Stealing this Tag ‘video’ from BookTube to use as my first bookish blog post! It seems a fitting choice as it’ll reveal some of the inner working of my brain and my reading style/habits/what have you.
Shout out to Lindsey Rey for coming up with the questions for this post. Her original video can be found here.
Would you rather do only book review posts or only tag posts?
Both are useful for different things but in the end I think I would rather always review books then only do tag posts. Tag posts are useful for short blurbs about certain books, but are good for longer discussions about the book’s strength and weaknesses. Plus tag posts typically have similar questions resulting in the same few books being discussed 90% of the same.
Would you rather always see the film first or never see the film version of books?
Never see the film of the book! If I see the film/tv show before reading the book there is almost no chance I will actually read the book, it’s just the way I am. I would rather not rob myself of the chance to read a great book and often times I don’t like the screen adaptations of books anyway.
Would you rather have a list of every book you’ve ever read (like Goodreads from birth) or still have the physical copy of your first favourite book?
Definitely a list of every book I have ever read. I already own the first book I have ever loved, so this is no contest. It would be interesting to see how my reading habits have changed and differed over time and the types of books I read as a child. Also as a scientist, I really would like to do stats on things: best reading years, pages, countries authors are from, etc.
Would you rather have an active in-person book club or have lunch with your best online book buddy once a year?
Again, no contest, I would rather have an active book club. Book discussions in person semi-regularly? YES PLEASE
Would you rather have the time to read everything you want to read or the money to buy everything you want to read?
I WANT ALL THE TIME TO READ EVERYTHING. Any other answer is the wrong one, in my opinion, because libraries exist for a reason.
Would you rather dream cast the film or have editing power over the script for the film version or your fav?
Editing power. That little moment you love in the book for whatever strange reason that the scriptwriters don’t understand? Yes, that is going to be put back in. I would trust the casting director and the actors to do their job properly.
Would you rather have your favourite fictional superpower or your favourite fictional technology?
I don’t read a lot of SciFi books, so I can’t even think of a fictional technology right now so it would have to be my favourite ‘superpower’ which I’m going to say includes magic. Therefore I would like to have wild magic as Daine does in Tamora Pierce’s amazing books. Though having the gift would be cool too. So would having the Sight. Do Darkings count as a technology? Because if so I would change my answer. Darkings are the best and I want one, now!
Would you rather read an amazing story with a ‘meh’ ending or a ‘meh’ story with a spectacular ending?
Finally, a hard question, but I think I would rather have an amzing story with a ‘meh’ ending. You can always re-imagine the ending or the author might be writing another book, but you can’t really rescue a ‘meh’ book with an amazing ending. The fact that Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff exists and did this is the exception that proves the rule.
Would you rather not be able to read in a moving vehicle or not be able to read lying down?
Not being able to read lying down still means you can read in bed, just have to sit up, therefore I think I would prefer not reading lying down. This way you can eat too! I read too much on buses to be able to forgo the alternative.
Would you rather reread your favourite book or series with fresh eyes, like the first time, or be able to un-read your biggest disappointment?
I think I’m leaning towards re-reading my favourite book again. But the thing is, your favourites are coloured by the situation you were in when you read the book, so to alter that might alter your thoughts about the book. Also I’d likely read it just as fast as I did the first time. Yet at the same time, I haven’t read many disappointing books and who’s to say if you un-read it, you wouldn’t accidentally re-read it? And maybe later in life the disappointing book might be important. Did I answer this question? I don’t really think so.
Bonus: Would you rather go to Hogwarts or live in Middle Earth?
Again, a tough one. Hogwarts would be fun but I’m not dying to go. I have not read Middle Earth books, but elves and hobbits and dragons would be fun! Perhaps I should just be sent to Tortall, then I would not need to decide!
Thanks for reading this! Now back to your book, while I go back to mine (Wizard’s Holiday, Diane Duane, if you are curious).