30 Bookish Questions Tag


Cait @ Paper Fury had a wonderful getting-to-know-me post with 30 great bookish questions awhile back, and it looked so fun I simply had to turn it into a tag and steal it. πŸ˜‰ (Don’t worry, she encouraged us to steal it. XD)

1) Currently reading?

Too busy to reeeeead right now . . . ! *flailing* Soon, though… *eyes enormous TBR shelf*

2) Should’ve read, like, yesterday?

SO MANY. Like all of them. Let’s just go with that. πŸ˜‰ But also the rest of the Tales of Goldstone Wood and a dozen or so Lawhead books. I must read them aaall!

3) Book that impacted you?

The Lord of the Rings and Howl’s Moving Castle. (I know, I know: you’re SO shocked at this revelation.)



4) Hyped vs backlist titles?

I usually read older books that nobody has ever heard of, OR brand-new books which I get for review. It’s sometimes fun to be up on the currently being-published books, so that I can talk with others about them, but at the same time there are a LOT of awesome slightly older books.

I also tend to steer away from books that have been seriously hyped… (Though occasionally I’ll get curious enough to try one if it sounds interesting enough.) There are a couple series that are big in my circles that I’ve just heard about SO. MUCH. that they are now over-hyped and just have no interest for me anymore. I’m probably a weird person on that point. >.>

5) Current series crush?

The Bright Empires series by Stephen R. Lawhead is a fabulous series I’m somewhat addicted to just now…


6) How strong is your self-control around books?

Buying books, it depends. I’m a somewhat broke bookworm (surprise; I wonder if there’s any other kind?) so I’m rather careful in that regard in general. If it’s a library sale and the books are really cheap and they look interesting, then I do tend to get a lot.

If they’re new books at a store like Barnes & Noble or I have to order them online, then I have a lot of self-control because I’ll think harder about it because they’re more expensive. It’s actually really rare for me to buy new books. I tend to put them on birthday/Christmas wishlists instead. *nods*

If it’s a free ebook, my self-control is non-existent, which is why I have ten gadrillion unread ebooks on my Kindle app which I will probably never read. -_- #readerfail

At libraries, I have pretty good self-control because I don’t want to bring home more than like 3 books if I can help it, just because I know it will bug me if I don’t finish the book before sending it back. (Of course, my self-control is horrible when I’m there but shouldn’t get any books at ALL because I’m too busy, and then do anyway — like the time I checked out Six of Crows during NaNo last year. *cough*)

ARC requests, my self-control is directly proportionate to how much I want the book, usually. So it depends.

7) Plot vs characters?

Both, please and thank you.

8) Would you write under a pseudonym?

Sure thing, if I had a good one.

9) Would you marry your bookshelf?

Ummmm. …Iiiif it magically turned into a guy who had all the good traits/beliefs of the books on said shelf… then maybe. XD

10) Do you ever get sick of reading?

Sometimes; especially if I’ve been reading only books I was “supposed to” (a.k.a. review books, beta books, etc.). Or if I’ve read some not-so-good books and get in a reading slump. But usually there’s no such thing as “sick of reading” — like, what even is that??

11) Random bookish memory?

Perusing the shelves of an enormous, wonderful Half-Price Books store in another state when my uncle kindly offered to get me some books there. It was like Christmas. (Er… it actually was for Christmas, so that could be why…)

12) Character you relate to?

I don’t usually relate to characters very often… and if I do, I tend not to like them. I’m weird like that. >.> *cough* However I do remember relating to Julia Redfern from A Room Made of Windows by Eleanor Cameron back when I read it at a quite young age.

13) Do you own bookish merchandise?

Do bookmarks count? I do have a map of LOTR on my wall, and a lovely necklace that goes with the Merlin Spiral trilogy by Robert Treskillard, which he made. It’s amazing and love it. ❀ (In general though, I tend to get books instead of bookish merchandise. BECAUSE BOOKS.)


14) Controversial opinion?

I’m not into “all the feels”/killing characters/flawed characters/”realistic” stories/depressing endings. I’m well aware I’m an odd duck, but there it is. Make of it what ye will.

15) NOTP? (In case you don’t know what this bizarre conglomeration of letters means: it’s a bookish pairing you don’t ship.)

Offhand, I can’t think of anyone. Is that weird? I guess I tend to get on board with the romantic pairings the author chooses, in general. *shrugs* (Watch, once I post this I’ll think of one…)

16) Why didn’t I love this?

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde. I… dunno why I didn’t love it. :-/ The ending annoyed me I guess and I couldn’t really figure out why; the beginning was a lot of fun though. I just… I wanted to love it! 😦


17) Hardcover vs paperback?

HARDCOVERRRR. ❀ Especially since they’re a dying breed between ebooks and self-publishing… because self-publishing doesn’t have hardcovers. *sobs* What is the world coming to. (I will admit that I love me a good paperback too, as long as it’s not a mass-paperback because those are too tiny for me to want to read because they’re exhausting.)

18) Do you ever like villains?

I try not to. XD Sometimes, but very rarely. It’s . . . complicated… See this post.

19) Cringeable reads?

I don’t really like thinking about things I don’t like so… I can’t think of one right now. πŸ˜›

20) Where do you get your books from?

Mostly libraries and library sales; also for Christmas and birthdays; a few ARCs; occasionally Amazon or a bookstore.

21) Haunting read?

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. Haunting is the exactly appropriate word for it…


22) Highly anticipated upcoming release?

An Earthly King by Hazel B. West!

23) Annoying character qualities?

Whiners, disloyal stab-in-the-back characters who pretend to be friends but aren’t, and the particular kind of “tough” heroine who is really just an excuse to be a jerk who thinks she’s better than guys. πŸ˜›

24) Least favourite genre?

Dystopian. (I know, you’re soooo surprised, again. XD)

25) Best tropes?

Lost princes/princesses and memory loss, for a couple. I’m sure there’s others I love too…

26) Rereading?

I love rereading! It’s so fun. I mean, if it’s a fabulous book I loved, of course. πŸ˜‰ I don’t do it very often though because I have sooo many books I haven’t read that I want to read… so sometimes I feel like I’m not making progress if I reread. But sometimes I can’t resist! Also, rereading a book aloud is a great excuse to do this, I’ve found. *nods*

27) Have you abused a book?

I try so hard to treat books carefully… but I will admit that if I’m reading a nonfiction book, sometimes I will… *gasp* …mark passages I want to remember, with a pencil. *dives behind nearest tapestry and hides there* *muffled voice:* I knowww, I’m atrocious!

28) Series you quit on?

Jill Williamson’s Safe Lands trilogy. I feel kinda bad about this one since I LOVE her writing, but I read the first one and while it was well-written etc. and I loved one of the characters, overall I just don’t like dystopian, and I can’t see myself getting through the rest of the series and actually enjoying it, so for my own sanity I decided not to. I know others enjoy it, though! πŸ™‚

29) Wish it wasn’t a standalone?

OH SO MANY. I’m going to pick one off the top of my head and say Illusionarium. I want a sequel about Jonathan and Lockwood so bad. ❀


30) Bad bookworm side-effects?

Having a never-ending, ever-growing TBR pile (though honestly I will never complain too hard about this one). Lack of sleep from staying up reading — and yet I can’t seem to stop! πŸ˜‰ Reading a book you don’t like and going around with a black cloud over your head… A character you love being killed off and getting your heart shredded… Having a bookshelf fall on you and/or getting papercuts or turning into a bookish dragon creature of ink and paper and blowing away… (Being a bookworm is super dangerous. *nods seriously*) Not living in Middle-earth or Ingary… Y’know, the usual.

So there you have it. You now know aaall the bookish facts about me, likely more than you ever wished to learn. πŸ˜‰ Do you share any in common with me? Steal the tag if you wish it! πŸ™‚

Thanks for reading!

Dream away in those pages . . .

~ The Page Dreamer

13 thoughts on “30 Bookish Questions Tag

    I totally know how you feel about Tales of Goldstone Wood, I’ve only read about half of the series myself. BUT I JUST DON’T HAVE TIME. *cries*
    That is the perfect answer to question 9. I agree. XD
    #18… I understand you wholly. Seriously. XD But sometimes its just so hard… πŸ˜‰
    I’m not much of dystopian girl either. I’m more interested in sci-fi type stuff if anything.
    OH MY GOSH I NEED A SEQUEL TO ILLUSIONARIUM. *flails* I actually considering rereading it, because why not.
    And I guess we’ll just have to have a never-ending tbr-pile together. ‘CAUSE SERIOUSLY. *dies under weight of all the unread books*
    Wonderful post, as usual, Deb! πŸ˜€

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      I’ve read 2 and a novella… πŸ˜‰ But yes, the series is quite long. o.o (YOU CAN DO IIIIT!)
      Well thanks. XD
      And I really don’t usually like the villains. πŸ˜›
      YAY FOR NO DYSTOPIA!!!! Ahem. Yeah, I’m not super sci-fi-y, but I do get into it occasionally. πŸ™‚
      YES A SEQUEL IS NEEDFUL. And DO IT. I’ve been wanting to reread it since the day I read it, and only staved that off by flipping back through the entire thing to reread fun Lockwood parts at least. XD
      Thanks so much! ^_^

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  2. Oh I loved reading this!! I’M SO GLAD YOU STOLE IT TOO. *twirls happily* And yes yes the bookworm life is absolutely fraught with peril. BUT NO REGRETS RIGHT?!?πŸ˜‚ I soooo love hardcovers too and like I would have every single book I owned in hardcover if I could! Except, I would be broke haha. (Why must they be so much more expensive??!?)
    And yesss The Ocean At the End of The Lane FREAKED ME OUT. It was that worm part. Ewwww. But I mean, I loved that book. BUT THAT FREAKY WORM.
    And you have a map of Middle Earth?!?😍😍 That is absolute goals AHHH!!!

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    • YAY!! πŸ˜€ Eheh, yep, all the peril and no regrets. πŸ˜‰ (ONE OF THE GREAT BOOKWORM QUESTIONS = WHY ARE HARDCOVERS EXPENSIVE. Yup.) Eheheh, yeeeeah, Ocean at the End of the Lane… >.> EEP. I figured you’d like it though!! πŸ˜€
      YUS I HAVE A MAP OF MIDDLE-EARTH. Actually several. XDDD I’m a major Tolkien geek. πŸ˜‰
      THANKS, CAIT! ❀


  3. LOVE THIS POST, DEBORAH! So much bookishness :D.

    #3. Yup, shocked XD. *huggles HMC and LotR*

    #5 I SERIOUSLY need to read a Stephen Lawhead book. Which one do you think I should try first?

    #13. EEP YOU HAVE A LOTR MAP!!! *wants one badly* And that necklace is epicness *nods*.

    #14 WHAAA?! Well, to each his own XD.


    #21. Okay. That cover. I almost want to read it JUST because of the title and cover *stares*.

    #29 YES it SO needs a sequel!!!

    … that got long XD.

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    • THANKS SO MUCH SAVANNAH! I’m glad you liked it! πŸ˜€

      Um… boy, I haven’t actually read many Lawhead books myself. o.o But either try The Skin Map (which I have read, and loved, but realize you’re in for the long haul of a five-book series) or In the Hall of the Dragon King which my younger sister has read and loved, and which I need to get to reading… Anyway it’s the first in a trilogy but I hear it stands alone too and it’s epic fantasy. πŸ˜€ As far as I know, those two series are his YA series, and most of the others are Adult? (His Robin Hood books are somewhere between, I think, so it just depends.) Oh! And he wrote these AWESOME children’s books too, about animals! The first one is The Tale of Jeremy Vole and the Second One is The Tale of Timothy Mallard — if you can get ahold of them they’re SO cute and fun. πŸ™‚ But yep, The Skin Map or In the Hall of the Dragon King, I’d say, are good places to start. πŸ™‚

      Yes I do have a LOTR map! …A few, actually. XD

      Nope nope, I am just not into feels/dead characters. *shakes head firmly*

      Um… yeah, no, I don’t think you want to read The Ocean at the End of the Lane. O_O It’s beautifully written but it’s suuuper creepy. XD


      (I love long, so. ;))


  4. I may or may not end up stealing this tag. It depends what I decide to prioritize in the next day/week/month/etc.
    Loved reading your answers! We definitely need an Illusionarium sequel. And I love how you listed “Not living in Middle Earth or Ingary” under side-effects . . . I don’t think that’s technically a side effect? Being mournful about that fact and trying to turn our own world into those places, on the other hand . . . that’s a side effect. (I have sort of managed it- WSS is Rivendell, NY is the Misty Mountains and the Wild, though I’m not sure where exactly my house would fit into that, VA is the Shire- I haven’t figured out how college fits in with all that, though.)

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    • YAY! That would be fun. πŸ˜€ …However I totally understand the need to prioritize. O_O
      Thanks, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! A sequel to Illusionarium is totally needful. *nods*
      IT’S TOTALLY A SIDE EFFECT. XD But… yeah, you may have a point. πŸ˜‰ (That’s so cool you’re labeling real places with Middle-earth names! I love it! :D)

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  5. THIS TAG. I’ve been tempted to steal it from Cait myself. It just has such fun questions. I’m ecstatic you did it! πŸ˜€ And we are such bookish twins! I was just nodding my head over and over while reading this. I bet you know all the things I relate to. We’re basically one person after all!

    If only our bookshelves turned into guys with the traits of our favorite books. XD I’m laughing hysterically at this!

    I totally agree with #23. Just all of it! Each of those types of characters is just the worst. Ugh.

    And #25! Lost royalty and memory loss is so FUNNN. I don’t care how often they’re used. I LOVE ‘EM.

    Rereading is my faaave. But so many new books that need reading. *collapses* It’s so hard balancing rereading and keeping up with the massive TBR pile.


    Your answer to the last question. I am dying. XDDD It’s so accurate! Quite a job, being a bookworm. Not for the faint of heart!

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    • That would be fun! YESSS so many great questions. πŸ˜€ I love our similar bookishnesses (totally can be a word… *cough*).

      Erm, yes… well it WOULD be convenient. πŸ˜‰

      I knoooow! Such great tropes! Lost royalty and memory… glad you agree! πŸ˜€

      I feel EXACTLY the same way about rereading. We shall just have to collapse together under our massive TBRs and wish to reread. πŸ˜›


      Heehee, glad you got a kick out of the job description. XD

      Thank you for your loverly comment! Your comments always make my day! ❀


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