The 20 Questions Book Tag

I saw the 20 Questions Book tag over at Howling Libraries and thought it would be fun to do.

1. How many books are too many books in a series?

I think this depends on the series. If the series is done well and there’s relevance to what’s going on, then I think it can continue forever. With that being said, though, I want my favorite series to end on a high note. Authors shouldn’t write books just for the money, in my opinion. They should write the story if there’s more to tell.

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?

I have a love/hate relationship with them. If they’re done well, then I think they’re awesome and I can’t wait for the next book. If they’re done horribly, maybe if the author didn’t know how to end the story, then I usually hate them.

3. Do you prefer hard covers or paperbacks?

Hard cover all the way! I love dust jackets and leather-bound editions. I will buy paperback editions in a pinch.

4. What is your favorite book?

Dune by Frank Herbert. I adore everything about it. I love Herbert’s writing, the complexity of the story, the characters, the political intrigue, and the ethical/moral issues it explores.

5. What is your least favorite book?

I’ve only ever given one star to six books. My least favorite book would be a tie between those six: The Last Battle by CS Lewis, The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger, Animal Farm by George Orwell, and The Walking Dead, Volume 5: The Best Defense by Robert Kirkham.

6. Love triangles: yes or no?

Normally tropes don’t bother me, like at all. But, I despise love triangles. Actually, despise isn’t a strong enough word. There’s only one love triangle that has been done right and that’s the one in The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare.

7. What is the most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

Well, the most recent book I couldn’t finish was in October 2016 and it was Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Please don’t hate me, Jenny. I just wasn’t in the mood for it at the time. I plan to read it someday.

8. Name a book you’re currently reading.

I’m currently reading Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery for the first time.

9. What was the last book you recommended to someone?

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

10. What is the oldest book you’ve read?

According to Goodreads, it’s Othello by William Shakespeare, but I thought the Bible was published before Shakespeare’s time.

11. What is the newest book you’ve read?

According to Goodreads, it’s Artemis by Andy Weir.

12. Who is your favorite author?

I can’t pick just one. It would be a tie between JK Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Cassandra Clare, Suzanne Collins, Stephanie Perkins, Kristin Cashore, Marissa Meyer, Bree Despain, Brodi Ashton, and Sara B. Larson.

13. Do you prefer to buy books or borrow them?

Both. I often borrow books from my library’s Overdrive stock because it’s so easy. But, I love buying books even if I haven’t read them. I just have to watch how much I spend. I probably by one or two books a month, though.

14. What is a book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins was the talk of the town when it first came out. I read it for book club and thought it was boring until the last 50 pages.

15. Do you prefer bookmarks or dog-earing?

Hands down, no contest, bookmarks! I’m okay if people dog-ear their own books, but don’t you dare do it to one of mine.

16. What is a book you can always reread?

I can reread any of my favorites, but I love to reread Dune, Harry Potter, and Twilight every few years.

17. Can you read while listening to music?

It depends. If I’m immersed in the story, then yes. If I’m not immersed in the story, the music will distract me and I’ll reread the same paragraph, or sentence even, over and over.

18. Do you prefer one POV or multiple POVs?

I like both, but I prefer third person whether it’s limited or omniscient. If I were to write a book, I’d write it in third person.

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

It depends on the book. There are some books that I can read in one sitting, especially if I have the time. But, since I’m a slow reader, it’s very rare that I finish a book in one sitting.

20. What book have you read because of the cover?

Oh my gosh! There are so many! Covers draw me in. Fortunately, I’m not disappointed all that often because I’m drawn to the books I usually like. Here are a few covers that drew me in.

Moon Child Book Tag

I saw the Moon Child Book tag over at Lowlight Library and thought it would be fun to do.

1. Full Moon: A book with supernatural creatures in it

It may come as a surprise to some, but I’m not a huge “were” fan. I don’t really like werewolves all that much. However, one of my favorite trilogies involving werewolves is The Dark Divine trilogy by Bree Despain. I love that it’s a retelling of The Prodigal Son and the story is about redemption. Plus, there are some awesome kissing scenes!

2. Starry Night: A book with a beautiful starry cover

3. Out of this World: Your favorite sci-fi book

Anyone who knows me knows the answer to this question. 😉 Dune by Frank Herbert, which also happens to be my all-time favorite book. I adore everything about it. I love Herbert’s writing, the complexity of the story, the characters, and the ethical/moral issues it explores.

4. Creature of the Night: A thriller with a killer

I used to read a lot of thrillers, but I don’t read them that often anymore. My favorite one is probably And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. However, to be honest, I actually like the play ending better than the book ending. I’d love the chance to see the play again as it has been a good 21 years.

5. The Moon Controls the Tides: A book that deals with water (setting, powers, etc.)

I would choose Dune again since water is at the center of the book, but I want to choose a different book. This is a stretch, but I’m going to choose New Moon by Stephenie Meyer because of the cliff diving. If I were a stronger swimmer and I weren’t terrified of breaking my neck, I’d totally want to go cliff diving.

6. Daughters of the Moon: A book that features some serious girl power and friendship

When I think of a strong female lead, I think of Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I love her. I know she often doubts herself, but she’s still strong. She’s had to learn how to survive in the environment she’s in and I think she thrives in it not just survives. And, I love her friendship with Iko and Peony.

7. Spaceship: Your OTP (one true pairing)

I pretty much ship whichever couple I’m reading at the time. But, if I have to choose one couple, I’d always choose Bella and Edward. It’s thanks to Twilight (and Harry Potter) that I read. I compare all “romances” to the same feeling I had when I first read Twilight. If they come close, then it’s a pretty sure thing I’ll love it.

8. Waxes and Wanes: A book that played with your emotions

Don’t they all do that? Or, at least good ones? Okay, okay. The last book I read that really played with my emotions was Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesa Zappia. I didn’t realize it would have the impact on me that it did. I ended up crying during several parts of it.

9. Music of the Night: A book that has to do with music

I honestly don’t remember any books out right that are mostly about music. However, City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare does talk about music. Two of the main characters are musicians–Jace Herondale and Simon Lewis.

10. After Hours: A book with night in the title

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is one of my favorite books. It is beautifully written and magical. Morgenstern had a way of transporting me to the circus and feeling what the characters felt.

11. Crescent Moon: A book that features a goddess or goddesses

The Everneath trilogy by Brodi Ashton is one of my favorite trilogies. It’s a retelling of the Hades/Persephone myth. I love Brodi’s writing and I love her take on Greek mythology.

What books would you choose? Who is your OTP?

The Happy Tag

Last year, Kara posted this on her blog and it looked like fun. Plus, I needed to focus on some positivity with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder for those who aren’t familiar with SAD) hanging all around me. Here are things that bring a smile to my face or make me positively absolutely happy.

Books

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Not in the Script by Amy Finnegan
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows
Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson
A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson

Words

Scrumdidlyumptious
Fantabulous
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
Falderal
Bombastic

Movies/TV

How to Train Your Dragon
Futurama
The Marvel Cinematic Universe
LOST
Star Wars
White Collar
The Queen

Scents

Rain
Cucumer Melon (Bath & Body Works)
Cinnamon
Citrus
Evergreen trees
Peppermint

Random

Corey
Animals (especially cats, llamas, alpacas, and raccoons)
Purple
Friends
Family
Sleeping in
Books
Legos
Surprise gifts

What makes you happy?