Book Tag: 20 Questions

I love book tags and I love being tagged in things, so I am so excited to bring you the twenty questions book tag today! I was tagged by gwalsh1985 @ The Book Nook UK. Thanks so much for tagging me! Please be sure to check out her blog. Without further ado, here are my answers.

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

I actually don’t have a set answer for this. I’m equally happy with standalones and long series as long as the plot keeps moving and everything wraps up nicely. I’ll read a fifteen-book series if I’m enjoying it, but not if it just keeps going on and on and on for no reason.

How do you feel about cliffhangers?

One of the best ways to keep me reading is a nice little cliffhanger at the end of every chapter. But to end the book on a cliffhanger… I don’t like that. I especially don’t like it if I have to then wait for the next book in the series to be released! (And it better be released! You can’t leave me in suspense forever!)

Hardback or paperback?

I’ve moved a lot over the last ten years, which means that I’ve had to keep my physical shelves pretty sparse. I generally buy ebooks unless I want some preorder swag or the book isn’t available for Kindle. Preorders are usually hardback — and the book subscription boxes I got for Christmas always contain hardbacks — so I guess that’s my answer. Hardback.

Favorite book?

Um. Yikes. I honestly read so many books that I could easily rattle off a list of twenty or thirty or fifty favorite books from the last five years. I know I’m going to forget some absolute gems but off the top of my head…

Least favorite book?

This is a really hard question! One book that I had a really viscerally negative reaction to (though the writing was absolutely beautiful) was Jennifer Niven’s All the Bright Places. A book that I thought was just really poorly written was Something Great by M. Clarke. (Bonus: Something Great has what’s probably the rantiest review I’ve ever written, so enjoy that.)

Love triangles: yes or no?

Love triangles were such a thing a few years ago. You couldn’t escape them regardless of the kind of book you were reading. I was really fed up with them, but now they’re becoming less common and I’m… cautiously okay with them. As long as there’s a point. I mean, don’t just have every boy falling over your heroine for no reason, but I’m okay with a well-executed love triangle.

The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

I DNF so rarely that I had to go check my Goodreads for this one. The last book I DNFed was Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami, through no fault of its own. I just really couldn’t get into it and it was due back at the library, so I moved on to other things. I still might come back to it in the future.

The last book that I rage-DNFed was Next August by Kelly Moore and I don’t even feel bad about it. I wrote a scathing review of the first 20%.

A book you’re currently reading?

I’m currently working on three books!

Last book you recommended to someone?

Let’s see, the last book I recommended to someone that was NOT on the internet was probably In the Blood by Lisa Unger, which I recommended to one of my friends when she said she was looking for a good thriller.

Oldest book you’ve read (by publication date)?

According to Goodreads, that honor goes to Utopia by Thomas More (published 1516), which I read for a lit class in college. If we’re talking books that I read for fun, probably Kallocain by Karin Boye (published 1940).

Newest book you’ve read (by publication date)?

As of right now, it’s The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo, which releases on May 8, 2018. (My review will be posted next week.)

Favorite author?

If you would’ve asked me a few months ago, I probably would have said Krista & Becca Ritchie. I still really love their work, but I’m getting more into contemporary YA recently, and Jenn Bennett is at the top of my list right now.

Buying books or borrowing books?

Definitely borrowing books — see my point above about moving around a lot. It also helps my bank account.

A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?

Maybe The Maze Runner? I honestly didn’t think it was that great and I didn’t understand where all the hype came from.

Bookmarks or dog-ears?

Bookmarks. I could never disgrace a book by dog-earing the pages! I remember my mom telling me to respect the books I read when I was very little and that’s always stuck with me.

A book you can always re-read?

I really don’t re-read very often, but one book that I can see myself continuing to come back to is Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. I have so much love for Becky Albertalli and that book.

Can you read while hearing music?

Depends on the day, really. Sometimes it doesn’t bother me and sometimes I need total and utter silence.

One POV or multiple POVs? (POV = Point Of View)

In general, I like multiple POVs. That said, it can be unnecessary and confusing in some books, so it really depends on the genre and what’s going on with the plot.

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

Most books take me two days to finish. That said, if I get really into it (or if I have a deadline) I might finish it in one day. If I’m really not into it then who knows. I’ve been reading The Quantum Labyrinth for like two weeks now.

A book you’ve read because of the cover?

The answer to this is… a lot. Some off the top of my head:

Results were mixed.

I tag…

Of course, no obligation to participate.

Book review: Dear Ijeawele… by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

⭐ Goodreads ⭐ Amazon ⭐

Teach her that if you criticize X in women but do not criticize X in men, then you do not have a problem with X, you have a problem with women.

When Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s friend gave birth to a baby girl, she reached out for suggestions on raising a feminist daughter. The result is this book, a list of fifteen suggestions that should apply not only to your daughter, but also your son and any child that you come into contact with.

I read We Should All Be Feminists last year and was blown away. I was equally impressed with this book.  I hope that I can pass on these suggestions, many of which seem to be common sense, to all the children in my life, and the children of my own that I will hopefully have someday. If all children were raised with these fifteen simple suggestions in mind, I think it’s safe to say that the world would be a better place.

Final rating: ★★★★★

#mm18: diversify your reading
#readtherainbow: violet

(Sorry that it took so long to post this review! I read this book on January 28, 2018.)