Book Tag: Would You Rather…?
1. Read only trilogies or stand alones?
Claire: I have a feeling that Nikki is going to pick apart the semantics on this one and make me roll my darn eyes. I don’t like only trilogies or only stand-alones but if you told me I could only read either or for the rest of my life, due to some quirk of the universe, I’d pick trilogies. I loooove them.
Nikki: Hahaha! I will do no such thing! I’m just gonna answer the question. For me: ONLY STAND-ALONES! I have yet to actually finish ANY series at all. ever…..EVER! Also, I feel like most series just seem to run out of steam after a while…
2. Read only female or male authors?
Claire: Female authors. This is so easy for me, I won’t even explain it.
Nikki: Dang… This is actually really hard.I reckon I could happily read only either one…but I guess I’ll go with female too. (Goodbye, PG Wodehouse! Goodbye, Lemony Snicket! Goodbye, Andrew Kaufman! Goodbye, Brian K Vaughan! Goodbye, Jon Klassen! Goodbye, John Steinbeck! Goodbye, Neil Gaiman! Goodbye, Garth Nix!(!!!! ;_; !))
**Nikki’s Edit** I’m already having regrets ;_;
3. Shop at Barnes & Noble or Amazon? (Claire’s Insert: Or WHSmith or Waterstones or a UK equivalent)
Claire: Amazon or Waterstones, I love Waterstones but Amazon can be a bit cheaper sometimes.
Nikki: F*CK Amazon and their f*cking bullshit! Destroying the publishing industry as best they can by being a monopsony and not paying their workers! *waves placards* I vote WATERSTONES hands down (or Barnes & Noble if you’re stateside). I’ve also shopped at local independents and Oxfam (charity) Bookshop and got some killer Amazon-smashing deals!
If this is more about brick & mortar vs online, though? I don’t know… Waterstones is often cheaper on their website with free shipping for orders of £10 or more (which is less than I typically spend in a bookstore visit so an ace deal!). hive.co.uk and word-power.co.uk have great deals too (the latter supports independent bookshops!).
4. All books become movies or t.v. shows?
Claire: Uhhhh, I will go with movies because I like sitting there in that atmosphere. I don’t know if I watched a tv show that was based on a book actually.
**Claire’s Edit** Darn it, I forgot about GOT, which is brilliant. I still vote movies though.
Nikki: Generally speaking, I vote movies. (Though, admittedly, I can’t imagine Game of Thrones being properly portrayed as a movie or even a set of movies…)
5. Read 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?
Claire: 5 pages a day! Slow and steady wins the race.
Nikki: I have an important question (one I’ve been thinking about a lot recently regarding my GR book challenge actually)! How long is a book?? Last year I read 5 kids books in one short trip to Waterstones. Assuming I can pad these readings out with graphic novels and kids books or – at the very least – novellas, 5 books per week! (If not, 5 pages per day.)
6. Be a professional reviewer or author?
Claire: Author, I’d love to write a book some day.
Nikki: Reviewer! I enjoy giving critique. Good critique that goes beyond “It was bad and poopy and terrible and I hated it” but also explains why I thought that and where I’m coming from. I like consuming and deconstructing other people’s work and gleaning bits about how they see the world, and comparing a wide range of authors and the execution of their intentions.
7. Only read your top 20 favourite books over and over or always read new ones that you haven’t read before?
Claire: I’d read the top 20 favourites over and over and over again for the rest of my life if I could. The Harry Potter 7 are in this category as well.
Nikki: NEW READS FOREVER! I practically never reread. There’s just sooo much stuff out there that I’m curious about and I want to get to as much of it as possible! Some of it will be brilliant, some of it will be terrible… But it will all be a new, enlightening adventure every time. That is exciting.
8. Be a librarian or book seller?
Claire: Librarian! Yes! I loved my librarian summers, when I stacked books and recommended goodies.
Nikki: Book seller! I get to decide what gets sold in my shop. Nothing I determine to be crap will be sold in my shop. SORRY lovers of the books that I detest! I can still recommend stuff to people and even encourage them to buy what I think they should by arranging the selections in skilled psychologically persuasive ways and using marketing strategies like 2 or 1 offers and such. I’d get to be really involved in the publishing feedback loop. I’d get to organise author signings and readings and all sorts of fun bookish events! (For a price! *toothy smile with one shiny gold cap that gleams when I say that last part.) I’d get paid to make you read stuff I think you should read! I’m drunk with power just thinking about it! Bwahahaha!
9. Only read your favorite genre, or every genre except your favorite?
Claire: ALWAYS READ MY FAVOURITE GENRE! Fantasy forever!
Nikki: Hmm…I choose every genre except my favourite(s). I think my life would be a sadder place without my favourite genres, but there’s still SO MUCH else to choose from! So, even if my faves were all taken away, I would still be happy to peruse other genres – some of which probably have elements of what I enjoy from my favourites.
10. Only read physical books or eBooks?
Claire: Physical books. It’ll help me gain some muscle mass as I hold them up.
Nikki: Haha, I like Claire’s reasoning. I also choose physical books too. The only reason to choose ebooks are for practical reasons, not because they are a genuine preference. If it’s about enjoyment (and reading should be), it’s going to have to be physical books.
**Claire’s Edit** Wow, Nikki and I agree on almost nothing, which is why I think we have such great discussions!
What would you rather?