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The 20 Questions Book Tag

My first tag! Spotted this while browsing through other book bloggers pages and wanted to try my first tag. I borrowed these questions from Brin’s Book Blog.

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

Depends on the author and genre but I don’t think there can ever be too many. My favourite series are Ian Rankin’s Rebus, Lee Child’s Jack Reacher and Stuart MacBride’s Logan McRae books. The Rebus series is probably reaching its chronological end as he’s retired now but I hope that Rankin will still write more, perhaps going back into Rebus’s history.

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?

In a series I’m enjoying a cliffhanger is fine. Otherwise cliffhangers enrage me! I like my books to be neat and tidy and all the questions and loose ends dealt with!

3. Hardback or paperback?

Oh paperback all the way! Easier to carry about! Hardbacks are beautiful but just not practical for the bookworm about town! Also, secret third option, my beloved Kindle ❤

4. Favourite book?

My go to answer for this question is always Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. I read it in my early teens and have re-read it several times since then. It was the book that introduced me to Pratchett so it’s got sentimental value for me. As you can see – my copy is very well loved!

Other favourites (because they were the first books I read) Dogger by Shirley Hughes and The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr.

5. Least favourite book?

Most recent least favourite was ‘Into The Water’ by Paula Hawkins (of Girl on the Train fame). The more I think about it the more I realise I just didn’t enjoy it – full review yet to appear on the blog.

6. Love triangles, yes or no?

Hmm. I have no real opinion on this. Romance isn’t something I read a lot of.

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

The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear MacBride. I could *not* get into this one. It’s written in a sort of flow of consciousness that I found very hard to read and understand. I did think about re-shelving it for another day but life’s too short.

8. A book you’re currently reading?

Currently reading Skagboys by Irvine Welsh – a modern Scottish classic!

9. Last book you recommended to someone?

Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter. Such a beautiful, sad, strange little book.

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

Absolutely no idea! My Goodreads isn’t completely up to date so that’s no help at all! It’ll be one of the classics from school. Little Women? Maybe…

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

The Fear by C.L Taylor. A goodie. Not the easiest subject matter as it centres around a convicted child-molester and kidnapper but it’s so well written and such a gripping story.

12. Favourite author?

Ian Rankin. Hands down.

13. Buying books or borrowing books?

I’m not a member of a library and don’t have many bookish friends so I tend to buy books either for my Kindle or in paperback. I very rarely spend more than £4 per book though. Then they either get given to charity or to my Mum if I think she’ll like them. I don’t keep books.

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

I’m not a massive fan of IT by Stephen King. Not because of a fear of clowns, I found it really hard going and it just didn’t live up to what I was expecting.

15. Bookmarks or dog-ears?

I’m afraid to say I’m a folder of page corners. Don’t hate me!

16. A book you can always reread?

The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Naht Hanh. A beautiful little book full of stories and examples of how you can live a more peaceful life.

17. Can you read while hearing music?

Yes! My absolute favourite thing to do is to put on some tunes and settle down on the sofa with a cup of tea and a book. My favourite reading playlist is Chill Vibes on Spotify.

18. One pov or multiple pov’s?

Books with multiple Points of View are my favourites. I love how you get more insight into the story and can make up your own mind who’s right and who’s wrong. See my review of The Woman Next Door here.

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

Depends on my mood and the book. I’ve been known to read a book a day for several days but then not pick one up for over a week!

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

The Lesser Bohemians. I wanted it from the moment I saw it… Pity I didn’t like the book as much as the cover! Isn’t it pretty??

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