It’s another Thursday and as I line up to steal the Tag Queen crown from the lovely Amy at Golden Books Girl I’m bringing you The Bookish This or That Tag! This is another tag I’ve been sitting on for far too long, in fact I first saw this on A Daydreamer’s Thoughts back in August 2017!
Audio-book or Text Book
I do love an audio-book but I have to be in the right mood. The great thing about audio-books is that you’re not tied down to one place, you can listen to it while you’re doing other things – bonus. The downside to that is I can find it quite easy to get distracted by something and end up missing parts (or fall asleep if I’m listening at night). The other downside to audio-books is the way the narrator can make or break a book, I can think of a couple of examples where I’ve downloaded the latest book in a series I enjoy and I just don’t feel it and definitely part of that is that the narrator’s voice irritates me but now I need to buy the book so I can figure out if it’s just the narrator or if the plot just isn’t doing it for me. So all in all I’m going to have to go with a text book.
Paperback or Hardback
I’m totally cheating on this one and giving a qualified answer. For ease of reading I’d have to pick a paperback, especially if it’s a book I’m reading on my commute and carrying around in my handbag. However if I was just buying books to sit on shelves looking pretty it would be hardbacks all the way! Therefore my perfect solution to this would be for all physical books to come with the eBook, then I could stack my shelves with all the pretty hardbacks but have a copy on my phone for reading on the train. Yes there’s some logistics to figure out, they’d have to make sure only people who bought the book could download the eBook, maybe some sort of unique code that gets printed on the receipt… Anyway publishers of the world, figure it out please!
Fiction or Non-Fiction
Fiction! I can read the odd non fiction book, I enjoy strange trivia books like the QI and No Such Thing As A Fish books. I’ve also read and enjoyed autobiographies, but that definitely a real hit and miss genre for me, obviously I have to be interested in the subject but how it’s written also has a huge impact. I loved Martin Johnson’s autobiography and I’m looking forward to finally getting to Becoming my Michelle Obama. Having said all that one of my favourite things about reading is a book’s ability to transport you to another place and so my heart will always lie with fiction!
Bookshop or Online
This is a tough one! I do really enjoy browsing round a bookshop and Edinburgh is full of amazing ones, including a Waterstones with a cafe that serves up G&Ts while overlooking the castle (this is something I need to take advantage of more often) but I must confess to buying a lot of books online, often they’re cheaper which means I can buy more books. Also having discovered Barnes and Nobel’s teen blog I’ve found some really interesting sounding books that don’t seem to be published in the UK but are available on Amazon…
Standalone or Trilogy
Both! I love the extended world that can be built up over the course of a few books. Evermore was a fantastic duology but at the same time you can tell a really satisfying story as a standalone. In fact one of the biggest book crimes in my eyes is needlessly stretching out what could have been a fantastic standalone into a lacklustre trilogy that been padded out.
Heavy & Long or Short & Sweet
Both! I’m such a mood reader and my spectrum of books goes from dark, gritty pretty grim crime fiction through to bright, heartwarming contemporary YA. So throw it all at me!
Reading Somewhere Cosy or In the Sun
Do I have to choose? I absolutely love to curl up under a blanket on the couch and read, but at the same time I got through so many books the last time I was in Barbados lounging in the shade on the deck during the hottest part of the day. It’s also pretty hard to top sitting on the grass in St Andrew’s Square with a good book in the glorious Scottish sun (on that one day a year you can actually do that)
Hot Chocolate or Coffee
I used to absolutely hate coffee, but then I went to uni and coffee somehow became an essential! I love a latte, and it’s a 10am ritual in the office to go down on mass and get one. I really want to treat myself to a Nespresso machine for at home to aid with the coffee making! I do have some amazing hot chocolate from Whittards sitting in my cupboard though, let me tell you Key Lime Pie Hot Chocolate is something you don’t know you need in your life until you’ve tried it!
I’m not tagging anyone but if you’d like to take part I’d love to see your answers!