Today, I thought I would do a tag. I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but as I’m currently reading a thousand page novel and running low on reviews, I thought I would do it anyway. It’s an interesting way to get to know me more, even though I’m still talking about books (I can’t help it, okay).
1. HOW MANY BOOKS IS TOO MANY BOOKS IN A BOOK SERIES?
If the series has a complex world and plot, then I don’t mind how many books there are in the series. I want all my questions to be answered, and if that means reading 10 books, then I’ll read 10 books. Although, saying that, I really like trilogies. There’s enough room to explore, and they won’t get tedious!
2. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT CLIFFHANGERS?
It depends. If there is a following novel to answer all my questions, then I love cliffhangers. I do not love waiting a year to find out, though. I also like post-modern novels, especially if the ending is ambiguous. I guess it depends on the story. If it’s clear how the story will end, then cliffhangers are okay. If not, then WHAT?
3. HARDBACK OR PAPERBACK?
Definitely paperbacks. I’ve always questioned why people like hardbacks. They’re so uncomfortable; they’re hard, have sharp edges, cannot be carried around easily, look weird on the shelf unless your collect them, and they’re pretty expensive. Paperbacks are just so much easier.
4. FAVOURITE BOOK?
I don’t think it’ll come as a surprise when I say my favourite novel is Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. It’s one of the very few books that I can re-read over and over again. It sparked my passion for Victorian literature, proto-feminism, post-modern narratives, and the Byronic hero.
5. LEAST FAVOURITE BOOK?
Does this mean a book I hate, or a favourite book that isn’t at the top of my list? If it’s the former, then I’d probably go for Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent. It was so boring. I had to force myself to read it (as it was for university). I’m not interested in anarchic/terrorism narratives.
6. LOVE TRIANGLE, YES OR NO?
NO. Absolutely not. I’m not a fan of novels that have any sort of romantic relationship (you know, unless that’s the point). I much prefer narratives with platonic relationships, so I tend to hate any novel with a love triangle. The only exception is The Infernal Devices, but even that frustrated me. Will Herondale all the way.
7. THE MOST RECENT BOOK YOU COULDN’T FINISH?
I haven’t DNF’ed a book since April 2017. I tend to know if I’ll like a book or not, and I’ll stay clear of a book if I have a funny feeling about it. The last one I couldn’t finish was Naomi Novik’s Uprooted. I hate both the writing style and the characters. Agnieszka was irritating, and Dragon was emotionally and verbally abusive. Also, he wasn’t a dragon.
8. A BOOK YOU’RE CURRENTLY READING?
I’m slowly making my way through Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. It’s set in the early 19th century, and details the rebirth of English magic. My edition is just over 1,000 pages long, so I’ve been reading roughly 100 pages a day. I should finish it by tomorrow!
9. LAST BOOK YOU RECOMMENDED TO SOMEONE?
Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl. I actually gave my old copy away to my boyfriend, and begged him to read it. It’s one of those books that I will recommend to anyone and everyone.
10. OLDEST BOOK YOU’VE READ? *PUBLICATION DATE*
I haven’t read it in its entirety, but I have read two of the myths from Homer’s The Odyssey. I read ‘Circe and the Cyclops’, one of Penguin’s Little Black Classics. I’m not sure if this counts exactly as it is a translation, but I’m going with it anyway. The original poem was written towards the end of 8th century BC.
11. NEWEST BOOK YOU’VE READ? *PUBICATION DATE*
Madeline Miller’s Circe. It was released in April 2018, and is based on Homer’s The Odyssey. Circe is born into the house of Helios but has neither the look nor the voice of divinity. She is rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft. I really enjoyed it!
12. FAVOURITE AUTHOR?
I’ll give you one guess…
That’s right, Charlotte Brontë. She has the most wonderful and lyrical writing style, and is exceptional at writing characters. I appreciate how she incorporates her own life experiences into her narratives, and how she has found the perfect balance between Realism and Romanticism.
13. BUYING BOOKS OR BORROWING BOOKS?
I prefer to buy books – whether that be new or secondhand. I don’t like the idea of returning books, especially if I enjoyed them. I probably should borrow from my library.
14. A BOOK YOU DISLIKE THAT EVERYONE ELSE SEEMS TO LOVE?
Anything by Rainbow Rowell or John Green. To me, they are below average. I cannot get along with their writing style, and tend to find their characters either too dull or too full of life.
15. BOOKMARKS OR DOG-EARS?
I say I’m one of those people who don’t mind defacing my books (depending on the edition, of course). I will highlight, make notes, fold pages, and stick tabs in. However, I generally use bookmarks. I don’t like how dog-ears make the pages look.
16. A BOOK YOU CAN ALWAYS RE-READ?
I’ve already mentioned Jane Eyre, so I’ll go with Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl. I only read this last month, but I know it’ll be a book I return to. It was emotionally jarring, and followed such an ordinary girl through her limited life experience. I’m already looking forward to re-reading it.
17. CAN YOU READ WHILE HEARING MUSIC?
I only ever listen to music if I’m commuting somewhere and the train is loud. I have to play my music on a low volume, that way I don’t lose focus (I’m easily distracted, okay). I like to read in total silence.
18. ONE POV OR MULTIPLE POV’S?
One point of view. I tend to lose focus of the narrative when lots of people are talking at me. I tend to like a specific character’s POV, and will only pay attention to that. Although I can see how some novels work better with multiple POVs, I would still pick a single perspective.
19. DO YOU READ A BOOK IN ONE SITTING OR OVER MULTIPLE DAYS?
It depends. I will read a book in one sitting if the it’s A) fast paced, B) extremely short, or C) I have a limited time to get through it. Otherwise, I tend to limit myself to 100 pages a day. I’m making fast progress, but I’m also enjoying the reading experience.
20. A BOOK YOU’VE READ BECAUSE OF THE COVER?
I’m not someone who buys or reads books for their covers. I do a lot of research before committing to a book (they’re in and out of my basket before I finally buy them). However, I initially wanted Stella Gibbons’ Westwood for the gorgeous Vintage cover. The greenery and isolated woman really intrigued me. The blurb pushed me into buying it.
Thanks for reading, Lauren X