Would You Rather: Reader Edition

***Update: Our winners of Beyond All Dreams are Summer H. and Christy Slayton! Summer and Christy, if you could email me, Amy, at agreen@bethanyhouse.com with your mailing address, I’ll send you the book! Thanks to everyone who commented…I had a good time reading your answers (and some of them changed my own answers!).***
Time for some fun, readers! Here are some difficult choices (at least, they were difficult for me)–think carefully about what you might choose!

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Would You Rather…

Be able to enter any book’s world for a day OR have lunch with four of your favorite fictional characters?

Never be able to re-read a book OR never be able to check a book out from the library?

Be able to read only books that have released in the last 6 months OR only books written by an author who is no longer alive? (This includes fiction and non-fiction, but the Bible can be an exception.)

See your favorite book turned into a movie OR see the author write a sequel to your favorite book/extra book in the series?

Give up reading fiction books for a year OR give up reading the last two chapters of any book for a year?

Pay a 50 cent fee for every book you check out of the library OR not be able to keep/own any books (ebooks included)?

BeyondAllDreams_mck.inddComment with your answers! And if you want to explain why, I’d be interested in seeing that too. Just for fun, we’ll pick two random comments and send those readers a copy of Beyond All Dreams (a fitting choice because it takes place in the Library of Congress). Winners will be posted in an edit to this post on Friday morning, 9 AM Central. Check back to see if you won!

39 thoughts on “Would You Rather: Reader Edition

  1. I’d rather…
    enter a book’s world for a day
    check out library books
    only read from deceased authors
    have a movie–there are few good movies these days
    skip the last two chapters for a year: that was the most difficult choice for me
    pay 50 cents per library book

  2. Have lunch with 4 of my favorite fictional characters.
    Never be able to reread a book.
    Be able to read only books by an author who is no longer alive.
    See the author write a sequel to my favorite book.
    Give up reading fiction books for a year.
    Pay a 50 cent fee for every book checked out of library.

  3. I would love to have lunch with 4 of my favorite fiction characters. It would be most interesting since they would be from different times and places!
    I seldom re-read so that one was easy!
    I would hate to be limited to books only released in the last 6 months, but I would also hate to be limited to books by authors no longer alive because that would preclude not getting to read my daughter’s books. 😉 (Sarah Loudin Thomas)
    I would much rather see my favorite book(s) (Prodigal Summer/Miracle in a Dry Season) made into a movie. So MANY of my favorite books would make excellent movies!
    I doubt I could give up reading fiction for a year unless I (or the books) were locked up.
    50 cent fee is so reasonable a fee and I can not imagine my home without books!!

  4. Be able to enter any book’s world for a day would be so cool and would be a nice break from my current reality.

    never be able to check a book out from the library because I could always buy them.

    only books written by an author who is no longer alive because I absolutely love classics.

    see the author write a sequel to your favorite book/extra book in the series. Some movies don’t always turn out like the book.

    Give up reading fiction books for a year because I just would have to read the ending of a book.

    Pay a 50 cent fee for every book you check out of the library. I couldn’t give up my book collection so I would rather pay the fee.

  5. Definitely enter a book’s world for a day. (I don’t think I could narrow down my favorite characters to only four!)
    Never be able to reread a book. (I might actually chip away at my to-be-read list.)
    Be able to only read books by authors who are no longer alive.
    See the author write a sequel to my favorite book.
    Give up reading fiction books for a year. (But, seriously, that would be like giving up oxygen!)
    Pay 50 cents for the library books.

  6. Rather…
    Enter a book’s world for a day – no promises I would come back though
    Never re-read a book. I don’t re-read books often anyways.
    Only read books that released in the last 6 months.
    Sequel as movies are never as good as the book.
    I can neither give up reading fiction books for a year as that would kill me and if I can’t read the last two chapters, why start it, so I guess I will be doing neither of these. 🙂
    Pay 50 cents for a library books as sometimes you just have to own a book. You just have to have it on your shelf to look at and remember how it touched you.

  7. These are so hard!

    Enter a books world for a day, I think. Though I can’t promise I wouldn’t want to enter more than one book.
    Never be able to check out a book from the Library (I could buy them or wait and see if they go on sale).
    Only be able to read books written in the last 6 months.
    Definitely have the author write a sequel! Movies are never as good as the book!
    Give up fiction for a year. That would be a terrible nightmare, though not reading the last two chapters of any book would be pure torture – I must know how they end!
    Definitely pay a 50 cent fee for Library books.

  8. 1. Have lunch with four favorite fictional characters. Choosing only the four would be alomst as hard as trying to choose a books world to enter for a day though. 😉

    2. Never be able to re-read a book – Not very many that I do re-read

    3. Be able to read only books that have released in the last 6 months – There are a lot of new authors that I find each month that turns out I really like

    4. See the author write a sequel to favorite book in the series – the books are ALWAYS better than the movies anyway

    5. Give up reading fiction books for a year – Have to know the ending

    6. Pay a 50 cent fee for every book checked out of the library – can’t imagine my home or nook without books

  9. Be able to enter any book’s world for a day

    Never be able to re-read a book

    Be able to read only books that have released in the last 6 months.

    see the author write a sequel to your favorite book/extra book in the series?

    Give up reading fiction books for a year

    Pay a 50 cent fee for every book you check out of the library
    Some of these not my best answers but best of what was offered. I love to read and pray that my eyesight never gives out before I die.
    thanks for sharing and for writing such great stories.

  10. I would:
    –have lunch with 4 of my favorite fictional characters. (I love dystopian YA, and those fictional worlds are often pretty dark and unfriendly.)
    –never be able to re-read a book (I usually don’t re-read them as it is.)
    –read only books released in the last 6 months
    –see your favorite book turned into a movie
    –give up reading the last two chapters of every book (I’d exercise my imagination!)
    –not be able to keep/own any books (I’m the first one to respond that way; I rarely buy books but get them for free from my library. If I had to pay for the massive quantity of books I check out from the library — oy!)

  11. Thought provoking, for sure.
    Have lunch with 4 fictional characters…but how would I choose four?

    Never be able to check out from the library. I have a whole shelf of books that I re-read over and over and over.

    This one is the most difficult for me–I would have to go with only reading new releases.

    Definitely sequels to my favorite books. For me, the books are always better than the movie!

    Another difficult question for me–I think I would have to give up reading the last two chapters…counting on someone being able to tell me how it ends. Is that cheating?

    Pay to check books out of he library. If you’ve ever seen Thomas Jefferson’s library at his restored home in VA,,,that is my dream.

  12. enter any books world for a day (I like Biblical fiction)
    never re-read a book (don’t normally anyhow since my to-read pile is so big
    only books published in last 6 months( always a huge selection)
    have author write sequel(movies can sometimes ruin a good book)
    give up last 2 chapters for a year-(tough choice but sometimes the book is way over before the last 2 chapters anyhow.)
    pay .50 fine ( I could not live without a huge selection of books on hand)

  13. I would:
    rather enter my book’s world for a day to just to escape the reality of our harsh world.

    rather never be able to re-read a book because once its read, I would want to be able to read other books to visualize other things.

    rather be able to do both on this question – too hard to pick! 🙂 But either choice can include reading the Bible, so either would work. 🙂

    rather see my book turn into a movie to see how others portray the painting that is already instilled in my mind once I have completed the book.

    rather give up reading fiction books for a year than not be able to finish the last 2 chapters because the question of wondering what happened in the end would always linger….

    rather not be able to own any books because I usually swap out books with other people and share than just buy and collect.

    I love reading and rarely keep books because I pass them on to other people to enjoy the book as well..

    🙂

  14. I’d rather . . .
    -Be able to enter any book’s world for a day
    -Never be able to check a book out from the library — this was a hard choice, but not being able to reread deep, beautiful books and see how they affect me differently each time would be really sad.
    -Only books written by an author who is no longer alive
    -See your favorite book turned into a movie OR see the author write a sequel to your favorite book/extra book in the series — a dilemma since my favorite book is already a movie and the author is no longer alive to write a sequel. . . . But I would love to see Elizabeth Camden’s Against the Tide turned into a movie!
    -Give up reading the last two chapters of any book for a year — As hard as it would be to give up fiction for a year, not finishing any book would drive me crazy.
    -Pay a 50 cent fee for every book you check out of the library

  15. Ack! Who comes up with this painful stuff?! 🙂

    I would rather…
    …have lunch with four favorite characters (because I can’t pick just one world to live in, and just for a day? Not long enough!)
    …never be able to check out a book from the library (because I have some that I HAVE to be able to reread!)
    …read books written by an author that is no longer alive (my TBR pile would largely be eliminated by only the most recent six months!)
    …read a sequel to a favorite book series (the movies are almost NEVER as good as the books, right?)
    …give up reading fiction for one year (it’s only a year–the last two chapters thing would kill me–I need closure!)
    …pay a 50 cent fee per book from the library (I have a keeper shelf and it’s not going anywhere!)

    Glad this was just for fun–I’m not a fan of most of these options! 🙂

  16. – Live in a book’s world
    – Never re-read (I rarely do anyway)
    – Read only books released in the past six months
    – Have my author write a sequel
    – Neither!
    – Pay 50 cent fine for every book checked out from the library

    Thanks for the chance to win Elizabeth Camden’s novel. It’s on my TBR list!

  17. I would rather….
    Be able to enter any books world for a day. My reason I would enjoy living in the story.
    Never be able to reread a book. My reason, if I could continue to check out books my choices would be endless
    To be able to read only books that have released in the last 6 months.
    I would rather a author write a sequel, I always love to continue a story.
    This one was hard,but give up reading the last 2 chapters of a book. At least I could still read fiction.
    Not be able to own or keep any books if I have a library I have endless possibilities.

  18. I would rather-

    Have lunch with four of my favorite fictional characters.

    Never be able to re-read a book.

    Be able to read only books that have released in the last 6 months.

    See the author write a sequel to my favorite book/extra book in the series.

    Give up reading the last two chapters of any book for a year. I don’t think I could give up fiction books for a year.

    Pay a 50 cent fee for every book I check out of the library.

  19. I would rather…

    Enter my favourite book world.

    Never be able to check out a book from the library than never re-read a book.

    Read books written by an author that is no longer alive.

    An author write a sequel in my favourite series

    Give up reading the last two chapters of any book for a year because non-fiction is normally depressing.

    Not be able to keep any books/e-books.

  20. Many of these are simply unanswerable. However, with the exception of the Bible, I would choose to never be able to re-read a book and to never own a book. I plow through them like potato chips, anyway! Thanks for the thought-provoking questions.

  21. Be able to enter any book’s world for a day. There is no way I could pick only four favorite characters. 🙂
    Never be able to re-read a book. It would be hard but the library has so many books to choose from.
    Only books written by an author who is no longer alive.
    see author write a sequel to the book.
    Give up reading the last two chapters of any book. I would just make up my own ending. 🙂
    Pay a 50 cent fee for every book checked out at the library.

  22. This was so hard! 🙂

    I’d rather:
    Be able to enter any book’s world for a day;
    Never check out a book from the library again;
    Read books released in the last six months;
    See the author write a sequel or extra books;
    Give up reading the last two chapters for a year;
    Pay a 50 cent fee for every book checked out of the library.

  23. These are very thought provoking questions!
    1. I would rather enter the world of Rhett & Scarlett (Gone With the Wind).
    2. I can’t imagine not being able to check out a book at the library so I would rather not to re-read a book.
    3. Hard to choose!
    4. Movies usually don’t do the books justice so I prefer having a sequel to my favorite book.
    5. The lesser of 2 evils?? Give up reading the last two chapters.
    6. An avid reader could soon run up quite a tab so I would rather give up owning books

  24. This seemed harder that the do you steal bread to feed your family type of questions. My ethics are pretty solid. My reading habit is a little intense so hard to limit.

    I would rather:
    Be able to enter any book’s world for a day
    Never check out a book from the library again
    Read books released in the last six months
    See the author write a sequel or extra book
    Give up reading the last two chapters for a year–I would get to go reread all those books the next year to find the ending 🙂
    Pay a 50 cent fee for every book checked out of the library

  25. This is harder than I thought!
    I would rather:
    Enter any book’s world for a day
    Reread a book
    Books released in the last 6 months
    Author to right a sequel
    Give up reading last two chapters
    Pay 50 cent library fee

  26. I would rather:
    * Be able to enter any book’s world for a day
    * Never be able to re-read a book (easiest question!)
    * only books written by an author who is no longer alive because eventually this would include everyone!
    * see the author write a sequel to your favorite book/extra book in the series because rarely does a movie give justice to a book!
    * Give up reading fiction books for a year OR give up reading the last two chapters of any book for a year? Could not make a decision on this one. Either one would be horrible!
    * Pay a 50 cent fee for every book you check out of the library because I can’t imagine a home without books!

  27. I would rather:
    Enter a book’s world for a day
    Never be able to reread a book
    Be able to read only books that have released in the last six months
    See the author write a sequel
    Give up reading the last two chapters of any book for a year
    Not be able to keep/own any books

  28. I would rather:
    Have lunch with four of my favorite fictional characters.
    Never be able to check out a book from the library. There are so many other ways now to obtain a book and it would be hard not to be able to reread or check back into a previous book.
    Be able to read only books released in the last six months.
    See the author write a sequel or extra book. This makes it easier to leave the book when you know something else is coming.
    Give up reading fiction books for a year. Could not give up reading the last two chapters of any book. Guess could spend a year on non-fiction, self-help, biographies
    and such. It would be a long year!
    Pay a 50 cent fee for every book you check out of the library because I love finding and buying books. My home is full of books!

  29. I’d rather:
    1. Enter a book’s world for a day – the hard part would be picking the book! (Would I rather go here? Or maybe here? Or oh! That one would be so great to visit!)
    2. Well, I was going to say, “never be able to reread a book” because I get so many from libraries, but then I realized I’ve gotten all of two books from the library in the past few months, so I guess I’ll go with “never be able to check out a book from the library.” I love to reread books.
    3. I would say last 6 months – so many great books have released recently!
    4. Definitely see the author write a sequel! Books are always better than movies, in my opinion. I’m not much of a movie person, though.
    5. I think I would have to give up fiction books. It would drive me crazy to not be able to read the end of a book! That would be like the worst form of torture for me. 🙂
    6. I would definitely pay the 50¢. I have so many books on my keeper shelf that I can’t imagine not being able to keep them!
    Thanks for fun questions! And a giveaway! I love Elizabeth Camden and would love to win her new book! 🙂

  30. I would rather…
    …have lunch with four of my favorite fictional characters. — How could I ever choose one book? Besides, I enter a book’s world whenever I read it anyway. 😉 I must say, though, that it would be pretty hard to choose 4 favorite characters.
    …never be able to re-read a book. — I get most of my books from the library, so it’s almost frightening to think of not being able to do that.
    …be able to read only books that have released in the last 6 months. — I read more of those anyway. Though I would sorely miss browsing Pride & Prejudice whenever it strikes my fancy.
    …see the author write a sequel to my favorite book. — My favorite book has already been made into a movie: the A&E Pride & Prejudice mini-series. 😉
    …give up reading fiction books for a year. — Yeah, I realize that means that I wouldn’t be doing any reading for an entire year, but… it would drive me *insane* to not be able to read the last two chapters of any book!!
    …pay a 50 cent fee for every book I check out of the library. — There really are too many books I want to keep for myself, books that my library doesn’t have. Though I do check out a ton of library books, so that might not be the wisest choice after all. 😛

  31. Here are my choices:
    Have lunch with four of my favorite fictional characters,
    Never be able to re-read a book,
    Be able to read only books that have released in the last 6 months,
    I would rather the author write a sequel to my favorite book/extra book in the series (I am not a big movie buff and usually the movie never works out as well as the book!),
    This one is hard and I just can’t decide but I guess I would: Give up reading fiction books for a year because I could never give up reading the last two chapters of any book for a year,
    I would rather pay a 50 cent fee for every book I check out of the library.
    Fun to think about and hard to decide. Thanks for the challenge and the opportunity to win!

  32. I won’t do them all, for time’s sake, but I will do the first. I would rather live in a book’s world for a day. Although I’m not sure I’d be able to pick which book….There’s Jane Austen’s world, Julie Klassen’s, Melissa Tagg’s, and so many more….

    Fun post! I’d love to win Beyond All Dreams.

  33. 1. Be able to enter any book’s world for a day because I really like historical fiction

    2. Never be able to re-read a book because my current TBR list is so large that I don’t re-read many books as it is but I could never go without my library

    3. Be able to read only books that have released in the last 6 months because there are so many good authors currently releasing books

    4. See the author write a sequel to your favorite book/extra book in the series because I love book sequels

    5. Give up reading the last two chapters of any book for a year because I could always imagine the ending until the year was done and I could go back and find out if my ending matched the authors

    6. Pay a 50 cent fee for every book you check out of the library even though I would go broke, but I can’t imagine not being able to own my own books

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  34. This was fun! Thanks for the game and giveaway.
    1. Enter a book’s world for a day, maybe I’ll bump into a character or two while there!

    2. Check book out from library- there are just some books that must be reread.

    3. Read only books released in last 6 months- I love looking at bookstores and seeing what is new. I might have to read faster but this would drive me nuts not being able to read my favorite authors new releases.

    4. Author write a sequel/extra book. Always want to see where the story could/would go next.

    5. Are you kidding? This one is tough! Most of my reading is fiction, but to miss the last 2 chapters of every book for a year? Hmmm… good thing I chose I’d rather never check out a library book so I can re-read all of the books I couldn’t read the last 2 chapters to for a year. No way would I want to give up fiction for a year! 🙂

    5. Pay a 50 cent fee at the library. I love my favorites and there are some beautiful book covers out there.

  35. I would rather…
    1. Enter a book’s world for a day (because how incredible would that be?!)
    2. Never be able to check a book out from the library (I could just find other ways to read and still re-read my faves!)
    3. Read only books written by an author who is no longer alive (a bigger selection than just those published in the last few months…and probably better quality too)
    4. See your favorite book turned into a movie (I love sequels but seeing a book come to life is amazing)
    5. Give up reading fiction books for a year (There’s no way I’d be able to not read the last two chapters…these are hard!)
    6. Pay a 50 cent fee for every book you check out of the library (I like growing my personal library)
    This was a blast! Thanks for the giveaway!! 🙂

  36. I would rather see my favorite book turned into a movie OR see the author write a sequel to my favorite book/extra book in the series? I love sequels and the extra book or books in the series could be written at Christmas time or other holidays. This is my favorite thing.

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