“Would you rather” book tag.
So, I guess this “would you rather” game of tag has been around for a while. The newest thread originated by RayKayBooks focuses on book questions. Trin Carl over at The Global Dig tagged me and challenged me to answer some questions. Hi Trin!
Here are the questions and my answers.
Would you rather:
1. READ ONLY TRILOGIES OR STANDALONES?
Definitely standalones. I rarely read trilogies. I find with trilogies that the first book is compelling, the second book develops character, and the third book is a blood bath. I don’t like blood baths. There is a lot more variety (not to mention quantity) in the book world with standalones.
2. READ ONLY FEMALE OR MALE AUTHORS?
I’m going to follow in the confident footsteps of Trin Carl and declare that I don’t like this question. While I try to support female authors who are under-represented in the publishing and publishing awards world, I don’t believe in gender-typing.
3. SHOP AT BARNES and NOBLE OR AMAZON?
I would have to choose Amazon because of its support of indie authors, ebooks, and used books, especially those hard to find, out of print books.
4. ALL BOOKS BECOME MOVIES OR TV SHOWS?
I love movies, but lately I have become somewhat addicted to drama series. A drama series of 8 or 12 or 20 episodes can convey a book more completely than a movie can. For example, the Keira Knightley Pride and Prejudice movie, while well done, could never compare to the PBS Pride and Prejudice series with Colin Firth. In addition, I have really enjoyed detective books made into series, and I have such fond memories of the Masterpiece Theater program.
5. READ 5 PAGES PER DAY OR 5 BOOKS PER WEEK?
My answer may surprise some, but I don’t think I could do justice to 5 books a week. Some books require a more time to read and digest. I’m reading a book right now, A Gentleman in Moscow, that I consider quite brilliant. Some nights I only read 5 pages of that one. Of course, I’d be mad if someone forced me to stop reading after only 5 pages when I was in the zone!
6. BE A PROFESSIONAL REVIEWER OR AUTHOR?
Author, definitely because, well, I am one already!
7. ONLY READ YOUR TOP 20 FAVORITE BOOKS OVER AND OVER OR ALWAYS READ NEW ONES THAT YOU HAVEN’T READ BEFORE?
Though I would be sad to give up favorite books like Neverwhere that I re-read every couple of years, I am always excited to pick up a new book and see what undiscovered treasures are waiting for me.
8. BE A LIBRARIAN OR BOOK SELLER?
Librarian. In college I worked in the library, and I seriously considered earning a masters in library science instead of my MFA. Plus, I pretty much suck at selling.
9. ONLY READ YOUR FAVORITE GENRE, OR EVERY GENRE EXCEPT YOUR FAVORITE?
I love so many different genres, that I could easily give up one and happily read all the others.
10. ONLY READ PHYSICAL BOOKS OR EBOOKS?
I’m not a purist. I like the flexibility of carrying around dozens of titles on my kindle, but like others, I enter a library or book store and get off on book scent. (Yes, it’s a thing.) Also, when I’m reading for research, a physical book is much easier to navigate and flip through. I appreciate indices. So, if I had to choose one only, I’d go with physical books. I firmly believe there’s no prettier spot than a room with polished wooden bookcases and well-worn, well-loved books. Even better if the room contains a rolling wooden ladder to reach those books on the top shelf.
Thank you, Trin, for tagging me. Now I hereby tag Juliana at Blots of Ink and Words (because she loves to read so much), and all my followers–yes, I mean you!–to answer these 10 questions. Send me your link or add your choices in the comments, and I promise to read your responses to the “Would you rather…” queries.