Book Tag | 20 Questions

I came across this book tag while reading my friend Shanah’s (@Bionic Book Worm)’s blog. I’m not certain where this tag originated, but it seemed like fun and I thought I’d join in! Shanah’s blog is awesome. She writes fantastic reviews, and is insightful and one of my favorite follows. Make sure to check her blog out if you haven’t already.

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

I think this depends on the series, though my gut wants me to answer this question with 5 or more. I feel like Trilogies really meet that perfect balance between allowing an author to say what they need to say, and accidentally saying too much. Though in series like Harry Potter, the extra books do end up working to the series’ advantage. That being said, when I hear that a series has 5+ books in it, I feel a lot less compelled to prioritize it. That’s a lot to catch up on!

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?

I’m a sucker for a good cliffhanger. I think authors that utilize cliffhangers now and again within a book are probably my favorite. They keep me turning the page because I just have to know how things are going to turn out. Though, if the cliffhanger were to happen right before the words The End, I might be a bit salty about it.

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3. Hardback or Paperback?

I prefer the way that hardcovers photograph for my instagram, and I prefer the way they look on a shelf next to each other. That being said, I prefer the feeling of a paperback in my hands as I’m reading. That might be weird to some, but I love the way they rest in the palms of my hands.

4. Favorite book?

Urgh this is so difficult. I feel like this question is challenging for a book blogger because when you ask this question to a non-reader, they’ll often answer with something that everyone has read, i.e. Harry Potter, which is pretty much the go-to answer to this question to people who don’t read frequently. Book bloggers often have Harry Potter on their list of favorites, along with 20 other books that they loved equally, but for different reasons.

If I absolutely have to name names here: one favorite that has been on my list for some time now is The Child Thief by Brom – which is a dark fairytale retelling of Peter Pan. My newest favorite from this year is Circe by Madeline Miller, which was absolutely wonderful and lovely in many ways.

5. Least Favorite book?

This has to be the Falling Kingdom series by Morgan Rhodes. I read 3 of them last year and can’t say that I enjoyed that experience when all was said and done.

Review | Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
Review | Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes
Review | Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes

6. Love Triangles, yes or no?

That’s a firm no from me. Every time I come across a love triangle, I can’t help but think that I would not waste my time on a person who couldn’t pick between me and another human being. Like would anyone accept that in real life?

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It’s not indicative of a healthy and loving relationship to me, and I sort of view them as a lazy man’s plot filler that are used when a book is lacking true subplots.

7. The most recent book you couldn’t finish?

I really try not to DNF books when I can. I give a book 50% of its length to grab me, and if it doesn’t then I’ll set it aside. The last book I DNF’ed was like 6 months ago now, and it was The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera. The plot was not what I expected from the synopsis, and I really didn’t vibe with the way the story was told.


8. A book you’re currently reading?

I’m finally digging in to A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas now.


9. The last book you recommended to someone?

I feel like I’m recommending books constantly through my blog and instagram, so that’s difficult to answer. The last book I recommended to someone in real life though was The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, to my sister, who has since borrowed and read all 3 of my copies.

10. The oldest book you’ve read?

The oldest book I’ve read is The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald. This book was originally published in 1872!

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11. Newest book you’ve read?

Has to be LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff. It’s official publication date is on the 29th of this month. I was blessed by the book gods and Netgalley to have received an ARC of it.

12. Favorite Author?

Madeline Miller. Her writing speaks to me on a deep and emotional level that I haven’t found replicated very often with other authors. I just love her books!

13. Buying books or borrowing books?

Buying. Definitely buying. I love the idea of owning the books I love and someday having built myself a library of my favorite titles. I might have a book buying addiction of sorts, and memberships to more than one bookstore’s discount/rewards clubs.

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An actual gif of me and Mr. Bastion at the bookstore. I’m the Emma Watson in this scenario, obviously. 😂😂😂

14. A book you dislike that everyone seems to love?

I think again I have to turn to the Falling Kingdoms series. I just do not get the hype around those books.

15. Bookmarks or dog ears?

Bookmarks!! The only type of book I have ever dog eared was textbooks in high school. Otherwise, I always use a bookmark. They’re just classier, and they keep the book in pristine condition.

16. A book you can always re-read?

I actually don’t do much re-reading at all anymore. There’s too many books out there to read! I think the older books from my childhood and the years before I became a book blogger are probably the ones I can revisit the most frequently, for the nostalgia alone.

17. Can you read while listening to music?

Yup! I sort of prefer the ambient noise music provides while I’m reading as opposed to total silence. Sort of like being able to read while riding in the car, or reading multiple books at the same time, I think being able to deal with music in the background might have been a skill I learned as a kid that I’ve just never shaken.

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18. One POV or multiple POVs? (POV = point of view)

I can appreciate them both, although I think I prefer multiple. I just like how multiple POVs allow the reader to see more of the world, and to understand situations from more than one perspective.

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

I read a book over multiple days. I wish I could read them faster than that, but unfortunately book blogging doesn’t pay my bills like my 40 hour a week job does. If someone wants to pay me to read and review instead, let me know in the comments below. 😛

20. A book you’ve read because of the cover?

I feel like a lot of the things I pick to read are due in large part to the cover. They’re the first thing to grab my attention. Find any recent review I’ve done, and you can suppose that I might have picked up that book at least in part because of it’s cover.

There we have it! That’s me done for.

Now I’m going to be brave and tag a few people – mostly you lucky ones who let me know that you wouldn’t mind being tagged in the future. If you’re not tagged, and you want to participate – feel free! Make sure to link me to your post below so that I don’t miss it!


Rachel @Pacemorelibri
Melanie @meltotheany
Emma @Emmareadstoomuch
Mandy @BookPrincessReviews
Priyasha @Books and Co.





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  1. OMG. !! I am tagged for the third time in this tag ❤ . I hope I do it asap. This is a fun tag btw I have been recommended Illuminae Files by a lot of people and I can't wait to read it .
    I judge books on the cover and I love it

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  2. I have a love hate relationship with cliffhangers. If a chapter ends off with a cliffhanger that’s fine with me because I can just keep reading. My issue comes when the book ends in a cliffhanger. If it wraps up the current book but leaves it open for the next book I’m ok with that but if I am left with so many questions and things I resolved in that book it drives me crazy. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten a book based on the cover. Yes that la what I see first but I always immediately read the synopsis. I love tags and getting to know more about the people I’m following.

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    1. I am so with you on all of this! Cliffhangers during chapter ends? I’m totally down with that. Cliffhangers at the end of books, leaving me with more questions than answers? I find that deeply unsatisfying. I need closure!!

      I’m learning to really enjoy participating in tags! I like sharing these more personal aspect of myself with everyone that I don’t get to share during reviews.

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  3. A very interesting book tag .. which equally absorbing replies which show bits of book bloggers’ thoughts! I liked looking into your mind, Bentley.. It was fun!

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  4. Thanks for tagging me! And I’m glad you loved Circe so much. I didn’t love it quite as much as The Song of Achilles, but Miller’s still one of my favorite authors and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.

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  5. Loved your answers! And I totally agree with you about love triangles. There’s nothing more off-putting for me than a book where there’s a love triangle. It’s not healthy, it’s not cute. I don’t know why love triangles are even a thing. *sighs*

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    1. Thank you Shruti! I question why so many authors are so reliant on love triangles too. I really hope YA in particular begins to move away from the inclusion of love triangles as a subplot. Like you said, they’re not healthy or anything we aspire to in real life, so why include them in so many books?

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  6. Great tag. Being asked to choose your favourite book is like being asked to choose your favourite child, or brother/sister. Loved all of your answers. I also don’t mind cliff hangers as long as the next book comes out relatively quickly. I read a book years ago that ended on a cliff hanger and the author still hasn’t written the next one in the series. So annoying

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    1. Haha I agree with you that figuring out a favorite book is impossible! And omg at that author not finishing their series. That’s the worst! Like Patrick Rothfuss and The Kingkiller Chronicles. Didn’t exactly end book 2 on a cliffhanger, but he definitely ended on a story only half told and there seems to be no plan to finish it out anytime soon.


  7. How fun. I like to learn more about my blogger friends. I have a love hate relationship with cliffhangers. I get them. I know they sell more books that way, but sometimes you have to wait years before the next book comes out.

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    1. Thank you, Terri!! I love tags too because they offer such a great glimpse into the person behind the blog. I’ve really begun to appreciate them more and more recently! They’re a great way of making friends. So true about cliffhangers – especially when the next book in the series seems to be on hold (I’m looking at you GRRM and Patrick Rothfuss!)


  8. Really enjoyed the questions in the tag, although I am an entirely different reader than you it seems, haha. Can’t listen to music, I borrow books, and love a paperback

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  9. I am the same with HB vs PB. I really enjoyed reading your answers. I struggle to identify a favourite book. I read so many but I do genuinely love the Harry Potter series. If I could be transported to any place it would be Hogwarts between Gridlewald’s fall and Voldemort’s rise. It’s also the only series that I actively seek out merchandise.

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  10. I totally agree with you, Bentley, about cliffhangers within in the book. That’s what really gets me going and going and going. But I’m with you – right before the words “the end” totally get me not so pleased. I know there was a trend of books doing that for a while back in the day. I’m with you on the love triangles. They’re the worst…along with that 40 hour job that keeps you away from the books, LOL. Wonderful answers, Bentley, and it was so much to read them. Thank you so much for tagging me, and I can’t wait to do it. Great post! 🙂

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    1. Thank you Mandy! I’m glad you didn’t mind me tagging you in this. I always get a bit nervous about tagging people! I’m so glad we’re on the same page about love triangles! I’ve got better things to read about in the little free time I have! haha


  11. I usually like a good end-of-chapter cliffhanger when the next chapter is going to be another POV, or another sub plot or something. Those are really intriguing. I think they are not necessary at the end of the book even if it’s a series, but they could work on occasion.

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  12. I find it interesting that you list the ‘Falling Kingdoms’ series as your least favorite books yet you read the whole trilogy. I can’t do that, if I really don’t like a book I just don’t read it, there are too many books out there. 🙂

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    1. Well, technically speaking, Falling Kingdoms is actually a series of 6 books, so I only read half the series. I actually read it as part of a buddy read group, and all of us ended up hate-reading the third book. Most of my buddy read group ended up DNFing it actually, but I finished it just to say I made it through.

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      1. Wow, six books is long for a shitty series. I don’t understand the appeal of hate-watching or hate-reading, but since you were in a book club I guess I understand, you don’t want to duck out when other people are suffering through it. 🙂

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  13. I loved your answers & if some could pay me to read & blog for a living I’d do it too! LOL! Circe is on my May TBR & I’ve just heard so many bookworms Gush about it that I’m pretty stoked. Starting ACOTAR eh, I’m actually now 2 books behind but it’s an enjoyable series, will keep an eye out for your thoughts. The format in The Tiger’s Daughter was the absolute #1 reason I DNF’d as well *bummer* Happy reading! ❤

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      1. Thank you! 💜 I have a couple of book blogger buddies giving me the stink eye for not having read it yet 😂 & yea I really did try to push myself with Tiger’s Daughter but noooo lol.

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  14. So glad you dig ACOTAR. I loved it, which was unexpected 😁 I also hate love can’t love 2 people equally. It’s just greedy!!

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  15. Great answers!! I love cliffhangers in a book, too! Making me anticipate and excited to see what’s in store for me. I used to re-read a book over and over, but not really lately. As you said, there are just too many book to read!!

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  16. omg such a fun post!! i love reading people’s answers to these types of questions. yes yes yes to bookmarks and buying books and judging at least a liiiittle by the covers! & of course nononononono to love triangles. i’m also v impressed by the fact that you can listen to music while reading (which i can RARELY do) and that you rarely reread?? i used to do it never and now i can’t. stop.

    thank you so much for tagging me!! ❤

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      1. Book synergy!!!! I’m impressed you made it beyond the first book. I had a lot of issues. It wasn’t horrible or anything, it was just a huge opportunity wasted. I wish it had come out when I was a kid, I bet I would’ve loved it then. 🙂

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      2. I think I would have liked it more as a kid too. As an adult, I was let down. I felt like it definitely got worse with the next two books too. I only read those because I was reading the series with a group, and we all gave up by book 3 haha

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  17. Great questions! Totally agree with you about love triangles, though I hadn’t thought of it like that before – now that you mention it, it does seem like a lazy plot device…

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