Hey everyone! Today Vera and I are here to do the Would You Rather tag! We were tagged by the lovely Meeghan @ MeeghanReads – thank you! – and let me tell you: these questions were hard! Even so, we managed to answer them all, though I may have lost a little part of my soul in doing so.
Would you rather only read physical books for the rest of your life or only audiobooks?
Sabrina: This is an easy answer for me – the only truly easy answer of this whole tag. I would much rather only read physical books for the rest of my life. I’ve tried audiobooks only a few times and though they are sometimes good, they are not convenient for me.
Vera: This is so hard! I’ve recently fallen in love with audiobooks and they are so darn convenient for me. That said, I do love physical books and I’m not sure I could live without them. Hm.. right now I’m going to have to go with audiobooks, especially if I can still read ebooks. After all, those are not physical books, right?
Would you rather know all the spoilers before you start a book or never read the last chapter?
Sabrina: I think I’m going to go with never reading the last chapter! Sure, sometimes it would be a huge problem because I’d miss important details, but if I’m honest with you… sometimes the last chapter makes me feel impatient. A lot of the times it just wraps things up or gives you a glimpse into the future happiness of the characters. If I knew all the spoilers, I would never be surprised by a book and I think that would be worse for me.
Vera: I hate spoilers, I do, but the last chapter tends to be more than just an epilogue – which I could technically live without – so I’ll have to go with knowing all the spoilers. I’ve always thought that truly good books wouldn’t be ruined were they spoiled, so let us hope that’s true in this hypothetical situation.
Would you rather be stuck on a very long train/plane ride with a book you hate or no book at all?
Sabrina: I would rather be stuck with a book I hate! Depending on why I hate it, I still might find it entertaining to read, and even if I don’t at least I still would have the choice to read it or not.
Vera: I think these two are, arguably, the same, right? If I hate a book, I’ll likely not read it anyway, in which case I’d rather have no book with me at all. I’m more than okay with listening to music, or to a podcast.
Would you rather read a book with a really bad ending or a book where your favourite character is killed off?
Sabrina: The joke is on this question, because I read books where my favourite character is killed off all the time 🙃 Honestly though, a bad ending can really ruin a whole book for me, whereas my favourite character being killed off is more likely to make me sad than angry – so that’s what I’m going with.
Vera: I’m going to go with my favorite character being killed off. I wouldn’t like that, obviously, but I’d rather have that than a bad ending that can potentially ruin the whole book/series for me.
Would you rather love a book everyone hates or hate a book everyone loves?
Sabrina: I would always rather love a book than hate one (…this doesn’t contradict my answer to the long ride question, does it? 😅)
Vera: Hating a book everyone loves suuucks. It happens to me a few times each year, and I’m unsure who to rant about the book in this case. I’d rather love a book everyone hates, because in that case I can try to push it onto my friends and hope that they’ll like it. I cannot, however, push people to read a book I hated just because I want to rant about it.
Would you rather read books by your favourite author but they’re all really bad, or read books by an author you hate but they’re all really good?
Sabrina: My answer is the same as Vera’s! 👇
Vera: The second one, as long as I hate the author because their previous works have disappointed me. I like to be surprised, and this would be a particularly nice surprise! But if I hate the author because they’re bigoted in any way.. I’d rather not read or enjoy their novels.
Would you rather only ever read contemporary books for the rest of your life or fantasy?
Sabrina: If you’d asked me this last year, I would have answered fantasy without a second thought but… most of my 5-star reads this year have been contemporary, so I’m having a bit of a crisis. Even so, I’m still going to choose fantasy because there is so much variety among them and I’d be guaranteed never to get bored.
Vera: I read loads of contemporary and romance novels this year.. and yet, I cannot give up on fantasy novels. They’re so magical and complex, and they can have most of the elements contemporary novels do. They can have romance, friendship, family, real life problems.. everything, while contemporary can’t replicate the worlds, magic systems etc. that fantasy has to offer.
Would you rather own a signed edition or a first edition?
Sabrina: I have to go with a signed edition! There is just something magical about knowing that the exact book you are holding in your hands has also been held by the very author who wrote it.
Vera: I’ve never been super-hyped about signed editions, but first editions – especially of some of my favorite classics – would be really cool to own. On a side note, this question brought out my mercenary side, which is seeing dollar signs next to valuable first edition copies. 🤑
Would you rather never be able to borrow a book from the library again or never reread your favourite book?
Sabrina: The only way I can read the amount of books that I do is by having access to an incredible library system. I just couldn’t afford it otherwise. While I do love rereading – and I reread my favourite book every year – I would have to give that up in this distressing hypothetical situation 😭 😭 😭
Vera: I love rereading, so I’ll have to go with never borrowing from the library again. This decision is helped by the fact that our libraries are not what I’d call well-stocked and they don’t really have any English novels.
Would you rather spend the day in your favourite fictional world but never meet your favourite character, or spend the day as the villain and try to attack/kill that favourite character?
Sabrina: Meeting my favourite character would make me so nervous, so it is with only a little bit of disappointment that I say I would simply spend the day in their fictional world without coming across them. Besides that, I would never want to try and attack or kill them!!
Vera: My favorites are either (1) incredibly soft babies who I could never harm, or (2) tough as hell who would kill me with no remorse. So the only viable option is spending a day in my favorite fictional world. Honestly, I wouldn’t even mind not meeting my favorites, because how much can you chat with someone in a day? Not a lot, especially if you’re as awkward as I am.
What do you think?
What do you think of our choices? Would you rather know all the spoilers before you start a book or never read the last chapter? Let us know!