Happy Friday, everyone!
I hope you’re all doing well! University is now in full swing over here, which means I’m back to grading papers and struggling with my own homework… But it’s actually kind of nice to have some sort of fixed daily routine again. I feel as though I’m much more productive when I know staying in bed for another five minutes or succumbing to the depths of YouTube will mean missing a lecture or being massively behind on coursework. And besides, the students in my tutorial are definitely more engaged than the last bunch! They actually say stuff without me having to drag every word out of them, and their homework has been a breeze to correct compared to last semester’s. If things stay this way, I really think I’m going to like these guys!
I’ve also made quite a bit of progress on my thesis, which is both good and scary at the same time – the scariness being due to the fact that I’ve pretty much understood most of the theory I need in order to start coding. And I have no idea what I’m doing! Once computers enter the picture, I am way more lost than when I get to sit in my office all day and just think 😅 I suppose we’ll just have to see how it goes…
But before I get too obsessed with all the math stuff, let’s get back to books! I’ve seen the 20 Questions Book Tag floating around the blogosphere for a while now and always thought it looked really fun – so when Samantha and Amber @ Bibliomavens tagged me, I knew I had to jump on the bandwagon! Thanks so much for the nomination, guys, and kudos to whoever came up with this, too! I was unable to find the name of the creator anywhere, so if you happen to know, please tell me so I can properly credit them!
Anyway, without further ado, let’s get into the questions!
How many books are too many books in a series?
I don’t think there’s a set amount! As long as the books remain interesting and don’t just include lots of filler content or become super repetitive and badly written because the author is trying to churn them out as quickly as possible, I actually adore long series! That just means I get to spend more time with the characters I love, and discover more about my favorite worlds 🥰
Still, I’m not gonna lie – starting a new series when you know there are about fifty books in it can be a bit intimidating… Sometimes, I just want something quick and fun, something with a satisfying conclusion that won’t take years of commitment to reach.
So basically, what I think I’m saying is that I want variety? 😂 I do love my long series, but I also want some standalones and shorter series to read in between!
How do you feel about cliffhangers?
If they’re at the end of a chapter, but still get resolved within the book they first occurred in, I love them! There’s nothing more satisfying than being kept at the edge of your seat and needing to keep reading to find out what happens next. I’m always a fan of suspense!
BUT: At the end of a book, they’re usually a huge NOPE for me. More often than not, they feel like a cheap attempt of the author’s to persuade me to buy the next book, just so I’ll know what happens next. Convince me with good writing and a great plot instead, will you!? 🙄 Besides, more often than not, it’ll be a year or two before the sequel even comes out, so by the time I do get around to reading it, my initial excitement about the cliffhanger’s suspense will already have faded. Which just makes everything seem extremely anticlimactic.
Plus, if I’m reading a book, I expect it to have a complete story arc of some kind. Even if it has sequels, there’d better be some underlying subplot relevant to the book I’m reading now that gets resolved! Otherwise, why split the story up into different books in the first place? So if a novel ends on a cliffhanger that prevents me from getting any kind of resolution, I will, ninety-nine times out of a hundred, absolutely detest it. I can get on board if the cliffhanger is at the start of a new story arc, but if the book just randomly ends in the middle of some exciting scene, it always frustrates me beyond measure! 😤
Hardback or paperback?
Regarding aesthetics, I actually don’t think it makes much of a difference, but because paperbacks tend to be cheaper, I’ve got to go with them. Because cheaper books means you can buy more of them! 😎
Still, I do love using the flaps of hardbacks as bookmarks – pretty much the only time I ever bookmark anything, lol 😁 – and hardbacks do usually come out earlier… So if I really want a new release, I’ll probably get it in hardback.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix!! 😍😍😍 It has been for years, and considering how much I love it and the amount of nostalgia surrounding it, I doubt that’s ever going to change. I’ve re-read it so many times I can literally recite whole passages…
Least favorite book?
Hmmm 🤔😅 There are a few more candidates here, but I think this has got to go to either Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Because seriously, how can anyone even think for a second that this absolute mess of a fanfiction is canon? – or Heart of Darkness, the epitome of a boring, convoluted, and hopelessly racist colonial narrative 🤮🤮🤮
Love triangles, yes or no?
No!! Seriously, they’re as annoying as it gets, especially since usually, it’s perfectly clear who our poor love-trianglee is going to end up with.
Honestly, I think the only love triangle I’ve ever been fully on board with is the one in The Hunger Games, because there, it seemed a natural part of Katniss growing up and didn’t take center stage in the plot. But when a girl simultaneously meets two guys and falls irrevocably in love with both of them over the span of just a few days, it makes me want to barf!
The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?
As a rule of thumb, I don’t DNF things. Like, ever. Even if I don’t like a book, I’ll be way too curious to find out how it ends after already sacrificing so much time to read it! Maybe that doesn’t exactly make me the smartest person, but I just hate leaving things unfinished 😅
Still, there are a couple of books I never got back to, for various reasons… The last one was Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield, which I started sometime in September 2020, I think. But then came my horrifying monster exams and my loan period from the library was about to run out anyway, so I returned it before I’d finished reading. I definitely plan on getting back to it at some point, though, because what I did read, I enjoyed!
A book you’re currently reading?
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky! So far, I’m very intrigued by where things are going, although I also constantly feel like slapping Raskolnikov for all the stupid decisions he’s making 🙄
And before you ask: No, I’m not reading this in Russian 😅 It took me almost two whole months to finish a sixty-page Russian children’s book where pretty much half the page space was taken up by pictures, so I decided it was okay if I went with the German translation for now 😜
Last book you recommended to someone?
The Betrayals! 😍😍😍 I’m so in love with it that I’m currently trying to get everyone near me to read it 😁😊
Oldest book you’ve read?
I honestly have no idea. Maybe something I read in Latin class? Cicero’s De Re Publica was written sometime between 54 and 51 B.C., so whatever it was, it’s got to have been as least as early as that…
However, if we’re not sticking strictly to whole books, I’ve also read excerpts of Gilgamesh, which dates back to about 2100 B.C. I think that’s pretty epic! [Get the pun? Sorry, I know it’s awful, but I just couldn’t resist 🤣] And I do plan on reading the whole thing eventually, so if you’ve got a favorite translation you’d like to recommend, let me know!
Newest book you’ve read?
The Anti-Relationship Year by Katie Wismer! I beta-read an early draft of this, so obviously I had to get my hands on a finished copy when it came out on March 30th 🤗
I don’t have one. It’s just way too hard to pick!
And besides, how would I even go about defining that? The person who wrote my favorite books ever is J.K. Rowling, but she’s also written stuff I only feel lukewarm about at best, like The Casual Vacancy. Even more importantly, all the statements she’s made towards the trans community recently are definitely not something I feel comfortable supporting.
Then there are other writers whose works and writing styles I’m a huge fan of, like Suzanne Collins, Kristin Cashore, Marie Rutkoski, Patrick Rothfuss, Jeanne Birdsall, Astrid Lindgren, Otfried Preußler, or Michael Ende, but pretty much all of them have also written at least one book I didn’t particularly like. And I don’t really know what they’re like as people, either – for all I know, we’d hate each other if we ever met 😅 (I mean, at least Patrick Rothfuss would probably be fed up with me pretty quickly for continuously nagging him to finally finish that third Kingkiller book…)
And then there are authors I’ve actually interacted with, whom I’ve genuinely gotten to like as people. But if their books aren’t among my absolute favorites, does that mean I can truly count them as my favorite authors?
Basically, all I’m trying to say is that this question is way too difficult to answer 😂
Buying or borrowing books?
A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?
Oh boy… There are so many 😅 Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Golden Son and Morning Star by Pierce Brown. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I think I’ll leave it at that before everyone here starts to hate me 🙈
Bookmarks or dog-ears?
I’ll take bookmarks over dog-ears any day, but usually, I’ll go for neither and just remember the page number I’m on!
A book you can always re-read?
If I liked a book, I will re-read it!
But there are definitely some that I re-read more often than others 😊 Apart from the obvious answer that is Harry Potter, one of my absolute comfort reads is The Penderwicks on Gardam Street.
Can you read while listening to music?
Absolutely not 🤣 If the music I’m listening to has lyrics, all hope is lost from the get-go, because I’ll immediately focus on those and probably start singing along. And even when the music is just instrumental, I will eventually be swept up in those melodies and rhythms! 🎵🎶
However, I do come from a pretty musical family and it’s hard to find a time when someone isn’t practicing one of their instruments. Funnily enough, though, I have absolutely no problem tuning that out while reading. But maybe that’s just because I never intended to listen to that music anyway, so I don’t have any regrets when I can’t tell you anything about what I just listened to later? 🤔
One POV or multiple POVs?
One. There are also books with multiple POVs that I love, but there’s just something about single POVs that tends to draw me in more. Also, often, when there are several POVs, I will inevitably start picking favorites, which will make me less excited to read the other characters’ chapters 😅
Do you read a book in one sitting or multiple days?
Both! I read books in one sitting a lot, but unfortunately, I don’t have the time to always do it that way 😪 And besides, I wouldn’t want to! Some books are best when you really take your time to savor them 🥰 I still wouldn’t say no to extra time for binge-reading, though!
Who do you tag?
I tag the following wonderful people, whose blogs you should definitely check out!
- Ambre @ One More Bookdom (Bien sûr, tu peux faire le tag en français si tu veux!)
- Jan @ The Doodlecrafter
- Moi @ Bookish Blunders
- Rabeeah @ Rabeeah Reads
- Susana @ Susana Loves Books
Of course, you guys are in no way obligated to do this if you don’t want to! If tags aren’t your thing or you just have a lot going on right now, I totally get it 😉
And in case you’ve already done the tag and I somehow missed it, please tell me so I can go remedy that!
So yeah, that was it for today! I hope you had fun reading, and do let me know whether you agreed with my answers or not! Are your unpopular bookish opinions as controversial as mine? Do you prefer long series or standalones? I would love to know!