I’ve been tagged! Not by Banksy, more’s the pity – but by Mitch Mitchell in retal–er, in return for my tagging him in the Creative Blogger Award. When I first saw the title, “Would You Rather” Book Tag Tour – My Version, I thought it was going to be one of those, “Would you rather kiss an elephant’s trunk or a sweet little bunny’s butt?” things. No, knowing Mitch, of course not. I slipped my glasses back onto the bridge of my nose and peered closer. Ah! A Q&A for avid readers! How can I resist. I even know a few…
So here’s the deal – if you’re tagged, below, you’re supposed to answer the questions (in bold) and tag five more literate bloggers.
Would you rather only read trilogies or only read standalones?
I suppose, if I had to choose, I’d read only standalones. I’m glad the choices here are only hypothetical. The thing about trilogies is, if you get hooked on the world and the characters and the stories, you don’t have to leave when you get to the last page. But if you are bored or satisfied and ready to move on, there’s no point slogging through books two and three. Time for something new!
Would you rather only read male or female authors?
I’d rather read a variety of perspectives from authors of different genders, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations – why would I want to limit myself? Reading can help you to develop empathy without actually having to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes. Sometimes, that’s a good thing. It’s an easy way to experience a safe taste of life as a hungry refugee, a ballet dancer, a Middle Earth troll, a Holocaust survivor, a member of the KKK, a black man, a lesbian, a circus performer, a vampire, a Victorian-era noble, a Martian stranded on Earth – there are limitless possibilities – without actually having to be any of those things. And how would you know you did or didn’t want to be them, unless you could at least experience life vicariously through the author’s eyes?
Would you rather shop at Barnes and Noble or Amazon?
Barnes and Noble. I love the smell and feel of a brick-and-mortar bookstore. I can riffle through the pages of a book before committing to taking it home. My first – and still favorite – eReader is a nook.
Unfortunately, Amazon is convenient and always at my fingertips. It’s the Wal-Mart of the Internet, isn’t it? The Grand Bazaar of the online world. I still love Barnes and Noble, but given a choice between driving there or shopping in my own home, in my jammies, I’m ashamed to admit that I’m a happy little shut in. I bought an older model Kindle from a friend for $20 when she upgraded, mainly to enjoy books published by friends on Amazon. The fact that I can buy all kinds of things you won’t find in any book store on Amazon and have it all boxed up and sent to me, along with free two-day shipping to my doorstep, doesn’t hurt, either.
Would you rather books were made into TV shows or movies?
I’d rather the joy of books was kept the dirty little secret of avid readers, everywhere. We could just write original stories to be made into TV shows and movies, right? Then we could avoid the inevitable arguments over which was better, the book or the movie or the show. But I do think I tend to enjoy a TV series, if it’s a longer book and I really enjoyed it, rather than a movie. Two hours requires a lot of scene cutting.
Would you rather read only five pages per day or five books per week?
Another bad choice – how about two or three books a week, on average? I do have a life, and work, and family – and a greater need for sleep than I had in my college days – five books a week might be a bit much, some weeks!
Would you rather be a professional author or reviewer?
Author. I’m a lousy reviewer. If I like the book, I want to read for pure pleasure. If I hate it, I just want to get to work re-writing it or writing a better one!
Would you rather be a librarian or a bookseller?
Either one would be fine, really. The appeal to being either would be the opportunity to introduce people to good books they haven’t read, yet. Or to help them with their research or studies. If I were a bookseller, I’d like a section of the store to be stocked with old books. New books just don’t have that same smell.
Would you rather read only your favorite genre, or every other genre but your favorite?
My favorite genre changes with my mood. But I would at least like to be sure I’m reading books I enjoy, so I suppose “only my favorite genre,” provided there was a limitless supply of new books to choose from!
Would you rather only read ebooks or physical books?
There’s a place for both, but if I had to choose, I’d choose physical books. My husband would choose eBooks. I’ll be honest – eBooks make me nervous. What happens when, one day, we have nothing that can read the bits and bytes? Or someone deems it “not commercially feasible” to continue storing the bits and bytes. We can still read paper and ink books written centuries ago, but I’m pretty sure you’d be hard-pressed to read a story of mine stored on a 5 1/4″ diskette – never mind on an 8″ magnetic tape.
And now, time to name some folks:
Bob Sanchez, of http://bobsanchez1.blogspot.com/
Stephen Tremp, of http://authorstephentremp.blogspot.com/
Zhen Li, of http://ruffledthought.com/
Mia Pleasant, of https://miapleasant.wordpress.com/
Ron Lacson, of http://ronrlacson.com/
Danni McGriffin, of http://dannimcgriffith.com/
So that’s six – sue me. Feeling left out? Nominate yourself in the comments to this post by leaving a link to your “acceptance speech” (or post). Because if you’re reading this, you rock – and I would never want you to feel left out.