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This or That: Bookish Edition

We have a slow month here right in the middle of summer, so I thought this would be a fun meme to fill out before we get into August and FIRST FLYGHT prep!

This or That? from Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks

Reading on the couch or on the bed?

Bed… or at the beach or poolside!

Male main character or female main character?

I prefer female main characters. I loved science fiction growing up and there were so few female protagonists back in the 70s and 80s. So now I try to rectify that by reading females in books or writing them into my books.

Sweet snacks or salty snacks when reading?

Salty, especially popcorn.

Trilogies or quartets?

Hmmm, quartets. More is usually better!

First-person POV or third-person POV?

I love first person, especially first person present tense. (I know I'm in the minority.) Third person always feels too distant for me.

Reading at night or in the morning?

I've recently started reading in the morning, and I like it!

Libraries or bookstores?

Tough one. I buy most of my books through Amazon because it's convenient and I have a Kindle. I'm also a slow reader so libraries don't work well for me. I fully support them, though! I'll have to say bookstores because I always visit and buy from them when I can.

Books that make you laugh or books that make you cry?

Laugh. I love some good humor.

Black book covers or white?

Uh, black? I actually really prefer super colorful.

Character-driven or plot-driven books?

Characters, though, if they're not doing anything exciting, I put the book down. I'm picky now that I know how a good story works!

This or that? from Cait @ Paper Fury

Series or Standalones?

Series. Hands down. I will remain faithful to a series for a long time too.

Magic Earned or Magic Born?

I don't read a lot of fantasy, but I prefer Magic Born like Harry Potter who doesn't know he has the gifts and someone has to teach him.

Enemies to Lovers or Friends to Lovers?

Friends to lovers, which is why I loved writing SUMMER HAIKUS so much.

Hilarious Banter or Emotional Ruin?

Banter. I'm also an Aaron Sorkin and Josh Whedon fan so yeah.

Love Triangle or Insta Love?

Insta Love. I believe in it. I'm insta love with my own husband and we're happily married many years later. Love Triangles make me angry, which is why I love Reverse Harem. No need to choose, ladies! Have them both!

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

Smash. I'll nickname them in my head. Lol.

Mean Parents or Dead Parents?

Dead. Especially in YA.

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

Prefer plain.

Face on Cover or Typography on Cover?

Faces. Love seeing POC especially on covers!

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

Villain turning good. I did this with Kazuo in the Nogiku Series and Hikoboshi Series.

Best Friend Dies or Love Interest Dies?

Best friend. I'm in the romance for the happily ever after. I killed off a BFF in the Hikoboshi Series too. Lol.

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

Dull plot may get me to the 50% point or the end. Murderously bad writing won't get me past the first page.

Cliffhanger Ending or Heartbreaking Ending?

Cliffhanger as long as I feel like I got some resolution from the book.

Breaking the Spine or Dog-Earing the Pages?

Dog-earing, which I do with paperbacks ONLY. But I mostly read ebooks now, so…

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

Bad Boy as long as he's not super mean. I don't understand this new “bully romance” trend and never will. Perfect Golden Boys are BORING.

What are your This or That answers?
S. J. Pajonas