Monday, 22 April 2013

Books - This or That? Tag

I found this tag over at Elle's blog (which you can find here), and since I can never resist tags that involve books, I thought I'd give it a go!

Audio books or book in hand?

Books in hand. I used to listen to audio books when I was little, but it's just not the same as reading.

Soft or hard cover?

Absolutely hard cover! I love love love hard cover books, they look so beautiful on shelves. It's a shame that they're so expensive. I'd love to get a copy of all of my favourite books in hardback. I found a lovely hardback copy of Tolkien's Unfinished Tales in a charity shop for £1.50 a few months ago.

Fiction or non-fiction?

Fiction. I read quite a lot of non-fiction for uni but I'm not inclined to read it unless it's really something that interests me. I won't pick up an autobiography to read recreationally for instance.

Fantasy word or real-life issues?

Fantasy. Reading is a form of escapism for me so fantasy works wonderfully for that. I've loved fantasy novels right from when I first started reading. My grandparents bought me all of The Chronicles of Narnia in hardback when I was tiny which is what I think ignited my love for it!

Harry Potter or Twilight?

Neither. If I had to choose, I'd choose Harry Potter because I really, really disliked Twilight when I read it. Neither of them are my kind of thing.

Kindle, iPad or other?

Actual books? I don't have a Kindle and I don't read books online or anything like that. I like the feeling of holding a book in my hands and seeing them on my shelves. I guess I'm a collector as well as a reader! Having a Kindle would make my life so much easier and I wouldn't have to carry so many books around with me all the time, but I'm a creature of habit and it will be a very long time before I give in and buy one. I'm not very high tech when it comes to books to say the least!

Borrow or buy?

I borrow most of my books these days, but if I'm reading a series that I'm likely to want to read again I'll buy. I borrow 90% of my books for uni.

Book store or by online?

I love visiting bookstores and having a nosy around, but it's so much cheaper to order online. I sometimes go around bookstores and write down names of books that interest me and look them up online when I get home. I'll buy hardback books instore, and paperback online usually.

Standalone or series?

Either. Reading a series is both wonderful and frustrating. I love the anticipation when the next book is due to come out, but I hate finishing the last one and knowing that I have to wait! I'm currently in the waiting stage for A Song of Ice and Fire...

Monster read or short and sweet?

Monster reads. I'm an incredibly fast reader so short and sweet doesn't last me very long! Monster reads tend to have more plot detail, character development and tend to have more room to experiment. There are exceptions to that of course, but I feel like 90% of what I read are monster reads nowadays!

Starry eyed romance or full of action?

I never pick up romance novels unless I have to read it for uni; it's just not something that I enjoy reading! It's probably the reason why I didn't like Twilight, actually.

Curl up in your snuggie or lay in the sun?

I love curling with a hot chocolate and Figgy (who likes to rub her face along the corners of my books) to read! I will sit in the sun if there's a parasol that I can hide under. I burn in the slightest bit of sunshine!

Hot chocolate or latte?

I love hot chocolate, especially with lots of whipped cream and a flake! I do like lattes, but I don't have them very often, and they have to decaf because caffeine makes me faint.

Read the review or decide for yourself?

I never read book reviews because it's too much of a subjective topic. I've read books that everyone else has loved and I've hated, and vice versa. It's better to find out for yourself.

If you've done this tag send me link!


  1. I do own a kindle and they are a fantastic way to store books that I don't read very often and would be extremely bulky (Victor Hugo's Les Miserables springs to mind!) - plus the classics are quite cheap in Kindle version. I do love the feel of hardbacked books though - there's just something about holding the book and feeling the weight of it in your hands :3 x

    1. Absolutely! A Kindle would definitely help with book storage, my shelves are overflowing! I think I'm just being unnecessarily stubborn!

  2. I love books, so I simply had to fill out the tag:

  3. I agree with you 100% on most of these questions! The only difference is I do love Harry Potter! I don't think I would ever buy a Kindle or similar, It's just not the same as the feel and smell of a book, especoally a book with age! I went to the Bookbarn yesterday and it was complete and utter paradise! I'll no doubt write a blog about it when I return home from visiting my parents! :D x

    1. It has been a very long time now since I read The Philosopher's Stone! While having a Kindle would make my life easier for uni I can't see me ever buying one either. I enjoy going out and buying books too much! I'll look forward to your Bookbarn post although I'm sure it'll make me incredibly jealous!

  4. I'm right there with you on the fiction as an escape from reality, that's why I read :). I have a kindle, they're really good for reducing the weight of baggage if you read a lot on holiday etc.

    I nominated you for a Versatile Blogger award :)

    1. Exactly, I read a lot of non fiction for uni so I read fiction to relax. I love opening a book and switching off from the world for a few hours! Baggage weight is another good reason! I actually have to cut down on clothes to make room for my books in my suitcase!

      Thank you for the nomination! I'll go and read your post now!


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