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

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

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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      1. listen I just won’t give you details about how I treat my books and your heart will be fine because otherwise it won’t be fine and I don’t want it to be not fine

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  5. Okay, I feel like I’m having emotional overload! BUT – I’m still so thankful that 2018 brought me your friendship! I am brewing a cup of tea and sitting down to start our new buddy read NOW! (I hope it is as good as Radio Silence, which I still have 20% left in, but I’m not ready for it to be over. ever. okay?) And Seeing you love Strange the Dreamer and Circe so much just proves we were destined to be friends! (And it makes me want to give The Night Circus another shot, tbh!) Okay, I love you and I hope you’re having happy reading, love! ❤ xx

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    1. I feel the same way!! :’) ❤

      I hope you love the rest of Radio Silence & I’m still hoping for They Both Die at the End to improve for me, but I hope you’re enjoying it so far! 🙂 And yes, please give The Night Circus another chance and love it! (Though if you don’t enjoy slower books, maybe it’s just not the right fit, and that’s okay, too.)

      Happy reading & much love to you, Mel!! 💖

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      1. Oh my gosh! I just saw this! (But you always validate me… because I’m not loving TBDATE either, YET! But I have high hopes! Also – I need to write to you about Radio Silence before I right up my review! This last week has been such a blur, I swear! But okay, I love you and happy reading! 💖xx

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  6. YOU DID THE TAAAAAG

    obsessed with you for the duology/trilogy thing because 1) duologies (and standalones!) are underrated as all get out and 2) WHY IS EVERY SERIES SO LONG. I AM IMPATIENT I DO NOT LIKE TO WAIT AND ALSO I GET BORED.

    ok the fact that you also had an unpopular opinion on A Monster Calls is making me more sure than ever that i’m also not going to be into We Are the Ants. we’ll see i guess!!! or maybe i’m just going to hand off my reputation for having unpopular opinions to you.

    YOU SUBTWEETED ME KINDA YAY!!! by which i mean the raven cycle book three shoutout. READ IT READ IT READ IT (also yay jane austen and book-buying)

    anyway you’re the coolest ily this comment is way too long bye

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    1. I need there to be more great standalones!!

      A Monster Calls made no sense, and I refuse to let its subject matter emotionally manipulate me into giving it a high rating. And I hope you enjoy We Are the Ants, but I hope that we’ll share the same unpopular opinion more. :))

      I started reading recaps of book one … but got bored, oops. Give me a lil(y) bit more time to get around to it?

      [copies and pastes your last sentence]

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      1. YES TO YOUR TAKE ON A MONSTER CALLS. i stillll haven’t written my review and now i just want to plagiarize your thoughts

        hehe a lily bit more time nice BUT READ IT even though the dream thieves is so bad

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        1. YES, THANK YOU. Me neither, and it’s been months, haha. But ahh you are the last person who’d ever need to plagiarize anyone’s thoughts?? Now go write your review, ok thanks. :))

          I was thinking of reading recaps, so I can skip right to book three, haha.

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  7. I suggest watching the A Monster Calls movie. It was much better than the book! And I definitely agree with you about love triangles. Ughhh. Also, The Night Circus was such a beautiful book!

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  8. I have developed this skill of reading paperback copies where I open it at like 30 degrees and strain my eyes. It’s a 11/10 habit and skill. Extremely recommended.

    Also be prepared for goodness but not excellence for TBDATE because it was good… just not that good.

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    1. My heart legit bursts with happiness, knowing that you loved it & it was my recommendation that made you read it, Nimika! 😭💖

      I really, really hope you love Circe as much as I do. It’s not for everyone, I think, but it’s so gorgeously written and just magical. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts, if/when you read it. ☺️

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  9. As always, You have the best answers!
    I agree with most answers, I think A Monster calls was a bit overrated and glad you agree.
    but wait a minute, you actually remember page numbers?????? How? That only proves that you are really out of this world when it comes to books and readings!

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    1. Ahhh why are you so nice!! Thanks, Hamad! 💙

      I just feel like A Monster Calls is 98% emotional manipulation, and so many things don’t make sense, plot-wise + a lot of sentiments were, uh, questionable at best?

      Haha, it’s only three digits at the most, so it’s not that hard. 😅 I’m in awe of people who can remember really long numbers all at once.

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      1. I am always nice 😛
        you’re welcome 😀 ❤

        I agree, I actually enjoyed the short stories he told but I could not connect to the whole emotional thing!

        But you read many books at the same time so there are many 3 digits that you have to remember, right?!

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        1. I actually found the short stories really non-sensical … I feel like they were supposed to teach you important lessons about life, but their sentiments only made me go “???”. 🙈

          True, but I associate them with different books, so it’s comparable to having different patients with different diagnoses. 😛

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  10. Love your answers! Doggie on fire made me crack up… it always gets me 😀 😀

    I think cliffhanger at the end of a book is evil… pure evil! Just finished one that had a cliff at the end. Didn’t even realise it was meant to be a proper series. So now i’m kinda upset… hehe.

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  11. YAY I’m so happy you did this tag, Lily, I loved reading your answers ❤
    I'm with you about the series, I prefer two or three books, otherwise it's such a big commitment and the wait is WAY TOO LONG at times, haha.
    I have The Night Circus on my TBR and I can't wait to read it, everyone has been recommending it to me for years, haha 🙂
    I have to ask, how do you always remember which page you are on?! That's incredible haha, I wouldn't remember it, ever and sometimes even with bookmarks, I don't remember what happened in the previous chapter of the book, either. I admire your skills here haha.
    Lovely answers! ❤ ❤

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    1. Thanks, Marie!! Your comments always make me smile. :’) ❤

      The Night Circus isn’t a book I’d usually love, because it has insta-love, but I’m so in love with the setting and the writing. 💗 And just as a warning before you read it; you should go into it knowing that it’s really slow, and the sypnosis is a bit misleading.

      I … honestly have no idea. I think being a synesthesist helps, because I’ve heard that people who are able to remember really long numbers do it by associating it with a story … or something like that. 👀

      Thank you so much!! 💖

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  12. I don’t mind love triangles as long as they’re not the “two boys compete for one girl” kind. Those I almost never care about, but I liked some love triangles that were different (I always love the f/f/f ones, when I find them).
    And I agree on paperbacks – sometimes I’m almost afraid to open them because I know the spine will be damaged and I want my few physical books to look pretty. Great answers!

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      1. People Like Us by Dana Mele (mystery), The Stars are Legion by Kameron Hurley (biopunk horror in space) and the short story Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers by Alyssa Wong (paranormal, free online) all have f/f/f love triangles and messed up relationship I loved. Also the anthology Three Sides of a Heart by Natalie C. Parker was all about love triangles, and most of them weren’t m/m/f.

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  13. Your thoughts on cliffhangers? Spot on. Also, I feel sad that you didn’t enjoy A Monster Calls (sobs), but I must agree with you on Raven Boys; it’s very hyped, but this first book is pretty pointless (though yes, book 3 is fantastic!). Great answers!!

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  14. Ahhh I love your answers, Lily! ❤ I look forward to hearing your thoughts on They Both Die at the End, because I STILL haven't decided if I'm ready to read it or not. So I guess you'll kind of be the guinea pig. 😛 And I can count on one hand all the times that I actually liked a love triangle, and for half of them, the 3 people ended up in a poly relationship. 😀

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    1. Thank you so much, Kathy! 💖

      I honestly didn’t care much for the book, nor its ending, but every single one of my friends loved it, so chances are, you will too. 😉

      I’ve never read a book that featured a poly relationship, now that I think about it … 🤔

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  15. All your favorite books of the year are my favorites too 💕 They’re all so beautiful!!! I haven’t read The Night Circus since right after it came out, but I just bought myself another copy (cause all the covers are so pretty) and I really want to reread it this year! I’m so impressed you remember page numbers! I use magnetic bookmarks and I can’t even remember which side of the page I was on…

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    1. Ahhh they’re all so amazing, aren’t they? ❤

      I loved The Night Circus, because it was so beautifully written, but I feel like I should warn you that there’s insta-love (which I usually hate, but overlooked because of the aforementioned beautiful writing) & it’s also really slow, and you shouldn’t expect a grand, epic battle, as suggested in the synopsis.

      Haha, thank you! I received a magnetic bookmark as a present once, but I’m too afraid of it leaving grey-ish streaks on the pages, so I never use it. 🙈

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  16. Loved your answers 😀 and the use of the Belle gif (and is it just me or does anyone else usually half expect to see Nigel Thornberry’s face on that gif?? lol)

    I’m with you on The Raven Cycle. I loved the atmosphere and the writing was pretty solid/lyrical. But a lot of the characterization left something to be desired for me and there were some wall-headbanging plot stuff for me as well and if I ever have to read the word Mitsubishi in a book again BLARGH. I keep thinking about rereading them to better review them but *shrug* life. Maybe a buddy read one day.

    I quite liked A Monster Calls (and I agree with a previous comment that the movie was better). I liked the fable aspect of it, but I can see how it was glaringly on the nose/emotionally manipulative.

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    1. Ahhh I’m so happy to hear that, Cade, thank you! ❤ (I'm … low-key embarrassed to admit that I don't know who that is. 🙈)

      I read it a pretty long time ago, so I don't remember exactly why I didn't like it, but I do know that I never connected to the characters, and found the storyline boring/annoying. But ahhh that Mitsubishi mention is bringing back flashbacks, hahaha. I'm actually planning on reading recaps of book one and two, so I can read skip right to book three. 🙂

      Ohh I'll absolutely have to go watch the trailer now, since it's the second time I've heard this.

      Thank you so much for your nice comment, Cade!! ❤

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  17. god the raven cycle is………………. such a fucking mess………………………. i s2g i have no clue what the hell the whole series is even abt anymore……….. i wouldn’t bother giving it another try if u didn’t enjoy it at first but…….. :<<
    i used to hate seeing my paperbacks worn in any way at all but i feel i somehow outgrew it??? now when i see a cracked spine, i just think abt how many times the book must have been read and how much it's loved!!

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    1. Hahaha I was actually planning on reading recaps of book one and two, just so I can read book three, and see if I like it …

      Ahhh I wish I could do that!! (Teach me your ways??) But I always feel that pang in my heart, when I see them so worn out, especially on my shelves. 😭

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      1. honestly that sounds like a smart plan…………. just like u know, keep in mind it’s a wild ride and im not sure even the author knew what the fuck she meant :/
        it was a slow and painful process……. i still sometimes feel bad but it also helps that i now buy books with my own hard earned money???? idk it has this added bonus of knowing it’s Mine so i can highlifht half the book and crack the spine if i wanna

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          1. yeah! authors should rly know when to stop!!

            well we can’t all be spin-crackers! also yeah, unfortunately :<<< i've been working at a city hall for over a year now (im actually 26 lmao im so old)

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                    1. omg not this one or even a book blog, just A blog in general lmao!! i’ve had so many over the years it’s hard to tell anymore, but the first one was definitely a disaster :///

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    1. Yay, I’m glad we share so many of the same bookish opinions! 🙂

      It really depends on what kind of music it is, I don’t think I could concentrate on reading while listening to rap music for example. 😂

      Ahhh I am so, so excited, Lazlo(‘s heart) had better stay intact. 😭💕

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