The New York Times “By the Book” Tag

I’ve seen this tag floating around for a while so I’m super happy that the lovely Lara @TheHeathen tagged me to do this.

 


1. What book is on your nightstand right now?

The book that is currently on my nightstand is Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. I’m enjoying it so far and I’m incredibly close to finishing it which is exciting.

 


2. What was the last truly great book that you read?

The last truly great book I read was The Young Elites by Marie Lu. I loved this book so much! The characters were amazing and I thought Marie Lu did a great job at turning some overused YA tropes on their head.

 


3. If you could meet any writer – dead or alive – who would it be? And what would you want to know?

I’ll have to say the really predictable answer of J.K. Rowling. The reasons are probably obvious: I love the Harry Potter series and she’s an amazing writer and I’d love to ask her about how she came up with her ideas.

 


4. What books might we be surprised to find on your shelves?

Most of the books on my shelf are young-adult fiction so the only book on my shelf that looks out of place is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I don’t own any other classics but a friend gave me this book a while ago. I enjoyed reading it and I’m hoping to get some more classics in the future.

 


5. How do you organize your personal library?

I don’t really have many books as I get most of my books from my local library. As a result my personal library is very small and I mainly just organise books by series or where ever they’ll fit.

 


6. What book have you always meant to read and haven’t gotten around to yet? Anything you feel embarrased never to have read?

There are many books I’ve been meaning to read for a long time. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes just to name a few.

 


7. Disappointing, overrated, just not good: what book did you feel you were supposed to like but didnt?

The first book that came to mind for this was Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender which I didn’t expect to love because it’s a horror book, which isn’t my favourite genre. However, I did think I’d at least find it interesting especially as I read so many amazing reviews for this book. But it was a big disappointment.

 


8. What kinds of stories are you drawn to? Any you stay clear of?

I’m mostly drawn to stories with lots of actions and interesting characters, especially if they’re dark and mysterious. Which is why fantasy is one of my favourite genres and why I don’t often reach for contemporary books. I stay clear of books with boring characters or plots that rely too heavily on insta-love or love triangles.

 


9. If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?

I’d choose Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman for this. It might be aimed at a young audience but this story carries such an important message that I think everyone should read it at least once.

 


10. What do you plan to read next?

The book I plan to read next is Frakenstein by Mary Shelley. This is the one classic that has always intrigued me and I’m super excited to start reading it soon.

 


 

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