Rapid-Fire Book Tag

I found this courtesy of A Geek Girl’s Guide, and it looked like fun, especially as this year I’m trying to read way more than I did last year (last year was a slacker year and I think I only read about 50 books). Since it’s one of my favorite topics of conversation and my favorite thing to collect, I love seeing book lists. I know the original point of this is to write bullet-point list answers, so I’ll try to stick to that, but I’m way too verbose by nature, so some might get longer answers.

So, without further ado, here’s more about books.

1. E-Book or Physical Book?

I love both. Kindle for convenience & for those books that are rare/expensive to get. My Kindle has been a lifesaver on budgeting books for lots of things I like. But physical book for the collectors & and for academic-style texts.

2. Paperback or Hardback?

Paperback, overwhelmingly. But if it’s a series/author I really like, I’ll splurge and buy the hardback to match the collection.

3. Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

In-Store is best, if possible. But I do a lot of online shopping, since almost nowhere carries the variety of German-language books I like. And some of my more academic texts are only available to purchase directly through the publisher.

4. Trilogies or Series?

Either.

5. Heroes or Villains?

Villains. Oftentimes they’re more compelling.

6. A book you want everyone to read?

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak. There’s something epic and wonderful about this book that I really just loved, and I come back to read it fairly frequently.

7. Recommend an underrated book?

The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley. It’s a fun fantasy novel that I found as a kid, and fell in love with. (I don’t know if it counts as ‘underrated’ — to be fair, I don’t follow those kinds of labels, so this is the best I have)

8. The last book you finished?

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse (auf Deutsch).

9. The last book you bought?

A Secret Vice by J.R.R. Tolkien.

10. Weirdest thing you’ve used as a bookmark?

So yes, this is him with a game, but his tail is also a great bookmark.

My cat’s tail.
Only temporarily of course, until I could grab a piece of paper to actually use.

11. Used Books: Yes or No?

Yep! Pre-loved books are the backbone of my collection, given my interests.

12. Top three favorite genres?

Epic Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Gothic Horror

I’ll note I love true “history” books, but that doesn’t count as a genre as such, I think. Which makes this a caveat, of sorts.

13. Borrow or buy?

I like to borrow if I can. There are a few authors I just automatically buy, but otherwise, borrowing is good. Oh, I guess I do buy my academic-style texts. Those are harder to borrow so those are almost always a direct purchase when I want one.

14. Characters or Plot?

Characters. I can deal with a predictable plot as long as the characters are intriguing & good. So edging characters to the more important position. But it’s only slightly in that favor, as I also like a good plot.

15. Long or Short Books?

Long

16. Long or Short Chapters?

Long. — look, I’m a devotee of the Tolkien-style of writing, so the longer and more epic, the better.

17. Name The First Three Books You Think Of…

  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Sprüche, Lieder, Der Leich by Walther von der Vogelweide

18. Books that make you laugh or cry?

The Silmarillion has parts that made me tear up (thank you J.R.R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien), there’s really great stories in there. Same can be said for pretty much all of Tolkien’s work–they’ve also got some funny parts that made me laugh.

Otherwise, I’ll admit I don’t tend to get too emotional while reading. I can’t think of other books off the top of my head that gave me a very strong, emotional reaction. I know there’s more, but they’re not leaping to the forefront just now.

19. Our World or Fictional Worlds?

Fictional worlds. It’s rare that I find a story from our world really great.

20. Audiobooks: Yes or No?

99% no. I tune it out too much and I read faster than audio books play, so I prefer reading myself. Plus, I tend to listen to a lot of music while reading and so it gets distracting far too easily for me. The only time I consider audio books is for a specific person doing the reading. If it’s a good speaker, I’m more willing to set aside the time to listen to a book. Major example: Carrie Fisher reading her own books, that’s a definite yes.

21. Do you ever judge a book by its cover?

Definitely. A catchy cover will grab my attention in the store. But I don’t rely solely on the cover, since some covers are bad, but the book is great.

22. Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?

This really depends on the book itself (or series) and what kind of proejct would best suit it. I’m not picky either way, as long as a quality product is the end result of the adaption. Like, Harry Potter as movies was great. The Witcher as a TV series is also great, so far.

23. A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?

Controversially, perhaps, I’m going to count all the Robin Hood written corpus as a “book”, and I’m going to say, I’ve enjoyed several movie adaptions of Robin Hood to be better than the written corpus. Errol Flynn’s movies are great (yes, major nostalgia factor in my opinion here), and I will die arguing that Robin Hood (1973 Disney movie) is one of the best ones out there — even if it’s 99% nostalgia there, and I know that it’s arguably a weaker animation for Disney.

24. Series or Standalone’s?

Depends, really. Sometimes I just want to read a book & be done. Other times, I want to dive in and know more. So, it’s all going to come down to the story itself.


Want to do this tag? Copy the questions below!

1. E-Book or Physical Book?
2. Paperback or Hardback?
3. Online or In-Store Book Shopping?
4. Trilogies or Series?
5. Heroes or Villains?
6. A book you want everyone to read?
7. Recommend an underrated book?
8. The last book you finished?
9. The Last Book You Bought?
10. Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?
11. Used Books: Yes or No?
12. Top Three Favourite Genres?
13. Borrow or Buy?
14. Characters or Plot?
15. Long or Short Books?
16. Long or Short Chapters?
17. Name The First Three Books You Think Of…
18. Books That Makes You Laugh or Cry?
19. Our World or Fictional Worlds?
20. Audiobooks: Yes or No?
21. Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?
22. Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?
23. A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?
24. Series or Standalone’s?

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I'm a bibliophile who loves collecting books. Definite cat person. Amateur historian and major geek, who loves all things Tolkien and Star Trek. I'm also fluent in German.

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