Thank you Drew over at The Tattooed Book Geek for tagging me on this. If you’re not familiar with Drew’s blog, head on over but be warned, all of his posts are filled with humor guaranteed to make you look quite crazy if read in public places.
E-Book or Physical Book?
Physical book, I started my own little library at home & enjoy staring at my shelves for unusually long minutes at a time. I do however read e-books for my more lengthier reads (usually Fantasy/Sci-Fi) because if I want to finish a 700 page book, it’s gonna have to be at night while my tiny humans are asleep. Also saves my pages from humidity & sogginess when i’m hiding from said tiny humans in the bathroom (it has to be daddy’s turn some time hehe).
Paperback or Hardback?
Hardback, I can’t even look at a broken spine w/out wincing. In the 3rd grade I scored my 1st “job” working in the school library. Part of my duties were binding up damaged spines with thick colored tape…it was the saddest job ever & this includes my stint working in a pharmacy.
Online or In-Store Book Shopping?
In-store. I love EVERYTHING about the experience from the moment I step foot through those doors. The book smell, new releases front & center, the book lovers quietly browsing, member’s coupons combined with 30% off in store deals (this gal knows what she’s doing lol), and the high I get from walking out with a new book & bookmark in hand smh. I also order online & take advantage of some amazing deals/steals, but nothing quite feels the same as a book store for me.
Trilogies or Series?
Series. Unfortunately I haven’t found many trilogies that left me truly satisfied (exception: Red Rising trilogy). As long as the books being put out are good then I don’t mind continuing.
Heroes or Villains?
I always choose anti-hero (sorry Drew lol). There’s something about a potty mouthed, sarcastic, loner of a anti-hero that I’m always rooting for. I don’t see myself filling the shoes of a hero but i’m not a fan of many villains either.
A book you want everyone to read?
The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks By Rebecca Skloot
Henrietta’s story filled me with sorrow & appreciation. So many of the vaccines & scientific/medical advances were made off the cells in her body taken without her consent.
Henrietta Lacks, as HeLa, is known to present-day scientists for her cells from cervical cancer. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells were taken without her knowledge and still live decades after her death. Cells descended from her may weigh more than 50M metric tons.
HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks was buried in an unmarked grave.
The journey starts in the “colored” ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s, her small, dying hometown of Clover, Virginia — wooden slave quarters, faith healings, and voodoo. Today are stark white laboratories with freezers full of HeLa cells, East Baltimore children and grandchildren live in obscurity, see no profits, and feel violated. The dark history of experimentation on African Americans helped lead to the birth of bioethics, and legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of.
Recommend an underrated book?
Little Bee: A Novel by Chris Cleave
I can’t attach a synopsis for this book since the publishers didn’t want to give anything away about this story but I can promise you that it’s one worth picking up. On Amazon the following is listed for this book:
“We don’t want to tell you too much about this book. It is a truly special story and we don’t want to spoil it. Nevertheless, you need to know something, so we will just say this: It is extremely funny, but the African beach scene is horrific. The story starts there, but the book doesn’t. And it’s what happens afterward that is most important. Once you have read it, you’ll want to tell everyone about it. When you do, please don’t tell them what happens either. The magic is in how it unfolds.”
The last book you finished?
This Savage Song by Victoria Shchwab & it was DELICIOUSLY DARK! my review can be found here.
The Last Book You Bought?
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?
Nothing weird recently but while on maternity leave…a clean diaper…a pacifier clip…I mean the possibilities were endless.
Used Books: Yes or No?
I have a few, there’s a store nearby the hubby’s office that carries some used books in tip top shape (yea I said that lol). For the most part I don’t buy used books because my mild OCD would drive me nuts at a torn cover or cracked spine.
Top Three Favourite Genres?
Fantasy, YA, & Literary Fiction
Borrow or Buy?
Buy. I don’t borrow because although i’m great at returning, I have learned that others are NOT. So in order to prevent anyone from asking, I don’t ask to borrow anything myself 😉
Characters or Plot?
Characters. I think in my last tag I mentioned that characters make the story for me, they are the ones that remain after i’ve turned the last page. My current read has me wanting to leave the characters in the dust as I high tail it out of that fictional world -_-
Long or Short Books?
Long. I like tomes, as long as by the time I reach page 500+ you’ve gotten somewhere important in thy quest.
Long or Short Chapters?
Short, I get anxious when I don’t see an end chapter in the horizon lol.
Name The First Three Books You Think Of…
And I Darken by Kiersten White (soon to read anti-hero)
The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2)…Need to read to catch up to hubby
The Lies of Lock Lamora…(thank you Drew, it’s now in my online shopping cart lol)
Books That Make You Laugh or Cry?
Laugh…PLEASE..put me in stitches!
Our World or Fictional Worlds?
Fictional. Take me awaaaaaaaaaaaY! Far Far awaaaaaaaaaaaY!
Audiobooks: Yes or No?
Yes. I do audible especially for memoirs narrated by my favorite comedians & Neil Gaiman…cuz he has the perfect story telling voice…In my mind he is my uncle lol (don’t judge)
Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?
Ha! after I said don’t judge…HELL YEA! it’s the 1st thing we see, I am terribly vein with my books *shame* not with real life people though.
Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?
I agree with Drew, either or if it’s done well but I have also seen it go horribly wrong.
A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?
World War Z (sorry not sorry)
Series or Standalone’s?
OooOo tough one! I like both, can’t choose one here *don’t make me*
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