The Book Selection Tag

I haven’t done a tag in a while, so I thought I’d do another one just for fun! I love doing writing and reading tags, because I find I always learn something about myself when doing them.

This tag was created by Lenn Woolston, and you can view the original video of this tag here. I first heard of the tag through Kim Chance and her response to the tag which you can view here.

With all that said, let’s get started!


1. How do you decide what you are going to read next? Do you pick what’s trending? Read in a specific genre? Or is it random?

I usually always have a TBR (to be read) list with at least four to five books on the list. Whenever I finish two or three books on the list, I just add a few more. I don’t always keep to that list though, because sometimes there’s another book that really catches my eye, and I just have to read it. Eventually though, I always go back to my TBR list.

Right now, I’m focusing on well-known fantasy and sci-fi novels, but really, my TBR list depends on just what I have been wanting to read for a while.

2. How important is the cover? Do you judge a book by its cover?

The cover is important, but I don’t judge the book by its cover. What I mean is the cover is important when I’m browsing through a store. If the cover catches my attention, then I’ll pick it up, so it definitely plays a part. However, if I know a bit about the story or if I really enjoy the blurb on the back of the book, then the cover doesn’t matter to me. I’m also not the type to collect the same books with different covers.

3. Do you read hardcovers, paperbacks, ebooks, or listen to audiobooks?

I prefer hardcovers, but I have no problem reading paperbacks, especially because they’re cheaper. I have read ebooks before, though I don’t like them very much. I’ve only listened to an audiobook once, and I don’t see myself doing it again, because I just get distracted and lose track of what the narrator is saying, and then next thing you know, I’ve missed a major plot point.

4. Do you prefer series or stand-alones? Why?

I used to love series, and there is still a part of me that truly loves them. However, lately, I’ve grown to love stand-alones more and more. I think it’s because as a college student with a busy schedule, I put down my book a lot. So, knowing there are five more books in a series makes me very reluctant to read it, because I know, it will take me ages to finish the whole series because of my schedule. I’ve also been trying to remind myself that it’s ok to read a book between books in a series, something younger me would be baffled at.


5. Do you binge read or take your time reading a few chapters at a time?

I definitely read my books a few chapters at a time. With a such a busy schedule, not only is it hard to find time to binge read, but I’ve also learned to take breaks during work sessions in order to avoid procrastination and burn out. My reading has now adapted to that work flow.

6. Bookmarks or Dog Ear? What do you use as a bookmark?

Bookmarks till the very end. Those who dog ear can pry my bookmark from my cold, dead fingers and never borrow a book from my personal collection.

All my bookmarks are from Barnes & Noble. I’m currently using one that says, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it, you will land among the stars,” which is a quote by Les Brown.

7. Do you take notes in your books or is this forbidden?

Absolutely not. I used to hate when I was forced to take notes in books for my English classes back in middle and high school. It really, really bothered me, especially because my handwriting can get messy, so it just makes the book look that much worse! At least if someone has nice handwriting, notes in books look good. I don’t ever plan on writing in a book ever again.


8. How soon do you read a new book? Do you rush to another one or need some time in between?

I always take a few days before I pick up my next book. It’s a nice way to get some good closure on my last book’s universe before moving onto a new world.

9. Do you write reviews for the books you’ve read, including bad reviews?

Sort of. I don’t write professional reviews that really dive into the details of the book. I really do read for enjoyment, and for me, analyzing a book for a review is not enjoyable. However, on Goodreads, I do write very short blurbs with my final thoughts of the book as a way to reflect on what I’ve read. I also write some reviews on this blog called “Book Thoughts” which is, again, a chance to reflect on what I’ve read without going too indepth.

10. What’s your favorite book to recommend to others?

When recommending books, I always ask which genre they prefer first. I like to suggest books that they’ll actually enjoy. With that said though, I always, always recommend “The Name of the Wind” by Patrick Rothfuss. It is my absolute favorite fantasy novel, and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good fantasy book.

Now, I’ve tagged you all to answer these questions on your own blog or YouTube channel! If you’d like, pick your favorite question and answer it in the comments below. I hope you have a great week!

Fairfarren, friends!

Fairfarren, Friends


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