Friday, May 1, 2020

Book Tag | Would You Rather


I was tagged by Ashlee at Books Are 42 to participate in a Book Tag this week and I am pretty excited for it because I love answering questions about books and reading and reading and books. I love these, but at the same time I am so terrible at thinking up questions for others to answer. It seems like my mind goes blank when it comes to that part.

First I will answer Ashlee's questions, then I will post the questions for my tags to answer. Then those that I tag answer my questions and come up with more to pass on to their tags, if they choose to do so. No pressure.

Here we go!

1. Would you rather spill coffee/tea on your current read or be forced to read it with greasy fingers?

Yeesh. Greasy fingers are so gross. I don't drink coffee or tea, but I guess I'd rather spill my water on my current read, because my Kindle is water-proof.

2. Would you rather only be able to read new releases or only read backlist books?

I would rather read backlist books, as my historians do not typically publish as quickly as fiction authors do.

3. Would you rather crack the spine of a paperback or dog-ear the pages?

Crack the spine, fo' sho'.

4. Would you rather only be allowed to read the first and last book in a trilogy or have to wait three years for the final book to come out.

Wait three years, definitely. I could not stand to miss out on the middle book.

5. Would you rather only read series or only read standalones?

Standalones. That's how my books typically come anyway. Not many nonfiction trilogies and such.

6. Would you rather your favorite book be turned into a movie or a tv show?

This one is super hard, and I am thinking specifically about One of Us is Lying, and the pilot shot last fall. I'd love the big budget of a movie in order to make sure casting is perfect. But I would appreciate the television show so that all the important stuff can be included, and nothing would have to be cut or condensed. But also the show will eventually run out of material unless there is a next book (which luckily there is, in the form of One of Us is Next). But what about after that?! I don't know! This is so hard!
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Okay, I choose having the book be turned into a movie, because I want that cast to be PERFECT and I am not exactly confident in the choice for Nate in the pilot. A movie budget would allow to get the best actors and actresses, who fit with the character descriptions in the book. I realize I am also being very, very specific about ONE book, but I don't read a ton of fiction, and this is one I can read over and over again.

7. Would you rather the adaptation of your favorite book be badly cast or leave out your favorite scenes?

UGH! Again I am thinking about One of Us is Lying. I would hate to miss my favorite scenes, but if it was badly cast to begin with, would I want the wrong choices to ruin scenes I loved so much and can see in my head? I don't know. This is as tough as the last one. Hmmm.
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Okay, I would rather my favorite scenes be left out, because maybe the adaptation comes up with a way to combine them and make them even better. 

8. Would you rather have dinner with your favorite author or your favorite character.

Easy, my fave author. That would be Dan Jones, for anyone new around here. He's the coolest, and he already knows I am crazy because I harass him on Facebook and Twitter pretty regularly. And there was also that time I MET HIM AT A BOOK SIGNING AND AFTER IT WAS OVER WE TALKED ABOUT ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE FOR A GOOD FIFTEEN/TWENTY MINUTES AND IT WAS AMAZING. We are BFFs now.


9. Would you rather kill your favorite character or spend the rest of your life with your least favorite villain?

Spend the rest of my life with my least fave villain. Then my favorite character would at least be safe.

10. Would you rather only read your favorite genre for two years straight or be allowed to read anything but your favorite genre for two years straight?

I would most definitely choose read only my favorite genre. My fave is history and that encompasses A LOT of topics. Plus my backlog is out of control. We're talking over 3,000 books here, so...

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Now comes the hard part, which is thinking up the questions - partly because I am terrible at it, and partly because I do not read nearly as much fiction as I do non-fiction. I am going to do my best to think of some fiction-related questions and don't be mad when questions pop up about my favorite historical figures and dynasties!

Number one is super specific. Sorry. Sort of.

1. Would you have rather have been at court with Eleanor of Aquitaine during her estrangement from Henry II and chat with her on occasion, or be under house arrest with her for fifteen years until Henry II died and Richard I freed her?

2. Would you rather have lived at the court of Henry II or Henry VIII?

3. Would you rather have been Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, or Jane Seymour?

4. Would you rather be forced to read the last chapter first of every book you ever read for one year, or have the last chapter be missing entirely?

5. Would you rather have a friend who always loses books you lend them, or only returns them water-logged/with food or drink stains?

6. Would you rather have your favorite book turned into a movie/tv show, or your fave movie/tv show turned into a book?

7. Would you rather be a professional reviewer or famous author?

8. Would you rather be able to visit your favorite book and talk to your favorite characters once, or visit whenever you wanted, but only as an invisible observer?

9. Would you rather own a bookshop or work at a library?

10. Would you rather only read physical copies or ebooks for an entire year?

This tagging part is much easier than thinking of questions! (The Internet helped a lot.) Participate if you want, or don't, or chat about your answers in the comments with me!

I tag:

Greg @ Book Haven

CyberKitten @ Seeking a Little Truth

Stephen @ Reading Freely

Stephanie @ Literary Flits


MudPuddle @ Mudpuddlesoup

Sherry @ Fundinmental


Ethan @ A Book A Week


Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?

...and anyone else who wants to join in, feel free!

Happy Reading!
Sarah

24 comments:

  1. Any excuse to repost The Dan Jones Photo!!
    I do read a lot of new books because of NetGalley, but I'd be happy to only read backlist one because new will become backlist eventually and I don't mind being behind the times. I'd happily read first & last in a series too or, more likely for me, last & first!

    For yours, 3 obviously Catherine of Aragon, 5 wouldn't keep my friendship, and 6 contains one of my pet hates in that why can't TV/movie people find their own stories instead of perpetually ruining good books?!

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    1. Every day is a good day for that photo ;)

      That whole thing about new becoming backlist was in my thought process too. They will all end up on my TBR anyway, and I am forever and hopelessly behind. Though, again, I always stop everything for a new Dan Jones' release. I can't help it. And I ain't sorry! lol

      98% agree on #6. Now, if I could be in charge of casting, budget, script, everything, then I would be okay with it because it would be told RIGHT...which would be word-for-word, scene-for-scene from the book.

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  2. 7. I have been a professional book reviewer (I burned out.) I once wanted to be a famous author but I think I passed the moment.
    9. I worked at a bookstore and came away with the knowledge that owning one is a hard task. I have not worked at a library but it used to be a dream job of mine.
    10. Physical copies.

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    1. But you're working on a book now! What if you become a famous author?!

      I work at B. Dalton in high school and loved it. It was the perfect job. Hard to leave it. Barnes and Noble owned B. Dalton and after my freshman year in college they closed our store and opened a B&N a few blocks away. THEY CLOSED THE TOP-SELLING STORE IN SOUTHERN MINNESOTA. Want to guess if that B&N is still open?

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  3. this sounds like fun and i loved your answers. thanks for the tag and i'll see what i can do. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. Yay! No rush, no pressure. You can even answer the questions here if you don't want to do a post. I just like to show bloggers I appreciate them for supporting me, and I like bookish conversations that are not always about reviews <3

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  4. Okay this is kind of fun lol. Here goes:

    1. Would you have rather have been at court with Eleanor of Aquitaine during her estrangement from Henry II and chat with her on occasion, or be under house arrest with her for fifteen years until Henry II died and Richard I freed her?

    I think I would choose the arrest simply because it would give me more time to talk with her. Would we be friends by the end of this?!

    2. Would you rather have lived at the court of Henry II or Henry VIII?
    I know less about the history during the time of Henry II, so I would chose to live during his time. Simply because I'm not knowledgeable about it. I hope I don't live to regret that one!

    3. Would you rather have been Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, or Jane Seymour?

    I would choose Catherine for this one. She at least got to live out her days in relative peace. Plus she didn't have to deal with her crazy husband much after the annulment.

    4. Would you rather be forced to read the last chapter first of every book you ever read for one year, or have the last chapter be missing entirely?

    I guess the lesser of two evils here would be to spoil the book by reading the last chapter first. At least I would have the complete book!

    5. Would you rather have a friend who always loses books you lend them, or only returns them water-logged/with food or drink stains?
    I'd rather they lose them. I don't really reread books very often anyway.

    6. Would you rather have your favorite book turned into a movie/tv show, or your fave movie/tv show turned into a book?
    Definitely book to tv or movie. Novelizations don't usually work for me.

    7. Would you rather be a professional reviewer or famous author?
    Definitely a reviewer. This way I have time to read more books!

    8. Would you rather be able to visit your favorite book and talk to your favorite characters once, or visit whenever you wanted, but only as an invisible observer?
    I actually think I would want to just observe on this one. That's basically what we do when we read anyway.

    9. Would you rather own a bookshop or work at a library?
    I would work at the library. I would be able to share my love of reading without worrying about the business side of things!

    10. Would you rather only read physical copies or ebooks for an entire year?
    As much as I like to read a physical book, I would actually choose ebooks. They are just more versatile!

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    1. Thanks for playing! I loved seeing your answers, we think quite a bit alike on many.

      1. That would be my hope! we would be best friends forever and ever and I could ask her all the questions I want to know the answers to that I will never find in a book because while letters exist, no personal/private writing does and that is so depressing.

      2. As a courtier you would have to travel with the king, and with Henry II you're not just traipsing around England like Henry VIII, you are traveling the whole of the Angevin Empire. Have fun! lol. I would still probably choose Henry II also, but I would get to hang out with Eleanor, on account of being a lady and all.

      3. Honestly...I might actually pick Jane. I could not bear to be separated from Eleanor the way Catherine and Mary were kept apart. And she was confined to the very worst possible locations, which definitely impacted her health. She endured much from a man who did not deserve her in the first place.

      4. 100%! I'd rather have a spoiler than wait all year to find out what happened at the end!

      5. This one was hard for me - I like to sell any books I have back to Half Price Books. But I would definitely rather they be lost altogether and be damaged so I can't sell them anyway.

      6. Agreed! Novelizations rarely translate the movie well.

      7. I have always wanted to publish a book. I still might, some day. But I do love reviewing, even in an amateur capacity.

      8. Good point!

      9. That's very true. But then I think about the Summer Reading Program and I might just want to work in a bookstore instead.

      10. I will remain true to my physical books, though I undeniably love my Kindle.

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  5. how do i get the questions over to my blog? switching back and forth seems like a pain... Ethan chose the best way, maybe i'll do that except then the comments section would get all clogged up. decisions, decisions...

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    1. Hey MP! You should just be able to left-click at the start of my questions and pull the cursor down. One they're all highlighted, right click somewhere on the highlighted section and select copy. From there right click on your new blog post and select paste to put them into a post of your own. Or you are totally free to do them here if you want. No pressure!

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    2. tx for the lesson! i'm hopeless with computers; need all the help i can... you know...

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    3. No worries at all, glad to help. To be honest, I actually had to go back and do it step by step to make sure I gave the directions in the right order and didn't leave anything out!

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  6. Ooh thanks for the tag! Tags are awesome and I need a good one so this will work haha! Nw releases or backlist- that's a toughie! I almost think backlist because there's sooo much out there already, but... IDK??? And #6 IS hard! I used to think movies, because movies > than shows, right, but not so much anymore with Netflix and all that, so I'd say... show? You have a point about the casting, though...

    This is going to be a fun post to do... :)

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    1. Yay! I am so glad you will play along. And I knew you of all people would understand by obsession with the tv vs movie etc, given that One of Us is Lying has filmed a pilot. But I can NOT get behind and blond-haired Nate. And his hair was never described as THAT long. I hate when casting directors don't stick to character descriptions in books.

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  7. WTF a blonde Nate? Gah when did this happen?? FFS I need to investigate...

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    1. Do not even get me started. This is just based on photos from his profile on IMDB, and cast pictures that McManus posted. Maybe they dyed his hair for the show. I hope so. NATE IS NOT BLOND.

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    2. No he is not *sputters*

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    3. Oh, believe me, I have been silently stewing about this for months. NO MORE! NATE IS NOT BLOND, and so help me God, if that actor does not have dark hair in the show, there will be blood.

      Okay, I am being kind of dramatic, but not really. Nate is MINE! He can not be mis-cast!

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  8. Fun! I love reading all of your answers and in regards to your questions. I think that I would love to be a professional reviewer. I think it would be neat to be an author too but I don't want to be so famous that people bother me. Maybe just famous enough to earn a living. Can I own a bookshop and work in a library? I think I would be okay with physical copies or ebooks for a year. I mean a read only physical books before I had an ereader and I have probably had some years that I read mostly on my device. I am flexible. I do love it when books I love are turned into shows. If I end up not enjoying the show, I just stop watching. Thanks for tagging me, Sarah!

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    1. Thanks for answering!! I am always a little nervous about these because I never know if people will have time to play or not. It can be time consuming, especially when we all have schedules and weekly posts to prepare, and of course reviews to write. I like the idea of being just famous enough to earn a living. I wouldn't mind the library at all - until summer rolled around and the Summer Reading Program came. That is a whole level of chaos I don't want any part in!

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  9. Thanks for this! I made out my answers but haven't gotten them posted yet. Love the history aspect!

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    1. I have been MIA thanks to tons of paperwork and the school year ending a week early so teachers can load up on professional development in case we need to start on-line in the fall. Off to find your answers now!

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  10. Nice pic! Also now I know what you look like :)
    Thanks for the tag!
    And I actually can't answer the first three questions as it's all Western history that I'm not very well versed in, nor do I have interest in it unfortunately xD and omg, question number 4 is evil! XD I'm gonna say read the end first, because I actually had the last page or two missing from this very long book I read once, and I didn't know, and I was PISSED OFF xD luckily I later found it in the library and read the last page xD and I'd rather they lose the book than return it like that! Ugh - better not to have either of those friends xD and I'd rather be a reviewer, because authors get so much shit, I couldn't take it. And I'd love to have a bookshop! I think I'd go with the invisible observer mode of traveling and I already pretty much only read ebooks anyway :D

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    1. Yep, that's me!! :)

      Fair enough on the first three - though if you ever decide you are interested in the queen bad-ass of the middle ages, Eleanor of Aquitaine is IT and I have tons of recommendations for you :D

      What book was missing the last two pages?? That would drive me crazy! I would not want friends who lose or damage books either - no respect for the best things in life.

      Thanks for playing along! <3

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