I love to read, and now that I have an Amazon Echo Tap, I enjoy the instant satisfaction I get when purchasing Audible and Kindle books and reading them right away without having to download them to another device first. So when Amaan Khan posted this book tag, I jumped at the chance to answer his twenty-five questions about my reading habits.
Q1. How many books is too many in a series?
A. It depends on the series. I enjoyed Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove and Harbor Inn books and wished there were more. All good things must come to an end, though, I guess.
Q2. Which do you prefer, character-driven or plot-driven books?
A. As a writer, I should know the difference, but I must admit that I don’t. In any case, I like a story with more showing and less telling. For some reason though, I’m always drawn to Daniel Steel’s stories which have the opposite.
Q3. How do you feel about cliffhangers?
A. As an author, I feel these are a great way to keep people reading, but as a reader, I usually like to stop at the end of a chapter. I don’t like being left to wonder what will happen, especially before I go to bed. It drives me nuts, and I won’t sleep, so more often than not, I’ll keep reading until everyone’s safe for the moment. I definitely do not like a cliffhanger at the end of a book in a series, especially if the next book isn’t available yet.
Q4. Do you prefer books in hard cover or paperback?
A. I prefer neither. Because of my visual impairment, I enjoy digital books, read to me by either a human or text-to-speech voice. I recently started having Alexa read Kindle books to me, and I like her style.
Q5. What’s your favorite book?
A. I don’t have any favorite books.
Q6. Do you like love triangles?
A. I don’t anymore. When I was younger, I found them intriguing, but now, I think they’re silly.
Q7. What book are you currently reading?
A. I’m enjoying The Cast by Danielle Steel, which came out a few months ago. I hope to post a review of it here soon.
Q8. Do you prefer fiction or nonfiction?
A. I like both if it’s not too violent or boring.
Q9. What’s the oldest book you’ve read?
A. I don’t remember because I’m getting old myself. Smile emoticon.
Q10. What’s your favorite classic book?
A. That’s a no-brainer. It’s The Wizard of Oz, one of few books I read more than once. I must have seen the movie a million times. I even played Dorothy in a school production when I was in fifth grade.
Q11. What is your favorite genre?
A. When I was young, I used to like romance but not so much anymore. I like memoirs and fictional stories about family and relationships the most.
Q12. Who’s your favorite author?
A. I’ve already mentioned Debbie Macomber and Danielle Steel. They’re my favorites.
Q13. How many books do you own?
A. I have so many on my portable reading device and in my Audible and Kindle libraries that I can’t count them all.
Q14. Do you use bookmarks or dog ears?
A. I don’t think it’s possible to dog ear the pages in a digital book, and Alexa doesn’t yet have the capability to insert bookmarks, but as long as she’ll resume reading where I left off, that’s all I need. If I want, say, a book on writing with exercises I need to bookmark for later use, I’ll download the book in another format and read it on a different device that has bookmarking capabilities.
Q15. Is there a book you can always reread?
A. Every once in a while, I’ll reread a book, but most of the time, I don’t.
Q16. Do you have a preference for first or third person point of view?
A. I like them both when used effectively in the story.
Q17. In what position do you read?
A. I either stretch out in my recliner in the living room or in a lawn chair in the back yard. I sometimes attach headphones to a portable device and listen while doing household chores.
Q18. Can you read with music?
A. No, since I read by ear, music is distracting.
Q19. Do you prefer audio or text books?
A. I prefer to have a human voice read books to me, but if a book isn’t available in a recorded format, and I want to read it right away, I’ll settle for a text version.
Q20. Do you like to shop in a bookstore or online?
A. I prefer shopping for books online. With my Amazon Echo Tap, it’s a snap.
Q21. Do you prefer stand-alone books or books in a series?
A. I prefer books that stand alone, but once in a while, I’ll take on a series.
Q22. What book do you recommend to everybody?
A. I review books here often, and those are the books I recommend. I also promote my own books, and I encourage you to read those as well.
Q23. What’s a book you’ll not read again?
A. I can’t think of one off the top of my head, but as I said before, most books I don’t reread.
Q24. Do you prefer a male or female main character?
A. I prefer a woman as a main character, but once in a while, I’ll read a book where the main character is a man.
Q25. Do you prefer single or multiple points of view?
A. That depends. If a story is told from more than one point of view in a way that’s not confusing, I’ll read it.
Now it’s your turn. I triple dog dare you to answer as many of the above questions as you can, either on your own blog with a link here or in the comment field below. I look forward to your answers. Happy reading.
Abbie Johnson Taylor
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