My Reading Preferences

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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!

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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?

  1. 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!

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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!

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

I tag thirteenpurpleroses, bamboo chewer, and anybody reading this who would like to take part in this tag. If you do choose to take part, feel free to comment down below so that I can check it out!

Until next time,

Goodbye

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35 Comments

  1. kidcongeniality

    14/01/2017 at 5:08 PM

    I am so impressed that you read a book or two a week! My goal is to continue reading a book a month with others mixed in!

    1. rebekahgillian

      14/01/2017 at 5:36 PM

      To be honest, I’ve only been reading two books a week for a few months. I’m sure things will slow down again eventually! Reading one book a month with everything else going on is still something to be proud of!

  2. Steph

    14/01/2017 at 5:14 PM

    I agree with almost all of these! When I was a kid, I always wanted to be a librarian when I grew up for very similar reasons : )

    1. rebekahgillian

      14/01/2017 at 5:39 PM

      That’s so cool! I’d love to be a librarian some day, even one day a week or something! 🙂

  3. joseyphina

    14/01/2017 at 5:25 PM

    Love your answers!

  4. Rebekah

    14/01/2017 at 5:36 PM

    Fun questions! I love ordering books from Amazon, they make it so easy!

    1. rebekahgillian

      14/01/2017 at 5:39 PM

      Same here! I have six months of Prime for free at the moment (student pass), so I’m obsessed with ordering books, unfortunately quicker than I can actually read them, haha!

  5. Perla Q.

    14/01/2017 at 5:46 PM

    I prefer a paper book too, it’a much better for my eyes and I like the smell of it. The questions are challenging and I’d like to answer them someday. I’ll let you know if that will happen.

    1. rebekahgillian

      14/01/2017 at 5:58 PM

      Yeah! I’ve attempted an audiobook, too, but nothing feels as good as a paperback, or hardback (although I prefer paperbacks!). Please do! I can add you to the people I’ve tagged if you want me to?

  6. Sonja Josipovic

    14/01/2017 at 6:09 PM

    I am so impressed that you read a book or two a week! Great post!
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  7. Lia

    14/01/2017 at 10:42 PM

    thanks for tagging me (it helps me when im struggling for blog ideas xD) also, wow, two books a week!? that is reading goals tbh

    1. rebekahgillian

      14/01/2017 at 11:07 PM

      You’re welcome! I understand that completely; I had a post I needed to edit and upload today, but I just wasn’t feeling it, so I decided to upload this instead.
      Haha, thank you! It’s definitely become something I’m more passionate about since Christmas. I’m on my fifth book of January so far, so I’m hoping I can keep this pace up, but we’ll see!

      1. Lia

        14/01/2017 at 11:51 PM

        that’s really good! 🙂

          1. Lia

            14/01/2017 at 11:57 PM

            also im kinda imagining the hunger games as a tv series and i think a really cool idea would be doing it as a tv series like it is for them as it is a TV show, so like it’s presented and stuff xD

          2. rebekahgillian

            15/01/2017 at 12:43 AM

            That does sound cool, admittedly! I think Russia are doing a real life hunger games sort of thing, where murder and that is legal, so it kinda put me off the idea of seeing it as a TV show, haha!

          3. Lia

            15/01/2017 at 3:49 PM

            omg are they actually?!

          4. rebekahgillian

            15/01/2017 at 5:19 PM

            Yeah. It’s kinda crazy! I think it went around on the internet in December some time? It was met with so much backlash. It didn’t really make sense, though, to be honest–the rules were that you could do anything that you wanted, including murder, rape and other things unnacceptable in real life, but that you could be–and would be–held responsible in the eyes of the law? I’m not sure if they meant afterwards or what, but it’s difficult to imagine what they meant when their slogan was “fight to the death”.

          5. Lia

            15/01/2017 at 8:10 PM

            that’s really weird o.o

          6. rebekahgillian

            15/01/2017 at 8:12 PM

            It really is. Only in Russia.

  8. brittany

    15/01/2017 at 5:01 PM

    I love this post! I went through and asked myself some of the same questions and found a few similar to yours. I love that you can say you read about 5 books per week, that’s something I definitely need to work on more. What is a good book to start out with that will keep my attention if I like a stand alone book with a strong female voice?

    1. rebekahgillian

      15/01/2017 at 5:22 PM

      Ooh, that’s cool that we had similar answers! I only manage around 1 or 2, but I’d love to read 5 a week. Maybe in the holiday’s. A girl can dream, right? 😉 One of my favourite books of all time is “On the Edge of Gone” by Corrine Duyvis. You can find my review of it in a previous blog post (http://wp.me/p6zGdc-6G). It’s basically about this strong 16 year old autistic female who survives through the end of the world. She doesn’t take any mess from anyone, and actually surpasses a lot of people’s expectations of her! “The Sun is Also a Star” is another good one I’ve read recently, but it’s very angsty, about a teenage girl who resents her father because they’re going to be deported and it’s on her shoulders to stop it.

  9. George

    15/01/2017 at 5:04 PM

    I too am a bookworm and have been since I was five. I love Goodreads, it helps me finding the right books a lot. Is that true about the Hunger Games in Russia though? Could you give us some more info on it? I am currently reading the book so a bit curious!

    1. rebekahgillian

      15/01/2017 at 5:26 PM

      Oh wow, that’s a long time!
      Yeah, unfortunately it is true. It’s kinda messed up, actually. 20 contests have to survive in Serbia between the 1st July 2017 and the 1st April 2018, I think. They’re allowing things like rape and murder, but say contestants will be held responsible by the Russian laws at all time. Like the hunger games, the whole “fight for survival” stance definitely rings true in this case.
      I found this news article, which I’m also going to link in my blog post, which might explain it better than I was able to: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/38342421/russia-does-the-hunger-games-for-real-in-siberia-but-no-guns-are-allowed

  10. Kerrymay._.Makes

    16/01/2017 at 7:09 PM

    A great post. I need to make it my mission to read more as I love it, just don’t get much time, it’s one of my priorities in my bullet journal/goal setting this year.

    1. rebekahgillian

      16/01/2017 at 10:46 PM

      Thank you! Yeah, once college gets busier (and even now), reading gets a little more difficult. I tend to read when I get home from college or before I go to bed on college days, and then have binge-reading morning’s at the weekend. I understand that’s not workable for a lot of people, though! Funnily enough, one of my goals for this year is to start a bullet journal and create more journal entries (mine are more artistic recollections of my day/week as opposed to letting things flow). Good luck with your goal!

  11. Lauren

    16/01/2017 at 7:37 PM

    What a fun tag! I definitely still prefer a physical copy of a book, over an ebook!

    Lauren

    1. rebekahgillian

      16/01/2017 at 10:47 PM

      Thank you! I’m glad someone else prefers physical copies of books over ebooks, too! Since posting this, I’m finding out it’s quite a few people’s preference, which is great!

  12. Rachel

    16/01/2017 at 8:52 PM

    I love this post. I definitely agree that turning a book into a TV show is probably better than a film. You can get so much more detail into a longer TV series than into a couple of hours of a film. I’ve just finished watching A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix, and so far it’s done the books so much more justice than the film did.

    1. rebekahgillian

      16/01/2017 at 10:48 PM

      Thank you!
      Ooh, I’ve heard a lot about that series and it came up on my suggested on Netflix. I haven’t read the series yet but I might do some time in the near future so I can watch the series!

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  14. S.

    22/01/2017 at 7:36 AM

    Great post! I read books on my iPad mostly lately. But I have read a lot of actual physical books. When I read ”Girl With a Dragon Tattoo’ a few years ago, I couldn’t put it down. Couldn’t get through the movie though.

    1. rebekahgillian

      22/01/2017 at 2:58 PM

      Thank you! I’ve heard a lot about that book; I’ve always wanted to read it! See, it’s often the same for me! Movies have to be really special to compare to the images I have in my head, and often, they fall short.

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