The Bookworm Tag

Okay, so it’s been forever since I did one of these posts.  I like throwing them up on the blog every now and then so when I spied this one, recently, I thought, well why the heck not!

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The Pre-Amble

The Bookworm's Tag

  1. Thank and link the blogger who nominated you ✔️ – not technically nominated, but tomasgrizzly put it on their blog and left nominations open to anyone.  Thanks Tomas. 🙂
  2. Include the tag graphic in your post ✔️
  3. Answer the ten questions the blogger asked ✔️
  4. Nominate between five and ten bloggers (I think I’ll do what Tomas did and leave it open)
  5. Ask your nominees ten book-related questions! ✔️
  6. Don’t feel bound to these rules ✔️
  7. (Most importantly) Have fun! ✔️

Questions For Me To Answer

Do you have any “reading ritual”, such as a specific time, beverage, place?

Not a specific ritual, as I don’t do it all the time.  But when I’m choosing to have a good, solid reading session I like to get a cup of tea (made by my partner, because I can’t make a good cuppa to save my life!), a fuzzy blanket and either get in bed or curl up on my side of the sofa.

How do you choose what book to buy/read next?

The Gods of Reading slap me on the side of the head and pull me into bookstores….

Okay, actually I have a large collection of unread books and I will usually stand before the bookshelves, paralysed with decision, wasting oodles of time before reaching for a “safety” book that I have probably read 100s of times.

On other occasions, I already have like a list of books in my head and I just work my way through them.  And if I start a series, I usually devour the whole thing before moving on.

What is your preferred format (print/ebook/audio) and what led to this preference?

Print books, specifically paperback.  My focus is too scattered for audiobooks, without the need to hold something and focus my eyes on it, I will always be “doing” something else and then 1 hour in realise I hadn’t paid attention to what was being said.

eBooks are okay, and I have a load of them but I am so sick of staring at screens – computer screens, tablet screens, phone screens.  One reason I like reading is to get me away from technology and devices.

Hardbacks are too heavy and I get frustrated at not being able to shift position or hold the book with one hand while drinking aforementioned tea.

Do you have a “guilty pleasure” book or genre?

Not that I can think of.

Do you remember at what age you’ve read your first book (on your own)?

Can’t remember the age, I remember the book (my partner even located an old copy years ago for me for nostalgia).  It is called Ninety-Nine Dragons.  I found it in the Infant School Library and took forever to read it (I struggled to learn to read when I was younger and was super behind everyone else in my year).

Ninety-Nine Dragons book by Barbara Sleigh  Photo of the inside of Ninety-Nine Dragons book, showing an illustration of two children, a little dragon and a large ram

Was there a book where you really liked some minor character – and if yes, what was it?

In The Cruel Prince, Vivienne was Jude’s sister and was more of a side character (to me) yet I really liked her character and would have loved to have seen her more heavily-protrayed in the book.

What’s the longest you’ve been up reading a book because you just had to read “one more chapter”?

When I was a teenager, I would definitely stay up late to read.  Then put the book down, kip for an hour, wake up read more.  But for a solid reading session, probably stayed up until 3am at the latest.  I like my sleep 😉

What do you consider the ideal length of a book?

Between 80,000 and 100,000 words.  I love huge 200,000+ books and I love novellas, but yeah around 80 – 100K words is definitely where most of my fave books fall.  Meaty enough, without going on too long. lol

Have you ever read a book just because it was popular?

I suppose so.  I was told I just “had to read” A Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas by so many people.  Hated it, thought it was awful.  Characters just pissed me off.  Never read any more of that series.  I had, thankfully, already read A Court of Thorn and Roses series by the same author (loved it!).

If I had read A Throne of Glass before ACOTAR, I might never have given ACOTAR a chance.

Have you read a book in a language other than your native? If yes, in how many languages?

Nope, I am only just learning another language (French… what we learn in school doesn’t count if it doesn’t stick) but I doubt even if I became fluent that I would choose to read books in another language.  Though I do love movies in other languages (yes, with subtitles!)

Tag!

As mentioned, rather than tagging people.  I am just going to leave this for anyone who wants to play.  If you do, the questions are below.  If you don’t, no problem 🙂

Questions For You To Answer

Do you read books only once or do you sometimes read books multiple times?

What is your favourite books series?

Is there a spin-off of a book series you would love to see?

Dust cover jackets, love them or hate them?

Do you lend your books to other people?

What is the last book you read that really hit you, emotionally?

What is your favourite book trope?

Have you read any books that had more than one author?

Is there a book that changed your life?

Do you have any books that have been signed by the author?

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Have fun, anyone who decides to answer these questions 🙂

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Happy writing & stay safe

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10 thoughts on “The Bookworm Tag

  1. Great tag and answers! 🙂 I don’t mind doing tags although I don’t tag people either as I know some don’t want to do it. I’d like to do this one, not sure when I’ll get it up though as I’m so busy and am so late with doingg tag and award posts (like really late -months/years😬!) We have some things in common, 😀 I agree about how heavy hardbacks can be. I got a 700+ page hardback for a blog tour last year, and it’s so heavy, although they’re always so pretty. I ‘read’ audiobooks but I find it hard not to be distracted with other tasks too. I think the last audiobook I read took me nearly a third longer as I kept going back when I hadn’t heard something while trying to do some blog stuff, lol.

  2. I remember when these tags/’awards’ made their way around multiple times a day. Hehehe, good times. People complained about them not really being awards and receiving too many, but I tweaked it to work for me. It became tedious at times to come up with nominees or new questions, but I met some cool people that way and the traffic was much better, then, too.

    You described my feelings about audiobooks, ebooks, and hardcover to a T! Paperback for the win.

    1. I never understood why they were called “awards”? To me they are just silly tag games.

      I remember getting tagged into the same one several times in 2 weeks. That’s why I prefer not to tag people. It’s more a silly thing I wanted to do, rather than dragging other people into it.

      Yes! Team Paperback!!

      1. To me, they started as awards – ‘hey, I like what you’re doing’ kind of thing. It encouraged me to keep going as I began my blogging journey. But yea, it quickly became the same ‘award’ multiple times a week and it lost its shine. Especially when some asked you to nominate upwards of 10 people.

      2. Ahh yes, I remember that. Getting bombarded with so many notifications. When some people’s blogs were like 10 posts all using “awards”.

  3. Well, it seems we share the “filtering out” that makes audiobooks an unfitting format. It doesn’t even have to be an audiobook, any recording without visuals will lead to me putting it in the background and possibly filtering it out.
    Either way, I hope you had fun taking part. Sometimes, we can do something not so serious, right?

    1. Yes! Any recording without a video will have me drifting away. I am always impressed by people who can focus and listen to audiobooks.

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