The Rapid Fire Book Tag

It’s high time I did another tag! This time I was tagged by Leah from Leah’s Books and Cooks to do the rapid fire book tag.

The Rapid Fire Book Tag was created by Girl Reading, and consists of some quick bookish questions. Maybe you’ll learn something more about me you didn’t know before! So let’s get into it!

E-book or physical book?

I loooove my e-reader, but I think I’ll stick to physical books for this question. For a lot of my physical books, I also have e-copies so that I can more easily read while traveling. But my physical books look incredibly awesome in my room!

Paperback or hardback?

I’m a supporter of hardbacks. I hate it when the spines of paperback books cracks, or when I accidentally fold the cover. Hardbacks are a lot more durable! Thankfully they’re not super expensive when you shop at online bookstores.

Online or in bookstore shopping?

Despite that I just said online shopping is cheaper, I love going to bookstores. I tend to go for the experience rather than to get a specific book. I love it when bookstore employees recommend books to me, and I do end up buying a lot of what they recommend. Online shopping is reserved for holidays when I can get a bunch of books at once!

Trilogies or series?

This question is hard, because I do love both. However, I think I’ll go with trilogies because some series tend to drag on. The Throne of Glass series is probably the longest series I’ve ever read, and I’m not planning to read anything much larger than that.

Heroes or villains?

Another tough question. I love a good villain story, but in the end I do want the good guys to win. Some villains are just so horrible it’s hard to justify liking them, even though they’re fictional. I’m gonna leave this question as unresolved, haha.

A book you want everyone to read?

The Final Empire! It’s the first book of the Mistborn trilogy and it’s amazing. Thankfully I’ve noticed that it’s getting more popular now in the reading community.

Recommend an underrated book

This one is hard because I tend to follow trends. I read books that are already popular, haha. But in this case I can recommend “Touched by an Alien” by Gini Koch. It’s the first of a long series (just now realized I lied when I said the longest series I’ve read was TOG….), and it’s super fun! This first book is incredibly cheesy, but the rest of the series is full of deep plot, aliens, and humor.

The last book you finished?

I finished “The Gilded Wolves” yesterday! I enjoyed it a lot and I’m excited for the sequel that comes out in September. But forging still confuses me.

The last book you bought?

Last week I bought “The Last Wish,” the very first book in the Witcher series.

Weirdest thing you’ve used as a bookmark?

I don’t really use bookmarks because I can usually remember where I’ve left off. But I’ve used my cat’s paw to hold my book open once?

Used books, yes or no?

I’d love to say yes to this question, but the fact is that I don’t like used things. Especially old second hand books give me the creeps.

Top three favorite genres?

Fantasy, science fiction, and mystery are genres I enjoy the most.

Borrow or buy?

I usually buy books I know I’ll love, but I also enjoy going to the library! The library is a great way to discover new books without risking losing money.

Characters or plot?

My first instinct was to answer with plot, but I’ve realized that I have enjoyed books in the past that were more character driven than plot driven. I think if I didn’t like the characters despite the presence of a good plot I still wouldn’t like the book as much.

Long or short books?

I prefer a happy middle ground. Around 500 pages is perfect for me. I like long books too, but I feel like it takes me forever to get through them.

Long or short chapters?

I enjoy shorter chapters because I find that books with short chapters are much easier to read through.

Name the first three books you think of?

1: The long way to a small, angry planet (it’s lying next to me haha).
2: Vicious
3: Strange the Dreamer

Books that make you laugh or cry?

I really like both! But the more a book makes me sob, the higher the rating will be.

Our world or fictional worlds?

I love fictional worlds slightly more. I think it’s really impressive when an author comes up with an entire world different from our own.

Audiobooks, yes or no?

I’ve been trying to get into them more, but I have a focus problem. I can’t listen to an audiobook and do something else at the same time, so at that point I might as well just read the book.

Do you ever judge a book by the cover?

Absolutely! Pretty covers stand out and I’m a lot more likely to pick up a book with a pretty cover that intrigues me.

Book to movie, or book to tv adaptions?

To be honest I’ve never seen any tv adaptions, only movies. There are quite some movies I liked though, like the Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and The Hunger Games. But both movie and tv adaptions can be very hit or miss.

A movie or tv show you preferred to its book?

It’s the Lord of the Rings for me. I read and enjoyed the Hobbit but somehow could not get through the Lord of the Rings.

Series or stand alone?

Series!! Always series.

And that was the Rapid Fire Book Tag! As always, consider yourselves tagged if you want to participate!

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  1. February 16, 2020 / 7:17 pm

    It’s so cool to have people I tag do this, and realize how much we have in common!

    • simonevanheijst
      February 16, 2020 / 7:29 pm

      I know right? I remember getting giddy with joy when people participated in a tag I made😭 And we do have a lot in common, it’s super fun!

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