Book Would You Rather

I’ve stolen this from Jill because I love a questionnaire and especially book themed ones. You can read my wife’s answers here, they’re good ‘uns.

Now, to the book version of ‘Would You Rather’! I’m not sure why but I feel like I should have a line of shots in front of me while I do this. (Relax, it’ll be shots of tea).


Would you rather: read only trilogies or stand alones?

There’s only one trilogy I can recall loving the living shit out of and that’s The Millenium Trilogy (I’m not counting the fourth, written by a different author), so I’m going to go with stand alones. Except this is a hard one because sometimes one isn’t enough and you just want your favourite characters to live forever.

I feel like this is going to be a hard series of questions to answer…

Would you rather: read only female or male authors?

Eek! Some of my favourite authors are men (Haruki Murakami, Steig Larrson, Douglas Coupland). However, my very favourite is a woman (Sarah Waters) and women write a lot of thrillers and crime novels. PLUS, they’re women goddammit so I’m sticking with the girls. No brainer.

Or is it?

Would you rather: shop at Barnes & Noble or Amazon?

I’m in the UK so sadly I don’t have access to Barnes & Noble. However, reading between the lines because I’m a clever sausage, I think what this question really means is, do you prefer to browse a big old bookshop or shop online, sight unseen?

I love both: never underestimate the quick fix obviously but there’s nothing quite like mooching for hours among the beautiful books. I prefer secondhand to be fair ‘cos they have a history, even if I have to make it up myself.

Would you rather: all books become movies or TV shows?

I don’t care as long as they’re good. How lame is that answer? It depends on the book, always – some stories need time to develop subtly over several seasons and some are so grand they need a silver screen to really convey what they’re all about.

I can’t think of any examples as I type this which I feel is very helpful.

Would you rather: read 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?

It would have to be 5 pages because is the latter even possible? I’m not actually a machine, despite popular rumour.


Would you rather: be a professional reviewer or author?

Author because I would just love to write for a living but I’m not disciplined or ambitious enough. Notice I haven’t said I’m talented enough because I think I might be able to do a good job of my own book if I only had some original ideas. One day.

Until then, amateur reviewer, baby!

Would you rather: Only read your top 20 favorite books over and over or always read new ones that you haven’t read before?

Does this mean I can never revisit my faves? That’s fine: always read news ones, then. There are too many incredible stories and authors out there waiting for me to find them and there will never be enough time to discover them all which upsets me. I can only do my best!

I’m not a big re-reader to be honest. Unless it’s Red Dragon or The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, the first book to make me cry.

Would you rather: be a librarian or book seller?

Book seller. I’d love to have my own shop or stall. I’d be excellent at it but might not let books go if I didn’t think they’d be getting the love they deserve.

I talk too loud to be a librarian…

Would you rather: only read your favorite genre, or every genre except your favorite?

Only read my favourite genre, though I’d have to have regular breaks because murder without moderation can mess with your mind.

Would you rather: only read physical books or eBooks?

I’m all about the printed word, forever. I never read eBooks except graphic novels. No thank you very much. I need to feel the book in my hands.


So that’s me!

If you want to do this yourself please feel free. I’m not tagging anyone but would love to read your answers if you do it. ❤

All images via Unsplash.

4 thoughts on “Book Would You Rather

  1. Yay, I’m glad you filled out this one! It was fun but also the worst, right?
    Male or female authors was a challenge but made me remember there are some things men are good at occasionally.
    Btw, there are a lot of loud librarians, so you’d be in good company. 😉

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