I saw Brett post this tag over on his blog brettmichaelorr.com (go check it out) and thought I’d steal it and do my own post, because I’m a thief and that’s how I roll. As it’s one of those blog tag things, I’m probably meant to tag some specific blogs to do this as well, but I’m a lazy thief. So if you’re reading this consider yourself nominated. Congratulations (or commiserations)! And now for the questions:
Would you rather…
1. Read trilogies or stand-alones? I’m definitely going to say stand-alones. It’s not that I don’t like book series’, but no matter how terrible the first book is, I’m usually compelled to read the rest of the series which is usually a waste of time that I can’t dissuade myself from. I’m nothing if not a finisher of books. Whereas if I read a standalone and it’s terrible, at least I don’t have more of the series to drag myself through.
2. Read only female or male authors? Here I absolutely have no preference. Here’s a pie chart I made to demonstrate. It’s based on the last 50 authors I’ve read (I did authors rather than books as some of the books were by the same author, so for this I only counted each author once). As you can see, the ratio is pretty close and I also have too much time on my hands.
3. Shop at Barnes & Noble or Amazon? For the purposes of this post, Barnes & Noble shall henceforth be known as Dymocks (as that’s probably the Aussie equivalent). I have a definite preference for Dymocks, because I can go in and touch all the books. As cheap as Amazon and similar sites can be, nothing beats being surrounded by books and fellow book shoppers.
4. All books become movies or TV shows? Um, I think it depends on the book. Something like George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series is simply too epic for it to be cut down and made into a movie, so TV works for that one. Movies are very exciting though, and do tend to stick more closely to the book. But what I hate is when an adaptation of the first book in a series is made, just so the movie people can test the waters, and if it performs badly at the box office they don’t make the rest of the series. Either adapt the whole series, or not at all.
5. Read 5 pages per day or 5 books per week? Whaaaat? Of course I’d love to read 5 books a week, but I worry that I’d be reading so fast that I wouldn’t take in the book properly and miss stuff. So I’m going to be a sad reader and pick 5 pages per day. At least I’m reading every day!
6. Be a professional reviewer or author? I will have a book published one day, but if I’m really honest I’d rather be a professional reviewer because then I’d just get to sit around and read all the time, and talk and write about books. Also if I were a professional author I know I’d get frustrated with people trying to decipher the hidden meanings within my work. Here’s a spoiler for any books I have published in the future: I’m not clever enough for hidden meanings, I write what I mean.
7. Only read your top 20 favourite books over and over, or always read new ones that you haven’t read before? Definitely the latter. There are so many excellent books out there that it would be a shame to not try and read them all before I die.
8. Be a librarian or book seller? Book seller for sure! I’d love to be able to recommend books to people, preferably books they might not have otherwise read. There’s a lady that works in my local Dymocks who I absolutely have to stay away from, because she always recommends interesting books to me and I always end up buying them. I want to be like that.
9. Only read you favourite genre, or every genre except your favourite? I don’t really have a particular genre that I exclusively read as I’ll read just about anything (I thought about doing another pie-chart here, but it would have taken forever) – if it interests me, I’ll read it.
10. Only read physical books or eBooks? I’m well aware of how convenient eBooks are, but they will never beat the feel of an actual book in your hands, the smell of the paper, or the fact that it’s a lot cheaper to hurl a book across the room when something happens that annoys you.