Hello readers, bloggers, authors, and generally awesome people and welcome to my very new feature, This or That! This is going to be a weekly feature, posted every Saturday in which we learn about all sorts of awesome bookish people. Each person will be asked a series of This or That/Would you rather type questions and we get to learn all about them! This is currently scheduled through February 2013 but if you would be interested in signing up, please check out THIS POST and fill out the form! Now let’s learn more about Shanese!
Hi! I’m Shanese. I’m 21 years old and I live in New York City. My passion is books. Reading is what makes sense to me. I love music, all kinds. The collection I have is so random that no one besides me seems to understand it. I like to write, I do it for fun but maybe one day it’ll be more.
Do you like reading e-books or physical copies of books?
Both! I used to be all about physicals but like other book lovers I’ve caved and now I read both. But no matter how convenient an e-book reader is my heart will always beat for the physical book.
If you HAD to choose would you pick music or books?
Wow! This is one hard, music is –well music, but I would have to go with books. Reading is amazing and honestly if you aren’t getting lost in an awesome book what are you doing with your life?
Are you a nook girl or a kindle girl?
I feel like I’m betraying Barnes and Noble by even saying this but I’m a Kindle girl, and what’s even worst is I have the Kindle Fire and I LOVE it! I feel like such a turncoat.
Would you rather read outside in the sun or inside all snuggled up with a book?
No brainer, inside! Being outside would be nice but I seriously don’t like grass and I can’t deal with bugs. When I’m reading I don’t like people who make noise. In my house I’ll close my door, play some random collection of music and get lost in a book.
Do you like your favorite books turned into movies or TV shows?
Honestly, neither. They never get it right. Things go missing or are changed. I understand not everything can be added but come on, if you’re going to turn a book into a show or a movie get it right. Once in while they get it right but more often than not I just get mad about how it was nothing like the book.
Would you rather have a fictional boyfriend or fictional best friend?
Would I seem desperate if I say boyfriend? Lol, no I have the most amazing best friend and I wouldn’t replace her with anyone else. But boyfriend yeah I totally pick that one, have you read some of the guys in books nowadays?
When marking the pages in your books do you use a bookmark or dog-ear your pages?
I’ve been told I’m a little OCD when it comes to my books. They have to look like I just brought them even after I’ve read them. I hate when books get bent, I barely even opened paperbacks when I read them. And I have a huge bookmark collection, I have this habit of buying a bookmark whenever I buy a book but I’m working on that.
Which do you prefer: female main character or male main character?
If you mean whose telling the story than I’ll go with male. Most books are told from a female point of view, which can make me feel like I’ve read that book before.
Death by Zombies or Demons?
Demon! All the way! A) I not into the whole zombie thing. B) Demons are way cool, there are all different types and they have different powers. It would be cool to be surprised, with a demon you wouldn’t know you were getting.
Let’s talk Stephanie Meyer: The Host or Twilight?
Ugh! If we have to. Twilight. But I’ve never read The Host so there’s that. I’m passed all the Twilight hype.
When it comes to your favorite authors do you fan-girl/guy over them or do you quietly sit back and stalk them (non-creepily of course!)?
I’m totally more the quiet stalker. Really non-creepy. When I’m alone that’s when I can be all fan-girl.
Do you prefer books that are laugh-out-loud funny or ones that put you into deep, intense thoughts?
It would really depend on what kind of mood I was in and on how good the book is. If my Bookies say “you HAVE to read this book” I’m reading the book, no matter what it’s about.
Would you rather have a decent main character with an AWESOME set of supporting characters or an AWESOME main character with a decent set of supporting characters?
Tough one but like in real life I’d rather have a set of awesome people around me. Where would be the fun in just one awesome person?
Which do you use more: Facebook or Twitter?
Facebook! The only reason I even go on Facebook anymore is because there is this book group filled with the most amazing people I’ve ever fortunate enough to know. Most of them have become really good friends of mine. And on Twitter we wouldn’t be able to have the greatest, most random, ADD type conversations ever. We start talking about one thing then suddenly talk about something else, we add another topic, the switch back to the first topic, yet no one ever gets lost.
Do you like your books to be a part of a series or stand alone?
This would depend on the book. We always want more if we fall in love with a book and its character but sometimes certain books are better left a stand alone. I love good series but I hate waiting for new books to come out.
Do you like it when your books keep one point of view or when they switch it up?
I do like when the point of view changes, you get to see things in different way and it helps you get a better understanding. Though I don’t like when we read from the point of view of the villain, only because I want to be surprised by whatever he/she is planning.
Would you want to be turned into a vampire or werewolf?
Werewolf! Always. I mean come on hello he turns into a freaking wolf. So cool. I love wolves.
Let’s talk fictional boyfriends: Do you prefer the sweet, nerdy, yet still really cute boys or the quiet, mysterious, slightly moody yet still really hot boys?
A bit of both, I mean there’s something about bad boys that makes a girl go a little crazy. But I have a soft spot in my heart for the more nerdy of guys. And I can’t deal with moody boys even the slightly ones, I’m moody so the two of us would never work out. Yet I’m still willing to give it a shot.
Where do you get your books from: the library or the bookstore?
Both really. I use the library more than anyone else I know yet I’m always buying books. You see a book that you thought sounded good but you wasn’t sure if you wanted to buy it? Me too, which is when I turn to my library. Also if I have a series in paperback and the new book is in hardcover I’ll get it from the library then when the paperback version comes out I’ll buy it. I hate when my books don’t match.
Do you prefer your swag to include bookmarks or buttons?
I love bookmarks and buttons look great on my shelves. But I would go with bookmarks you can never have too many of those.
Favorite genre: contemporary or paranormal?
I’m more of a paranormal girl but I still like contemporary books.
Would you rather be stranded alone on an island with endless amounts of books or surrounded by people with only one book?
An endless amount of books. I can actually go hours a day without talking to another living person. When I read a book I can tune everyone out.
Do you prefer full albums or mixed CD’s?
Mixed CD’s. Totally. I love listening to a mix of songs and different genres. I think there are only 2 albums where I can listen to the whole thing without changing a song. Those would be Fifty Cent’s Get Rich or Dir Tryin’ and T.I.’s King.
Would you rather listen to one band for all of eternity or listen to as many bands as possible but only for a week?
Would that mean that after a week I couldn’t listen to anything ever again? I’m not sure how to answer that question.
Kickin it old school: Did you listen to Nsync or The Backstreet Boys?
Wow. I listened to both but I wasn’t a hug fan of either. I was more into hip-hop growing up.
Would you rather go to a carnival or a circus?
Carnival. I’ve never really been to one and I been to the circus more times than I can count.
Pick one: VH1 or MTV?
Hmm. I’ll have to with MTV, but from years ago when it was all about the music.
When it comes to music are you one to dance along or sing along?
I do a little of both. Mostly I sing along but if a really good song comes on I’ll start dancing.
When it comes to sweets do you like chocolate or vanilla?
Don’t hate me but I don’t eat Chocolate so it would have to be vanilla by default.
Dessert time: cookies or cupcakes?
COOKIES!!!!!! Yum, Lemon Cookies make my mouth water. I totally want some now. Oh, and I like the oatmeal raisin cookies that come in the purple packaging.
So there’s the lovely Shanese for you guys! What did you think? Personally, I thought she was pretty awesome! I also loved the old MTV and lemon cookies are my favorite! And I am SO with you on the book boyfriend! Make sure you check out this lovely lady’s blog!