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Rapid Fire Book Tag 2016

No review today, simply because I haven’t finished reading anything… 🙂 So here’s a little something different.

Here are my answers for the Rapid Fire Book Tag. In a way it’s to close off my reading year of 2016.
I’m not going to tag anyone because it has been going around for so long… If you want to answer the questions, feel free (and let me know because I love hearing the different opinions).

E-Book or Physical Book?

I prefer physical books because I find that I can focus better when I read something on paper. I do sometimes read E-books, though they are mostly ARC’s.

You can’t put E-books on your bookshelf! And I do love my bookshelf :).

Paperback or Hardback?

Paperbacks. I don’t have the money to buy hardbacks. Although I really like the way they look, I just can’t justify the cost.

Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

Both. A couple of years ago I would have frowned at that answer, working at a bookstore really made me appreciate that side of the industry. I still love wandering around bookstores and when I do, I always pick up a couple of books. But sometimes… it’s just easier to buy them online… I’m sorry… Sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in a day..

Trilogies or Series?

I don’t know really. There are a couple of trilogies that have let me down. The first book is great and then it just goes downhill. On the other hand, I don’t read a lot of series… So the answer will have to be trilogies, only because I’ve read them, not because I prefer them.

Heroes or Villains?

Villains!! 100%, without a doubt, villains. I’m always drawn to them. Too bad they always lose or end up dead.

(The last Thor film is coming soon and I swear, if Loki dies, I will lose it!!)

 A book you want everyone to read?

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. I’ve been recommending it to everyone and those who read it, all liked it a lot… So read it 😉 It’s great!!

Recommend an underrated book?

City of Thieves by David Benioff. I thought it was an interesting, engaging and beautifully written book. I would recommend it to everyone who likes reading historical fiction. (I you like the books by Ruta Sepetys, you’ll like this one)

The last book you finished?

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. I liked it a lot and had a fun time reading it.

The Last Book You Bought?

Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman. I’ve loved everything I’ve read by him and I’m planning on reading American Gods before I watch the series.

Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?

The back of our couch? I put my books facedown when I don’t have a bookmark. And I usually read on the couch so yeah…

Used Books: Yes or No?

Yesssss, I love used books. Not just because they’re cheap but because I like old books. The have to be in decent condition though. When they are barely in one piece, I leave them be.. that’s one step to far.

Top Three Favourite Genres?

Historical fiction, fantasy and classics

Borrow or Buy?

Buy. When I borrow them from the library, I always forget to take them back on time. When I borrow them from friends, I’m never in the mood to read them right there and then so they end up on my shelf and then I feel bad about not reading them.

Characters or Plot?

I’d have to say characters. I need that connection. Without it, it’s just not going to work for me.

Long or Short Books?

Both. As long as it’s the correct length for the story. And sometimes I just need a tiny book to feel like I’ve actually read (and finished) something.

Long or Short Chapters?

Somewhere in the middle? When the chapters go on and on and on, I get a bit desperate for that bit to end. But when they are only a page long, it sometimes feels like nothing is being said. Of course this all just depends on the book. I adored Grief is the Thing with Feathers and that had really short chapters.

Name The First Three Books You Think Of…

1) Harry Potter and the order of the phoenix – because I’m in the middle of it now.

2) The Martian by Andy Weir – because I’m trying to convince my husband to read it.

3) Burial Rites by Hannah Kent – because I just found out that her new novel The Good People is coming out in 2017. I have no idea what it’s about but I already want to read it!

Books That Makes You Laugh or Cry?

Books that make me cry. Like I said, I need that connection with the characters. The books that stay with me the longest are the ones that make me cry.

Our World or Fictional Worlds?

Wouldn’t it be great if we could go on holiday to a fictional world? If all the books were really just travel guides?

If I could be a witch in a world where Hogwarts was real, I’d happily go there.

Audiobooks: Yes or No?

I have never listened to an audiobook.. but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to try it.

Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?

All the time. I want my books to look pretty. If I don’t like the cover, I won’t pick it up.

Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?

Book to TV. I saw The Night Manager as a mini series and OW MY GOD it was brilliant!!!

(I saw a lot of movie adaptations this year and they all left me feeling disappointed.)

A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?

Maybe The Night Manager… but most of the time I prefer the book.

Series or Standalones?

I mostly read Standalones, but maybe I just haven’t found the right series yet?

 

And that’s it for this TAG.

If you decide you want to answer the questions too, let me know when you post them.

Love

Ellen

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