Today, I’m taking on the 20 Questions Book Tag! I found this tag from Mint (Mint Loves Books). buydebook created this tag and posted the questions in the Readaholics group on Goodreads.
1. How many books are too many books in a series?
I think as long as the material is holding up, there’s no limit. To give an example, the Hannah Swenson series has nearly 30 books but stagnated and by book 15, the quality began to drop lower and lower. Should’ve been wrapped up a long time ago – or moved the characters forward. But The Cat Who series also had nearly 30 books in the series and could’ve kept going had the author not passed away, thus saving fans from the horror of the day Qwill had to take Koko to the vet to be put to sleep. *gasp* that’s a horrible thought I’m glad I never had to experience.
2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?
It depends. If I have to wait for the next book to come out, I don’t like them. If the next book is already out, sounds good!
3. Hardback or Paperback?
Neither, I only read ebooks but before that became a thing, I preferred paperbacks. Easier to carry around.
4. Favourite book?
A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L’Engle. I remember reading it for the first time in 6th grade and I’ve read it regularly since then.
5. Least favourite book?
Murder on the Orient Express. Read it in high school, hated the ending and never read another Christie until last year.
6. Love triangles, yes or no?
No. Just no. It’s just a plot device to add tension that rarely accomplishes anything but annoying the reader.
7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?
Steeped in Suspicion (Pebble Cove Teahouse #1) by Eryn Scott. I haven’t DNF’ed it, just “Back Burner’d” it. Maybe I’ll get back to it but maybe I won’t. I read the first 5 or 6 chapters and although I like the setting, the plot, the MC and the ghost, I feel like this was a mad libs kind of book where the author took a formula, put in names and published. At the beginning, the MC finds out her granny passed away and left her (what else? A Victorian on the beach that has a tea shop on the first floor. Mad Lib #1) and she’s been estranged from granny for years because her mother and grandmother had a tiff 10 years before (Mad Lib #2) but shows up at the house to meet with a realtor to draw up the papers to sell it (Mad Lib #3) but as soon as she gets there, she meets the ghost (who she thinks is a real person until the next scene) and a neighbor stops over to “buy some tea”/pump for information (Mad Lib #4) and after the MC sells neighbor some tea, decides to go for a walk on the beach where she meets the ghost again, realizes he’s a ghost and the ghost realizes she can see and talk to him (Mad Lib #5) and the ghost says Granny was murdered (Mad Lib #6) they talk for a minute before noticing a dead man in the water. Cops show up, chief immediately suspects MC (Mad Lib #7) MC goes back to the house where the mayor (?!?) shows up and insinuates things about her grandmother and her death (Mad Lib #8) so MC and ghost go back over to the neighbor’s house to pump her for information (Mad LIb #9) and that’s as far as I got. Is it me?
8. A book you’re currently reading?
To Fetch a Felon by Jennifer Hawkins. Picked it up tor the “Native UK Pet Breed” square on Book Bingo and it’s absolutely the most adorable book I’ve ever picked up.
9. Last book you recommended to someone?
I just recommended some of my favorite series to someone on Reddit – Paws and Claws, Magical Cats, Secret, Book & Scone Society.
10. Oldest book you’ve read?
Hmm, I don’t usually read really old books.
11. Newest book you’ve read?
Lantern in the LIghthouse The Inn at Holiday Bay #18 by Kathi Daley – released and read on February 22, 2022
12. Favourite author?
There’s no way I could pick just one, all of my favorites hit a specific vibe for me – Elly Griffiths, Jørn Lier Horst, Lillian Jackson Braun, Ellery Adams, Sofie Ryan, Linda Stratmann,
13. Buying books or borrowing books?
A little of both, really.
14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?
That’s easy, because sometimes I think perhaps there’s something wrong with me when I don’t like a book so many others loved. I didn’t like The DaVinci Code (too formulaic and predictable) and Closely Harbored Secrets (Seaside Café Mystery #5) by Bree Baker, which we picked for Book Club a few months ago. All of my goodreads friends gushed over how great it was. Meh.
15. Bookmarks or dog-ears?
16. A book you can always re-read?
I can re-read anything if I enjoyed it the first time around, but definitely any book in The Cat Who series (especially when I’m in a reading slump) or A Wrinkle in Time or The Secret Garden
17. Can you read while listening to music?
Sure. I love Amazon music stations, no interruptions and a station for every mood. I love the Liquid Mind station when reading because it’s relaxing
18. One POV or multiple POVs?
Generally I prefer one POV, but if done right, I’ll enjoy multiple POVs
19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
Depends on the book. I can crank through an Inn at Holiday Bay book in an hour or two but generally I just read a few chapters a day.
20. Who do you tag?
Anyone that wants to try this tag out!
3 thoughts on “The 20 Questions Book Tag”
Looks like you had fun with this tag! I have to agree – I’m not a big Agatha Christie person. I know she had a big influence she had on mysteries (as the mother of cozies!) but I just don’t enjoy reading her work. I tried an audiobook of The Mysterious Affair at Styles and I wasn’t loving it.
I did have fun with ithe tag! I liked The Mysterious Affair at Styles but I read it, rather than listened to it. Maybe it’s me but I don’t think I’d have gotten as much enjoyment out of it in audiobook form because it requires close attention and I do not posses that skill. 🤣 I wouldn’t say I’m a big fan of Christie but my view of her books has risen since I played The ABC murder game, gave me a whole new appreciation.
Murder on the Orient Express still sucks, though. THAT ENDING UGGGGHHH 🙄
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Hm, that’s a good point – maybe audiobooks take you out of it for a bit? Though, I really liked the narrator so it wasn’t his fault. I had borrowed it for a road trip hoping it would keep me entertained, but the story was just not doing it for me. Maybe I’ll have to try that game to get a better understanding of the story! Or watch the movies lol