What Type of Reader Are You?
In 2017* Lyndsey invited anyone who hadn’t done the ‘This or That’ book tag to make a post if they wanted. I thought some of the questions looked fun, and I’ve never really talked about my reading preferences, so I took some of the questions, added new ones, and stitched together this post.
*Yes, 2017. Anyone who knows me won’t be surprised by that. Anyone who doesn’t? I’m scatter-brained and take literally years to do anything, hence why I’ve been talking about Merlin: Second Chance since 2017 too!
Anyway, onto the questions!
Fantasy with LGBTQIA+ characters/romantic side-plots.
I like sci-fi, but only lighter stuff like the Carole and Tuesday anime, which focused more on characters and world-building than heavy science fiction elements like space travel and in depth details about technology.
Male or Female Main Character (MC)?
Male. I usually relate to them more than female MCs, probably because I grew up reading Alex Rider and other stories with male MCs. I’d mention Harry Potter, as I loved it growing up, but in hindsight I realised I love the fanfiction more than the books as the series is no where near diverse enough.
Kindle or Paperback?
I prefer paperback, but happily use my kindle. I only collect paperbacks of my most favourite books anyway, or manga, so having a kindle is a good thing as I have very little space!
Current Bestest Book of All TimeTM
It’s a toss up between Star Dog by A.M Lightner or Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Yes, neither are diverse, or fantasy, but I haven’t come across my ‘all time bestest book’ in those categories yet!
My copy of Star Dog has been read so many times it’s worn and falling apart. It’s about a young adult, Holt, whose dog escapes, has a puppy by an alien dog that crashed to Earth in a spaceship, and Holt protects the telepathic puppy from the government. I think it was the combination of genres that made me love it, plus I have a huge soft spot for any story with a close animal companion.
I think what I loved most about Pride and Prejudice was the enemies to lovers romance vibe it had, plus the slow burn romance: Elizabeth was not immediately captured by Darcy’s good looks and only started to like him once she got to know him. I can really relate to that!
Trilogies or Quartets?
If I love the characters I never want their adventures to end, so quartets or longer 🙂 Series length isn’t a deal breaker though: If I love something enough I immerse myself in that world by fangirling endlessly, writing fanfic, and drawing fanart. Are all my WIP series? Yup. Even The Frozen Rose, my Beauty and the Beast M/M superhero retelling, has a sequel planned, despite it being intended as stand alone!
First or Third person POV?
Third person. I generally dislike first person stories because if I don’t connect with the main character (like in Twilight or The Hunger Games) I don’t enjoy the book. I loved The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and The Ladies Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, but first person books I enjoy are few and far between.
Reading at Night or in the Morning?
At night. I’m a morning person, and I’m more productive during the day. Night time is for low intensity stuff like reading and playing Dead by Daylight (or other video games)! Plus, if I start to read on my lunch break, and the book is good, I don’t want to put it down to work on my own stories or get back to work 😀
Libraries or Bookstores?
Libraries, because they can’t tell me off if I pick up a book and get lost in reading it ^_^”
Books that Make you Laugh or Make you Cry?
Both, but the crying has to be because I’m happy, or something bad happens to the MC that’s fixed later. I also cry at happy endings. I hate anything truly sad or bittersweet, as stories affect my emotions pretty strongly and I get way too involved in characters.
Do you Judge a Book by its Cover?
I know, I know, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but I do. A good cover hooks me as much as the story details. Equally though, if the cover is great but the blurb isn’t interesting I’ll avoid the book despite the pretty cover!
Reading on the Couch or in Bed?
On the couch, on my days off, with the sun streaming through the window. I got an epic Kindle stand from Etsy, which I can prop up on the arm of the couch so I don’t even have to hold my kindle 🙂
Character or Plot Driven Stories?
My answer used to be character, but although I need the characters to be epic, and to connect to them, I also need the plot to move at a relatively fast pace. Some character driven novels are too slow paced, and I’m left skimming through waiting for something to happen. So I guess the answer is a bit of both.
Thanks for reading!
I hope this was a fun way to talk about the type of reader I am and the type of books I enjoy. I’m a picky reader, in that I know what I like but I often struggle to find it. If you have any recommendations, point me towards them in the comments 🙂
If you like the questions feel free to link your post/answer in the comments, even if it’s years from now 🙂