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  • Kristina Elyse Butke

The 20 Questions Book Tag


Books on bookshelves - the 20 questions book tag
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Today's post comes courtesy of the YouTube channel Literature Science Alliance, who found the tag originally on Goodreads. Let's dive in!


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How many books are too many books in a series?

I think I've answered this question before, and if so, I'm going to change things a little. I think the writer can choose as many books as needed to tell their story. As a reader, however, my attention span dwindles, and I have a hard time committing to longer series. I think I can get into as many as five books before I peter out; although trilogies are usually what I settle on when it comes to multiple books in a story. As a writer, I have a hard time imagining writing more than three books for one tale, so my longest series will probably be a trilogy.


How do you feel about cliffhangers?

They're gut-wrenching. I'm not against them, but I get impatient if the next book that deals with the cliffhanger doesn't come out for like another year or so. Cliffhangers often have a sense of urgency to them (or at least promote the sense of urgency) and to have to wait a long time for resolution really tests my patience!


Hardback or paperback?

I'm torn on this. Hardbacks are more expensive but they can be beautiful with inner cover art, engravings, etc. But for better affordability and size with shelving, I'm going with standard trade paperback.


Favorite book?

I can't choose a favorite because I love many, so I'll just choose one that really shaped me and made me want to write fiction: Juliet Marillier's Daughter of the Forest.


Least favorite book?

I also can't pick just one. For last year's YA Reading Project I DNF'd more than I expected, but also felt very lukewarm about several books I read. Since I don't want to crap on any authors that might be considered my peers, I'll not name these books. (If you're wondering about my viewpoint on this, I'll recommend this article and this article to you).


Love triangles, yes or no?

I'm not really a fan...except I kind of wrote one in my graduate thesis--two sisters crushing on the same guy. One of them really has no chance, and her love is unrequited, but I guess technically this would be considered a triangle. I resolve it pretty quickly, though.


The most recent book you just couldn't finish

The last book I DNF'd was in April, an adult fantasy. The heroine was cruel and angry all the time, so I couldn't stand reading from her POV; the pacing was awful; and the book was repetitive and parts of it seemed pointless. The relationship was clearly set up to be enemies to lovers, but I wasn't buying it. I gave up at about 40% into reading it. I was disappointed, as this was a fairy tale-like fantasy that was hyped and sounded good, and I was hoping to use it as a comp title as well. I definitely missed the mark there.


A book you're currently reading

I just finished Prince of the Sorrows by Kellen Graves and haven't started a new book yet. I will probably find one to read tonight before I go to sleep.


Last book you recommended to someone?

It was probably Margaret Rogerson's Sorcery of Thorns, and it was probably in one of these tags.


Oldest book you've read?

I was trying to think of really old things I've read and they have all turned out to be poetry, like The Dream of the Rood or Beowulf. I think those might be the oldest works I've read.


Newest book you've read?

Probably A Mirror Mended by Alix J. Harrow. It came out in June, and it's August as I type this.


Favorite author

Can't choose just one. I love, in no particular order, Holly Black, Margaret Rogerson, Juliet Marillier, Brigid Kemmerer, Cecilia Dart-Thornton, and N.K. Jemisin.


Buying books or borrowing books?

I don't know why, because it's not like I'm drowning in money, but I've always preferred to buy books. It's very much a love of reading combined with the sense of comfort books give me. I love having my own library and books I can read on my own time.


A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?

I'm not naming the book and it's a weird situation--I actually consider it a 4-star book and really enjoyed reading it, but the problems in it really bothered me and hardly anyone seems to mention them in their reviews. It seems like everyone thinks the book is perfect. It's not!


Bookmarks or dog ears?

Bookmarks all the way. I get freaked out if anyone harms a book, so I don't dog-ear pages. But when I was little, I used to. I want to go back in time and shake myself. Why would I do such a thing?


A book you can always reread

I don't really reread books...but I do reread manga and manhwa. I have a lot of BL I've reread, and then there's my favorite series, Tokyo Ghoul/Tokyo Ghoul Re: that I think has re-readability. Maybe it's because manga gives me double pleasure--a great story, plus great visuals. I love looking at art multiple times.


Can you read while hearing music?

Nope. Not even soundtracks. It interferes with the "movie" of the book playing in my head.


One POV or multiple POVs?

I prefer one POV. I'm not against multiple POVs but I think it's really hard to pull off. When done poorly, sometimes voices bleed together and characters are harder to distinguish from one another. I think at most I've read four points of view, but the author was quite good at it, so I liked it.


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

Multiple days. It's been ages since I've been able to read a book in one go, with comics being the exception.

Who do you tag?

As always, I tag YOU! I want to see your answers! Link to your blog or comment below! Thanks for reading!