New York Times By The Book Tag

I was tagged by Bex over at My Shelf & Myself to do this little tag, originally created by Marie Berg on BookTube. This couldn’t have come at a better time really; I’ve been having a case of the old writer’s block in the last few weeks, and was really struggling to find something interesting to contribute. But now, here we are! Without further ado:


What book is on your nightstand now?

I don’t think I’ve ever had just the one book on there! At the minute there are two- The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I’ve spoken about both of these before as they’re both re-reads, but I’ve been working my way through The Lord of the Rings once again as it’s just phenomenal, and Perks is one of my all-time favourites that required a re-read. To be honest, it has probably spent more time next to my bed than on my bookshelf, considering how many times I return to it to read it again and again.

What was the last truly great book you read?

This is an easy one, having just finished the best historical-fiction novel I’ve ever read. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, which I reviewed in my September & October Reflection, absolutely blew me away. It has stunning imagery, a strong-willed, intelligent female protagonist, and a plotline that never once gets dull despite its length.

If you could meet any writer – dead or alive – who would it be? What would you want to know?

The question that any book blogger struggles to answer, I think. Oscar Wilde has fascinated me ever since I read The Picture of Dorian Gray, and I’m sure he’d have a lot of stories to tell. Equally, I could talk for days with JRR Tolkien – he was an absolute genius. In terms of imagination and depth of world-building, I can’t think of a single author that beats him.

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

This was a difficult one, as I’m generally quite open about the books I read; I don’t have any guilty pleasures as such! I guess I’d have to say the Hush, Hush saga by Becca Fitzpatrick. From what I’ve heard, she’s not the most celebrated author in bookish circles, but when I read those books at the age of twelve-ish, I absolutely adored them, and so now they’ve got a little place in my heart. In reality, I think they were the first fantasy-YA novels I ever read!

How do you organise your personal library?

Alphabetically by author’s surname, always. The only exception is my little classics shelf, which is organised by publisher and edition, as they just look so pretty this way!


What book have you always meant to read but haven’t gotten around to yet? Anything you feel embarrassed to have never read?

I knew my answer to this one straight away – I don’t feel ‘embarrassed’ as such, but I’ve been meaning to read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice for so long. Having read, and absolutely adored Emma and Northanger Abbey, I kind of feel like I need to get on the P&P bandwagon! Having said that, I have seen a few film adaptations, and saw a production of it at the theatre a few months back which was just so, so funny and entertaining!

What is the last book you put down without finishing?

I’ve slightly adapted this question from the original because I feel like I answered the bulk of it in my Unpopular Bookish Opinions post, but I wanted to deal with unfinished books separately. I tried, I really, really tried to finish On The Road by Jack Kerouac, but the other day I admitted defeat by cancelling it from my ‘currently reading’ list on Goodreads. I’ve had it on the go for months, but it has been so long that I really can’t remember much about what was happening. I plan on picking it up again eventually, because I do remember it being full of gorgeous imagery; however I feel like I’ll need to be in a very specific mind set to attempt it again!

What kinds of stories are you drawn to? Any you steer clear of?

I don’t know if you’d class it as a kind of story, but I am always drawn to stories supported by imagery of the sky and stars. In my opinion, there are no better books than ones where I have to be getting out a pencil every five minutes to circle a piece of imagery that blows my mind!

Generally, I’ll steer clear of thrillers and science-fiction. The last two I read, being We Were Liars and The Fifth Wave were such massive disappointments that it kind of reaffirmed that at this very minute, neither of these genres hold any appeal to me.

If you could tell the Prime Minister to read one book, what would it be?

I can’t say that giving a book recommendation to Theresa May is something I’ve ever considered, to be honest. I don’t know – The Hobbit, maybe? Everyone needs hobbits in their lives.

What do you plan to read next?

At the start of December, I plan on reading A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. As with Pride and Prejudice, I’ve seen a theatre adaptation, but I’ve never read it, and this year I’m absolutely in the mood to delve into a real Christmas classic!


And that’s it for this tag… I feel like you get to know the blogger a bit better with tags like this, so I really enjoyed doing it!

I nominate Emily over at acupofwittea to do this tag next, because she’s great and you should definitely check out her blog.

Until next time, have a great day!





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