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The “Would You Rather” Book Tag

With a blog, … comes the responsibility to post. Ugh.

So anyway, I found this tag on Goodreads and then I searched Google for a couple versions of it and I’m putting the ones I liked here. This is a mixed one and my source is Google only. If you happen to be the original creator of these tags, feel free to sue me.

Let us begin!

Would I rather:

1. Have unlimited money for e-books or a $5,000 Barnes and Noble gift card?

We don’t have Barnes and Noble in Pakistan. And anyway, I’m not picky about getting specific editions or covers or things like that AT ALL. I just care about the book, old or new, hardback or paperback, ebook or physical. So, I’m going to go with unlimited money. Unlimited money sounds good. I could even cheat and use it for something other than books.

2. Meet any deceased poet or J.K. Rowling?

J.K Rowling is BAE and I’m not into poetry. I really wouldn’t care if Shakespeare was resurrected and started walking amongst us mortals of today.

However, Iqbal is another matter entirely. Okay, now I’m stumped. Iqbal or J.K Rowling? J.K Rowling or Iqbal? IMMA GO WITH IQBAL.

3. Write the world’s most famous book or visit the world of your favorite book for one day?

24 hours of ecstasy versus a lifetime of glory. JEE, I wonder.

4. Choose __ or __ ? (Insert characters from your favorite fictional love triangle)

I guess I’ll do a Percy Jackson one. Percy and Annabeth are adorable and meant to be together forever. BUT, when Percy washed ashore on Ogygia and spent some time with Calypso, my heart wanted the two of them to be together. It was early on in the series, the third book and Percy and Annabeth hadn’t truly been with each other by then but the attraction was there. I guess it would’ve created an unnecessary complication or whatever but I really, REALLY shipped Percy and Calypso. Especially now that I’ve read CaLeo in Trials of Apollo, this came back to me because I don’t like Leo and her together as a couple. They don’t have that spark. Sorry.

5. Experience Hogwarts in a very realistic and accurate virtual reality or travel around the world for a year at no cost?

Hogwarts is not real (LE GASP!) but the real world is, uh, real, ya know? And when you throw in some free money, well…

6. Always see the film first or never see the film version of books?

I can live without both these things. I read Maze Runner first then saw the film while it was the reverse with Hunger Games. Both of these experiences were unique and fun and I don’t prefer one over the other. Sort of the same thing with the second option. It’s fun to see how they portray the things you have read but if I don’t like the book or the cast of the film or just don’t feel like it, I don’t see it. I’ve read the Divergent trilogy but never seen the movies. So, any of the two or none, I don’t care.

7. Have a list of every book you’ve ever read (like Goodreads from birth) or still have the physical copy of your first favorite book?

I’m pretty sure I have the physical copies of the books I loved as a child (I don’t remember one specifically) but even if I didn’t, having a list of all the books you have ever read is way more satisfying. It’s a close one but I think it’s the list for me.

8. Have the time to read everything you want to read or the money to buy everything you want to read?

What? I want to do other things too. Reading all the time would imply that I don’t have a life which is not cool OR if I have enough money I can definitely stop worrying about other things and focus on reading only. The logic in both seems sound to me.

9. Dream cast the film or have editing power over the script for the film version of your favorite book?

Dream cast, hands down. Not only because editing is not my forte but also because I like seeing different versions of the same thing even if they turn out to be horrible.

10. Have your favorite fictional superpower or your favorite fictional technology?


11. Read an amazing story with a ‘meh’ ending or a ‘meh’ story with a spectacular ending?

Reading an amazing story with a ‘meh’ ending would mean that I’d spend more time having fun, although I’d get to rant and fume later. And even that has its perks as the best reviews are rant reviews so I would have a great time doing that too.

12. Not be able to read in a moving vehicle or not be able to read lying down?

Easy. Not be able to read in a moving vehicle. I lay down an awful lot than I travel. I seriously have no outdoors, pedestrian or otherwise, life. I’m a hobbit and hobbits like the comforts of home and staying far away from adventures of the non-reading variety.

Also, I’m the kind of person who can’t read in public places/vehicles.

13. Re-read your favorite book or series with fresh eyes, like the first time, or be able to un-read your biggest disappointment?

I would NEVER want to unread anything even if it was horrible. It’s an experience and every experience means something.

Oooooh, wisdom!

14. Read only trilogies or stand-alones?

No, seriously, I can’t. Being part of a series can be as much fun as reading a stand-alone book. Sometimes, you love the world and want to continue learning more, in which case trilogies are great, and other times you have had enough, hence stand-alones. And even when you get tired of reading long series, single books come to the rescue.

15. Read only male or female authors?

I will read both, thanks.

16. Shop only at bookshops or online?

I might have mentioned that I’m a hobbit? And that I’m not picky at all about how the book is? I’m not the kind of person who picks a book because she likes the look of it (there’s always a danger of doing exactly that at bookstores), I research beforehand about what I’m going to read next and then order online. I find it more comfortable. Not only that, browsing through the books at a bookstore makes me feel miserable and depressed about all the books I cannot have.

17. All books were made into movies or TV shows?

TV shows. There would be a little compromise on quality because the budget probably wouldn’t be as big but one episode on one chapter seems like a pretty sweet deal to me. Imagine a Harry Potter show: seven seasons, each season on one book with as many episodes as the chapters of that book. This idea was tossed around years ago but it still manages to excite me.

18. Read 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?

5 pages per day. I like doing other things too.

19. Be a professional reviewer or author?

  • I already review.
  • Being an author would mean that I’ve accomplished something awesome. And it’d be dead cool.
  • Being a “professional” reviewer would probably come with some rules, right? I like eloquent speech once in a while but my reviews are all me and whimsy and very unprofessional, albeit grammatically correct unless intended otherwise.


20. Only read your top 20 favourite books over and over, or always read books you haven’t read before?

Always read books I haven’t read before. I rarely re-read.

21. Be a librarian or a bookseller?

Neither. They both sound unappealing to me. I just like reading, doesn’t mean I like everything that is directly or indirectly related to reading. *runs away to avoid your chappals*

22. Only read your favourite genre, or every genre except your favourite?

I love fantasy and I read only fantasy so there’s that. BUT, I’m going to go a bit broader and say that my favorite genre is fiction as opposed to non-fiction, and that yes, I’d happily only read that.

23. Only read physical books or eBooks?

I’ve grown disgustingly accustomed to eBooks. The sheer number of conveniences, dude! I buy two books like once every three months or so and I’ve tapped their pages to get the meanings of a few words at least 2 times. I used to be very enthusiastic about telling people in answer to questions like this that I prefer physical books, maybe to convince myself more than them, but I can no longer lie to myself: EBOOKS.



One thought on “The “Would You Rather” Book Tag

  1. -What? CaLeo?! I thought Calypso won’t be appearing after THAT. And yeah, she and Percy looked good but I had already shipped Percy and Annabeth. They both are amazing together!

    -Haha usually I read in the moving vehicle. Kind of used to it by now.

    -I prefer ebooks more. But at the same time I want to buy physical books too. Like Harry Potter and Artemis Fowl series are my most wanted books.


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