Book Tag!

I have not been tagged.  Bookskeptic left it open for anyone to participate who wanted. And I want! I am halfway through Don Quixote and trying to give myself a long enough break to re energize but not so long it gets abandoned.  So, other fun posts!

I used to do the MySpace surveys during night shifts in grad school circa 2005. Oh to relive the working all night with piles of schoolwork to do!

The Rules

  1. Mention the creator of the tag (Ayunda @Tea and Paperbacks).
  2. Thank the blogger who tagged you!
  3. Choose one of the options. You don’t have to tell the reasons why you chose that, but you can also do them if you want to.
  4. Tag 10 other people to do this tag to spread the love! (ten? I must not have made enough nice with other bloggers because I don’t have ten to tag)

Questions

  1. Reading on the couch or on the bed?

Mostly couch due to being a parent of a young child but I like a snuggly book read at night or when he is with me in the bed and I am parenting with Netflix on the kindle. I like it when I am reading a paper book and he asks if I am reading. I also read a lot of picture books out loud on the couch: The Giving Tree, Frogs, Spiders, Harold and the Purple Crayon, McElligot’s Pool, Piggies, I love you through and through, etc.

  1. Male main character or female main character?

Female. I tend to read about strong females who want to change the world.  I don’t identify as well with males.  Even the guys I have dated and the one I married are not super macho masculine.  I don’t have time for that.

“Well behaved women rarely make history!”  –Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (and they rarely make good books, in my opinion)

  1. Sweet snacks or salty snacks when reading?

My college roommate used to tell me that what I really needed in life was a salt lick.

  1. Trilogies or quartets?

Trilogy.  I am so so on series. I like to wait until they are all out to read and then sometimes the break in books slows me down.  I have read some good trilogies that I have discussed here, like Witching Savannah and The Magicians.  I also liked The Hunger Games. I won’t rule one out, but I think I would take one fat tome over a series.  I understand that most of the classic old fat tomes that I love used to be serials, but I still really like my story all in one place.

  1. First person point of view or third person point of view?

I don’t think I have a preference on this one, actually.  I have not thought about it. I have considered it more when I am committing my brilliance to screen and paper alike.

  1. Reading at night or in the morning?

Morning on the weekday is for listening while working out or commuting, physically reading is for evening and night.  Sometimes during the day if I have it on my phone and it’s less conspicuous that I am filling canceled appointment time with finding out what the next chapter holds instead of keeping on top of paperwork.

Morning on the weekends especially when I trap my son in bed with me.

  1. Libraries or bookstores?

This answer depends.  Classic books, anthologies, poetry books and short stories need to be owned.  This includes classic children’s chapter books to share with my son.

I buy e-books when I can get the companion audio.

I can be cheap though and I don’t like too much stuff, so I do like the library for e and paper.

  1. Books that make you laugh or make you cry?

Oh, please, make me laugh.  I posted already on books I couldn’t return to and some of them have the most compelling and beautiful and deeply sad moments. I could go back to funny ones though.  I try to help people manage crushing sadness on the daily, so I like a break sometimes with a lighter book.

  1. Black book covers or white book covers?

Probably black.  I am so driven by cover art, despite my need to think that I am a deep and complex individual. I like covers with water or the night sky/celestial elements. Maybe some birds and stuff too.   My cover prejudice is so strong that I have seen all the ruckus lately about Ellen Ferrante novels being really good, but I can’t stand the covers and that might forever prohibit me from picking one up.

Character driven or plot driven stories?

Who can choose this? Loves me a well crafted and executed character arc, maybe more than I care about a book with stuff happening every moment.  I deal with how people change on a regular basis, and even when clients tell me about something big in their lives, I want to know about their perception/feelings and interpretations as much as what actually happened.  Sometimes if it’s something really juicy I react before they can get it all out. Ha. I try not to

I tag everyone who feels like answering the questions :)!

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