Thursday, April 21, 2016

By the Book Tag

I saw this tag on Bethan's blog (Bethan Likes), and as I'm a sucker for all things book-related, decided to adopt it for my own blog.

Is there a book on your nightstand right now?
Currently I have two that have been there for months - Emma by Jane Austen and The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. I've been working on The Silmarillion on and off since last summer, and I assume I'll finish it in approximately a year at the rate I'm going. I picked up Emma again over Christmas break, got a third of the way through, and have since continually put it off for other books.

What was the last truly great book you read?
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I was completely blown away by the scope of it.

If you could meet any writer, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you want to know?
Jane Austen (obviously). I'd just want her to tell me everything about her life... and confirm/deny the truth about a certain Tom Lefroy.

What books might we be surprised to find on your shelves?
As often as I say I dislike YA fiction I still have a few titles on my shelves, specifically the Mortal Instruments trilogy by Cassandra Clare, The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman, and a couple John Green novels.

How do you organise your personal library?
I organised it alphabetically by author's last name a few years ago but since then have bought many more novels and lent some out to friends, so while it's still vaguely organised, it's lost most of its sense of order.

Is there a book you always meant to read but haven't gotten around to yet? Anything you feel embarrassed to have never read?
I have a book bucket list full of titles of books I've always meant to read but have never gotten around to. I'm not embarrassed to have not gotten around to them yet, but I do plan to get through a few of them over the summer.

Disappointing, overrated, just not good; name a book you feel you were supposed to have liked but didn't? Do you remember the last book you put down without finishing?
I was very disappointed by Paula Hawkins' The Girl on the Train - it didn't live up to the hype at all. I sped through Andy Weir's The Martian in several bursts as a study break, and it was phenomenal.

What kind of stories are you drawn to? Any you steer clear of?
I'm willing to read pretty much everything, however I do tend to steer clear of romance and YA fiction. I'm also one of those people that can read a book that has no plot as long as the writing is good - I'm not overly fond of books that have a plotline but are written so straightforwardly that a movie would be more worth your time (like The Hunger Games or the Bourne trilogy).

If you could choose a book that the President had to read, what would it be?
I would say something like Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, but I get the feeling that's a book he's already read.

What do you plan to read next?
I won't be reading much over the next few weeks as finals are quickly coming up, but once summer holiday hits then I plan to catch up on my Goodreads reading list, which is currently full of nonfiction and newly released fiction.

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