Rapid Fire Book Tag!

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Hello, everybody! It’s time for another tag.

Although I wasn’t tagged by anybody (quite natural), I think it’s going to be a lot of fun to do this quick and easy tag!
This post is inspired by Jessica Marie 493’s post, so if you haven’t already, please go check that out 馃檪

All right then, let’s聽jump right聽in!

 

E-books or Physical Books?
Physical books hands down. I used to read mainly on my kindle, but I’ve come to develop a distaste for the blandness which e-books (in my case, Kindle books) exude. The spacing between words seems unnatural and weird at times, and it feels like punctuating the sentence at the wrong place and disturbs my rhythm. And I HATE that.

Paperback or Hardback?
Paperbacks. unless I absolutely HATE the cover, I would pick paperback editions. It’s space-friendly, too 馃檪

Online or In-store book shopping?
I do close to 99.99% of book shopping online; being in the middle of nowhere, there’s not a single bookstore that handle foreign books around here. I have no choice.
Plus, I can get the edition I really want online.

Trilogies or series?
Trilogies. Long series seems kind of intimidating…

Heroes or Villains?
Good villains any day. I’m not a picture-perfect-masculine-drop-dead-gorgeous-heroes type of reader. Plus, good villains are what makes stories more engaging and fun to read!

A book you want everyone to read?
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bront毛. 聽It’s dark, heavy, haunting but hysterically funny for some reason. Incredibly gripping and I absolutely LOVE it!

Recommend an underrated book.
I’ll skip this question because I have no idea what book is actually underrated…

The Last book you finished?
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zaf贸n. I finished reading it the night before yesterday! It was so, so goood!

Weirdest thing you used as a bookmark?
A post-it note. I rarely forget to carry around a bookmark with me wherever I go, but I totally forgot the bring one yesterday 馃槮

Used book, yes or no?
As long as the condition is pretty good, I don’t mind. So the answer will be YES.

Top three favorite genres?
Crime (Psychological) thrillers, YA or adult fantasy (maybe) and Classics!

Borrow or buy?
Buy.Once I find a book interesting, I’ll get hit by a strong urge to OWN it.

Characters or plot?
Maybe plot. As long as the story聽was well-written and intriguing, I wouldn’t mind the character聽being unrelatable or weakly drawn.

Long or short book?
Actually both. I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but as long as the story is gripping, the length doesn’t matter to me.

Long or short chapters?
Short chapters! It makes it easy to pick up and put down.

Name the first three books you think of.
Six of Crows, Middlemarch, Kane and Able.

Books that make you laugh or cry?
I adore books that make me laugh and feel happy. But I’m not so into books all about cloying romance and love-triangles.

Our world or fictional worlds?
Fictional worlds Any day. I think it’s so intriguing to see what the life in the 19th Century was like!

Audiobooks: yes or no?
Audiobooks are not for me; I once tried, but once I find the narration annoying, it completely messes up my reading pace and experience. So the answer is no with a capital N.

Do you ever judge a book by its cover?
Always. Even if I found a book interesting and want to read, I wouldn’t pick it up if the cover was ugly or not for my liking.

Book to movie or book to TV adaptation?
Providing that the producers or the script聽writers don’t聽mess up the original story and add unnecessary scenes, both will聽be fine.

Series or standalone?
Preferably standalones. That said, I also love cliff-hangers.

 

Whew! What a blast answering those questions! It’s been so much fun 馃檪
If any of you haven’t done this tag already, please give this a try: I will tag anyone who’s willing to try. 聽If I can do this, so can YOU.

Thanks so much for reading!

The Reading Habits Tag

Books and Tea

Although I have never done a tag nor have I never been tagged before, I thought it would be a lot of fun to do this tag so I decided to give it a go.
Without further ado, here we go 馃檪

Questions:

1. 聽Do you have a certain place at home for reading?聽
Yes, I do. I predominantly read on my couch and that’s actually the only place that I have for reading. I sometimes read in bed using Kindle, but reading in bed always, without fail, results in me drifting off to sleep without making much progress.

2. 聽Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Bookmarks any day. I always make sure that I have a bookmark whenever I carry my book around with me.

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?
Preferably after a chapter or a paragraph, but basically I can stop reading wherever because life tends to get in the way.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?
At night on weekdays, I drink coffee or cocoa to keep me awake. And I often have snacks like finger foods while reading at weekends (especially in the afternoon).

5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?
At home, never. Even instrumental music can be quite a distraction for me. At cafes or restaurants, it is fine unless I have someone around who keeps talking to me or talking loudly. (Basically, I’m a don’t-mess-with-me-while-reading kind of person.)

6. One book at a time or several at once?
I used to be a one-book-at-a-time kind of reader, but聽ever since I started buddyreading with my Twitter friend, I’ve learned to have multiple books going at once. But I would say I can only handle two books at the most.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?
Basically, everywhere. I always carry my book around and try to squeeze聽as much reading as I can into my spare time. So I read in hospital waiting rooms, at work, at beauty salons, literally everywhere.

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?
Silently in my head. But I do read out loud when I feel a bit drowsy because keeping my mouth moving somehow helps to stay awake.

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
Generally speaking, NO. I want the suspense of not knowing anything about the plot, so I don’t read ahead let alone skip pages.
The only exception to this is when I was reading Cress by Marissa Meyer; I was so invested in Thorne’s character thus I just couldn’t resist reading ahead to make sure if he would be OK.
Oh, and I did the same when I was reading ‘Winter’ to make sure Emperor Kai would be safe and sound.
But basically, no. I wouldn’t read ahead.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
What really irks me is the broken spine; I JUST CAN’T STAND HAVING A STRAIGHT LINE RUNNING IN THE SPINE. Absolutely not. I want my books to be in pristine condition. My default posture when reading is holding the spine firmly with my right hand and (gently) placing my left hand to spread it open聽so as not to break the spine. Some may say I’m almost paranoid, but I just can’t help it.

11. Do you write in your books?
Again, ABSOLUTELY NOT. I want my books to be as beautiful as new and want them to last.
So, I would definitely avoid anything that could damage my books. If I need to, I would write on post-it notes instead.

 

There you have it – it’s been so much fun answering those questions!
I hope now you got to know me a little bit better as a reader, please let me know if you do this tag so that I can read your answers!

Thanks for reading and I’ll talk to you again soon! 馃榾