Rapid Fire Book Tag

Hi everyone,

I haven’t done one of these posts in the longest time, and I want to find ways to keep my blog busy so I’ll be doing a few different bits and pieces in the coming weeks!

The original Rapid Fire Book Tag was posted by Girl Reading (watch here) a couple of years ago on You Tube, but I’m definitely not a vlogger so you’ll just have to read on for my answers 🙂

 

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E-book or physical book?

I want to say physical book, but honestly, ebook is just so much easier to read. I can lie down and not have to worry about holding it up, and if I happen to fall asleep I won’t lose my page as the kindle will shut itself off after a little while.

Paperback or hardback?

To look at, I would definitely choose hardback. They are just so pretty. But for ease of use, and size, paperback actually wins this one.

Online or in-store shopping?

I love going in to a bookshop, so this one is kind of a no-brainer. I like to see the covers, and I really enjoy looking at shelves packed full of books. The kindle store just doesn’t have the same appeal as a bricks and mortar store.

Trilogies or series?

While I was still hooked on crime/thriller books, I would have easily said series. For the likes of Lee Child, Jonathan Kellerman et al. BUT, since I have taken time away from them, I will definitely say trilogies. I have been reading a lot of YA, and trilogies are rife in the genre. A lot less commitment is required of a trilogy, plus you have a finite number of books, unlike series, which can keep going for years.

Heroes or villains?

Villains. Without a doubt. And there are so many great ones out there.

A book you want everyone to read?

Reading is so subjective, so I can’t pick one book and say you should read it. It depends on the person and what they like to read. I’ll always suggest reading Harry Potter though!

Recommend an underrated book:

Gosh, this one is a hard question. I was looking at my shelves and I couldn’t actually pick a book, because underrated to me could be widely known and loved somewhere else. I wouldn’t call Into The Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes underrated, but its a book I would always recommend.

The last book you finished?

Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. I spotted the movie on tv last week, so I rooted out my copy of the book as a nice light-hearted read.

Weirdest thing you used as a bookmark?

I don’t use weird stuff as bookmarks. I’m firmly of the belief that bookmarks were invented for a reason. I collect them, so I always have bookmarks around.

Used books, yes or no?

YES! Why not? New books are obviously lovely too, but its not always feasible to spend money on them. I am a huge fan of second hand books. I actually have a full Works of Shakespeare book from 1928, and I love it. Used books are always a good choice. I ended up with a first edition of a Harlan Coben book, without realising it, that I bought used for €2!

Top three favourite genres?

YA, fantasy and crime/thriller, in that order now too!

Borrow or buy?

Borrow when possible. I love libraries, so I will always check there first for books before I even think about buying them. I don’t borrow books off friends/family though. Because  have so many myself, but I will let them borrow from me if they see anything they want to read. Except my signed first editions! NOBODY touches those 🙂

Characters or plot?

Initially I would have said plot, but now I think characters. If you don’t engage with a character, you don’t really care whats happening in the plot, so in that sense I’ll have to go with characters.

Short or long book?

Short books. I find long books to be a little daunting while I’m reading. And then I get fixated on how long I have left, so it becomes almost a time management exercise instead, which is no fun!

Long or short chapters?

Short. I love short chapters!

Name the first three books you think of:

Snowblind by Ragnar Jónasson, Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski, Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. If you haven’t heard of them/read them, look them up. They are all fantastic!

Books that make you laugh or cry?

Cry. Which is odd, because I’m not actually a crier. But I would prefer to cry than laugh with a book. Weird, I know.

Our world or fictional worlds?

Fictional worlds. Without a doubt. I could happily live in Flourish and Blotts forever.

Do you ever judge a book by its cover?

ALL THE TIME. I am like a magpie for book covers. I love them. I’ve bought books purely for the cover more times than I care to admit!

Book to movie or book to tv adaptation?

I think I would pick book to movie, only because you can play around with it a bit more. I sound like a broken record, but the Harry Potter movie adaptations are among my most favourite movies. I know they miss out on some things, but I think it was brought to screen really well.

Series or standalone?

Series. I think. Standalones are great, but sometimes I’m left wanting more, and that’s why series are good. The character development and plots can carry on through the books, and the reader becomes more invested with each new book in a series.


 

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My A-Z of Books

I first spotted this tag on Aoife’s blog Pretty Purple Polka Dots, then Joanne at Portobello Book Blog and the lovely Sarah at Bytheletterbookreviews both did theirs so I figured I’d take part as well! 😊

Author you’ve read the most books from:

This one is easy, I’ve read all of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher books, so that’s 20 books in the series so far. I don’t think there’s any other series I’ve read (yet!!!) that’s as long, but I do have Sue Grafton’s Alphabet Series (26) on my shelves!

Best Sequel Ever:

I’m not going to lie, I can’t even think of book sequels at the moment! I genuinely can’t think of one!!! I’ve seen Harry Potter floating about so maybe that! 😂

Currently reading:

Im reading Deadly Harvest by Michael Stanley and it’s fab! So different to my usual reads but equally as good!


Drink of choice while reading:

Usually it’s coffee! In the evening when the kids go to bed, it could be tea! I’m super rock n roll, I know! 😃

E-reader or physical book:

Both are great if you ask me! I don’t have a preference for one over the other, but you can’t beat the smell and feel of a book. E-readers are so convenient though, especially for digital ARCs from authors or publishers.

Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in high school:

I have to say Ron Weasley! He’s just so affable and funny in the HP books, and he’s always been my favourite!

Glad you gave this book a chance:

I rarely read outside my genre, but I read The Book Thief (same as Sarah) a few years ago and it was just wonderful!

Hidden Gem book:

Dead is Better by Jo Perry! A wonderfully surprising and unique read! You can catch my 5⭐️ review for it HERE. ❤️

Important moment in your reading life:

I guess starting my blog would be pretty important. It’s opened so many doors for bookish opportunities, and I’ve made some great friends because of it!

Just finished:

I’ve finished The Evolution of Fear by Paul E. Hardisty most recently, and my review will be posted as part of the blog tour next week!


Kind of books you won’t read:

I’m not a fan of erotica or historical fiction if I’m honest, and I won’t read classical literature either. I prefer my books to be modern I suppose!

Longest book you’ve ever read:

Needful Things by Stephen King, a whopper of a book at 933 pages!

Major book hangover:

I’ll have to put in the Harry Potter series here as they were just brilliant, and so emotionally charged that by the end I felt like I needed a hug and a sleep! 😂

Number of bookcases you own:

Currently, I have three bookcases at home. One filled with books I’ve read, and two filled with books I have yet to read. I also have books in my old office at work, so a possible 4 bookcases if I count them!

One book you’ve read multiple times:

I don’t reread books so this doesn’t really apply to me! There’s just so many books out there that I want to read so essentially, I don’t have the time!

Preferred place to read: 

I have two! I mainly read in bed before I go to sleep, but I also love reading on the couch with headphones on as its the only time I listen to music these days. So nights when my husband is on the PS4, and listening out for the kids, I get to disappear into a book! 😊

Quote that inspired you/ Gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“Holding anger is a poison. It eats you from inside. We think hating is a weapon that attacks the person who harmed is. But hatred is a curved blade. And the harm we do, we do to ourselves.”

Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet In Heaven

Reading regret:

I have to agree with Joanne from Portobello Book Blog here; spending time reading books that I didn’t enjoy when I could have been reading a book I loved would be a reading regret.

Series you started and need to finish:

I started Steven Dunne’s DI Damen Brook series last week, it’s all I can do not to read them all one after another!!!!

Three of your all time favourite books:

This is a hard question! I’ve loved so many books that it is nigh on impossible to narrow it down to three so I’m afraid I’ll have to skip this question!

Unapologetic fangirl for:

Ragnar Jónasson! ❤️ I love his writing and his ability to weave wonderful stories!

Very excited for this release more than all others: 

Again, Ragnar Jónasson as he has BLACKOUT, the next in the Dark Iceland series out this year AND Michael Wood’s OUTSIDE LOOKING IN is out this month which I am super excited for!!! 😍

Worst bookish habit:

Buying too many books (YEAH RIGHT!!! 😂), losing myself in books when I read, and probably staying up reading until my eyes are closing 🙈

X marks the spot- start on the top left of your bookshelf and pick the 27th book:

Heartbreaker by Tania Carver!

Your latest purchase:

It’s easier to put in a picture, as there’s 16! 😱


Zzzzz Snatcher book (the book that kept you up way too late):

Most recently, it’s probably Make Me by Lee Child but there have been lots of books that I just have to keep reading!
So there’s my A-Z of books! Thanks for reading! 😊