What Type of Reader Are You?

What Type of Reader Are You?

Floating Fantasy Steampunk Castle, Dragon, and Kindle Stand, with Text: 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!

Favourite Genre?

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.

Shelf of books and manga, mostly M/M, Fullmetal Alchemist, Gravitation, FAKE, Dr Who, Carry On, Psych.
I surrounded Harry Potter with M/M novels/manga on my bookshelf, and only have the 6th book at the front as it’s my favourite!

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.

Star Dog Book, with Captain Cold, Arrow, Steve Harrington and Seto Kaiba Pop Figures, and a Captain Cold Wall Canvas
My battered Star Dog book, with a few favourite TV show pop figures!

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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ˜€

Computer screen with game Dead by Daylight, a horror Survival Game: A swamp with character Steve Harrington next to a treasure chest and tree stump.
Steve from Stranger Things in Dead by Daylight. I borrowed my partner’s PC, but I usually use a laptop!

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 πŸ™‚

3D Printed Purple Kindle Stand with Kindle balanced on the arm of the sofa, ready to read hands free!
3D Printed Purple Kindle Stand

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.

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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 πŸ™‚

If you like the questions feel free to link your post/answer in the comments, even if it’s years from now πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks πŸ™‚ I’m always scared of being called out in a bookstore for reading books for too long. It happened to a friend when we were teenagers and I’ll never forget it!

      I’m such a sucker for an awesome cover. I know I probably shouldn’t be, as I could be missing out on something great, but when there are so many books to choose from a good cover stands out in the crowd πŸ™‚

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  1. Ah! Until I got to the last one, I thought, “Maybe she will really like The Last Herald-Mage Trilogy (Magic’s Pawn, Magic’s Promise, Magic’s Price).” It’s definitely high fantasy, with a lovely romantic side-plot, but there are times when it’s pretty slow-going; mostly all that’s happening is relationship stuff (by the way, it’s definitely LGBTQIA+ – that is it, right? I struggle with remembering letters and keeping them in order – at least, the main character turns out to be, in the story, shay’a’chern, and lifebonds to another of the same sex). It was the only series with any real romance in it that I actually liked. I usually don’t like or connect to romance. It is also one of my all-time favourites!

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    • Honestly that sounds so good, and I’m going to check it out anyway as the one time I don’t mind a slow going plot is when it’s relationship stuff. Some of the fanfiction I read is purely fluffy relationship stories, so thanks for the recommendation πŸ™‚ I struggle to connect with a lot of romance too, especially if I can’t see an emotional connection between the characters! (And yeah, that’s the right order for the letters πŸ™‚ )

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    • Good question πŸ™‚ I used to, when I was doing my history degree, but very rarely now. If I do I usually skim through rather than read, and when I research for stories I use the internet. I much prefer fiction, fantasy especially, as it’s an escape from the real world.

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      • I have bedn almost exclusively been reading non fiction for several years. I like reading about historical figures like Queen Isabella.

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  2. This is awesome πŸ™‚ It was fun to read this and to get to know you better. Your favorite genre is cool. Do you have a favorite fantasy novel? Would you say the Peculiarexus story that I sent you (where he, Steph, and Melissa hung out and where they faced an evil scientist) was more on the lighter, simpler sci-fi side? πŸ™‚ And hehe, you and I are kind of opposites on the MC thing. I have more female characters than male characters (though probably an equal number of male and female MCs lol). You mentioned that you have lack of space – and how you only get your favorite paperbacks as a result of that. For me, it is similar lol. I don’t like Kindle much, but due to running out of space, I’ve had to get more books on Kindle in recent months hehe. You have cool pop figures πŸ™‚ And I know this comment is starting to get long, so I’ll wrap it up soon :). Star Dog sounds so cool and I think it’s great that you write series too! You’ll continue doing great. πŸ™‚ Have you ever fallen asleep while reading? Lol. Last, but not least, were you told off for getting lost in a book at a bookstore? I hope not (and am lucky my bookstores haven’t done that) and hope you’re doing well πŸ˜€ Great post!

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    • Thanks πŸ™‚ Honestly Harry Potter used to be my favourite, but J.K Rowling’s attitudes towards the trans community ruined it for me, that and a growing realisation it had very little, if any, diversity! The book I’m reading at the moment (The Last Prince by E.G Radcliff) is going to be a favourite I think. I really want to draw fanart for it πŸ™‚

      I think your Peculiarexus story is definitely light sci-fi, and more character focused, which was awesome πŸ™‚ Love how we’re opposite with MCs!

      I’m in a position where if I want new books I have to get rid of some. Lack of space is hard 😦

      Thanks πŸ™‚ I really want The Flash pop figure too! Do you have any figures?

      I only fall asleep whilst reading when I’m really tired. Usually I fall asleep playing mobile games though xD My friend got told off for reading too long in a bookstore when we were teenagers. It was manga, which I guess is understandable as you can finish half the book in little time πŸ˜€

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      • Anytime, Louise! Yeah, I used to be a fan of HP too. Not a huge fan, but I did enjoy reading the books until I heard her comments. :(. You’re right, there wasn’t much diversity in her series. On a happier note, let me know if you end up making fanart for The Last Prince! I’d love to see your art! πŸ™‚

        Aw thank you! Would you say the other stories you’ve read of mine are generally more light sci-fi? πŸ™‚ I love writing character-focused stories. And yes, I think it’s neat how we are opposite with MCs :). Our MCs rock!

        Aww I know what you mean. I’ve had to get rid of books so that I have enough space. Our bookshelves fill up, yes? And I’ve had to get rid of some action figures b/c of space reasons. But, I still have some, like Ms. Marvel and Captain America :). Where did you get the Captain Cold figure? πŸ™‚

        Lol I wish I could fall asleep playing a game lol. Did you doze off for a while? Aw that’s not cool how your friend was told off. :(.

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        • If I do fanart I’ll either share it when I review the book on here, or tag you on Twitter πŸ™‚

          Yeah your stories seem to be light sci-fi/superhero, kinda like The Flash but with less soap opera drama πŸ™‚

          Sadly the tiny bookshelf in my office is all the room I have. I could probably throw out some DVD’s from our other shelf to fit more books though! Captain Cold was a Christmas gift, luckily I’ve never had to throw out figures, although I did lose my figure of Cloud from Final Fantasy 7 when I moved here 😦

          I literally went to sleep for the night and my partner told me in the morning he had to take the phone from my hand and turn the game off xD

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          • Sounds good! I look forward to seeing your fanart! I like your art πŸ™‚

            Awesome, thank you πŸ™‚ Yeah, I try to not have too much of the soap-opera drama, I try to keep it to more relatable levels than soap opera-level stuff lol XD. Do you have a favorite character from them? πŸ™‚

            Aw yeah, it’s not easy when there’s not much space. So cool that you got the Captain Cold figure as a Christmas gift! Hope you can find the Cloud figure in the near-future. And hope you can get a Flash figure in the near future too πŸ™‚

            LoL πŸ™‚ What game were you playing? XD.

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            • You’re welcome πŸ™‚ I think I like Peculiarexus the most because he’s an awesome dino-dragon who is insecure and loveable. Glad you try to minimise the soap opera drama xD

              Yeah my partner buys me cool figures to add to my collection πŸ˜€ If they do Merlin ones I’d love those! Hopefully my Cloud figure’s at my mums. I can’t go there for ages because of the continuing lockdown, but eventually I’ll go look for it πŸ™‚

              I was playing AFK Arena. It’s like a hero building game with cute characters πŸ™‚

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              • Aww thank you πŸ™‚ Do you like Peculiarexus’ silliness too? πŸ™‚ I love his friendships/found family bonds with both Melissa and Steph. πŸ™‚ And lol, thanks. I get annoyed at the soap opera drama. I hope that I”m able to minimize it.

                Aww that’s cool! Does your partner buy you cool figures each Christmas? πŸ™‚ Aw I hope you find the figure πŸ™‚

                Cool πŸ™‚ Sounds fun.

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