Back in July, El tagged me to answer these questions. And, I mean, better late than ever, right? I feel like it was the right moment to answer it anyway, since I’ve been feeling *meh* lately and I feel like tags are always a quick way to feel more motivated to write. Let’s get into the questions, then:
ONE. How many books are too many for a series?
More than five it’s already a bit too much. If I’m being honest, bigger than a trilogy and I’m already exhausted.
I feel like the only author I’d be willing to read several books in the same series is Rick Riordan – which I already have, by the way. But even we went through some rough paths. When Magnus Chase was first released, I refused to read it because I couldn’t believe he was trying to bring known and loved characters back to ANOTHER series (see the *Chase* reference).
Ultimately, I’m so glad I read it, because I do love the series, but I wasn’t happy at first to think we were going for the 11th book with Annabeth on it. However, I don’t think there’s any author I share the same level of commitment to, so a trilogy is enough.
TWO. How do you feel about cliffhangers?
I think they’re okay, as long as they’re needed. There’s nothing that I hate more than a book that throws a cliffhanger just so it can have a continuation
(cof cof Six of Crows cof cof). If your book can just be a standalone, then make it only a standalone. Don’t try to create a cliffhanger just for the sake of it.
THREE. Hardcover or paperback?
Paperbacks! Even though I do owe a couple hardbacks, paperbacks are so much more convenient to read & hella cheaper!
FOUR. Favorite book?
Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is my favorite book ever. I love it for more reasons than I can express, but I’ll try to bullet point the main ones:
- First book that I felt like I was seen and understood
- Beautiful & heartbreaking writing style
- Characters who feel real
- Made me cry and laugh and feel everything
- An important book for my family in general
FIVE. Least favorite book?
At first, I thought I wouldn’t be able to pinpoint *one* title that was my least, least favorite. But then I remembered I’ve read Hopeless, by Colleen Hoover. This book basically led me to a panic attack and even though it’s been years since I read it, I still hate to even think about it. It deals very heavily with sexual assault and no one bothered to give a trigger warning for it, because of “spoilers”. So, yeah, I call that bullshit and I warn you now.
Plus, Colleen Hoover has this thing about adding sex to her books instead of making the characters talk it out and communicate, which I really do not understand. You should TALK and not BONE. Jesus.
SIX. Love triangles, yes or no?
No. Especially because I never like the love interest the girl actually chooses at the end.
SEVEN. The most recent book you couldn’t finish?
I’ve been pretty good recently about finishing all the books I start, but I did pick up Romeo & Juliet by Shakespeare back in March and I haven’t finished it yet. I don’t know why, truly, because the edition I owe is actually really cool and offers “translations” for each scene in a more modern English, so I didn’t have to waste all my two brain cells with it, but I stopped halfway through and forgot about it. I’ll get back to it one day!
EIGHT. A book you’re currently reading?
I’m currently re-reading the Orange series by Ichigo Takano. Last month, I read the sixth volume and I’ve just been wanting more from this book (and more manga in general), so I thought it would be fitting to re-read it this September, since I needed a re-read for my personal project anyway.
Also, the covers for this manga are stunning and I can not get enough of them.
NINE. Last book you recommended to someone?
I think the last one was Don’t Date Rosa Santos, which I recommended recently for Kayla @ The Book Loving Beaut. I am only currently reading this one as well, but it sounds lovely & has Cuban-American rep!!
TEN. Oldest book you’ve read by publication date?
The oldest book I’ve read was probably The Outsiders, by Susan E. Hinton. It was released in 1967, and the movie is from the 80s, so definitely one of the oldest books I’ve ever read, as I hardly ever pick up classics. Loved this one, btw!
ELEVEN. Newest book you’ve read by publication date?
The most recent release I’ve read was These Witches Don’t Burn, which was sort of mediocre, but still I’m glad I’ve been better at keeping up with new releases. Hopefully, I won’t have to worry so much about a massive backlist TBR in 2020 like I am currently struggling now, as I barely read anything in 2018, moreover new releases.
TWELVE. Favourite author?
- Rick Riordan
- Rainbow Rowell
- Nic Stone
- Stephanie Perkins
- James Dashner
- Benjamin Alire Saenz
- Maggie Stiefvater
- Jenny Han
I refuse to choose one.
THIRTEEN. Buying books or borrowing books?
To be honest, I wish I had friends with similar reading tastes that I could borrow books from, but I mostly lend other people books than the other way around. I also don’t buy a ton of books, but I would love to have a gigantic shelf one day!
FOURTEEN. A book you dislike that everyone seems to love?
There are quite a few. Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda for starters, which is not a book I necessarily hate, but one that I found to be super average and can not understand all the hype around it. Red, White & Royal Blue which I read recently and can’t stop hearing positive thoughts on but loathed with every cell in my body. And Isla and the Happily Ever After, which is really popular but I wanted to murder all the characters.
FIFTEEN. Bookmarks or dog ears?
Bookmarks! But I’ll eventually dog ear if there are no bookmarks around. Shhhh.
SIXTEEN. A book you can always re-read?
Honestly, I feel like I could re-read Ari & Dante for the rest of my life. Even though it’s such a short book, I feel like I get something new from it every time I re-read it
(which I have, a handful times by now). It’s such a beautiful story and one I connect with so much, in very different aspects, so definitely one I could re-read and re-read and re-read.
SEVENTEEN. Can you read while listening to music?
Absolutely! Except when it’s Taylor Swift, cause otherwise I get too carried away with wanting to scream the lyrics and I can’t concentrate on reading. But I don’t mind listening & reading at the same time.
EIGHTEEN. One POV or multiple?
If I’m being super honest, I’d actually say multiple! As much as there were instances before where I felt like there was one POV I couldn’t stand and that changed my entire opinion on the book
(I’m talking to you, Piper), I still love seeing a story from multiple perspectives and creating the bigger picture. Plus, it allows me to feel closer to some of the characters, which I love.
NINETEEN. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
Multiple days. I haven’t read in one sitting in a long time, unless it’s manga, but I don’t think it counts, since they’re super short. I wish I had the attention spam to focus in only one book, but social media has taken that from me, sadly.
TWENTY. Who do you tag?
I feel like I’ve been tagging so many people lately, so I won’t do it for this one, but if you want to answer this tag, feel free to let people know I was the one to tag you!