I’ve seen this tag making the rounds lately and thought it would be fun to play along. Hopefully I’m not too late to the party.
- HOW MANY BOOKS IS TOO MANY BOOKS IN A SERIES?
Generally speaking I feel like if you’re going beyond a trilogy, there should be both a compelling reason to do so and a plan for where the series is going. There are a few longer running series that I love, but what they all have in common is that they clearly have a destination in mind.
- HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT CLIFFHANGERS?
They’re fine so long as the author intends to keep the series going in a timely manner.
- HARDCOPY OR PAPERBACK?
The last few years I’ve been doing almost all my reading via Kindle and switching between the actual device and the app on my phone. I really love the portability and convenience of being able to borrow ebooks from my local library.
- FAVOURITE BOOK?
What kind of sick tag asks a reader to make a choice like this? There are so many books I like for so many different reasons that I’m not sure I could choose. Gun to my head answer: Children of Dune. Don’t ask how often I changed that before hitting publish.
- LEAST FAVOURITE BOOK?
Another tough choice. I tend not to remember the bad ones, but I do recall particularly disliking Ethan Frome and Tuesdays with Morrie. Both of these I had to read for school, though. The former was forced upon me as a seventh grader and the latter upon entering university so I do take that into account. With the exception of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle I think I’ve disliked nearly every book I’ve had to read. This is some kind of unwritten rule, right?
- LOVE TRIANGLES, YES OR NO?
If they fit the story, fine I guess. The trope doesn’t really do anything for me either way. Just don’t add it for the sole purpose of selling the book.
- THE MOST RECENT BOOK YOU JUST COULDN’T FINISH?
I’m pretty selective, so this doesn’t happen often. My last DNF was First and Last Men, by Olaf Stapledon but that was a few years ago. It was a very dense hard sci-fi novel written in the early 1930s that I just couldn’t get into. Ernest Cline’s Armada recently came very, very close.
- A BOOK YOU’RE CURRENTLY READING?
Currently reading Elantris, by Brandon Sanderson. I’m absolutely hooked on his Cosmere universe, so I’ll be reading a lot from him.
- LAST BOOK YOU RECOMMENDED TO SOMEONE?
Frankenstein in Baghdad, by Ahmed Saadawi. Consider it recommended again.
- OLDEST BOOK YOU’VE READ?
Depends on how we’re treating translations. It’s Homer’s Odyssey if we’re going with the date of the original and probably Dune (1965) if not.
- NEWEST BOOK YOU’VE READ?
Again, it depends on how we’re dealing with translations. It’s either Frankenstein in Baghdad (English language translation published January, 2018) or Collapsing Empire, by John Scalzi (March, 2017).
- FAVOURITE AUTHOR?
Gut answer: Haruki Murakami. Moving on before I change it.
- BUYING BOOKS OR BORROWING BOOKS?
Borrow. My library card gets a real workout, especially since I can use it for ebooks.
- A BOOK YOU DISLIKE THAT EVERYONE SEEMS TO LIKE?
American Gods, by Neil Gaimon. So many people whose opinions I value spoke highly of this, but I just never really got into it. Perhaps it was a victim of hype.
- BOOKMARKS OR DOGEARS?
I’ve been known to do both, as place savers and as a means to keep track of passages I particularly like. Depends on the book and what I happen to have handy to use as a bookmark. Some of the most well loved books in my library have extensive dog-earing while others have multiple bookmarks.
- A BOOK YOU CAN ALWAYS REREAD?
There are a few books I reread with some regularity, most notably Frank Herbert’s Dune series and Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ‘72, but those depend highly upon my mood. For an anytime reread I would have to pick The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
- CAN YOU READ WHILE HEARING MUSIC?
I do a lot of reading on the subway so I’m pretty good at phasing out background noise, but I don’t think I could purposefully listen to music and be able to focus on reading.
- ONE POV OR MULTIPLE POVS?
Really depends on the book and the author. Both are fine in the proper context.
- DO YOU READ A BOOK IN ONE SITTING OR OVER MULTIPLE DAYS?
Multiple days. I no longer have the luxury of sufficient time to finish a book in one day.
- ONE BOOK YOU READ BECAUSE OF THE COVER.
Hyperion, by Dan Simmons and it turned out to be one of my favorites. The image of the sunset gleaming off the Shrike as it stares out across an alien landscape captivated me for years before I even read the book.