Welcome to my second post ever guys! Other than book reviews, there are plenty of topics on books to write about. For instance, I found this idea (This or That Book Tag) on Pinterest.
Book tags seem like a lot of fun so I thought why not give it a go! I have never done one before so why not? I found the This or that book tag from Jenn at Bound to Writing, so give them a read too. These are quick answers similar to the game “would you rather”. I’m sure you have played that game before! Here is a quick rundown of the choices I will be choosing between today:
Today I will be going over my answers to these 8 book-related questions. I will also be sprinkling in some fun facts along the way. So, watch out for those Easter eggs! Without further ado, here is the This or That Book Tag.
1. Audiobook or Textbook
Textbook. I am not very good at listening and processing what I am hearing. I am also easily distracted so if I am not actually looking at a book and reading it then I am probably not paying any attention to it. I also love the physicality behind owning physical copies of books. I love seeing them on my shelf and holding them in my hands. There is even something about that new book smell that I know all bookworms can’t get enough of. You just can’t get that with an audiobook unfortunately.
However, for people who can pay attention or need to multitask, this is a viable option. I am actually jealous of those that can listen to a book and do something else (like wash the dishes) at the same time.
I just thought about this, but audiobooks also have the ease of lowering clutter in the home. Think about it, you can own a million books without filling up your home. It just makes it that much easier if you ever need to move or if you want to maintain a minimalistic lifestyle.
I think the only time I can really enjoy an audio-book is if I am listening right before I go to bed or if I am sitting outside. Basically, any form of relaxation. Having a physical copy, or textbook is so much nicer though because then I can add it to my bookshelves!
2. Paperback or Hardback
Hardback. I’ve noticed a lot of people like paperback and I have plenty of my own but if I had the choice I would choose hardback. This is because hardback books often have better designs and they are more durable.
I always feel like I have to be delicate with my paperback books because they crease easily and I like my books to look pristine. Brand new. And gorgeous. Paperbacks tend to get ruined more easily especially since I am not the most delicate of people. Even when I’m trying.
3. Fiction or Nonfiction
Whenever you feel like reading you have to think about the purpose. Do you want to read for fun, or to learn? If I want to learn then I choose nonfiction. If I want to relax, get into a story, etc., I choose fiction.
But, between fiction or nonfiction my choice is almost always fiction. They are a lot more fun and interesting. There is a story and characters I can relate to (most of the time). If I want to learn about something then I will read a non-fiction book. Otherwise, fiction all the way.
FUN FACT: A lot of people ask if it it fiction or nonfiction or fiction or non-fiction. The correct answer is fiction or nonfiction. Meaning there is no hyphen necessary in the word nonfiction. Pretty interesting right? I used to have the bad habit of hyphenating it too.
But, if you look all over the web you will see it isn’t hyphenated. I’m talking Meriam Webster, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. They all omit the hyphen. Time for you to do the same!
4. Bookshop or Online
Bookshop. I live in MI and there is this shop in Ann Arbor jammed pack with books. I also love older looking books and they have so many of them.
They are also a great option for anyone who needs a cheap book because they often have a box of free books just sitting outside right next to the door.
Online is convenient and if it is a newer book I am looking for then I will go online but I just love walking into a bookstore and looking for something new to me. Bookstores are the equivalent of Target for me!
(PSSSST…We are halfway through the This or That Book Tag!)
5. Standalone or Trilogy
Standalone. This is more so because I just read a lot more standalone books than trilogy’s. I think a lot of people would probably choose a trilogy but a book series has really got to peak my interest for me to read them all.
(UPDATE). One example of a book series that has blown my mind away is The Patience Of A Dead Man Series. It is a trilogy and I have read and reviewed them all. Read through my reviews to see what you think.
6. Heavy & Long or Short & Sweet
Heavy and long. I love a story that I can immerse myself in and longer books tend to do that. I don’t like reading books that I can just finish in a day unless they are a collection of short stories or pack a punch. When I am looking at new books to get I usually go for the longer ones.
Although, I will say I like shorter chapters. If I can get a long book with small chapters then I am in heaven. The reason I like smaller chapters is because I like to stop reading at the ends of chapters. Don’t you think it is a lot easier that way?
I must add that there is a balance to this. Like you, I have read books that were long but unnecessarily long. The plot wasn’t interesting enough, or there were dry moments, or it simply didn’t seem needed for the book to go on as long as it did. While there is a balance, I still prefer long books. This is because authors tend to do a great job at creating that balance!
7. Reading Somewhere Cozy or in the Sun
Both! This one just depends on the weather. If it is summer or 70 degrees and up I will go outside and enjoy the nice weather. Picture sitting in the grass underneath a tree with a light breeze and the sun as bright as can be. The breeze is enough to keep you cool but not so powerful that it is changing your pages for you. You can hear nature and it just further immerses you into the book. That is what it is like reading outside.
However, if it is any other season or even remotely windy then I will read my book in my PJs wrapped in a blanket either on my couch or in my bed. Imagine a cozy spot full of blankets and pillows, it smells like fall or Christmas, and you have a hot drink sitting next to you (hot chocolate or coffee, whatever your preference). It is quiet and utterly full of peace. That’s what it is like to read indoors.
See the dilemma in my choice! Both are perfect. It really just depends on the season or the weather outside.
8. Hot Chocolate or Coffee
I have only recently started drinking coffee related beverages so I wouldn’t call myself a coffee drinker yet. I still prefer hot chocolate over the two. Especially if it has something a little extra in it like a peppermint or cinnamon stick!
When choosing between hot chocolate or coffee, I know most would choose the coffee. Perhaps because they think you can drink coffee year round, but not hot chocolate.
Well I am here to swipe those thoughts away! Hot chocolate is amazing year round.
When it’s cold out you can have it the traditional, hot way with marshmallows. When it is hot out, make frozen hot chocolate. Have I blown your mind? Just try it at least once, I promise you won’t be disappointed!
(UPDATE). I thought about the hot chocolate or coffee question today (12/07/2020). I am now drinking coffee every day. I am actually drinking black coffee which I never in a million years would have thought that I would be. I still enjoy hot chocolate though!
If I were to answer this question now between hot chocolate or coffee, I would say I’m undecided. They are both great drinks.
I Tag You For This Book Tag
Today I did the This Or That Book Tag and I gave my answer to the following choices:
- Audiobook or Textbook
- Paperback or Hardback
- Fiction or Nonfiction
- Bookshop or Online
- Standalone or Trilogy
- Heavy & Long or Short & Sweet
- Reading Something Cozy or in the Sun
- Hot Chocolate or Coffee
Anyone who wants to do the This or That book tag is welcome too! Let me know in the comments or via my contact page so I can give it a read! Also, for everyone else, let me know in the comments what did you agree/disagree with me on? Have you ever done a book tag? Let me know in the comments!
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