Friday, July 7, 2017

This or That Book Tag

A couple weeks ago Grace at Rebel Mommy Book Blog did this fun book tag and I couldn't resist participating! I do so love a good questionnaire. The tag was originally created by Ayunda at Tea and Paperbacks.

Reading on the couch or in bed?
If I'm home by myself then the couch. I love snuggling up under a blanket (even here in Hawaii) with a snack next to me. If hubs is home, then I'm happy when the time of night rolls around to go up and read in bed because it's nice and quiet (he's a TV-on-for-background-noise person).

Male or female main character?
I mostly read books with female main characters, but I really do enjoy male protagonists. What I don't like, though, is when a male author has a female main character or a female author has a male main character.

Sweet snacks or salty snacks while reading?
Can I just say yes to snacks in general!? ;) I guess it depends on what I'm drinking. If I'm drinking coffee or hot tea, I'll usually want a sweet snack. If I'm drinking water, iced tea, juice or anything like that, it's salty all the way.

Trilogies or quartets?
Trilogies, though that's not saying much since the only quartet I can think of off the top of my head is Twilight while a ton of trilogies come to mind. A better question might be series or standalones, to which I would have to say standalones. I love getting into a series and the opportunity for depth of world, plot and characters, but I have SUCH a hard time keeping up with them!

First person POV or third person POV?
It's not a huge deal to me, but I slightly prefer third person.

Books that make you laugh or books that make you cry?
Definitely books that make me laugh! I'm not much of a crier and I'm not a big fan of books that set out to "wreck me."

Reading at night or in the morning?
Afternoon and night for sure. A bookish friend of mine wakes up early so she can read before work every day but that is not something I could ever do. I'm much more likely to stay up too late reading.

Libraries or bookstores?
Well, seeing as I work in one, libraries! I'm utterly baffled by people who buy every single book they want to read. Libraries are free! If you don't like a book, you're not out a cent. I do have a few bookshelves filled with books -- mostly secondhand -- but clutter makes me stressed and I can't imagine owning 1,000+ books like some of my friends (both in real life and on social media) do.

Character-driven or plot-driven stories?
A couple years ago I would've said plot-driven for sure, but after my falling-out with the thriller genre I've reconsidered. My problem with those books is that they're usually 100% plot-driven and often lack any character development. But sometimes character-driven novels can feel slow and pointless, so I really like a nice combination. I guess I'd go with plot-driven with a healthy dose of characterization and atmosphere.

Black covers or white covers?
White (or cream) for sure, especially with a little pop of color.

white covers


  1. Yay glad you did this one!! I agree with the white/cream covers. And yes to all the snacks :)

  2. Agreed on the library rather than bookstores!

    I gave your blog a follow, and I would truly appreciate it if you could check out my book reviews blog located at and possibly give it a follow as well! Looking forward to reading more of your reviews!

    - El

  3. I don't have strong feelings on most of these, but I definitely prefer funny books to tear-jerkers. Sad books usually make me feel so manipulated somehow.

    Have you read anything by Chris Bohjalian? His main characters are almost always female, but he does a really good job with them for some reason. Otherwise, I agree with you on that one.

  4. I work in a library and read a lot of books from there, but I still own 3000+ books. Saves me from having to decorate ;)


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