20 Questions Book Tag, Part 1

It’s been forever since I’ve done a book tag and I came across this one when I was getting caught up on blogs I follow. I’m feeling a little bored (even though I have a million things to do) and thought I’d jump on the bandwagon. I’m doing this in two parts. The second part will be posted on Tuesday.

I don’t know who this tag was started by. If you know, let me know so I can update this post.

1. HOW MANY BOOKS ARE TOO MANY IN A SERIES?

I have to go with any more than seven is too many. Harry Potter is the longest series I’ve read as an adult. Typically I prefer either three or four books in a series.

2. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT CLIFFHANGERS? 

I love to rail about cliffhangers. I also love the fact that they keep me wanting more. I even love to rail about cliffhangers at the ends of chapters. Especially when I have to put the book down and do something else.

3. HARDCOVER OR PAPERBACK?

Hardcover. I definitely prefer hardcover. I talked about how I like to read hardcover books recently here.

4. FAVORITE BOOK?

It’s magical realism. It’s romance (which I only recently admitted that I like). And it’s representative of the experiences of some trans people, which is definitely a win.

#bookaday When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore. #StickyNoteReview: I can’t even with this book. At one point I told one of my students that I had to stop reading during class because I didn’t want to break down crying in front of them. I felt for Samir in his struggle to name himself, and that held so much emotion. The writing is stunning. Honestly, I’m having a hard time articulating how real, honest, and touching this story is. I love the sharing of secrets as liberating, even if those secrets are painful. This honesty, though, is not necessarily with other people, but with ourselves. When the Moon Was Ours is an absolutely beautiful read that will stick with me for a long time. #stickynotereviews #bookstagram #instabook #bookreview #snrtbs

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5. LEAST FAVORITE BOOK?

This is actually a question I can’t answer. A few years ago I stopped reading books that didn’t interest me. I’ve become better at putting down books that I’m not connecting with. Sometimes I come back to them later, sometimes I don’t. I’m in the place as a reader now that I don’t feel bad about putting a book down, and I don’t feel bad if I didn’t pick it back up again. Sometimes the appropriate reader for a book is not me.

6. LOVE TRIANGLES, YES OR NO?

Yeah, no. I feel like this trope is done to death, and more often than not, it’s an unnecessary addition to the story that I find obstructs the plot. It’s actually one of the things I loved about Queens of Geek. There were a few romances in that novel, but there were NO triangles.

7. THE MOST RECENT BOOK YOU JUST COULDN’T FINISH

The most recent book I couldn’t finish was Miles Morales: Spiderman by Jason Reynolds. I fully intend to go back to this. I couldn’t finish it because of my answer to question number eight.

8. A BOOK YOU’RE CURRENTLY READING

I’m reading two books right now, and both of them I’m excited about. But the only I’ll feature here is one I’ve been waiting for since last year. I saw an interview with the author who said it’s like Black Panther with magic. I mean, I was on board well before Black Panther came out, but after seeing that movie, I was even more stoked for this one.

9. THE LAST BOOK YOU RECOMMENDED TO SOMEONE?

Does it count as recommending a book when they see it on your Instagram and decide they need to read it? And then they borrow it from you? That would be Forest of a Thousand Lanterns.

10. OLDEST BOOK YOU’VE READ?

This is hard. I’m trying to remember if I read anything in my British Literature classes in college that were originally written in Old English. Probably Beowulf, which was published between 700-1000 CE.

I’m going to end this one here, and I’ll be back with Part 2 on Tuesday. Happy reading, everyone!

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