Since you guys really seemed to enjoy my last book tag on my Book Life, I thought I’d try another fun one. And again, I was not tagged nor am I tagging anyone. I just find book tags that I like and do them.
I feel like everyone on the web was doing this tag a few years ago, and you can find the original Youtube tag here. Now, four years later and with nothing to lose but my dignity, I’m trying out these ten questions.
Would you rather…
1. Read only trilogies or stand alones?
I usually read stand alones, so I’ll go with that option. While series are nice because they can get into complexities of the world and characters that stand alones can only touch on, they also tend to be filled with more unnecessary side-plots. Most great books I can think of (both classics and modern books) are stand alones. I will miss reading my cozy mysteries, but that’s about it.
2. Read only female or male authors?
This one is a hard one, because female and male authors tend to have such different priorities in their writing. Females tend to have better characters, but male authors tend to be more logical and organized in their plots (both of which I prefer in books). In fact, this question sounds a little sexist to me. I mean, why do I need to choose between a female author or a male one. So in principle, I refuse this question. However, I will say I tend to read more female authors than males, so it that sense I would say female authors…but still, principle!
3. Shop at Barnes & Noble or Amazon?
Since I get the majority of my books used (either at Goodwill, EBay, or Amazon), I have to go with Amazon. Barnes & Noble is overpriced and while I’ll buy the occasional book there, I would easily be able to survive without it.
4. All books become movies or t.v. shows?
TV shows. Even if the movie is great, odds are the creators will have to cut out tons of scenes and important, beloved characters because of time constraints. Of course, it always depends on who is making the film/series, but generally I tend to like TV show adaptations of books more than movies.
5. Read 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?
If I only read 5 pages per day, I would probably die, so I’ll go with 5 books per week. Generally, I tend to read about 3.5 books a week, so this increase shouldn’t be as hard as cutting back to 5 pages a day. Imagine if you only read 5 pages a day, it would take you two months to read a 300 page book (and that’s a relatively short book).
6. Be a professional reviewer or author?
Ouch…well, right now I’m kind of a reviewer (though not yet a professional one), but honestly I would still prefer to be a professional author. I love reviewing, but you know that phrase “those who can’t do, teach.” I feel like those who can’t write make great reviewers. But I personally find it more of a challenge to make original content instead of critiquing someone else’s, and I always love a challenge!
7. Only read your top 20 favorite books over and over or always read new ones that you haven’t read before?
As my favorite books continue to change as I read new ones, I would say always read new ones that you haven’t read before. I rarely read books several times (with the exception of a few of my favorite classics) and because my TBR is so long I don’t really want to waste my time by rereading that which I’ve already consumed.
8. Be a librarian or book seller?
Librarian, duh! One has the constant push to sell books, while the other not only can get free books from their working place, but they can help people who can’t afford books get access to a deep love of reading. Now, if I opened my own antique tiny bookstore, that might be a different story, but there’s something about libraries that I love almost more than bookstores.
9. Only read your favorite genre, or every genre except your favorite?
The problem is my favorite genre is historical fiction, which encompasses a lot. I could read some cozy historical mysteries, a sappy romance or two, and even an alternative historical fantasy. But if I read other genres, I’m pretty sure the only thing I would be left with is thrillers, sci-fi/fantasy, or modern romance. This sounds terrifying in itself, so I’m going to go with read only my favorite genre.
10. Only read physical books or eBooks?
Physical books. In the 3.5 books I average a week, one or less are eBooks. However, I don’t dislike eBooks. If I’m on a trip, I usually only bring one physical book and get tons of eBooks. However, in my day-to-day life, I always prefer physical books (maybe because I want to have a pastime away from technology).
So there are my answers to the Would You Rather Book Tag. If any of you want to do it, I’d love to read your answers. I will see you all next time, follow my blog for more madness, and, as always,
Best wishes in your life full of adventure,