The Bookworm’s Blog Tag

Hello! I was tagged for this one by E.G Bella. It’s called the Bookworm’s Tag. Here’s the graphic. By the way, E.G Bella wrote some really nice questions. I hope mine are as fun to answer for you as hers were for me!

And the rules:

  • Thank and link to the blogger who nominated you (Thanks, Bella!)
  • Include the tag graphic in your post.
  • Answer the ten questions the blogger asked.
  • Nominate between five and ten bloggers.
  • Ask your nominees ten book-related questions!
  • Don’t feel bound to these rules.
  • (Most importantly) Have fun!

Well, I had fun, so … the questions:

1. When is your ideal time to read?

Whenever. Absolutely whenever. It depends more on the matching of my mood and the book (and time) than anything else.

2. Standalones or series?

Either. Unless there’s something special about it, my favorite thing is not series that go on and on with no good place to end. It’s not an absolute “never,” but in itself, it doesn’t appeal to me. But I’m quite happy with anywhere between one and four books.

3. Do you ever skip around while you’re reading?

Usually. It’s not uncommon for me to read the beginning, then the end, then the middle in just as haphazard a way. I am of the belief that reading the end of the book is the best way to tell if you’re actually going to enjoy the book, so I wish there was an option to read previews of the end!

4. What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year?

Hmm. Best book so far this year? That’s a hard question. I mean, it’s way too early to give a book the label of ‘best’, don’t you think? That’s pretty serious, especially since few books are ‘best’? Some books aren’t really that great, but there are more than a few books that are really awesome but I could never say they’re more awesome than some other book because they’re awesome in different ways that aren’t comparable!

Also, I really haven’t read that many books this year yet. So far, it’s been just a few, and I’m not in the mood to include the books I’ve beta read either (though they were pretty good), so that makes it even fewer. I think that leaves Dragonsdawn by Anne McCaffrey (the first book I read this year), and The Empire’s Legacy Trilogy by Marian L Thorpe for this honor. I think I’d pick Dragonsdawn, but that could just be because I really love dragons, and I loved the Dragonriders of Pern and they have a special place to me, being the first real character novels I ever read, among other things!

5. Do you have a favorite story trope? If so, which one?

I don’t know if this is a trope or not, but I really like what I call, “Happily Ever After” X Dead MC. The Last Herald-Mage Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey is the example of this I always share. Other than that, I’d say I’m an absolute romantic who’s also a realist, who also doesn’t care for romance stories per se or relationships centered around romance or sex.

6. What color are most of the covers of the books you own?

Blue/gray, I think.

7. Do you ever read nonfiction books? How often?

Yes, I read nonfiction books, though I sometimes forget to call them books. At the moment, I’m slowly and haphazardly reading my way through The Mirror of Simple Souls. There have been years that nonfiction was all I read, though I’ve been more into fiction recently. Some of the nonfiction I want to read is so expensive I kind of can’t afford it.

8. What is your least favorite genre? Favorite?

My least favourite genre is probably not known, for the simple but elegant reason that I do not read it, since I try not to read books that I will not enjoy. Genres that come to mind as ones I don’t read are erotica and grimdark horror.

As for favourite, that’s fantasy. There’s something really nice about fiction, about story-telling, and I like fantasy both because sometimes the world-building really adds to the story, and because I like stories that aren’t set in the real world. But it’s not a must.

9. About how many books do you usually read in a year?

I don’t know for sure. It’s hard to keep track of what one reads in electronic format, and while that is not my preferred format to read in, for obvious reasons I do read a fair amount in that format. Then there’s the question of whether to count omnibuses and series of about the length that often get turned into an omnibus as one book or whatever the number is.  Two? Three? Four? There’s also the question: Do novellas and novelettes count?

10. Which of these three are most important to you: plot, worldbuilding, or characters?

Characters, for sure – as far as these things can be separate. I mean, it can be mildly annoying if the plot is inconsistent or inadequately driven, and it can be annoying if the worldbuilding is inconsistent or disappointing, but most of the time, it’s really the characters that matter, that make a story sing or croak. Of course, to my mind, plot is supposed to be about characters. The plot serves the characters, at least in the sense that the plot serves to show us who the characters are, whether that involves the characters changing much, or nearly not at all. I really don’t mind slow, quiet books with haphazard or nearly non-existent plots. To be honest, I don’t think about plot unless something makes me think about the plot.

And worldbuilding … I mean, I do like fantasy, so I like fantastic worldbuilding. But it’s not the one thing that matters about a book to me, or nearly so. At the same time, worldbuilding and plot are both too interwoven with character to be disconnected and examined separately. The world a character lives in, comes from, acts in, can matter a lot. It doesn’t just not matter what a character’s past is or what a character’s environment and choices are. So, I suppose worldbuilding has the potential to break a story for me, too, but not in the simple way of being inconsistent about the mechanics of the magic (unless those have some deeper importance) or about who ruled or died when, or confusion about the geography and the cultures or … anything like that. Those things can be mildly annoying, but they’re not that big of a deal. I can more or less ignore them.

10 new questions:

1. What’s something all or almost all your favourite books have in common?

2. What matters most when you’re choosing a book? Cover? Blurb? Title? Preview? Reviews? Something else?

3. What’s something that always draws you into a book? What do you look for in a read?

4. What’s something that you really hate in a book?

5. Some love for the things that aren’t quite our taste, but we still recognize the merit. What’s a book you personally didn’t enjoy that much, but you see the good in it and would happily recommend it to someone with different tastes than your own?

6. What do you think about pacing and action in fiction? Do you like slow? Fast-paced? Either? Something else?

7. Does who the author is affect how you feel about a book?

8. How do you feel about it when new editions are published with drastically different covers?

9. Omnibuses. Do you like to read books of a series in one volume? Hate it?

10. Inconsistencies or other mistakes. Are they a big deal? Do you not really mind them?


Julia Witmer

ARK Horton

Mariella Hunt

R. Ramey Guerrero

Sifa Elizabeth

And anyone else who is interested (after all, I only tagged five – and the rules aren’t that important, anyways)! And if you want to answer the questions I did, go for that, too!


One thought on “The Bookworm’s Blog Tag

  1. I loved reading your answers! You had such thoughtful responses and I found them very interesting. I definitely agree on that last question – characters are the most important part to me as well, but they do need the other elements to even form a story. Thank you so much for doing this! And great questions!

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