Would you rather: Bookish edition

I’ve seen some of these “would you rather”-style posts floating around the book blogs I follow, and I thought it was time for some fun over here.  Read on for twenty questions – some of them almost impossible! – and my responses.  Feel free to comment or send me an ask with your opinion!

Would you rather have unlimited access to ARCs but none to any books released in the last 5 years, or have unlimited access to only books released 5+ years ago?

Now, I think this question is kind of ambiguous.  Is it a rolling five years or can I just never read anything from 2012 on?  Honestly, my TBR is so long that it doesn’t really matter!  If it’s a rolling five years, no problem.  I’ll take the ARCs and catch up on books published more than five years ago.  At this rate, I’ll still be working on 2012 in about 2042, so no big deal.  Chances are pretty good that I’d be able to get an ARC of upcoming books that I really wanted to read anyway.

Would you rather read a book where the main character or the love interest is killed off?

Kill off the love interest!  The writing has to be really good for the author to kill off the main character and still have a good story.  I’d rather have the love interest die and watch the main character deal with it.

Would you rather read only physical books or only ebooks?

I’ll take ebooks. I love the look of full bookcases, but it’s so much work to pack them up and move them.

Would you rather read five pages per day or five books per week?

Five books per week for sure.

Would you rather work in a library or a bookstore?

I think I’d rather work in a library. I feel like a library would have more employees that actually love reading than somewhere like Barnes and Noble, where maybe they just needed a job.

Would you rather read a very well-written book with a dull plot or a very interesting plot written in a way that makes your eyes bleed?

This one is just mean!  Of course I would rather have a well-written book with a very interesting plot, but I guess that’s not an option here.  If I had to choose, I’d take a very interesting plot that’s been badly written.  At least then I won’t fall asleep while reading.

Would you rather love a book everyone hates or hate a book everyone loves?

I’ve been on both sides of this, but I would always prefer to love a book.

Would you rather have your favorite author read their next book to you or dedicate it to you, where your name will forever be immortalized?

I’d make a fool of myself in front of the author, so I’d prefer to have the book dedicated to me. I’d probably buy a whole case just to display them around my house.

Would you rather read a book that’s missing a middle chapter or missing the first & last chapters?

A random middle chapter can disappear. I have to know how it ends.

Would you rather only read your favorite genre or be able to read any genre except your favorite?

Only read my favorite genre.  What’s the fun of reading if you can’t read what you’re interested in?

Would you rather make a fool of yourself meeting your favorite author or have to be roommates with your most hated book character?

I love my personal space, so I’d go with making a fool of myself.  I do it all the time, anyway, so what’s the difference?

Would you rather only access books through the library or only buy them?

Only access books through the library. If I had to buy every book I read (100+ per year), I’d go broke.

Would you rather have your favorite book become a movie or a tv show?

Provided that it would be on a network that actually allows it to come to life, I’d prefer a tv show. So much gets cut out in a movie so that it fits neatly into the 90-minute window.

Would you rather drop your favorite book into the toilet or watch it fall into a wood chipper?

I’d rather watch it fall into a wood chipper. It’s not like I’m going to read it after it falls in the toilet, and I’d have to deal with getting it out.

Would you rather be stuck on a deserted island with no books or be stuck in a library full of books in a language that you can’t read?

I’d rather be in the library. Presumably I’d have access to food, water, and other necessities in the library, and I’m sure that somebody would find me eventually.

Would you rather only read trilogies or only read standalones?

Only standalones.

Would you rather only be able to read New York Times bestsellers or only books that have never made the list?

Only books that have never made the list. I’ve read a lot of NYT Bestsellers that have been terrible.

Would you rather only read books with a love triangle or only read books with no romance at all?

I guess I’d take a love triangle. I hope it’s well-written, though.

Would you rather have to read 50 Shades of Grey repeatedly for an entire year or go to every showing of the movie at your local theater for a month?

I suppose I’d choose every showing for a month. Nobody said I have to watch it, only that I have to be there.

Would you rather read a book with a cliffhanger or with a heartbreaking ending?

I’ll take a cliffhanger.  I’d rather either wait for the next book or come up with my own ending than know that the characters’ lives have been destroyed.