What’s better for the Friday before New Year than a tag? I first found this tag on Birdie’s Book Nook (here). Jordyn found the tag on Becky’s Book Blog (here) who started the tag.
SMASH! I like just about every trope I’ve ever read. Enemies to lovers ✅, Secret Baby ✅, Friends to Lovers ✅, fake relationship ✅, secret relationship ✅, Forced Proximity ✅, Second Chance Love, ✅, Opposites Attract ✅. Or any combination of these! (there are many other tropes, these are just my favorites.
SMASH. I have found that I do prefer alternating POVs, especially in romance. I want to know everyone’s thoughts!
PASS. I’ll say I’ve read some books with ambiguous endings that were wonderful, but for the MOST part, I prefer everything sewn up at the end.
PASS. I like some nonfiction, but I don’t read a lot of it, nor is is a mainstay of my reading.
SMASH. I have been enjoying historicals more and more. I like a good historical mystery and/or romance the most.
Morally Grey characters
SMASH/PASS. I mostly like my main characters to be mostly good people. But, if a book is well written, I do like a morally grey character if written well.
First Person POV
SMASH. I like just about all POVs, but for romance, I love a well-written first-person POV.
SMASH. I don’t listen to as many audiobooks as I would like, but love them when I do listen. I like them for very long books, or very short books.
PASS. I used to re-read quite often, but lately I just don’t have time. And with a TBR as large as mine, I need to read those books before I re-read.
PASS. I want to read classic novels, but they are usually long winded and too wordy for me. I read for pleasure, so I want to read something fun. I still want to read some, but not many.
PASS. I read mostly ebooks, with a few audiobooks thrown in. I know I can annotate on my kindle, but I just don’t do it.
Cracking Book Spines
PASS. As I said above, I don’t read physical books anymore, so no need to crack any spines!
PASS. I don’t mind a bit of smut in my books, but I prefer it toned down a bit. I tend to just flip through the smut anyway. But, if it’s a well written book, and it has some smut in it, I’ll still read it.
Character Driven Books
SMASH. These are definitely my favorite. Give me a good romance, or family drama and I just love it.
Past/Present Split Timeline
SMASH. On the condition that both timelines are compelling and interesting. Sometimes it feels like some authors do the dual timeline just because it’s popular now.
Heavy World Building
PASS. But, if it’s fantasy, I need some good worldbuilding. But, since I read mostly romance, women’s fiction and mystery, I don’t need any heavy world building.
What do you think of these prompts? Are you Smash or Pass?
I enjoyed reading your answers! I didn’t used to be a big fan of alternating POVs, but now I enjoy them in my romance novels. I’m pretty disappointed when it’s only one now.
Yep!! That’s how I feel about re-reading too. I have sooo many on my TBR and want to read those. Although, I’ll probably never have it finished.
Too many books, too little time!
This is fun tag. I’ll do this on Instagram.
Most of my answers would be the same, but I do like some world-building and I do some re-reading.
Thank you, Bonnie!
I pretty much agree with you on everything. I like the fake relationship trope the best. 🙂
That’s a great trope! Thank you, Anne!
Ooh, fun tag! I agree with a lot of what you’ve said here. I’m going to bookmark this post and maybe do this myself in January some time!
It’s a fun and easy tag, I’m looking forward to your answers!
This is a fun tag. It was nice to learn some things about you I didn’t know. I may participate in this tag sometime in January. I need to think about my answers, lol.
I hope you do it, Jenni! It’s fun and easy
The older I get, the less I re-read. My TBR pile is too large.
LOL! That’s how I feel too!
I think I would answer these questions exactly the same way Wendy! Happy New Year to you and your family!
Thank you, Jodie! Happy New Year!
I agree that the dual timeline is perhaps overdone because it is the popular thing to do. If it fits the work, fine, but please, authors, don’t start with “I’m going to write something with a dual timeline” and then create the story from there. The story is the thing. The type of narration should follow it.
I agree 100%, Linda!
Thank you, Cindy
What a fun tag! So many of our answers are alike. We do differ on annotating, though. I’m forever jotting notes and reactions to what I’m reading, no matter if it’s a Kindle book, an audiobook, or a physical book.
I’ve never been a good note taker. 🙂
Great post! I agree with most of your answers, except I listen to audiobooks a lot and annotate on my Kindle.
Yay! Thank you, Lucy!
One of our biggest pet peeves in literature is ambiguous endings. It was fun reading your book opinions.
What a fun post Wendy! I’ve learned so much about you and your reading habits!!☕🤗📚💜
Thank you, Susan!
I love this tag! It’s so fun — as were your answers! I don’t really re-read either. I do re-listen sometimes to one series, though!
I like to re read, I just usually have too many new books to read!
I need to catch up on my book reading before answering these! 😀 Wishing you all the best for 2023!
Thank you, Nikki! Same to you!
I liked reading your answers to this tag. A lot of mine were similar.
Yes! It’s a fun tag to put together
We share a lot of the same opinions on this one! I’m so glad you grabbed it. Happy New Year!
Thank you, Jordyn!
Ambiguous endings kind of make me crazy. I love multiple points of view. We’re the same on quite a few of these, but not all of them.
We all have our pet peeves and things we love. Thanks Kirsti!
This is such a great tag and one I haven’t seen before so I might do it on my blog as well at some point. 😀
You should! It was fun to put together!
This is a fun post!
Thank you, Carol! I had fun putting it together
I’m pretty similar to you, although I do still read some physical books, but I don’t listen to audio books 😊 I like a multiple POV as it does add a lot to the story hearing both sides 😊 great tag 💕
Thank you, Jenny!