I felt like doing a tag today and since my siblings and I were recently playing “Would you rather,” I thought, why not this one? The tag was originally created by Rachel and Katie from RaKaBooks – here’s a link to their video. It’s probably not gonna get anywhere near as dirty as it did with my siblings (where “Would you rather go to school naked or have mom [our mom’s a teacher] go to school naked?” was pretty much the most harmless question), but I hope you enjoy it anyway!
#1 Read only series or standalones?
I’ll have to go with series on this one. While I do love standalones, so many of my favorite books are part of series, and I think I also tend to read more series than standalones.
#2 Read only female or male authors?
Um – I don’t really care? What matters to me is a book’s content, not the gender of the person who wrote it, and I have favorites in both categories. Please don’t tell me I can never read another book by J.K. Rowling, Suzanne Collins, Kristin Cashore, Tamora Pierce or Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, Neal Shusterman, William Shakespeare or so many more of my favorite authors. I guess I’d let fate decide here… Or look at statistics to see which I read more of (I’d guess it’s probably female authors?) and pick that one.
#3 Only shop at bookstores or only shop online?
See, this is a really unfair question to ask someone from a non-English-speaking country. I absolutely love bookstores. I can spend hours in them, just browsing the shelves, and if I could, I’d buy all my books there.
The problem is, though, that the majority of the books I read are English, and all of the bookstores near me have one shelf of English books at most – there’ll be the books everyone already owns anyway (Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Hunger Games), a few classics, some incredibly cheesy romance novels with highly embarrassing covers, and then maybe two or three books that I’ve never heard of and that don’t sound particularly interesting…
So unfortunately, I am forced to do most of my book shopping online. And I’m gonna have to stick with that. Although I would recommend branching out from Amazon to support other booksellers. Book Depository, for example, also offers world-wide shipping and has a vast selection.
#4 All books become movies or TV shows?
I’ll have to give it to TV shows here. I’ve just had way better experiences with them. They often have way better character development, they’re not forced to cut lots of essential plot points to make everything fit into 120 minutes of screen time, and when they do add new storylines, they tend to be developed much better and fit the rest of the story. In fact, there are many TV shows that I think actually did it better than the books – like The 100 or 13 Reasons Why. And plus, there’ll be so much more content you can watch!
#5 Read five pages per day or five books per week?
Okay, I absolutely couldn’t deal with reading only five pages per day. I wouldn’t even have time to fully immerse myself in the story! As hard as it might be during exam time, I’d still pick five books per week over that any day. When university gets too exhausting, I guess I’ll just switch to really short children’s or picture books 🙂 And during break time, I almost read that much anyway.
#6 Be a professional reviewer or author?
This is also a no-brainer: I have always wanted to be an author. I love writing! It’s basically my life’s ambition to publish my own book eventually. And while I do like talking about the books I’ve read, it doesn’t mean that much to me to actually write their reviews. I guess you can see that by the scarce amount of them on this blog…
#7 Only read your top 20 books over and over or always read new books that you haven’t read before?
Does this mean I can never reread Harry Potter again? *Sobs* I reread a ton, but I also need new reading material. And I think I definitely couldn’t deal with never experiencing a new story. So I guess I’ll have to give up the rereads. As much as it breaks my heart. (At least I have a lot of my favorite books almost memorized anyway…)
#8 Be a librarian or a bookseller?
I think I’d rather be a librarian. I just love the concept of libraries – how you can just take the books without paying. That way, you can have so many more and diverse customers and I also wouldn’t feel bad shoving recommendations down people’s throats, since they won’t have to pay for them. And libraries run so many cool reading programs! And there are always people just sitting around and reading or doing their research. When people come to the library, they often have more time on their hands, so you can get engaged in interesting conversations and really get to know people. You can employ volunteers. I think that’d be pretty amazing, actually…
#9 Only read your favorite genre, or every genre except your favorite?
Why??? Why do you make me choose? As you all probably know, I absolutely adore fantasy and I don’t think I’d ever be able to give it up. But I also need variation in what I read and there are so many amazing books outside of fantasy, too. I really don’t know what to pick here!
Maybe I’d go with reading all the other genres? At least I’d still have some variety there. And I wouldn’t have to give up all the other genres I love. But honestly, I am so glad I won’t have to make this choice in real life!
#10 Only read physical books or only read ebooks?
Well, at least we can end with a choice that’s really easy to make. I don’t have any difficulties giving up ebooks. I do read one every once in a while, but it is a rare occurrence. I just don’t like the feeling of staring at a screen the whole time.
And I love holding physical books. I love the way they feel, I love turning the pages, I love the way they smell – all papery and alluring – and I love seeing where I am in the book just by looking at it from the side. I love how in my favorite books, I know exactly where to crack them open to get to a certain part. I love browsing shelves and looking at all the books to find one I want to read next. I love how I can take them anywhere and am not dependent on a working battery. Even though they are threatening to take over my room, are more expensive if you buy them, and you might not be able to take as many with you, I’m just an old-fashioned physical books kind o’ gal.
Anyway, I hope these answers helped you get to know me a little better! Let me know if you agree with me or if you’d picked differently for any of these questions!