Rapid Fire Book Tag!

This tag was created by GirlReading, it’s a set of super quick bookish questions so I’m going to run through them as a little get-to-know me thing. I was tagged (sorta) by Christine at Purple Manatees and her post is here!

E-Book or Physical Book?

Physical books! I like the convenience of reading an ebook on my phone, but there’s something so satisfying about holding a physical book in my hands and being able to see how close I am to finishing it. I’m 100% more likely to stay up all night with a physical book instead of an ebook.

Paperback or Hardback?

This is a hard one. I always used to prefer paperbacks because they’re less expensive and easier to read and carry around, but hardcovers are so PRETTY. I’m a little addicted to buying beautiful hardcovers, but if the hardcover isn’t super pretty and it’s not an urgent must read, I’ll wait for the paperback.

Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

In-store, in-store, in-store! I try and buy most if not all of my books in my local Waterstones, and always hit up Indies when I go to other towns (we don’t have one). I also visit every charity shop I see to try and pick up books. If I can’t get it in the UK otherwise, I’ll, reluctantly, use Amazon or other online stores.

Trilogies or Series?

Trilogies, I guess? I actually prefer standalones, but I prefer trilogies over long series.

Heroes or Villains?

VILLAINS. I’m a sucker for them, and I’m not sorry 🤷‍♀️ gimme those evil characters babey. Gimme morally grey. I love it.

A book you want everyone to read?

I’ve screamed about this plenty, but it’s The Priory of the Orange Tree! I love that book way too much, everyone in the world needs to read it. Don’t be scared by its length!

Recommend an underrated book?

The Grace Year! I love this book so much, and everyone who reads it seems to love it but I can’t believe more people aren’t talking about it?! It should be read by every teenage girl, it’s so powerful and feminist and beautiful.

The last book you finished?

Scorpia by Anthony Horowitz for my Alex Rider reread! The last book I finished that wasn’t a reread was The Force Awakens novelisation by Alan Dean Foster.

The Last Book You Bought?

The Library of the Unwritten was by last book bought! I’m so, so, so excited to get into this, and it’s got the prettiest cover!

Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?

Probably my voucher for ‘dreamies’. They’re a cat treat, and I have a 50p off voucher that I meant to take home to give to my mum so she could buy some treats for my cat. My cat then passed away, and it was still tucked into one of my books so I’ve kept it and used it ever since.

Used Books: Yes or No?

YES. I’m constantly searching charity shops for secondhand books, and I’m trying to fill my library with books I’ve loved but not owned before and I’m only doing that through second-hand sources! They’re cheap and they’re sustainable. Perfect!

Top Three Favorite Genres?

Fantasy, sci-fi and horror!

Borrow or Buy?

I love to buy books. I should borrow more, and I do use my local library a lot, but I’m such a hoarder. If I read a book from the library that I loved, it goes on my charity shop search list for me to get it second-hand. I just love to KEEP books.

Characters or Plot?

Characters every day. I’ll always pick characters, because as much as a weak plot can be boring or frustrating, there’s nothing worse than a really interesting plot with flat and irritating characters.

Long or Short Books?

Hm. Sometimes it’s nice to read a quick read, but usually I like ’em long. I like standalones, so a nice chunky standalone is perfect for me.

Long or Short Chapters?

I don’t really care? I don’t notice chapter length, so I don’t have a preference.

Name The First Three Books You Think Of:

  • Sorcery of Thorns
  • Uprooted
  • Red, White and Royal Blue

Books That Make You Laugh or Cry?

I cry at everything. I cry at literally everything. But the last book I really sobbed at was Song of Achilles, and the last book that made me cackle to myself all night was Red, White and Royal Blue.

Our World or Fictional Worlds?

Fictional. Duh. This world is boring, gimme magic and dragons.

Audiobooks: Yes or No?

I love audiobooks in theory but I have the attention span of a flea. I use them when I have long days of tedious work (stock room days at work, I’m looking at you) but I couldn’t listen to them in my leisure time. I get distracted too fast.

Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?

Aaaall the time. I’ll buy a book based off the cover even if I don’t know anything about its contents.

Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?

TV! TV adaptations usually mean more content, more depth and more ability to dive into the text. Not always, I’ll admit, and I love book-movies too, but I’d rather my favourites be made into TV instead of movies.

A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?

This was really hard? Maybe Carrie by Stephen King. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the book, but I think the movie was much easier to understand and enjoy.

Series or Standalones?

Standalones by far.


I will be tagging:

If anyone else wants to do this, consider yourself tagged!

2 thoughts on “Rapid Fire Book Tag!

  1. Ooh, I love this post – such interesting questions! Totally know what you mean about audiobooks. I can listen to them in work but never at home 😂 and yes!! characters over plot any day – it can be the most basic, done to death plot but if you’ve got interesting characters, the book can be amazing!

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