New York Times “By The Book” Tag

I saw this book tag on The Awkward Book Blogger‘s site (although I am backdating this post, so this will have been published before I saw it – inception!) and it includes some excellent questions – ones that I have never answered before – so I decided to make it this month’s tag.

What book is on your nightstand right now?
The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz – it’s been there for a while. I’m enjoying it but can’t really find the motivation to finish it. There may be one or two (or ten) others littering my desk and floor, but we won’t talk about those.

What was the last truly great book you read?
The last book I gave a 5 star rating to was I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes. It is a truly fantastic, intricately woven story.

If you could meet one author (living or dead), who would it be? What would you ask?
I’ve met my favourite author (J.K. Rowling) twice, and one other of my top three (Audrey Niffenegger), so to complete the trio I’d need to meet Malorie Blackman, author of Noughts and Crosses. I’m off to YALC later this month so am hopeful that I’ll finally get the chance to meet her and just say hello.

What books might we be surprised to see on your shelf?
Probably the sheer number of copies of Harry Potter – I know several of my friends gasped the first time they lay eyes on them. Otherwise, probably some of the Barnes and Noble Leatherbound Classics, including Charles Dickens works and Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes.

How do you organize your personal library?
Alphabetically by author’s surname. Hardcovers and paperbacks are split on different shelves for space saving purposes.


What book have you always meant to read but haven’t gotten around to yet?
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien – I’ve started it for probably the fourth time (this time on audiobook) and I’m determined to finish it.

Disappointing, overrated, just not good: what book did you feel you were supposed to like but didn’t?
Cinder by Marissa Meyer – it was pure meh. I really, really wanted to love it, especially as I preemptively bought the entire series in hardcover!

What kind of stories are you drawn to?
Those featuring kindhearted, warm characters. I love a protagonist who is flawed, usually awkward or oppressed in some manner, but defies the odds to become successful (in whatever manner deemed necessary by genre).

If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?
It would be something featuring an LGBTQ protagonist: maybe George by Alex Gino or Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – I’ll let Clinton decide!

What do you plan to read next?
The only book I have set in stone to read is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, upon its script release at the end of the month – so that!

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