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20 Questions Book Tag

Posted September 18, 2018 by Amber in Bookish Things, Tags / 6 Comments


Back in June, the lovely Iris tagged me to participate in the 20 Questions Book Tag!  Have y’all even played 20 questions?  Most frustrating game ever – I feel like it always ends up being way more than 20 questions, and I never guess it right!

The book tag version is much more fun.  Thanks for the tag, Iris, and y’all make sure you go check out Hoard of Books!

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Question One

How many books are too many books in a book series?

I think it depends on the series.  I would take about twelve more various Harry Potter books with glee.  Tamora Pierce has written many books in her fantasy world, and I gobble them up like candy.  But there are other series where I feel very strongly that a trilogy is enough.  Even a duology.

Question Two

How do you feel about cliffhangers?

Ooo, this one depends too!  If I’m waiting for the next book, it’s terrible.  But if I’m not reading a newly published book, then at least I know I can pick up the next one any time.  If that’s the case, it’s a lovely thrill.

Question Three

Hardback or paperback?

Aaaargh, these questions are so subjective!  I have nothing against either.  I will usually go for paperback when buying brand new (if I can) because it’s usually less expensive.  However, if I’m buying off a used site like Thriftbooks, I go for hardback because I know they’ll be less damaged than a paperback.  And then, hardbacks are prettier and sturdier, but paperbacks are lighter to carry in my purse…

Question Four

Favorite book?

Whyyyy does this question always come up?  I could give you a top twenty.  Maybe?  Please see this Goodreads shelf.  Tess of the RoadHarry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanThe Night CircusThe Princess BrideGone With the Wind.  On and on it goes.

Question Five

Least favorite book?

There are a lot of books that I didn’t like and didn’t finish, but of all the ones I did finish and should have been decent reads… Don Quixote by Michel de Cervantes.  I was bored to tears.

Question Six

Love triangles, yes or no?

Absolutely not!  They’re overused, and lets be honest, they’re just setting your readers up for disappointment.  After all, how often are any of us going to end up in a love triangle.

Question Seven

The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

Elevate.  It wasn’t a book I’d’ve picked up myself in the first place, but it was written by the owner of the company I work for, and he’s an impressive guy and super nice so I thought I’d give it a go.  Also he gifted a hardcover copy to everyone in the company, so… free book!  I donated it to my local library where hopefully someone who enjoys the genre will read it. 🙂

Question Eight

A book you’re currently reading?

Confession:  I’m writing this post a little over a month in advance.  So as I’m writing it I’m reading The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang (which is excellent) and I’m listening to Feed by Mira Grant, and my husband and I are listening to Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi together.

Question Nine

Last book you recommended to someone?

I’m trying to get my husband to read The Poppy War!  I really think he’d enjoy it.  At the moment, I haven’t even finished it, and I’m already recommending it!

Question Ten

Oldest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

Homer’s The Iliad was written in approximately 762 BC, so I don’t think I’m gonna beat that one!

Question Eleven

Newest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

If I’m including ARCs, it’s The Bigfoot Files by Lindsay Eager, coming out next month!  Not counting ARCs, that would be Not the Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi, which was published in June.

Question Twelve

Favorite author?

I will read anything written by Tamora Pierce!  She’s been my hands-down, I-love-everything-she-writes, favorite since I was ten.

Question Thirteen

Buying books or borrowing books?

I have nothing against borrowing books, but my work schedule makes visiting the library difficult.  I mostly borrow from Overdrive, and then I do buy too many. 🙂

Question Fourteen

A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?

Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I didn’t fall in love with it the way so many other people did, and I thought Scarlet was generally disappointing.

Question Fifteen

Bookmarks or dog-ears?

Bookmarks, bookmarks, bookmarks!  I’m not a dog-ear person at all, but y’all can do to your books whatever you want.

Question Sixteen

A book you can always reread?

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling.  I love this book, have read it many times, and it’s always fun to delve back into Harry’s world.

Question Seventeen

Can you read while hearing music?

Generally, no.  I am one of those people who listens closely to lyrics while I listen to music, and I can untangle that many words in my head all at once.

Question Eighteen

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

I prefer multiple POVs.  It can save the book for me if I don’t like one of the characters.  For example, I recently finished Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher and ultimately, if it hadn’t been for Tavi’s POV, I wouldn’t  have finished the book – his storyline was by far the most interesting.

Question Nineteen

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

I prefer to read a book over multiple days, but sometimes a book just wraps me up and I can’t stop reading.  It’s rare, but it happens. 😉

Question Twenty

Who do you tag?


Dani @ Perspective of a Writer – In July, Dani posted a great post about the books she’s choosing to keep or let go on her bookshelf… specifically those with an Asian protagonist!  Check out the post for some great Asian rep books!

Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books – Marie is one of my favorite bloggers, and last month she dropped a post about ways you can support international book bloggers.  Since the book blogging market and ARC system is American-centric, it’s important to support our friends overseas.

Tizzy @ Dusting the Soul – Tizzy is one of those really insightful, in-depth bloggers and if you like my blog, you’ll probably love hers!  She did an awesome Top Ten Tuesday post about what book mashups she’d love to read – take a look!


Can you multi-task while reading?

What’s the oldest book you’ve read?

What book can you read over and over again?

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6 responses to “20 Questions Book Tag

    • Amber

      Ahhhh I’m so glad my GIF game was on! I struggled with this one, so many questions! The Poppy War was great – I really hope you enjoy it when you get to it!

  1. Aww thank you for tagging me! 🙂
    I also usually go with paperbacks because they are less expensive – and much better to carry around, since I tend to take books with me wherever I go hahaha 🙂
    I’m so glad you love The Night Circus, I hope to read it soon, I can’t wait! 😀

    • Amber

      I hope you really love The Night Circus when you get there – it was a bit of a challenge at first, but I adored it in the end! ?

  2. Yay, nice to see another blogger who loves Gone With The Wind! I think it’s probably my most read book and should hopefully be rereading again this year. And I totally agree about Don Quixote, I read around 50-100 pages and I couldn’t finish it and I normally love adventure books but with resourceful protagonists not deluded ones.

    • Amber

      I absolutely adore Gone with the Wind. I read it every couple of years. Margaret Mitchell’s characters are so well-layered and interesting, and it’s not easy for historical fiction to hold up for a century. When I read Don Quixote I was in that face where I never wanted to give up on a book. I’ve learned since then! 🙂