A Bookish Would You Rather…

Lizzy over at LizzyReadsBooks apparently knew I was lacking in terms of creativity for a new post and she helped me out! She tagged me in a post full of bookish would-you-rathers, so now it’s my turn to answer!

(For those who have seen the post before, yes, I’ve added a few new questions of my own!)

Would you rather: ONLY read trilogies or stand-alones?
This is actually a tough one for me to start out with! I read a lot of series that are trilogies or longer, but I certainly don’t dislike stand-alones! I think I have to go with trilogies/series though, because it gives me the ability to get to know characters on a deeper level than just, say, 400 pages.

Would you rather: ONLY read male or female authors?
I hate this only business! But I guess it wouldn’t be a would-you-rather if it wasn’t. If I picked male, that would eliminate Harry Potter, and that’s pretty unacceptable. But if I picked female, I’m missing out on all of Shakespeare! Here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to pick female authors, because they’re just as great, and operate under the conspiracy theory that Shakespeare was actually a woman! Best of both worlds, people.

Would you rather: shop at Barnes & Noble or Amazon?
Finally an easy one! Barnes & Noble all. the. way. I’m not a fan of buying books on Amazon. Just won’t do it unless it’s necessary. I want to wander the shelves of a bookstore, and I can’t do that on the internet.

Would you rather: books be made into TV shows or movies?
I’m taking this as another only question. I have to go with TV shows. Like series, TV is a longer medium that offers more ability to delve into the smaller details and nuances of a book or book series. While you have to worry about cancellation midway through, I think it’s pretty clear that most of the books that are out there offer at least a season (series for you UK folk) of TV exploration.

Would you rather: read 5 pages a day or 5 books per week?
I’ve got to assume the background of this is that you don’t pay as much attention to the 5 books each week? Either way, I love to read. And 5 pages a day is a little low for my taste. Five per week, please.

Would you rather: write or review books professionally?
I very much enjoy reviewing books for this blog. More than I ever expected to, if I’m being honest. I’ve always been a behind the scenes person – it’s why I became an editor. I love looking at what’s been written and tightening it up and making sure it’s as strong as it can be. But part of the reason that’s the case may be because I’ve never felt I really had the ability to write at the highest quality I want. If I could write a book to inspire even one person the way many books have inspired me, I’d never want to do anything else. I’m choosing writing.

Would you rather: ONLY read your favorite genre or read every genre except your favorite?
This is an interesting one! While I tend to skew toward YA, I don’t think I could live without classics. And which one would count as my favorite genre? I think I have to pick YA as my favorite. Ultimately, though, I think I’d have to choose to read every genre except my favorite. I’d miss YA incredibly, but I think there’s so much to offer in classics, Children’s, science fiction and fantasy that I would be able to quench my thirst for those types of stories and characters. But jeez, giving up some of my YA would be literally heartbreaking. I don’t like this game!

Would you rather: read only physical or e-books?
Physical. I have chronic headaches/migraines, and reading on any sort of screen (yes, even the ones that “look like book pages”) will get to me if I look at it too long. I don’t care about lugging 20 lbs. of books in a backpack if it means I get to read.

Would you rather: be best friends with Jane Austen or F. Scott Fitzgerald?
Woo! Two awesome authors that I think being besties with would be fabulous. Fitzgerald as part of the roarin’ ’20s, and Jane Austen is a badass but do I really want to live in that time period? I think ultimately I’d have to go with Jane – she’s so cool; I love her characters and the way her mind works, and I’d love to pick her brain about how she think the world works. I’d love to go to a Fitzgerald kind of party sometime though… with my BFF Jane.

Would you rather: only ever read inside or outside?
I love the outdoors. I love sunshine and animals and I love reading outside on the grass. However, sometimes spiders crawl on you, or you get splashed at the pool, or the wind rips the pages from your hands. While sunshine is the best light in which to read, I have to choose a cozy couch inside my apartment to read. I’d miss reading on the beach, but I could live without being able to read inside on a rainy day.

Would you rather: eat food from Harry Potter’s world or drink the potions in Wonderland?
On the one hand, you’ve got food that can MOVE (chocolate frogs) or be any flavor in the history of flavors (Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Bean) and on the other, you’ve got food and drink that you have NO idea what to expect from! Will you grow? Stay the same size? Grow a purple mustache? Who wouldn’t want to have an unbirthday tea party with the Mad Hatter and the March Hare?! They would be a hoot. However, I don’t think you can deny the pure brilliance of Hogwarts’ plates filling whenever they need to be filled. I know that food cannot be conjured out of thin air because it’s one of five exemptions to Gamp’s Law of Elemental Transfiguration, but it DOES appear by magic. And basically whatever you want ends up on the plate. Yes, please! Hogwarts wins.

(*all images from Google*)

So these are my bookish would-you-rathers! I like this game, and the people I want to continue it are…

Allie and/or Libby from The Excellent Library;

Abby from The Bookish Barrister;

and my newest follower Blaise from The Book Boulevard!


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