The 20 Questions Book Tag

Hello everyone,

It is time for another tag, and this looks like an especially fun and in-depth one, so I am extremely grateful to Ellie for tagging me. Do take a look at her blog if you haven’t already, I love reading her posts!

This is a very interesting set of questions, so let’s get straight on with answering them!

1. How many books are too many books in a series?

I have to agree with Ellie and say that if I am loving a series, then there is never too many! Some series reach a natural conclusion, but if it is something that can legitimately keep on going then I would always be very hyped to read the next one.

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?

My relationship with cliffhangers is a complex one! I do not like them when they appear at the end of standalone books, because I am the kind of person who likes all the loose ends to be resolved. However, I quite like them in series even though I have to wait painfully until the next book is released to find out what happens!

I love cliffhangers at the end of chapters, and also when they appear in television series. They make me want to keep reading/watching.

3. Hardback or Paperback?

I would say paperback as I love the feel of them (the smoothness of the covers). They are also more compact and less expensive, also not giving you the dilemma of whether to remove the dust cover. On the other hand, I do sometimes buy hardbacks because the covers are so often beautiful.

4. Favourite book?

This is an impossible question for a lot of book lovers to answer, including me! So for that reason I shall just name one of my new favourite books, which is These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong – that just had everything for me.
5. Least favourite book?

I do not have a least favourite book per se, but since I started book blogging I have had three one-star reads. The main reason in all of these cases was that I strongly disliked the writing style, but there were several other contributing factors.

6. Love triangles, yes or no?

It depends. Love triangles are a bit of a cliché, but they can be pretty good if done well. If it involves adultery, that is usually a big thumbs down from me.

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

I really find it difficult to DNF books, so I honestly cannot remember the last time this happened.

8. A book you’re currently reading?

I’m currently reading two books, including one with Ellie! That is The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman. I am also currently reading The House In The Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune.

9. Last book you recommended to someone?

Last week I recommended one of my most recent reads, The Lost Ones by Anita Frank, to my book blogging friends Gem and Rumaanah.
10. Oldest book you’ve read?

The oldest literature I have read in full would be Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. If we are being strict and talking only of books, then that would be Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.

11. Newest book you’ve read?

In January I took part in the blog tour for The Dark Room by Sam Blake, on the day it was released.

12. Favourite author?

It is really difficult to choose just one! However, there are some authors who I’ve read multiple books from and have loved them all. They are Jessie Burton, Elizabeth Acevedo, Matt Wesolowski, and Alix E. Harrow.

13. Buying books or borrowing books?

I usually borrow a lot of books from the library, but there is hardly anything more exciting than buying a new book and getting a new, pristine copy!

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

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough is a book that splits opinion, but it still has lots of five-star ratings. I really did not like it despite its strange ability to make me want to read on, and that was confirmed by a bizarre (though much talked about) ending.

15. Bookmarks or dog-ears?

The easiest question of all! Bookmarks, of course!

16. A book you can always reread?

I do not reread many books, but one I feel I could definitely pick up again and keep enjoying is The Ten Thousand Doors Of January. It is such a unique and wonderful story.

17. Can you read while listening to music?

Absolutely not! I really struggle to concentrate on reading when there is any background noise, and music would just get into my head too much. I would end up doing things like reading the same sentence multiple times, or not being able to take in the key messages and themes of the book.

18. One POV or multiple POVs?

I really do not mind. It is always good to read a book with multiple POVs as you get to experience the story through the eyes of different characters and get other perspectives on things, but many of the books I love contain just the one POV.

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

It always surprises me when I hear others say about reading a whole book in one sitting – I have only done it once, as part of a 24-hour readathon, and it was exhausting!

For me, no matter how much I love the book, I need to take breaks and do other things. Plus I am a fairly slow reader, so there are not enough hours in the day!

20. Who do you tag?

I tag Jess, Ahaana, Mek, Marley, Louise, Becky, and Sofii.

Happy reading 🙂

17 thoughts on “The 20 Questions Book Tag

  1. Thank you so much for the tag Stephen 😊 I can’t wait to attempt this myself 😁
    I loved reading your answers and I was nodding along most of them!
    I love series and the longer the better, The Dresden Files can go on for another 50 years and I wouldn’t mind since I love those characters so much!
    I really need to check out These Violent Delights, it sounds like a good book and has so many amazing reviews 🤩

    Have a great day and happy reading 😊

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    1. You’re welcome! I can’t wait to read your answers, Mek 😊
      Haha I’m glad you agreed with several of my answers, yes with some series its just impossible to let go! I’m convinced you will absolutely love These Violent Delights, it seems like your kind of book. Happy reading to you, too 😊

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  2. I also hate cliffhangers at the end of the book. Idk but they ruin the whole story line for me. I like to know exactly what happens at the end, ie all my questions answered which i had at the start of the book

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  3. Thanks for tagging me Stephen, really enjoyed reading your answers and I can’t wait to get started on my own 😊

    I agreed with so many of your answers – in particular I too cannot have background noise when I’m reading, and cliffhangers at the end of a standalone is the worst!

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  4. Stephen!! I’m SO sorry for the comment super late lol, but I’m trying to catch up so here I am. 😅 Thanks for tagging me, I’ll save it to do so, of course 😍✨ & OMG, I just ordered These Violent Delights, so seeing you liked it make me feel even more excited!! ❤️👏🏻

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    1. Hi Sofii!! It’s no problem at all, I’ve been slow to catch up as well so don’t worry ❤ You’re very welcome for the tag! And honestly I cannot wait for you to read These Violent Delights, it’s AMAZING 😍✨

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