Tag: 20 Questions

I don’t know when I got this tag or where or why, but this has been sitting in my drafts folder for at least a year, so here you go!

  1. How many books are too many in a series?
    If it’s a series I love, 20+.  However I think the best series are ones with interconnections rather than a direct series following the same characters..
  2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?
    Generally speaking, I really dislike them.  But in some situations I’m okay with a cliffhanger.  For example in Dove Arising, Karen Bao brought one part of the story to a conclusion but left us with a massive cliffhanger.  I was okay with that (well I kind of hated her for it, but in a good way) because it made sense – the narrative arc for that story ended reasonably but we didn’t get all the answers because there were still more books left in the series.
  3. Hardcover or paperback?
    Both.  Paperbacks fit nicely in a diaper bag, but hardcovers are better for reading while knitting or doing other handiwork.  I rarely buy or read mass market paperbacks anymore, for two reasons.  First, now that most of my “fun” reading is diverse, I’ve begun to notice that there aren’t many diverse MMPBs.  Second, they don’t last long enough; I’d rather invest in a nicer book that can be resold or given away.
  4. Favorite book
    Nope, can’t pick just one.
  5. Least favorite book
    Oh, so many.  Lately Twilight and 13 Reasons Why are making me mad again, because middle schoolers are still reading them.
  6. Love triangles: yes or no?
    Meh.  I’m okay with it if it’s well done, but so often it feels cliche.  While I do like romances, I’d really love to see more books that don’t have a romantic plotline.
  7. Most recent book you just couldn’t finish
    A Long Walk to Freedom.  It’s so good but soo long, I get at most a hundred pages in and then it’s nope.  By the time I pick it up again, I’ve forgotten the beginning.
  8. A book you’re currently reading
    All the Women in My Family Sing is my before bed reading right now.
  9. Last book you recommended to someone
    As of this writing, Prisoners Without Trial.
  10. Oldest book you’ve read
    Um, probably some classic like the Odyssey.  I’ve read a lot of classics from the Western tradition.  On this blog so far I believe the oldest book I’ve reviewed was this one, and the oldest paper book was this one.  Generally speaking I do about half older backlist books and about half releases from the last 5 years.
  11. Newest book you’ve read
    Probably Everything She Lost, a diverse thriller published in January 2018.
  12. Favorite author
    I cannot pick a favorite author but lately I am enjoying rereading Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s adult works and loving Grace Lin‘s children’s books.
  13. Buying books or borrowing books?
    BOTH.  If you are lucky enough to have access to good libraries, support them with your checkouts!  Your patronage counts.  If you are lucky enough to have discretionary income and access to good used bookstores or independent sellers, support them with your purchases!  Your dollars count.
  14. A book you dislike that everybody else seems to like
    Well, I get into a lot of debates with students over Everything, Everything.
  15. Bookmarks or dog ears?
    One is a way to make librarians cry, the other is a gorgeous art form.
    But really I use sticky notes – they don’t fall out and you can mark exact paragraphs.
  16. A book you can always re-read
    Um, any fiction book I loved on the first read-through.
  17. Can you read whilst listening to music?
    Usually, if the music is familiar to me.  I also have gotten pretty good at tuning out waiting room sounds too.  Sometimes I can read with a movie or video game in the background as well if someone else in the family is playing.
  18. One POV or multiple POVs?
    Generally one is easier to write well.  I’m okay with multiple if it’s done well.  Two-person narratives often feel unbalanced to me, but I have loved a few.
  19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
    I would prefer to read all fiction in one big chunk, and nonfiction over a few days at most.  But my life is such that reading in small increments is more realistic.
  20. A book you’ve read because of the cover
    So, so many, but one example is The Red Pencil.  Shane Evans just has the best art.

Author: colorfulbookreviews

I work in a library by day and parent the rest of the time. I am passionate about good books representing the full spectrum of human diversity for every age group and reading level. This blog is my attempt to help parents, educators, and librarians find the best children's books authored by or featuring characters of color.

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