinpoint my least favourite book of all time, but Ready Player One is a hot topic lately so I’ll talk about that. I get why people love it–nostalgia trip and mindless fun and such. But for me, it’s a regurgitation of 80’s pop culture at best. At worst, it’s a book with an annoying protagonist, bad attempt at diversity, and casual transphobia and sexism. And like Clockwork Orange and Fight Club, I side-eye dudes who call it their favourite book of all time.

6. Love triangles, yes or no?

Generally, no. I hate seeing someone getting rejected and left out.

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

The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton. I know a lot of people loved it, but the prose was just a little too florid for me (and I generally love poetic prose), and I didn’t think I could handle 400 more pages of it. It was like trying to eat an entire dark chocolate cake all by myself.

8. A book you’re currently reading?

Just started Fire Dance by Ilana C. Myer! I loved her first book, Last Song Before Night, so I’m very excited for this one.

9. Last book you recommended to someone?

City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett to a friend’s mom!

10. Oldest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

The Tale of GenjiI want to say Iliad and The Odyssey, except I haven’t read them completely from start to finish. So either The Tale of Genji (written early 11th century) or Beowulf, which is placed at sometime between late 10th to early 11th century.

11. Newest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

The Last Sun by K.D. Edwards. So new it hasn’t been released yet! It’s also my newest obsession and, I think, my favourite book of 2018 so far. I will most definitely be yelling about it for the rest of the year.

12. Favorite author?

Robin Hobb. Hands down. No questions. I will happily perform blood rituals in her name.

13. Buying books or borrowing books?

I’m greedy and materialistic when it comes to owning physical copies of things I enjoy–whether it’s books or video games or film/TV–but my bank account doesn’t always agree with me. Plus, I love my local library, and borrowing books is a surefire way to sample more books while dodging buyer’s remorse.

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

A recent one? Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence, which is the second book in the Book of Ancestors trilogy. Everyone’s showering it with 5 stars and I’m the only one in the corner mumbling, “Um, yeah, it just wasn’t as good as the first…” You can see my review here.

15. Bookmarks or dog-ears?

Bookmarks. I form habits with disturbing ease, so once I start dog-earing books I’ll probably start doing it with all of them, including hardbacks, so I’ll stick with post-its, scraps of paper, tissues (yes), and more conventional bookmarks. 

16. A book you can always reread?

Fitz-Cover-CollageI’m a broken record, but The Realm of the Elderlings. I can read those books again and again, consecutively even, and never, ever get tired of them. How can I, when reading them is like coming home to a best friend?

17. Can you read while hearing music?

Instrumentals or quiet acoustic/indies, yes. I love making fan playlists for books, so listening to a bunch of OSTs while reading helps me find inspiration. 8tracks is a great site for finding music that suit the mood of a book.

18. One POV or multiple POV’s? (POV’s = Point of views)

Usually one. I’m a sucker for first person POVs, and with multiple POVs, I sometimes find myself skipping chapters to get to the POVs that I actually like.

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

Multiple days! (Unless it’s a novella or a children’s book.) It just doesn’t feel right finishing a book whose story spans months (or years) in 24 hours.

20. A book you’ve read because of the cover?

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher. The hardcover of this just looked so gorgeous so I nabbed it immediately at the bookstore. This was back when I’d bought books impulsively without checking out any reviews. Thankfully, the story wasn’t too shabby, either!




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26 thoughts on “The 20 Questions Book Tag

  1. acquadimore says:

    Cliffhangers at the end of a series are the worst. I hate when an ending does not even try to wrap up plot threads (not every series needs a spin-off, and if it does, the ending should still feel like an ending…). And I may end up agreeing with you about Grey Sister. I like it so far, but I don’t love it like the first one, and that Keot-out-of-nowhere thing is annoying.

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  2. acourtofcrownsandquills says:

    I love your answers! And I especially love your worn copy of Harry Potter. It’s funny because I’m one of those people who is afraid to crack a spine but when it comes to HP books, the more worn, the better. There’s just something so cozy about it. 💜

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  3. auroralibrialis says:

    Fool’s Fate has so many things I love in a book too and it sounds amazing, so I don’t know if I should be excited about that or stressed out that I have to read at least 5 books to get to it. Also, that is the purest reason I’ve ever seen to hate love triangles 🙂

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    • Kathy @PBTVS says:

      Haha I totally balked when I first saw how many books there were in the RoTE series (the only time I read 16 of anything was back in elementary school with chapter books), but the characters are so amazing that the pages just fly by. 🙂 And I thought it was a common reason for being anti-love triangle, but I guess not! 😀


  4. Justine says:

    I totally agree with you in Ready Player One. The attempt at representation made me feel super uncomfortable, and I almost stopped reading it altogether. I’m just starting Robin Hobb right now and am excited to join the fandom! Writing style take a bit to get used to, though, lol 😅

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  5. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight says:

    I agree 3-5 is good, but it does depend on the series. Some series I will happily read more of! Oh gosh, your copy of Goblet of fire is… wow. Lol. Well, I suppose it’s well-loved? I LISTEN TO 8TRACKS WHILE READING TOO! I haven’t done it much lately actually, but it IS the best for finding songs to suit the mood of the book you’re reading cuz you can search by tags!

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    • Kathy @PBTVS says:

      Hahaha,I get various reactions from horror to delight when I introduce people to that HP copy–I love it. 😀 And YES, 8tracks is so fantastic! I’m a little miffed that they have ads now but can sort of understand the decision. I have like 10 drafts of playlists that I still need to work on and publish. XD


  6. embuhlee says:

    I noticed you mentioned the first and third Tawney Man books but not the second – what was it about that one that it didn’t make the list? It’s probably my fave out of the three, hahaha


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