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The Rapid Fire Book Tag


I was going through my posts looking for… something (my memory is short and selective), and guess what I found instead of the thing I actually wanted? Two forgotten tags! From way back last year! So, I thought, why not have a little fun (and, admittedly, be lazy) and do one while I wait for last week’s poll to close? (if you haven’t voted yet you can still do so now here, but it will close in a few hours!)

I found this tag over on Donna’s lovely blog chocolatenwaffles, which I highly recommend you visit and follow if you love books and, well, tags!

eBooks or physical books?

Heh. Right to the point, eh? I like that in a tag! I prefer physical books because they’re pretty, they sound amazing when you leaf through the pages, and New Book Smell is a perfectly real thing, but my bookshelf is small. If it’s a book by an author I love, I prefer to get the paperback. If it’s a book I’m not sure about or a book by an author I’m not yet familiar with, I’ll get the eBook. Also, because my tiny bookshelf fills up rather quickly, I’ve vowed to make my next book-buying binge an electronic one. Just you watch as I fail miserably!

Paperback or hardback?


Paperbacks all the way! As awesome and amazingly beautiful as hardbacks are, paperbacks are just as awesome and beautiful, and I may have mentioned this already briefly in passing, maybe, but my bookshelf is small (not as small as the picture makes it out to be). Hardbacks take up more room. Decision made! (Ignore the one hardback sitting on my shelf)

Online or in-store book shopping?

I like online shopping because it’s fast and easy. I adore in-store book shopping because I’ve found many treasures that way, and because bookstores are my happy place. So it’s a draw!

Trilogies or series?

Who cares? If it’s awesome and I enjoy it, I’ll read it!

Heroes or villains?

Both, if they’re written well! A well-written villain is just as much fun to be invested in than a great hero.

A book you want everyone to read?

Mine? *awkward cough* *it’s Rise of the Sparrows* Right, I’m gonna cheat and do two πŸ˜›


This, because everyone who’s ever spent any time working in retail will laugh/cry reading this. Don’t scoff at this book if you’ve never been behind the till before and dismiss these as fake. They’re true. Even the disgusting ones.

And these-

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The duology counts as one, right? *ahem*

Shame on you if you still haven’t heard of these! (Where have you been hiding??) Go read them NOW!

Recommend an underrated book.


I chose this one because for some reason I can’t find anyone who’s read her books. I know lots of people who’ve read Six of Crows, The Night Circus, and all those wonderful reads, but when I mention Karen Miller everyone stares at me. Click the picture to be taken to its Goodreads page, and add it now! I want to talk about these!!

The last book you finished?


Easily readable in one sitting! I did it in half an hour.

Weirdest thing you used as a bookmark?

I don’t think I’ve ever used anything weird. I’ve always had bookmarks handy, and when I didn’t I used paper strips. While those technically aren’t bookmarks I wouldn’t call them weird, so… BUT I work in a library and I found a book with naan bread stuffed between the pages once! (also, don’t do that.)

Used books, yes or no?

Of course! For Β£2 I can’t think of a single good reason not to!


Top three favorite genre?

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Young Adult. (consider all sub genres of fantasy included)

Borrow or buy?

Usually buy, but since I work in a library it’s too convenient not to borrow books on occasion! I don’t borrow often, but I’ll likely borrow the entire Discworld series since my poor bookshelf would fire me as its owner otherwise.

Characters or plot?

Both. While awesome characters you’re rooting for can drag an underdeveloped plot along, I don’t see why writers wouldn’t make an effort to ace both. I know different readers will enjoy different aspects, and one person will hate a plot another adored, but from a writer’s perspective I say both are equally important.

Long or short book?

That depends entirely on what my last read has been. After I finished The Wise Man’s Fear (which I read immediately after The Name of the Wind) I was in the mood for something short, but I’m now reading the Grisha trilogy and each of those books is quite short, so I’ll go for something longer next time.

Long or short chapters?

I don’t care. Each chapter is different, and I’d rather have a mixture of long and short chapters than see short chapters lengthened and drag, or long chapters be cut and lose important information to match the rest of the book.

Name the first three books you think of.

The Name of the Wind, Six of Crows, and GAH, SO MANY! – The Making of Gabriel Davenport!

Books that make you laugh or cry?

Well, most books do that! It doesn’t take much for a book to make me cry, so if you want a full list you’ll be here for a while! I love both. If you’re asking whether I pick books because they’ll make me laugh or cry then that’s a no. I don’t know before I read a book what it’ll do to me, so I’m not sure how I could choose a new book based on that.

Our world or fictional worlds?

I’m happy with either as long as it’s done well. If a book is set in our world then the information in the book needs to be accurate, and if the world is fictional it needs to have been built well.

Audiobooks: yes or no?

I’m not against audiobooks but I’ve never listened to one.

Do you ever judge a book by its cover?

Constantly! A book’s cover is the first impression a potential reader has. Most people decide whether they’re interested or not in the first few seconds of looking at a book, and if the cover doesn’t convince them they’ll walk away and pick up something that appeals to them more.

Book to movie or book to TV adaptation?

Oh God, please, no. Neither. Most of the time this just doesn’t go well. I know there are exceptions, but most of the time it’s a wreck! I’m still shivering from The 5th Wave movie adaptation πŸ™

A movie or TV adaptation you preferred to the book?

I can’t think of one! Harry Potter worked pretty well, obviously, but can I say that I preferred the movies to the books? I don’t think I can!

Series or standalone?

Both! I’ve read more series than I’ve read standalones, but I’ve read a few fantastic standalone novels, too!

If you’ve visited Donna’s post you may have noticed that she published it way back in October, so I won’t tag anyone. If you want to do this, go ahead – you’ve been tagged!


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  1. Thanks for the shoutout πŸ™‚ I love this tag, it’s fast, easy and fun!
    My room is not so small but I have no more bookcase (I miss them) and with those Amazon deals, I tend to buy more ebooks these days, but gosh I love paperbacks, they’re pretty, handy, and smell good. I loved Weird Things Costumers Say in Bookshops, it was awfully hilarious!

    • My pleasure! πŸ™‚
      That’s exactly why I did it! If I’m going to do a tag, I need it to be fast!
      I found Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops on your blog, actually, so thanks for the recommendation πŸ™‚

      • So happy you loved it πŸ™‚

  2. I know the pain of having little book space. I just have stacks all over the place now haha πŸ™‚

    • I don’t think I’d get away with that, so I’m trying to behave! πŸ˜›

  3. This is a great tag! I enjoyed reading all your answers and am now so tempted to have a go at this myself on my blog. πŸ™‚

  4. Love your answers here, Sarina! I feel like most of mine are the same. I prefer paperbacks by far, I have never listened to an audiobook either.
    I finally added Empress on my GoodReads (thought I already had because I’ve seen you mention it before) and this WILL be the year I read it πŸ™‚
    Book to any adaptations are always rough. Lord of the Rings & Game of Throne are pretty good, but even then it’s a hard sell ;P

    • That’s because we’re sisters ^-^
      I’m so excited for you to read Empress! I know you’ll love it <3
      True, but you could argue that the later series of Game of Thrones no longer hold true to the books, so technically those are no longer adaptations πŸ˜‰

      • Of course 😊
        I’ve passed my budget for books this month, but Empress is dutifully waiting in my cart for next month. She assures me she takes precedence πŸ˜‰
        Ah, you got me there. πŸ˜‚ And it’s easy to believe that the episodes never will be adaptations again.

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