20 Questions Book Tag

A couple weeks ago, Sophril Reads tagged me in this book tag. Although I’ve done a couple similar tags to this one, some of these questions really interested me so I was excited to get tagged! So thank you, Sophril!

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

For me, it depends on the series. If it’s a mystery series, I can read twenty books without getting bored, mostly as long as the specific mysteries are interesting and the overall plot progresses. However, in most series usually any more than three or four is too many.

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?

If they are handled well, I love them. However, I find too often they are just thrown into books to create false intrigue without actually doing any work.

3. Hardcopy or paperback?

Usually, hardcopy. It feels stronger and less bendable. However, on trips I love paperbacks because they are small.

4. Favorite book?

I’m pretty sure every time I am asked this question I have a different answer. Honestly, I don’t have a favorite book. I read so many books I rarely go back to. I have books I love, but none of them stand out in my mind as my favorite.

5. Least favorite book?

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Not sure I have one of these either…maybe Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. It was a pretty bad book, with bland plot and one-dimensional characters. But what amazed me most is why so many people seem to love this book. If you liked it, I’m curious as to why.

6. Love triangles, yes or no?

My answer is the same as a cliffhanger. If it is handled right, I’m fine with it and might even enjoy it. But so often it is thrown in just to add drama to an otherwise boring book (I’m looking at you, The Mortal Instruments!).

7. The Most Recent Book You Just Couldn’t Finish.

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Very, Very, Very Dreadful: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 by Albert Marrin. It looked like an interesting book, but a hundred pages in I gave up due to a couple inaccurate facts. The moment I notice a few inaccurate facts in a non-fiction book (which I’m not expert of to begin with) I begin to question every fact stated in the book, which makes me lose all enjoyment for reading it.

8. A book you are currently reading?

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The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. I’m really enjoying it, and I hope to write a review when I finish it!

9. Last book you recommended to someone?

Ironically, also The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. I recommended it to my mother just the other day and she immediately ordered it from the library.

10. Oldest book you’ve read?

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Strictly speaking, The Illiad by Homer, written around 750 BC. Though I have read some books translating ancient Egyptian and Chinese texts which were probably written being that, but most of those are not full books.

11. Newest book you’ve read?

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Island of the Mad by Laurie R. King, published in June of this year.

12. Favorite author?

William Shakespeare, probably.

13. Buying books or borrowing books?

Borrowing, because it’s cheaper and if I hate the book I don’t feel bad about buying it.

14. A book you dislike that everyone seems to like?

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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares (I did not read the sequels). Unlike most famous YA books, I have never met anyone who disliked this book. But when I read it back in high school, I couldn’t stand it.

15. Bookmarks or dogears?

Bookmarks, of course! Dogears damage books and I hate hurting books!

16. A book you can always reread?

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. It is such a beautiful book which is both enjoyable and philosophical at the same time. My favorite kind of book!

17. Can you read while hearing music?

Only if it’s instrumental. If the music has words, I’ll never be able to focus on my book.

18. One POV or multiple POVs?

I usually tend to prefer one POV. However, if it’s done right, I also enjoy books with multiple perspectives.

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

Usually multiple days, because I don’t have time to simply sit down and read for hours at a time.

20. One book you read because of the cover.

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The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi. It has a beautiful cover, but it’s a pity the story didn’t really live up to the exterior.
As always, I’m not tagging anyone, but if you want to do this tag, feel free to do it! Let me know your thoughts down below, follow my blog for more madness and, as always,

Best wishes in your life full of adventure,

Madame Writer

15 thoughts on “20 Questions Book Tag

    1. I know, everyone I know likes Exit West as well. When I read Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, I was only about fourteen, so if I reread it now, I might like it. I like the concept, though.

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  1. 10. There is a “book” much older than the Iliad that I read in college called the Epic of Gilgamesh. It’s so old that it dates back to ancient Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq) and is in many ways the first epic poem ever written. If you read it, you will probably spot some of its influences in works like the Bible and the Iliad. Hell, even Frankenstein borrows from it, though probably not intentionally.

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    1. I forgot the Bible! The Bible is older than the Iliad, I bet (at least the Old Testament). But I’ve never heard of the Epic of Gilgamesh…I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for the recommendation!

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      1. You will not be disappointed! If you are into old literature, the Epic of Gilgamesh is the granddaddy of them all, since it comes from the very cradle of civilization itself. Of course, large portions of it are lost, but it tells a very poignant coming of age story.

        The book was assigned to me for Classics of Western Civilization class, so this was listed alongside Iliad, the Bible, Plato’s works and Aristotelian ethics. Part of that curriculum on “The Western Canon,” and books that have shaped modern civilization.

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