My Reading Preferences
If you hadn’t noticed from my last blog post, I’ve been really into reading lately, so when I saw this tag going around, and saw the questions involved, I knew I wanted to get involved. With that said, I can’t go on with the tag without taking a moment to thank My Bookish Life for tagging me in this blog post. They blog about everything from books to blogging advice, and their blog is really aesthetically pleasing, so I recommend you go and check them out!
Without further ado, though, let’s get on with this tag!
- Read only series or a stand alone?
Although I have read a few series in my time, I’ve read many more standalone books in my time. I like how the entirety of a story is contained in one book, and you aren’t left waiting for questions to be answered in a book which I may not have gotten around to reading yet. However, I am making it my mission this year to read more series, as I love the way a story can evolve throughout different novels, so this preference may only be a temporary one.
- Read only female or male authors?
I have to say, the gender of the author doesn’t even factor into whether or not I read a story. Instead, I look through my recommendations on Goodreads, and see what friends are reading, and go from there. Sometimes, if I’ve enjoyed the book, I’ll look for other works from the author afterwards, but that’s usually only after I’ve read at least one book they have written. I’ve looked through my bookshelf to see if that offers any answers in which I subconsciously go for more, and even then, it’s hard to distinguish a preferred gender.
- Shop at Barnes and Noble or Amazon?
I’m English, so although I’ve heard of Barnes and Noble (and would definitely visit there if I ever went to America or Canada), it isn’t something currently available to me. For that reason, I’d definitely say Amazon. In fact, other than libraries and occasions where I receive books second hand, Amazon is the place where I order most of my books from.
- All books become movies or TV shows?
I think this completely depends on the book or series we’re considering. For example, I couldn’t imagine The Hunger Games as a TV show, but I love the way Shadow Hunters: The Mortal Instruments is portrayed as a TV series on Netflix. If I had to pick just one, though, I think I’d have to go with turning books into TV shows. There’s usually more details included in a TV show, with added extras about individuals that weren’t in the book, and really, there’s nothing better than sitting down and binge watching a TV show all in one go, is there?
- Read 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?
Both of these seem like too far on each side of the scale for me to properly relate to. In reality, I usually read a book or two a week, but I could never pick up a book and read just five pages. If I pick up a book, you better bet that I’m going to read anywhere from fifty pages onwards in one sitting. So, for that reason, I’d have to choose 5 books per week!
- Be a professional reviewer or author?
For me, this is a no brainer. It’s been my dream to become an author since I was nine or ten years old, when I would write about horror and science fiction in the aims of escaping my reality. Now, I tend to stick to the contemporary genre in my own writing, but my wish to become an author someday still stands. Although I do review books at times on Goodreads, or the occasional blog post, I wouldn’t go as far as to say that I had what it takes to become a reviewer professionally.
- Only read your top 20 favourite books over and over, or always read new ones?
This is a hard question to answer. As much as I love getting lost in a new world when I open the page of a new book, I also love reading a book over again, being able to engage with characters I’m already familiar with and notice things I may not have paid attention to when I read the book originally. However, I imagine it’s only so long before those worlds would become boring if they were all I had to read, so I’d have to go with always reading new books for my own sanity.
- Be a librarian or a bookseller?
A librarian, 100%! I can think of no better feeling than knowing that the books I was surrounded with were being enjoyed by more than one person. Being able to enjoy books free of charge during my lunch hour, and when things were quiet, is always a bonus that wouldn’t occur with being a bookseller, too!
- Only read your favourite genre or every genre except your favourite?
I have a few different favourite genres, but if I only had to pick one it would be contemporary, and I’d happily read that over anything else. This might be cheating, but there are contemporary elements in a lot of stories, so I don’t think I’d be that restricted on what I could read in the grand scheme of things.
- Only read physical books or ebooks?
I think I must be the only book lover in the twenty first century who hasn’t got an e-reader device of some sort. Although I’ve read an expert of a story on an iPad, I’ve never got all the way through one. I much prefer having a physical copy of a book in my hand. There’s something about having a physical book and turning actual pages that comforts me.
Until next time,