The 20 Questions Tag

I’ve been homing in on the 20 Questions Tag whenever I blog hop lately. I’ve not been able to trace it to the original poster but HUGE THUMBS UP to whoever they may be!
For me this is a perfect little summary of things I like to learn about a book blogger.
So naturally I’ve answered them myself too.
Read on to find out more about my bookish side and map our common ground…

1. How many books is too many books in a series?

Ideally my preferred series length is a trilogy. Whilst stand alones are fantastic, I find myself more invested in character’s from trilogies. A duology usually leaves me feeling cheated, I’d rather they be one long book. A fourth book can be a nice surprise but it has to be absolutely necessary and live up to previous standards.

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?

Cliffhangers are a must, just don’t overuse them in chapter endings- too many seems tacky and desperate.
A decent cliffhanger at the end of a book is ideal, so long as I’m not waiting too long for the next release. If I’m reading a series that has already been published I’ll sometimes switch out between books, just to give that cliffhanger a little more suspense. I guess to trick myself into thinking I’ve had to wait for an answer.

3.Hardback or Paperback?

Paperback before hardback. My favourite places to read are in bed, the sunny outdoors, or in my silent office for lunch-time escapes. Hardbacks are pretty but impractical, plus they hurt more if you drop them on your face whilst dozing off… so I’ve heard. I usually buy a hardback purely for collector purposes, then purchase it on eBook to read.

4.Favourite book?

What a cruel question! Here’s a few..


5. Least favourite book?

Assuming this needs to be a book I have read from beginning to end, so DNFs not included…

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6. Love Triangles, Yes or No?

Love triangles can be a bit tedious, I don’t mind too much as a subplot but if the book hinges on it I’ll get bored pretty quickly.

7. Most recent book you couldn’t finish?

sorry zoran drvenkar

This title has brutal, detailed and unexpected accounts of sexual abuse written from the POV of a young child, I couldn’t stomach it. This is the novel that made me question whether books should come with content warnings.

8. A book you are currently reading?

I’m finishing up Sequel September today, so hopefully I’m somewhere near the end of The Passage Trilogy by Justin Cronin…

9. Last book you recommended to someone?

There’s a friend I lunch with at work who recently got back into reading. We sit quietly together and read most days. Our taste is so similar that often when he finishes a book he asks me for a new rec. Most recently this was…

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10. Oldest book you’ve read? (By publication date)

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, which was written in 1597 so says Wikipedia.

11. Newest book you’ve read (By publication date)



12. Favourite Author?

You don’t have to spend a lot of time around my online presence to know that STEPHEN KING is and always has been my favourite author, closely followed by CHRISTINA HENRY.

13. Buying books or borrowing books?

I never borrow books as I don’t like to feel rushed. I like to have a large and immediately accessible TBR on hand so I can choose books to suit my mood as and when.


14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?

gone girlgirl on the train


15. Bookmarks or dog ears?

I dog ear.. I know I know. Just the teeny tiniest corner. Only because I lose/drop/forget bookmarks for a past time. Though I would never mark a borrowed book.

16. A book you can always re-read?

I’m not typically one to re-read (since my childhood years anyway). My thinking is that I’ll never fit all the books I want to read into one lifetime, so why return to familiar territory when I could be discovering? I have mostly the same attitude to films and travel destinations. Saying that, lets all agree that a one time read through Harry Potter could never be enough, I also have an annual HP movie marathon.

17. Can you read while hearing music?

I can’t have music on while reading. My brain drifts off and I end up re-reading the same line or finishing a page with no idea what just happened. It’s got to be either silence or background noise of someone else doing/watching/playing something.

18. One POV or multiple points of view?

I’ll happily read from one POV but I do prefer multiple, just in case I don’t connect with a solo main character. Multiple POVs make for a better impact with cliffhangers too.

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

I never read a book in one sitting these days. Though I do remember a younger more carefree time when I did this with a couple of titles…

the killing placethe regulators bachman king

20. A book you’ve read because of the cover?

I have a bad habit of skimming every eBook sale I’m alerted to- which is pretty much an every day occurrence. I’ll stop scrolling on sight of a cover, check for an interesting title or a familiar name, read the blurb then finally check out a few reviews. It’s not often I’ll buy a book solely for the cover, the last one I remember is…

the gray house mariam


I won’t be tagging as this post is scheduled long after I’ve first seen it. Please do feel free to link up if you’d like to anyway or just comment your own, I love reading these!

Author: Roxanne Michelle

Dramatic, curly-haired wannabe writer from a nowhere town in Somerset. Stop-starter of all projects great and small. Here to talk books, film, mental health and lifestyle.

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