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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Tell Me Something Tuesday





Tell Me Something Tuesday is hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings and discusses a wide range of topics from books to blogging.

Question: Do you prefer action-driven books or quiet books? (Courtesy of Roberta@Offbeat Ya)

Answer:

I don’t think it matters much to me. I like to feel a connection to the characters so either will work if that happens.

Having said that – I don’t like books with so much action that the characters NEVER rest. *cough* Kate Daniels *cough*. I get tired on their behalf. I need to nap just from reading all the action.

And while I enjoy a quiet book, if nothing happens, and, especially, if I’m stuck in the characters inner monologue – that can be draining.

Do you have a preference of action-driven or quiet books?

28 comments:

  1. I think I'm the same way- it depends on the book. A nice balance is preferable, I think. :)

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    1. The balance is preferable but I can forgive or stick with a lot if I like the characters.

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  2. My first thought reading this was, oh no, you probably wouldn't like the book I just posted a review for, haha. But I agree, either type of book can be great if well-written with good characters!

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    1. Some books have so much action - one event after another- and it makes me tired lol

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  3. Although I don't typically like the average contemporary book (almost) exclusively based on romance/friends/school, I have a few quieter books that I love. That being said, I usually need a nice mix of action/adventure and introspection to keep myself entertained. But I do agree that the characters are more important than the story.

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    1. I guess if forced to choose - I would say quiet - because I don't read a lot of action books but I'll read anything if I like the characters or care about what happens to them.

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  4. I like a balance. I do know what you mean about Kate Daniels, sometimes they don’t let up, but I still love to listen to them.

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    1. I do love that series! but they don't stop to eat or sleep for what feels like months lol

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  5. I like action packed because I like the book to keep me entertained. I don't like slower books that might get a bit boring.

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    1. I sometimes get bored and glaze over if there's too much action.Especially if no one is really at risk. If I know everyone will be ok the stakes seem lower to me if that makes sense.

      But I like both!

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  6. I do like those high on speed books, lol. Go Kate go

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    1. It depends for me. I like action but the last Kate book I read was just one disaster after another with zero breaks in between. It literally made me tired to read lol

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  7. I definitely lean towards the quieter books. I tend to read a lot of low drama. slice of life type stuff.

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    1. I love low drama! lol But sometimes I like a good action book.

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  8. I agree with you. I love both for different reasons.

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    1. I would get bored if I only read one of those.

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  9. It really does depend on the book but I tend to gravitate toward quieter relationship-based books rather than action stories.

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    1. I think I lean towards those as well but I'll read either.

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  10. I'm pretty mixed as well. Like you said, if I can fall for the characters, then I'm usually good either way.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. The characters are much more important to me.

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  11. I agree with you. I want a character driven story. A little action is good but I don't want to be stressed by nonstop throughout the book. Reading should be relaxing for the most part, though I do enjoy a good thriller every once in a while.

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    1. It's weird how I actually get tired for them lol

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  12. I enjoy both, depending on what I'm in the mood for but I like to know beforehand what I'm getting myself into. I like going into a book knowing it's a quiet narrative or a gentle romance or storyline, I hate when an author adds a strange plot twist or worse, they wrap up a narrative with magical realism. I like adventure type stories but even those hectic reads still need quiet moments too for me.

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    1. It's weird when you're a mood reader. The same book can bore you one week but be your favorite the following week.

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  13. I need there to be something going on all the time whether it is action, gore or scary nervous tension. If nothing is happening for 50 pages I get bored and DNF the book. If it is character based and brilliantly written, then all out action isn't always required but it must be interesting in some way.

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    1. If I get caught up in the fate of the character then it doesn't matter to me. If I don't care about them or their conclusion then it can be slow or fast and I'm bored.

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  14. That makes sense. Even when books have a lot going on, sometimes the characters need to have moments where they can chill.

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  15. So many Fantasy YAs seem to have almost nonstop battle or fight scenes lately that I am reluctant to pick them up on Netgalley. I want some story in there, someplace. Ha! 😁

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