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Rapid Fire Book Tag | July 2020


I have been thinking of what to post other than review for a couple of days and then I watched Becklepanda’s video about this tag and I knew what I wanted for my next post. So, here’s a rapid fire questions tag and I attempted to answer. 

Original tag:

Questions: –

E-Book or Physical Book?

Both. I think I love the feel of physical book and the comfort it gives but I have to admit that I read faster when I reading an e-book. There’s no getting around that fact.

Paperback or Hardback?

For comfort, paperback always. Nothing beats paperback as far as reading comfort is concerned but if we are talking about aesthetics and pretty books then hardback. No question about it.

Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

While I love shopping from a bookshop, I love the feeling of just wandering around a bookshop and looking at all the books. However it’s not always possible. Take the current situation for example. Can’t go out and shop for books, can I? So for convenience’ sake, online book shopping.

Trilogies or Series?

Both? But I think I prefer trilogies because they start and you know that all the things are gonna be wrapped up by book three. They might be tomes in each installment but you know that the story is going to finish. Long series is not something I am opposed to (I can’t be opposed to it, seeing as I have started The Wheel of Time) but I will possibly always prefer trilogies.

Heroes or Villains?

Oooh! It all depends, doesn’t it? The way a character is written and how it grows and what motivates them…it all depends on that. If either is a greyish character, I won’t have a problem choosing them. They just shouldn’t be all good or bad, that’s like a basic requirement.

A book you want everyone to read?

Uprooted by Naomi Novik. If you ever wanna know the magic of quiet but unnerving sort, that’s the best book. It has romance but I think I fell in love with the magic and the forest more than the romance. It just hits all the right buttons for me and if you want to venture into my corner of the bookish world then please, read this book.

Recommend an underrated book?

Hmm…A Collar for Cereberus by Matt Stanley. I had to go through my goodreads to see which is a great book that not many people seem to be reading. When this turned up, I admit that I was surprised. It is such a good book and I can’t believe more people aren’t reading it. It’s about life and time and the decisions we make. It’s written economically but my god, its impact is so great!

The last book you finished?

It was The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers and I loved it.

The Last Book You Bought?

Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb, I am trying to collect the entire Realm of Elderlings series.

Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?

So many things. Bills, clothes tags, feather, chocolate wrappers.

Used Books: Yes or No?

Of course, yes! I loved used books and not only because they are affordable.

Top Three Favourite Genres?

Fantasy, science fiction and well, is retelling a genre? if yes then that and if not then I don’t know.

Borrow or Buy?

Buy, always. Simply because there’s nobody around for me to borrow books from and no library which well-stocked enough for me to become a member of. (Sad life of a bookworm.)

Characters or Plot?

Characters. If I don’t like the characters, plot won’t do much for me in the long run. I read books for all three, to be honest, plot, characters and world building. But characters are a bit more important than plot for me.

Long or Short Books?

If you look at my Goodreads shelves, you will realise the answer to this. I like short books but I go for longer books because I majorly read fantasy and there aren’t many short books in that genre. 

Long or Short Chapters?

Hmm…short chapters. It gives me a false/real sense of having read more or faster. So, yeah. I mean, if it’s long chaptered book and if things aren’t moving forward then sometimes it feels like I will never get done reading it whereas with short chapters, that tends to happen far less. 

Name The First Three Books You Think Of…

Lord of the Rings, Elantris and Jane Eyre

Books That Makes You Laugh or Cry?

Hmmmm….I easily cry so this question might have a mile long answer but in short, I will say that The House in the Cerulean Sea by T. J. Klune made me cry happy tears and The Empire of Gold made me cry both kinds of tears. I don’t remember books that made me laugh at the moment though. 

Our World or Fictional Worlds?

Ooh. A great question but I don’t have a definite answer. Our world but maybe in a scifi way? Way in the future? Because majority of the fictional worlds are too scary if we were supposed to live in them. Let’s be honest, we could not survive even in LOTR, so anything else is too scary. 

Audiobooks: Yes or No?

Yes. But it depends on the genre of the book and the narrator. I can easily fall asleep while listening to Harry Potter or Inheritance trilogy but I burned through Murderbot and other scifi and a couple of non-fiction. So take that how you will. 

Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?

Well. Yes. I love art and especially book art. The cover art plays an important part in my enjoyment of the book. Not to the point where it’s detrimental to my reading but yeah. I am weak for pretty covers. 

Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?

I think with the exception of LOTR, book to TV adaptations. Simply because it would have more time and room to grow in characters as well as plot and immersion. Even with LOTR, can you imagine how much more incredible the experience could have been had it been a tv series? 

A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?

I am not sure which movie or TV show to name here because I don’t remember any movie or tv show which was more preferable than the book. I might come back to that at a later time. 

Series or Standalones?

Series. Hands down. There’s no question about it. While I love standalones, I feel like I see more growth in every possible way in a series than in a standalone. Of course, this is me talking about fantasy/ science fiction. I think other genre do standalones brilliantly. 


So that’s it for my rapid fire book tag! I enjoyed this so much and I tried my best to answer in one or other as far as preferences go. However since it was a rapid fire tag, I also tried to write the thoughts that first came to mind after reading the questions. So, it might be a mess but who really knows? In any case, if you haven’t done this tag yet then consider yourself tagged! Anyone who reads it is tagged, really. I hope you enjoyed this one!

5 thoughts on “Rapid Fire Book Tag | July 2020

  1. Woah! That’s an exhaustive book tag and interesting answers too! 😀
    I have to admit, I have read zero books from the ones you mentioned here and that tells me I need to read more in the fantasy genre. Also, cover art! Whenever I am going through my collection to choose a book to read again, cover art invariably plays a big role in where my eyes go first.
    Cheers & keep reading!

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    1. It is a bit much, isn’t it? Ooh, please, if fantasy is something that feels like your kind of thing then please, do read more fantasy. Cover art is important, not to the point where I won’t read the book but it does help, doesn’t it?


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