Monday 5 August 2019

This or That?

I'm sure there are lots of these knocking around but I spotted this list over on Nicole's blog and discovered that this list originated on Cait's blog and I wanted to play so... Here we go!

Series or Standalones?

I love a good book series.
The way the characters and relationships are developed slowly over time is the best thing ever.

That doesn't mean a standalone doesn't have its place but even with standalones, I like series of interconnected standalones so we get a glimpse of how previous characters are doing on occasion.

Magic Earned or Magic Born?

Meh, it doesn't matter as long as there is a good story or character development arc.

Enemies to Lovers or Friends to Lovers?

Oh... Oh, I like them both.
I guess that enemies to lovers are harder to get right so can be more hit or miss as to whether I like it so I'm going to go with friends to lovers.

Hilarious Banter or Emotional Ruin?

Hillarious banter. I'm not a fan of emotional ruin. In fact, no matter how much I think I'll enjoy a book, if it threatens to wreck me it'll sit on my kindle forever untouched.

Seriously, the number of Colleen Hoover books I own but am not brave enough to read is ridiculous and that's just one example.

Love Triangle or Insta Love?

Really?! I have to choose one of these?!
Ugh. Okay.
Love triangle.
Instalove is ridiculous but a love triangle is believable. 

Keyboard Smash Names or All Names Start with the Same Letter?

Er? I don't think I have a clue what a keyboard smash name is... But I definitely prefer it to every character's name starting with the same letter so... Keyboard smash?

Mean Parents or Dead Parents?

Why can't there just be normal parents? Not all parents are mean or dead!

Oh okay... Dead parents, so they're not present and annoying me.

Supermodel Looks or Constantly Says How “Plain” They Are?

I honestly don't care about what they look like but I would care if they were constantly waxing on about it! So, I guess for the purposes of this question that means supermodel looks?

Face on Cover or Typography on Cover?

Oooh! Tricky tricky... I'm going typography.
Faces will annoy me if they don't fit the character description.
Typography tends to come with beautiful artwork and that's never (yet) been annoying.

Villain Turning a Little Good or Hero Turning a Little Bad?

Villian turning a little good!
Or hero turning a little bad.
Honestly, I'm not fussy on this. I like it when it's shown that no one is 100% one thing and everyone has nuances to their personalities. 

Best Friend Dies or Love Interest Dies?

Best friend dies. (< no hesitation!)

I'm sorry but if you're building up a romance for me and you kill one of them preventing them ever getting a happy ending then you can go do one!
And I'll probably avoid any and all subsequent books by the author. I don't read romance for realism or for tragedy. I read it for a happy ending!

Awesome Writing with a Dull Plot or Amazing Plot with a Murderously Bad Writing?

Oh, I've encountered this so many times... Seriously. The number of times I've loved a story but wished someone else had written it!
And, it doesn't matter how awesome your writing is if the story is dull as charcoal.
So... Amazing plot with murderously bad writing!

Ooohhh, do you think we can team up those authors? The excellent writers with poor imaginations with those excellent imaginations but piss poor writing skills and make a super author?

Cliffhanger Ending or Heartbreaking Ending?

That depends.
I don't like heartbreak and I don't like cliffhangers.
However, if we're talking a cliffhanger at some point in a series, I'll deal. If it's the end of the series, I'll rage.
If it's heartbreak at a mid-point in a series, I'll deal and hope it resolves in later books. If a series ends on heartbreak? The author is dead to me.

If I had to choose? I'd go cliffhanger ending and hope for more books to end it nicely.
Heartbreak will never be acceptable.

Breaking the Spine or Dog-Earing the Pages?

Don't care!
I'm a book savage and I'm not particular about either!

“Bad Boy” Trope or “Perfect Golden Boy” Trope as the Love Interest?

I hate golden boys. I love bad boys.
Bad boys!

Although, it needs to be said that while I'll tolerate a fair amount of dickish behaviour from my bad boys I expect them to have a big squishy centre when it comes to their lady!


  1. I completely agree about faces vs topography. I always get annoyed when the cover model looks nothing like the character.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. Right?! Why do they do that? The artist doesn't need to read the book but couldn't someone give them a crib sheet?

  2. Ooooh, I was with you until the end lol I like good guys. I don't really care either way about series or stand alone's either. I like them both for different reasons.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

    1. I don't mind the good guys but... Bad boys. Sigh.

  3. I've seen a different Bookish list than this one... and I LOVE these questions so much more!! I totally would have picked murderously bad writing for better plot too. Hahahaha And I'm totally in the best friend camp too. ❤️

    1. It feels a bit evil advocating the death of the best friend but if it's them or the love? Bye!!!

  4. Fun post Nicci! I agreed with most of your answers! I refer a book series to a standalone, and bad boys for the win!!!!! I avoid heartbreaking stories and would rather have a good laugh as well.

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    1. I hate heartbreakers. Tear jerking, snot inducing, heartbreakers. They just give me a sore head and make me feel miserable!

  5. I agree, why can't books feature good parents instead of everyone being orphaned, beaten or abused in some way! I never could pick between breaking the spine or dog ears as I hate both! Same with instaluv and love triangles!

    1. I know! The vast majority of parents are decent people who do their best! I guess that's not a good enough story though. *shrugs*

  6. I agree with you on quite a few (friends to loves, hilarious banter). Some choices were tough (bad boys vs. golden boys) and some were harsh (best friend or love interest die - though, I would pick friend as well).

    1. The best friend vrs love interest was evil but if I'm reading a romance it has to be done!

  7. YES! We read romance for a happy ending! And we can move on if a best friend dies (I know I did a couple times already) but a love interest? Nope. I remember I got scarred before when the book I read had the love interest die for an unnecessary reason.


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