Rapid fire book tag 2.0

Hi everyone! So I recently came across this tag on someone else’s blog and it sounded really familiar. I looked through my blog archive and realised that I had done it when I first started this blog which was around two years ago now. I thought it would be fun to do it again and share my answers from the first post to compare how my opinions may have changed (Spoiler: Some have changed ALOT!). (So you can distinguish my answers, the original ones will be in italic and quotations).

E-book or physical book?
“Physical book always. Nothing can compare to the feeling of a proper book. I have read ebooks in the past and I even got a kindle but it just didn’t do it for me”
Ok so I know I have definitely changed my opinion on this one. I have always had a love for physical books and I always will but I have definitely found a new love for e-books. I love my kindle, I find it so much more convenient and most books are slightly cheaper in the kindle store with some books only being 99p!

Paperback or hardback?
“Most of the time I buy paperback but I’m not opposed to hardbacks, the only thing I hate about some hardbacks is the sleeve some come in because it gets really annoying.”
I feel fairly the same about this answer. I have bought hardbacks more recently as a lot of new releases come in hardback but I prefer paperbacks as they are more lightweight.

Online or in-store book shopping? 
“I love to buy books in store when I can but just because of the convenience I’ll usually buy online and most of the time the prices are cheaper online.”
Again my opinion hasn’t really changed. I find it more convenient to buy online, even if I decide to get it from a book store sometimes it can be easier to shop through their website.

Trilogies or series?
“I’ve read a bit of both and I love both so honestly I can’t say either one…”
I have to say that I have actually recently really got into trilogies. For me, three books are actually enough as it doesn’t feel like the story is being dragged out.

Heroes or Villians?
“Heroes because they’re heroes. However, it depends on the book because I have read books with interesting villians.”
I would say for this that one thing I have learnt from books is that not everything is black and white. It’s a bit like the saying one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter, I have read a lot of books involving characters who’s good intentions are misplaced. I feel like the Renegades trilogy is a good example of this.

A book you want everyone to read?
“We are all completely beside ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler! It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read!!”
I totally stand by this statement but having read a lot of amazing book since then I would have to say The Exact Opposite of Okay and A girl called shameless which are both by Laura Steven.

Recommend an underrated author?
“Jandy Nelson is someone you don’t hear a lot of talk about but she has written some amazing books! She wrote I’ll give you the sun and the sky is everywhere.”
Again I totally stand by this statement as I did love Jandy Nelson but now I would have to say either Alice Broadway, who wrote the INK trilogy, or Brigid Kemmerer, who wrote Letters to the lost. I feel like they are authors that nobody really talks about.

The last book you finished?
“Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets”
Firstly, it’s quite shocking that I only finished reading the Harry Potter series at the back end of 2017. Secondly, the last book I read was A good girl’s guider to murder which was amazing and everyone should pick it up.

Weirdest thing you’ve used as a bookmark?
“I don’t think I have used anything particularly weird as a bookmark…”
Yeah, this statement still stands.

Used books: Yes or no?
“Not often as I love new books a bit too much. If I did they would have to be in a decent condition”
Yeah I feel pretty much the same. I am more inclined to buy used books as I recently went into a charity shop and bought too books I really wanted to read for a pound each which is really good and they were both in pretty good condition too.

Top three favourite genres?
“YA, fantasy and thriller”
This hasn’t really changed, although I would be more inclined to put YA contemporary, YA fantasy and YA thriller.

Borrow or buy?
“Always buy, I do borrow books occasionally but I just prefer the book to be mine”
I am less inclined to feel this way as I have been a member of my local library since last summer and have borrowed a few books. It is something I like to do because it means I don’t have to pay for the book and now that I live within a five minute walk of the library I am even more content doing this.

Character or plot?
“Characters because they are what makes the plot, not the other way round”
So I totally disagree with 2017 me on this one. I feel like it can really depend on the book. I have read a lot of books recently where the plot is what grabs my attention as much as the characters do and I don’t feel like the plot relies on the characters.

Long or short books?
“Long books because I like something I can get into, not something that ends before it really begins”
Again, I have to disagree with myself here. I do like a long book but I much prefer a shot book as sometimes a long book can be quite hard to get through. My ideal book length is somewhere between 350-400 pages.

Name the first three books you think of
“The Art of how to be normal, The Perks of being a wallflower and Wicked”
This lie will kill you, Undercover Princess and Slated

Books that make you laugh or cry?
“A bit of both…although even if a book is quite sad it doesn’t often make me cry”
This is still pretty true. I love a book that is funny but most of the time I tend to be drawn to books that are a little more serious.

Our world or fictional?
“Fictional for sure”
I 100% stand by this statement.

Audiobooks: yes or no?
“No. I did once try listening to an audiobook and although it is an interesting experience and actually quite good if you struggle to read whilst travelling like myself but I prefer physical books particularly because you can flip back a few pages if you have forgotten what happened once you go back to it.”
So this another question my opinion has changed massively on. I didn’t used to like audiobooks at all, as you can tell. However, I have found a new love for them. I got an audible membership a few months back and have really been enjoying audiobooks. I have found some books I have loved as a result, that I might not have read otherwise. I often listen to them whilst doing uni work but I can still follow along if I am enjoying it.

Do you ever judge a book by its cover?
“I do and don’t. Covers usually catch my eye if I’m just browsing but if it’s a book I really want to read I won’t pay too much attention to the cover.”
I mean I do still feel the same way but I have found that a lot of the books I have read have been ones I have initially picked up because of the cover.

Book to movie or book to tv?
“Personally it depends on the books. I couldn’t imagine the Harry Potter books as a TV series likewise I doubt game of thrones would work as films”
So I think 2017 me misunderstood this question, although my comment is still valid. It does depend on the book as if a book I loved is adapted, regardless of whether it is made into a tv show or film I will watch it.

A movie or tv show that you preferred to the book?
“Honestly there isn’t one! I would say that there have been films that have been as good as the book but I don’t think films could ever be better than the books.”
Yeah, I still stand by this.

Series or standalones?
“A series because it means you don’t have to leave your favourite characters behind but also standalones because it means you don’t have to keep up with the series.”
Again I stand by this statement, although I often find myself picking up books that are a series without even realising it.

There you have it! I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it. Feel free to take part in the tag yourself and let me know if you do so I can check it out.

Thanks for reading!

Abbie. X

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