TAG: The 20 Questions Tag

Hello, bookworms!! I have recently been tagged for The 20 Question Tag by wonderful The Clever Reader, and that’s what I am going to do today 🙂

Thank you, Sarah, for tagging me! I am terribly sorry for taking so long to do this, but I am so grateful that you thought about me.
I know you have already done so, but in case you haven’t, hop on over to her blog and check out her great reviews and posts!

Without further ado, let’s dive into the questions!


1. How many books is too many books in a book series?

This is a difficult question, no, as a matter of fact, I have never thought about that lol

I have two series I want to tackle and quite coincidentally both of them have got over 20 books in the series (oh, boy). I must admit the volume of the series makes me a bit intimidated, but in a way, it’s totally up to me when to leave the series because there are just too many!

The further you go into a series the more deeply attached you are to the characters and the world. I think that’s one of the great things about book series, so I basically don’t mind, but maybe 4 to 5 books would work for me? Not too few, not to many, either.

2.How do you feel about cliffhangers?

Oh, I absolutely LOVE cliffhangers especially when they are done nicely in a way that keeps the readers on tenterhooks, anxious to read more. In other words, I don’t appreciate unnecessary cliffhangers which don’t really add up to anything, just being there for the sake of adding some tension to the plot.

3.Hardback or paperback?

If I could take the storage space issues out of the equation, I would definitely take hardback any day without hesitation. As some of you may have known this already, but I am notoriously paranoid about my book condition. I want to keep my books in pristine condition. No dog-earring, no annotation (this is just horrendous), and I absolutely loath the broken spine.

Oh, wait, hardbacks have their own issues; I don’t like hollow-back binding. I definitely prefer tight-back binding to hollow-back binding.

That said though, I think I would take hardbacks for durability and that they look better in my bookshelves (and they often have better cover designs).

4. Favorite book?

Tough question! It’s always tough to pick my favorite books because I basically love most of the books that I have read except for ones that didn’t click with me.

Here are just a few of my favorites!!

Not just a few, obviously, but still…


5. Least favorite book?

Always (Oh no. This is so pathetic, too cloying, too sweet.. I absolutely hate the heroine).

The Jane Austen Book Club (I didn’t appreciate the book club members’ stuck-up attitudes toward non-Jane-Austen lovers nor the absence of character growth. That really grated on my nerves.)

Maybe in Another Life (The main character and the romance are… just not my thing)


6. Love triangles, yes or no?

Depends on the book but I basically don’t relish the emotional torment from love triangles especially the third character is manipulative, calculative, and devious.

7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

Bird Box. I picked up this book during my third 24 Hour Readathon and I was expecting this book to keep me awake, but it didn’t give me the thrills and chills what I so needed. But I do intend to finish it someday 😦

8. A book you’re currently reading?

I’m currently reading…

Yup, I’m reading two books, not ONE.

I’m in two minds about One of Us Is Lying right now – I’m currently 51% into the book and I must say there are ups and downs with me; one moment I thought I got hooked but after a while my excitement and anticipation was kind of betrayed. So far, it hasn’t appealed to me as much I was expecting. I WILL keep listening/reading this book till I reach the end, but if this kept this way without staggering, thrilling moments, I might be hugely disappointed. (I certainly hope not!!)

As for Lunchmeat, I got a mobi edition in exchange for my honest review. This is presumably a coming-of-age story and I must say this is a book of such detailed accounts of growth and adolescence!!

9. Last book you recommended to someone?

The Couple Next Door? Or The Breakdown by B. A. Paris?? I no longer remember… (Whatttt)


10. Oldest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

Sense and sensibility by Jane Austen (First published in 1811)


11. Newest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

The Usurper King by Zeb Haradon (published on November 4th, 2017)


12. Favorite author?

This is a tough question (for the reason, see here) but I would say John Grisham, Patricia Cornwell, Shari Lapena, and Jodi Picoult at the moment!

13. Buying books or borrowing books?

I need to OWN books. Once I think I like a book, I need to have my own copy. The same goes for audiobooks. I’ve recently subscribed to Scribd thanks to The Clever Reader and have been listening and reading a bunch from Scribd, but I ended up getting my own copies from Amazon and Audible because I don’t want to have those books become unavailable on Scribd. I might not come back to those books ever again, but owning them gives me peace of mind.

14. A book you dislike that everyone else seem to love?

Harry Potter Series, and Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid. 

But hear me out before you hate me for disliking Harry Potter books – I wouldn’t employ the word ‘dislike’ for Harry Potter Series; I actually read all the books in the series and I totally enjoyed them all. But it was too harrowing for me, having to see Harry and his clans lose innocence as they go deeper into the series and are constantly in jeopardy of their lives. It was too dark for a book series for kids, too pensive and painful for me to take. So I probably will never come back to the series again nor am I willing to follow any other spin-off books.

15. Bookmarks or dog-ears?

Don’t even get me started on dog-ears. An absolute no-no for me lol

16. A book you can always reread?

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

I might be in the minority here, but The Pillars of the Earth is my fave in the series, in fact.

That’s probably the impact that I got from the book and all the fascination with all the dramas surrounding the Cathedral (what a character!), it is quite a read. I was so emotionally attached to both Phillip, the prior, and the other main characters. Such an epic book packed with all kinds of dramas and emotions. I could re-read this book if I didn’t have any other books to read!!

17. Can you read while hearing music?

No. It needs to be quiet when I am reading. Otherwise, I get distracted and end up reading the same sentence/paragraph over and over and over again. Not only music, white noise of TV, people talking also distract me a lot. This is partially the reason why I never go to public libraries. I need peace and quiet when reading.

18. One POV or multiple POV’s? (POV’s = Point of views)

It doesn’t really matter to me as long as it’s done nicely. But too many POV’s might make me confused and lose track of the plot. I’m not a reader of the brightest mind/memory, so that’s my main concern with regard to multiple POV’s.

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

I am a non-native slow reader. It takes me way longer to finish a book. I can only read 30 to 40 pages per hour at best. So, if I could finish a book with 300 pages in one day, that’d be quite a feat for me.

20. A book you’ve read because of the cover?

So many lol I buy books mostly because of its covers… in other words, it’s very rare for me to pick up a book with the cover I don’t like even if I was interested in the plot.

Just name a few, these are books that I read solely for its cover:


Lili@Lili’s Blissful Pages
Andie@Andrea’s Niverna
Nina@The Cozy Pages
Priyasha@BOOKS & CO.
Kristin@Kristin Kraves Books
Steph@Lost: Purple Quill
Jo-Ann@Inspiration Pie
Carla@Carla Loves to Read
Chaz@Life of Chaz

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That’s it, guys! Thank you for dropping by for this 20 Questions Tag and thanks again, Sarah, for tagging me! It’s been so much fun answering those questions!

If you want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged and have fun with it! I am looking forward to reading your answers 🙂

I’ll see you again in my next post and happy reading!

31 thoughts on “TAG: The 20 Questions Tag

  1. Thank you so much for the tag ❤ Noriko.
    180 Seconds was my first ARC from Netgalley and I absolutely loved the book.
    The couple next door is on my Tbr after your great review ❤.
    Lots of love

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  2. Yey… thanks for tagging me, Noriko. 🙂 🙂 We’re same with hardbacks. I want my books hardbacks as well. Aside from they look good on my shelf, they were not easily ruined, and I want my books in great condition, just like you. That’s why I don’t lend them and don’t even let anyone clean my shelves to others. I, alone, touch them. hahaha… i’m so selfish when it comes to books. 🙂

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    • You’re very welcome, Lili ❤ Yeah, I need to be very careful with paperbacks, so I prefer hardbacks basically. So glad that we are on the same page on book conditions! I wouldn't loan my books unless I'm absolutely sure the person will treat my books with utmost care!! lol

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  3. “no annotation (this is just horrendous)” hahah you are so funny, Noriko!! I felt the same way when I read One Of Us Is Lying, the story seemed so blah!! I am with you about reading books just because of the cover, too. 😀 This was a fun tag to read, I really enjoyed reading your answers!!

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  4. Andie @ Andrea's Nirvana says:

    Thank you so much for tagging me! (I’m epically late, wow;;; I blame exams and school :<)
    I love beautifully executed cliffhangers as well- although the pain is very real, haha :')

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