The Twenty Questions Book Tag // Sprinkles of Dreams

The 20 Questions Book Tag 📚 // On Love Triangles, My Favorite Authors & An Evil Plot Device

Once upon a time, I was tagged by May @ Forever and Everly, Lu @ Lu ReadsThe Orangutan Librarian, and more recently by Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books for the 20 Questions Book Tag—and I’m finally getting around to answering these questions! (🎉)

You should head over to their blogs and read their posts as well, because they have great answers, and I’d be over the moon if mine were half as interesting and entertaining as theirs are.

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1. How many books is too many books in a book series?

If it absolutely has to be a book series, I’d prefer for it to be a duology (or a trilogy at the most), because honestly, most of the time I don’t even have the energy to emotionally invest in a standalone, let alone an entire series.

Moreover, the wait in-between books is excruciating. (Is anyone else dying to have Muse of Nightmares, and The Wicked King in their hands?)

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2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?

At the end of a chapter? Great.
At the end of a book in a book series? Not so great, but it could be worse.
At the end of a standalone/last book in a series? Evil.

However, following my earlier assertion; if I’m not emotionally invested in a book, as is the case with about 91% of the books I’ve read (as evidenced by my Goodreads stats [quite a shocking revelation]) I’m perfectly indifferent towards cliffhangers.

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3. Hardcopy or paperback?

I lean towards hardcopies, since you can’t read most paperbacks without irreversibly damaging their spines, and I’m just not equipped to handle that kind of mental distress—basically, this is me, whenever I see creased paperback spines:

This is Fine Meme

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4. Favorite book?

I don’t have one absolute favorite book, but these are five of my all-time favorite books, and my favorite books this year so far have been The Night Circus, Circe, and Strange the Dreamer.

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5. Least favorite book?

I don’t rank books I don’t like, but two books I read this year and didn’t enjoy at all (unpopular opinion alert!) are A Monster Calls and We Are the Ants.

I’m … sorry?

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6. Love triangles, yes or no?

No. Love triangles are a very bad idea 99.9% of the time, and the 0.01% are extremely rare cases, in which they are actually well-written—though I honestly can’t think of a single one right now … I wonder why. 🌞

Does anyone like love triangles, though?

86-27. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

Together at Midnight—which is technically on hold, but I’m not sure whether or not I’ll ever go back and finish it. It’s not bad, I just … lost interest in it.

86-28. A book you’re currently reading?

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
[I’m buddy reading it with Mel @ Mel to the Any & May @ Forever and Everly! 💜]

This is my first Adam Silvera novel, and everyone keeps gushing over it, so even though I’m not 100% sold on the premise, I have high hopes, because so many people whose judgement I trust have praised it.

86-29. Last book you recommended to someone?

My last book recommendations in general were for Pride Month, but my last personal recommendations were book two and three in the Captive Prince series.

86-210. Oldest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

The actual oldest book I’ve read of my own volition is Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (one of my all-time favorite authors!), published in 1811.

86-211. Newest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

The Raging Ones by Krista & Becca Ritchie

The Raging Ones (The Raging Ones #1) by Krista & Becca Ritchie, which is an ARC, and I highly recommend it! The publication date is the 14th of August, 2018.

(I do wish with my entire being that it had a prettier cover.)

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12. Favorite author?

Marie Lu, Jane Austen, and Leigh Bardugo.

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13. Buying books or borrowing books?

Buying books. They’ll be mine to marvel at and cherish forever, and what’s better than having your own library?

Belle Loves Books, Library // Beauty and the Beast GIF

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14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?

I could honestly create entire blog posts to answer this question, but the one I see praised the most is The Raven Cycle series—which I may or may not give another try, because someone told me that book #3 is amazing.

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15. Bookmarks or dog-ears?

Bookmarks. I don’t use them, because I always remember the page numbers, but everyone who dog-ears books needs to keep those books far, far away from me, and never mention them to me, because even the thought of dog-ears makes a tiny piece of my soul disintegrate.

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16. A book you can always reread?

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

The Harry Potter book series. And this is why.

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17. Can you read while hearing music?

Yes. There are a few songs that immediately remind me of a certain book I read, while they were playing in the background. I don’t usually listen to music, when I read, though.

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18. One POV or multiple POVs?

Depends on the book. I … really can’t choose between one or the other.

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19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

Both. Some books (like The Night Circus) make me want to draw out the experience, and I much prefer reading them in smaller increments rather than in one sitting, and some I like to finish in one sitting.

20. Whom do you tag?

Sofii @ A Book. A Thought. 🌸 Norrie @ Reading Under the Blankie 🌸 Kate @ The Backwards Bookshelf 🌸 Kaycee @ The Autumn Daydreamer 🌸 Caitlin @ Pale Gold Pages 🌸 Romie @ Romie We Deserve Love 🌸 YOU 🌸

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What are you currently reading? 💗
Do you prefer hardcopies, paperbacks, or e-books?
Which popular book(s) do you dislike?

xx, Lily

125 thoughts on “The 20 Questions Book Tag 📚 // On Love Triangles, My Favorite Authors & An Evil Plot Device”

  1. I’m currently reading One Hundred Years of Solitude, I’m trying to get into more classics this year 😊 and I like physical books but lately I’ve been getting into ebooks too and loving it! I get what you mean about paperbacks, although I prefer them to hardcover. When I see a ruined spine my heart breaks!!!

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    1. Ohh that’s so cool, I’ve been meaning to get back into reading more classics as well. I hope you love One Hundred Years of Solitude, I’ve heard so many good things about it. 🙂

      And I’ve only recently started getting into e-books as well & I adore my e-reader now, because it’s just soo practical, so I definitely relate.

      Thanks for your lovely comment, Catherine! 😊💞

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  2. I’m with you on love triangles. Please dear authors, if they aren’t absolutely necessary, don’t write them in. I actually put one of my current reads (I read two books at a time) “Sweet Black Waves” on hold because of the love triangle. Yes, given I’ve called it about 20% of the book but I just can’t stand one of the people in the triangle that I had to step away for a while. I’m going to go back to it though. (I think)

    Popular book I dislike? I think “A Court of Thorns and Roses”. My friends keep on gushing about it, but it took me 2 months to finish the book. Plus I have a bit of a problem with Maas changing love interests, like what she did in ToG with Chaol and Aelin. The reason behind the changes were too light for me.

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    1. Yess, I’m so glad we agree on this! I’m sorry you had to put a book on hold because of it, though. I hope you end up enjoying it when you continue with it, despite the love triangle. ❤

      I didn't enjoy A Court of Thorns and Roses very much, either! I actually abandoned the series altogether after book one, and I still feel like it was the right decision.

      Thank you for such a thoughtful comment, Rachel! ☺️🌷

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  3. Wow, you remember the page numbers! That’s the first time I hear someone using this alternative for bookmarks, must be a good exercise for the brain as well 🙂 I can totally relate with your idea of soul disintegration when it comes to dogeared books … I have the feeling it irreversibly destroys the pages of the book 😦

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  4. Love your responses, Lily! 💗 (They definitely are interesting and entertaining. 😉) I definitely agree with you on the book series question – I used to be so emotionally invested in many book series (such as the Percy Jackson series, which are still some of my favorite books) but now, I tend to read standalone books over book series. I don’t usually listen to music while I read, either, because it distracts me and I end up singing along to the music instead of reading. 😂

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    1. Thanks, Dezzy! 💞 I’m so happy to hear that. 😊

      I still haven’t read the Percy Jackson series, but I feel like I may have grown out of them & wouldn’t enjoy them as much now? And I agree with you, listening to music can be really distracting sometimes, and I usually end up singing along to the music as well, haha.

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      1. Aww thank you so much for tagging on this, too! 😂😊💓 It’s so kind of you; I really appreciate it.

        Oh yeah, I get what you mean, I think you would’ve enjoyed the series more when you were younger. I still love it, though, because it has such a special place in my heart haha, since Rick Riordan was the first author to introduce me the power of normalizing diversity in books. 🙂

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