Hello! I was tagged for this by Alice @ Love For Words. Her blog is amazing and she has really great posts, so you should totally go read it. Anyways, thank you so much Alice, because this looks like such a fun tag!
E-Book or Physical Book?
I just love physical books so much! Ebooks are great, and I do read them, but to me, there’s just nothing like reading a physical book.
related: my favorite way of reading a book
Paperback or Hardback?
I honestly don’t have a preference. Of course, hardback books can be so beautiful, but so can paperbacks! When reading, I also don’t have a preference.
Online or In-Store Book Shopping?
Definitely in store book shopping. I’ve gotten books online before, but it just doesn’t compare to being in a bookstore, being surrounded by books. When I’m in a store, I love to be able to read the backs of books, to be able to maybe read the first chapter, then decide if I want to buy it or not. And really, the whole environment of bookstores is just so amazing! It’s fun to go down a shelf and be like ‘I’ve read that one, not that one, oh wait I’ve read that whole series…
Trilogies or Series?
I don’t really have a huge preference. If I had to pick though, I’d probably choose series because then throughout the books you can really get to know the characters and understand the worlds.
Heroes or Villains?
Um, probably heroes. I’ve never really thought about it, but I guess I’d pick heroes. Good villains can be really entertaining to read though.
related: what makes a good villain
A book You Want Everyone to Read?
I think that everyone in the world should read the Penderwicks series. It is just so funny and amazing and the writing is incredible. The Penderwick sisters are the best, and I love those books so much.
Recommend an Underrated Book.
Giant Pumpkin Suite, by Melanie Hoosier Hill is a really good book. It only has 271 ratings on Goodreads, and I think that it totally deserves more love!
Who are you, if you can’t be what you always expected? A moving coming-of-age tale of prodigy and community, unlikely friendship and growing things.
Twelve-year-old Rose Brutigan has grown seven inches in the last eight months. She’s always been different from her twin brother, Thomas, but now she towers over him in too many ways. The gap in their interests continues to widen as well. Musically talented Rose is focused on winning the upcoming Bach Cello Suites Competition, while happy-go-lucky Thomas has taken up the challenge of growing a giant pumpkin in the yard of their elderly neighbor, Mr. Pickering. But when a serious accident changes the course of the summer, Rose is forced to grow and change in ways she never could have imagined. Along the way there’s tap dancing and classic musicals, mail-order worms and neighborhood-sourced compost, fresh-squeezed lemonade, the Minnesota State Fair — and an eclectic cast of local characters that readers will fall in love with.
The Last Book You Finished?
The last book I finished was uh, *goes to goodreads* Aurora and the Thief, by Becky Bird. I’ve been reading a little less than usual, as I’ve been finishing up with my last week of school. I’m actually reading Aurora and the Thief aloud to my sister, and it’s really fun. She loves the book, and I’m having so much fun reading it aloud.
The Last Book You Bought?
My mom just got me a copy of Stamped, by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi. I haven’t started reading it yet, but I’m really excited to!!!
Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?
I kind of use anything lying around as a bookmark. As long is it doesn’t damage the book, and keeps my place, it works for me!
Used Books: Yes or No?
One hundred percent yes. I own lots of books, but they were definitely not all brand new when I got them. Some of them are, and some of them aren’t. I think that it’s kind of cool to own used books, especially because it’s really fun for me to think about who else has read it in the past.
Top Three Favorite Genres?
My top three favorite genres are historical fiction, contemporary fiction and books with animals. I mostly read middle grade and young adult with the very very occasional adult or new adult novel.
Borrow or Buy?
Of course I love owning books, especially since I can reread them whenever I feel like it, but I also love borrowing books. I love going to the library and checking out 20 books, then coming home and reading for hours.
I miss my library. I really really miss going to the library. A lot. Do any of you?
Characters or Plot?
I wrote a short post about this a few months ago, but basically, I think that both the plot and the characters are essential to the story.
Long or Short Books?
I actually enjoy both. It really depends on what I feel like reading. I don’t generally consider myself a mood reader, but I do think that if I have a 500 page book in front of me and a 200 page book in front of me, the book I pick will depend on what I’m feeling like reading at the moment.
Long or Short Chapters?
I don’t know. Sometimes, short chapters can be a better if I don’t have much time, but in general, when I’m reading physical books I tend to just blow past the chapters. With audiobooks, I have to say that I prefer short chapters, because at night when I’m listening, I like to set the timer to end at the end of a chapter.
Name The First Three Books You Think Of:
The War that Saved my Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, The School for Good and Evil, by Soman Chainani and Aurora and the Thief, by Becky Bird.
Books That Make You Laugh or Cry?
Both? I love reading books that make me laugh, but sometimes the most powerful books are ones that make me cry.
Our World or Fictional Worlds?
I feel like a lot of the time, fictional worlds are the more dangerous worlds (If I appeared in SOC it would be for one chapter because I’d be murdered well before anyone even knew my name). However, they can be fascinating. I would love to go to the mother-daughter book club universe. I think that would be considered our world? The summer camp that the last book takes place at looks amazing!
Audiobooks: Yes or No?
Yes! Definitely yes. Sometimes audiobooks are a little harder for me to retain, but I still love listening to them.
related: audiobooks: reading or not
Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?
I try not to, but sometimes I’ll be at the library and be like ‘wow, that book is so beautiful, I must read it!” I guess it depends on what counts as judging a book.
Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?
I’m not a huge fan of book to screen adaptations; I’ve seen to many that are just so disappointing and stray so far from the plot! If I had to pick one though, it would probably be book to tv, because I feel like in movies, there’s just not enough time to fit in all of the important plot points. (And hilarious scenes. I know this is years away, but Disney better put the dam scene from the PJO series with Zoe and Percy and them in because it is so hilarious!!!!!!!!)
A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?
Must I only name one? But if you insist that I do, I’ll go with Ella Enchanted. The book, Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine is wonderful, and the movie is, not so wonderful.
Series or Standalones?
I love both! I think that it really does depend on the mood that I’m in. I’m not much of a mood reader except for the format and size of the book. I’ll typically read any genre any time, but the format of a book and length of a book and whether or not it’s a series or standalone depends on my mood.
Well that was quite a long post! This is the second post in a row over 1300 words, and I’m kind of surprised because in the past they’ve been quite a bit shorter. Anyways,
As always, no pressure to do it, if you do, I hope you enjoy it!