NY Times By The Book Tag

Good morning. As you can see from the title today I have a tag for you all. I have been seeing this around a lot on Booktube lately and I thought that it was a great tag so here I am. It was created by Marie Berg – you can check out the original video here.


1. What book is on your nightstand now?
I have two books on my nightstand at the moment. The first is The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas – I am almost 500 pages in and really enjoying it so far. It is my classic pick of this month. The second is Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey. I have only just started this so I don’t have any thoughts to share yet. I am excited to try out more science fiction books though.


2. What was the last truly great book that you read?
Well the obvious answer is Fudoki by Kij Johnson (full review) but I feel like I have mentioned this book quite a few times in past tags so… instead I am going with War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (full review). I never thought I would read this book. I thought it would be too dense and confusing but I am happy to say that I was wrong. Once you get used to the names, it is a very engaging book with amazing characters.


3. If you could meet any writer – dead or alive – who would it be? And what would you want to know?
There are so many authors I would love to meet and just have a chat with – some that come to mind are Jane Austen, Garth Nix, Kij Johnson, Trudi Canavan and Kazuo Ishiguro.


4. What books might we be surprised to find on your shelves?
Well obviously I have a load of fantasy books on my shelves. In terms of something that may surprise you, I don’t really have an answer. I have history books which you may not have known about (history was always my favourite subject). Other than that I don’t think there is anything that is surprising.


5. How do you organise your personal library?
Realistically,  it is however I can best use the limited space I have at the moment. In a ideal world I would organise by height, genre and author. So all the smaller paperbacks together, all the standard paperback together etc – then I have all of my classics together, all my fantasy together etc. Once organised into those sections I will then organise into alphabetical order from author’s surname.


6. What book have you always meant to read and haven’t got round to yet? Anything you feel embarrassed never to have read?
I don’t tend to get embarrassed about unread books, but a book I have always meant to read is I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. This is one of my sister’s favourite books and I have been meaning to read this book for years now because of it. I have since read The Book Thief by the same author and loved it so I I am definitely looking forward to it even more now. I am hoping to read it this year.


7. Disappointing, over-rated, just not good: what book did you feel you were supposed to like but didn’t? Do you remember the last book you put down without finishing?
In terms of a book I was supposed to like, I think I would have to go with Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. As a Sanderson fan I feel like I was supposed to like this, but I really didn’t. There was quite a lot of hype around this book (book 1 in a series) and I was really disappointed. I would definitely say if you read this book as your first Sanderson book, try the Mistborn trilogy or Warbreaker before giving up on him – trust me he has better books! The last book I put down without finishing was The Emperor’s Blade by Brian Staveley, I think. I just could not get into this book so I stopped reading it after about 100 pages.


8. What kinds of stories are you drawn to? Any you stay clear of?
I am quite an eclectic reader, or at least I try to be, so I am drawn to a whole lot of things. I am always willing to try new fantasy, classics etc. I tend to stay clear of anything horror related as that is really not my thing. I am also not a big romance reader – I find it kind of boring when it is just about romance.


9. If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?
Well I live in the UK so we have a Prime Minister and to be honest I don’t have an answer for this. Partly because I am not a fan of our Prime Minister (just my personal opinion) and partly because I just don’t have an answer. So I am giving this question a pass.


10. What do you plan to read next?
I have so many books that I want to read next, but one that I really want to get to is The Way of Kings Part 2 by Brandon Sanderson. It has been on my bookshelf for quite a long time now so it is about time that I read it. I also very much want to read Beyond the Pale by Emily Urquhart this month.


There you have it – the NY Times by the Book Tag. I really enjoyed doing this tag and I tag anyone who wants to do it. At this point I think a lot of people have done it already. Anyway I hope you are all having a great day and I will see you next time.




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