I was tagged by Krista @ The Bookish HedgeMom! Krista is a lovely person and her blog is super cute and purple, so check it out! The Rapid Fire Book Tag was created by GirlReading, and I appreciate having been picked because it was fun to do. I’m not tagging anyone specific, but if you want to do this, consider yourself tagged!
eBook or physical book?
As much as I love physical books, I gotta go with ebooks. They’re more convenient and portable without having to worry about wear and tear. I really only reserve the physical preference for special books.
Paperback or hardback?
Hardback. More durable and fancy, as if they’re made for a king, and that king is me (and other people who prefer hardbacks).
Online or in-store book shopping?
In-store because I am a perfectionist with severe OCD. It can take me hours to decide between two of the same books in person, I’m not joking. I stopped ordering them online because Amazon and even Barnes & Noble fail to deliver books in mint condition. With some miraculous luck, I found one bookstore on eBay that delivered my paperbacks without a problem. I couldn’t believe it, especially after two damaged books from Barnes & Noble THAT I HAD TO PAY RETURN SHIPPING FOR.
Trilogies or Series?
Series. I like to see where the author’s imagination continues to take the story!
Heroes or villains?
Villains, I guess. They tend to be more interesting. But I actually like anti-heroes and anti-villains. Anti-villains especially. Why don’t we see more of them?
A book you want everyone to read?
Surprise, surprise: I recommend Can Biotechnology Abolish Suffering? by David Pearce to everyone. I’m a transhumanist. Weird for someone who calls herself a witch, I know, but I believe that biotechnology is capable of solving the root of our issues as a species. Honestly, this book, which is essentially a collection of essays, is AMAZING. It should be required reading in all schools.
Recommend an underrated book?
Wax by Gina Damico. It’s cute, funny, creative, adventurous… I’d just love a film or TV adaptation of this book, okay?
The last book you finished?
Strange Secrets by Mike Russell. I am waaay behind.
The last book you bought?
The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins. It sounds cute and there are books and magic, yay!
Weirdest thing you’ve used as a bookmark?
A menu, I guess? I have no bookmarks at the moment, but thanks for reminding me to get one.
Used books: yes or no?
Sure, as long as they’re in decent condition and don’t have weird stains or smells.
Top three favorite genres?
- Science fiction (but I am VERY picky)
Borrow or buy?
Borrow. It’s sad, but I almost never read a book twice. I saw, I conquered, and now I must see and conquer others.
Characters or plot?
This is a hard one. Both are important, but characters, with the right personalities and motivations, can turn the most overdone plot inside out. Then again, a unique plot could be filled with interesting events that add more depth to the most cliche characters. I DON’T KNOW!
Characters, I suppose.
Long or short books?
Short. Anything longer than 400 pages makes me go, “WHY?” And thus you will probably never see me with a book that has more than 400 pages, unless it’s nonfiction/witchcraft-related. I had no idea how long Serpent & Dove was because I don’t pay attention sometimes, but I made the wise decision to DNF it, and not only because of the length…
Long or short chapters?
Short. Long chapters make me feel like a slower reader than I actually am. It’s cruel.
Name the first three books you can think of:
- Wax by Gina Damico (of course)
- Daughter of Chaos by Sarah Rees Brennan
- Season of the Witch by Sarah Rees Brennan (…of course)
Books that make you laugh or cry?
Laugh. It’s pretty difficult to make me cry, unless the dog dies or something.
Our world or fictional worlds?
Our world, especially an alternate world. I love alternate history. Like, imagine how different life would be if Earth orbited a gas giant, or had rings instead of a moon. IMAGINE HOW DIFFERENT THE HORROR GENRE WOULD BE.
Audiobooks: yes or no?
Nope. I do not have the attention span for audiobooks.
Do you ever judge a book by its cover?
Ah, don’t we all?
Book to movie or book to TV adaptations?
TV adaptation. Less has to be cut out of the book and there’s more to keep you invested.
A movie or TV show you preferred to its book?
I haven’t been reading for long enough to compare, so I’m not sure…
Series or standalones?
Some books are better as standalones, but I do prefer a series because I usually want a good story to continue, if it can.