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20 Questions Book Tag

I wasn’t tagged but this looks fun, so why not?


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

Two.
I’m not serious, but there are so many trilogies out there that could have been (and would have been better as) standalones. I know that I lose interest in series easily, so I’m more likely to pick up standalones. Duologies are ok if it makes sense for the series to be a series in the first place, and trilogies are already too much, unless:

  • it’s a companion series
  • every book follows mostly different PoVs even if it’s not a companion series

There are exceptions, but I probably won’t even start a series if I see that it’s longer than three books.

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?

I actually don’t care that much? I’d rather writers didn’t – so many cliffhangers are just an excuse for bad writing – but I can’t remember a time in which a cliffhanger happened in a series I actually cared about.
But if a book ends on a depressing note, I’m less likely to read the sequel.

3. Hardcopy or paperback?

…Ebooks! That’s actually all I’m able to get most of the time – I can’t just buy English books in an Italian bookstore – and with Italian/translated books, it’s not like I can choose (most books only come out in one format). When I order physical copies of my favorite English books, I choose hardcovers if they’re available because they usually don’t look like they’re going to fall apart in my hands.

4. Favorite book?

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Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee.
I realized it was my favorite book when I finished reading it – I felt so many things that I actually didn’t know how I felt about it at all, I only knew that I wanted to start it again immediately. I also probably haven’t gone a day without thinking about it since I read it.

5. Least Favorite Book?

This isn’t as easy, because if a book is that bad (or: that bad for me), I usually understand that from the first chapters. I don’t think about the books I one-starred often, and that’s why I don’t have one least favorite book even though I have one favorite. I can sum up my not-DNFed one stars in three categories:

  1. the ones I read when I started reviewing – I didn’t believe in the power of DNFs at the time, and read some seriously bad books because of that;
  2. the ones I liked while I was reading, but the ending ruined everything;
  3. that one book that made me so angry that I hate-read it just to write a review.

Now, SPOILERS for the highlighted books [“spoil yourself and don’t read them” is my recommendation, but whatever]:

My least favorite from category #1 is probably Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout, in which the only relevant marginalized character and the only queer character (a queer black woman) is evil. The white straight couple saves the day while having the most cringeworthy sex scenes ever.

My least favorite from category #2 is The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee. Do you like bury your gays, racism, and misogyny? You can find all of them here!

The book from category #3 is Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore. There’s nothing like reading a book which is basically everything you don’t like about America (you could just read “we’re the best country in the world” between the lines, and I’m not even sure it was intentional) with associated xenophobic stereotypes against your country (lampshading a stereotype and being self-aware about it isn’t subversion. It’s like saying “yes, I know this is xenophobic! I’m going to do it anyway!”). It’s even better if that book is constantly promoted as diverse and people often recommend it to you. Also, the plot just… wasn’t good.

6. Love triangle, yes or no?

If you need to have a romance, and the triangle isn’t between three straight people, yes. Give me all the gay love triangles and the romantic drama, especially if there’s backstabbing and villains involved.

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

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Only the Ocean by Natasha Carthew. DNFed after two chapters, one and a half of which I skimmed because of the writing. This book seemed to have something personal against commas.

8. A book you’re currently reading?

Final Draft by Riley Redgate, which I’m really liking so far – I love the narrator and I think I like where the story is going, but I also find it very… emotionally difficult to read (I don’t know how to explain but the narrator is a girl with anxiety and it’s realistic enough that my own anxiety makes it difficult to read). I also started Provenance by Ann Leckie but I haven’t read enough to say how I feel about it so far.

9. Last book you recommended to someone?

I don’t know.

10. Oldest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

I don’t know either!

11. Newest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

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An ARC of The Meaning of Birds by Jaye Robin Brown. Gorgeous cover, interesting premise, but sadly I didn’t like the book itself. It will be published in April 2019.

12. Favorite author?

Yoon Ha Lee for adult novels and short fiction, Leigh Bardugo for YA fantasy.

13. Buying or borrowing books?

It’s not like I can borrow them from anywhere or anyone, so buying.

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

The most recent ones – and probably my most unpopular opinions of this year – are  The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid and The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang. They were both two star reads for me.

15. Bookmarks or Dog-ears?

If anyone can find a way to dog-ear an ebook… (However, you can “bookmark” your ebook, so “bookmarks”, I guess.)

16. A book you can always reread?

All of my favorites; it’s not a favorite if I don’t want to reread it.

17. Can you read while hearing music?

Yes. Sometimes it even makes me read faster, but I usually don’t do it.

18. One POV or multiple POV’s?

Whatever works for the story, I don’t really have a preference.

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

Usually over multiple days, but it depends. There are three kinds of books I can read in one sitting:

  • anything that isn’t a novel, so short stories, novelettes and novellas
  • really good fast-paced books
  • the ones I really hate (Acqua read Italian classic La coscienza di Zeno in one sitting because she had to do it for school and she hated it so much she knew she wouldn’t have picked it up again if she ever stopped reading it).

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

The House With Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson. I decided to read it when I saw the UK cover and was able to get an ARC of the US one from edelweiss. It was mostly good but not that memorable.


Are you the kind of reader who has a favorite book or the one who can’t choose? What was your most unpopular bookish opinion of the year?

3 thoughts on “20 Questions Book Tag

  1. I’m so with you on most series being too long. I don’t know why, but I have such a hard time motivating myself to pick up sequels. Even duologies can be a struggle. I just want to read all the shiny new stories, set in shiny, new worlds. A book has to be really amazing for me to want to commit to a whole trilogy. I’m curious about Final Draft, so I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it! Even without all the problematic content, Jane, Unlimited just sounds like such a mess.

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    1. Same about the shiny new things – I want the shiny new things! That’s true for stories and worlds, but it’s especially true for characters. I usually don’t care about a character enough to pick up three books in their PoV, every one a year apart from the previous one.
      I finished Final Draft today and ended up really liking it, even if it wasn’t easy to read at all (it’s less than 300 pages and it took me a week).

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