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Bookish This or That Tag

Hello everyone! I am back today with another tag post (I absolutely loved doing the book blogger tag, Behind the Screen, which you can read here. I have been tagged in quite a few different ones recently so I will slowly be working my way through them in amongst my book reviews and other chatty discussion posts and may be caught up around, oh, say next year sometime.

A massive thank you to my friend Noly from The Artsy Reader for tagging me in this one! There were some seriously hard choices in there but I struggled through this “torture” tag, as Noly very aptly named it.

I am also going to cheat and not tag anyone in particular to do this (lol lazy I know, don’t hate me), because I have so many tags to get through that I don’t think I even know that many bloggers!! So, I am taking the easy way out and just saying that if you fancy doing this tag, then help yourself, and leave a link for me to have a read. It’s a good one, even if was so incredibly hard.

Now, without further ado, here are my answers…

1. Series or standalone?

As much as I love standalones for the fact that you get to read book after book and inhale so many stories and worlds, there is nothing better than reading a great book and being able to pick up the next one right away and find out what happens next! I am never ready for my favourite characters’ stories to end.

2. Magic earned or magic born?

I’m going to say magic earned (I’m guessing this is like Feyre a la A Court of Thorns and Roses?) because that probably makes for a more exciting story in my eyes! I love seeing how they adapt to this new world and how they bring their own world along with them.

3. Enemies to lovers or friends to lovers?

Ooooh enemies to lovers, for sure. All that tension.

4. Hilarious banter or emotional ruin? 

Noly – can I copy you and say both???

5. Love triangle or insta love? 

Love triangles quite often get on my nerves because there is always either the one person they are quite obviously going to choose, or – worse – they choose the wrong one and I am not happy with the ending. An insta love story can be a little on the corny side but if done well, it goes down a treat!

6. Keyboard smash names or names start with the same letter?

I can be quite bad for not remembering who is who if there are loads of characters in a book, so a bunch of keyboard smash names would be a recipe for disaster. As annoying as names all starting with the same letter would be, I would definitely have to choose that one.

7. Mean parents or dead parents?

Is it cruel to say dead parents? Mean parents is so hard to read but dead parents might mean happy memories? (Apparently I just stole your answer Noly lol sorry).

8. Supermodel looks or constantly says how “plain” they are?

Supermodel looks, because that doesn’t necessarily mean that they boast about it all the time, or really recognise it much themselves. A constant reminder of their “plainness” though is boring and frankly a little annoying.

9. Face on cover vs. typography on cover?

That is HARD. I THINK I prefer typography on a book over a face the majority of the time, but it really does depend on the individual cover.

10. Villain turning a little good or hero turning a little bad?

No! Don’t give us the disappointment of a hero not staying a true hero! It is much nicer to think everyone has a good side to them.

11. Best friend dies or love interest dies?

Oh, god. Do I really have to pick? Um, the best friend? Is that mean? I don’t want my friends to die, I promise!!! But if it’s their one true love they can’t die! But no wait, their best friend in the whole world? ARGH. NO ONE. NO ONE SHOULD DIE.

12. Awesome writing with a dull plot or amazing plot with murderously bad writing?

Awesome writing all the way. I would barely get two chapters into a book with bad writing, I can’t stand it. How does it even get published, or past the editing stage?! A dull plot would just mean it wouldn’t be an all round amazing book, but it would be readable at least.

13. Cliffhanger ending or heartbreaking ending?

I’d rather have neither but if I have to be absolutely pushed for an answer then I suppose I would have to pick heartbreaking ending because although I may never get over it, I hate the idea of a story unfinished. I don’t want to wonder what happened next. I need to know.

14. Breaking the spine or dog-earing the pages?

I really should use a bookmark more often but I usually just end up dog-earing the pages because then at least you can’t see that when it is sitting in your bookcase, whereas you would see a worn spine. It is such a shame if the spine is a pretty one!

Then again, how good does it look when the spine has been broken so many times and it looks so well-loved? Ok – I am going to say a very unbroken spine (not one or two pesky little lines) and dog-earing the pages as well. Is that allowed? Screw it. My blog, I make the rules.

15. “Bad boy” trope or “perfect golden boy” trope as love interest. 

Oh, we all like a bad boy, don’t we.

And I will leave it at that.

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  • Reply Unknown

    I so agree with you on the awesome writing with dull plot. A plot can totally be salvaged if the writing is A1. But a great story sucks if the writing is disastrous. Great tag!

    August 17, 2018 at 4:28 PM
  • Reply Holly M

    So glad you agree! Feel free to do the tag yourself if you have a blog!

    August 17, 2018 at 4:55 PM
  • Reply Colleen's Conclusions

    Wow, these were some evil questions to answer….especially the love triangle/ instant love one since I don't like either… and the best friends/ lover death one was evil too. Glad you made it through this book tag in one piece, LOL!!

    August 19, 2018 at 1:01 AM
  • Reply Holly M

    Only just! Glad you enjoyed reading it Colleen 🙂

    August 19, 2018 at 5:02 PM
  • Reply Beth Rebecca

    Completely agree about a series being better than a stand alone! I hate getting to the end of a really good book and there not being another part of the story to carry on with! But I think I'd choose a cliffhanger over a heartbreaking ending, the heartbreak is too sad for me!

    Beth | https://bethrebecca.com/

    August 19, 2018 at 8:27 PM
  • Reply Holly M

    Nooooo I NEED to know!!!

    August 20, 2018 at 5:13 PM
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