NY Times By the Book tag

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I've seen a fair few booktube videos of this tag, and I thought I'd have a go here on the blog. The tag was originally made by Marie Berg. She adapted it from the questions in By the Book published by The New York Times.

What book is on your nightstand now?

I don't actually have a nightstand but my TBR bookshelf is next to my bed and is very full. The book that I am currently reading, and therefore is next to my bed, is the Kindling II anthology.

What was the last truly great book that you read?

I would probably have to say the last truly great book I read would be the Colours of Madeline series (actually three books). I know I keep going on about it but it was just so unique and striking and I love it.

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

I find it hard to go past J.K. Rowling, but I am doubtful I would manage to be coherent. I would want to know everything but would possibly not manage to ask anything.

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

I really don't know. I obviously have a lot of children's and YA books, but I also have a variety of other genres as well as nonfiction. I don't think any of it is particularly surprising.

How do you organise your personal library?

I have three bookshelves as well as some wall shelving. The TBR bookcase is in the bedroom and has all the books that still need to be read.
In the office I have all my YA and Children's fiction on one bookcase, which is organised at the moment mostly by size because there is not enough room. I try to keep series together, and I have one shelf that is a rainbow as well as a section for my comics and graphic novels. The bottom shelf has general fiction.
The office shelves have my uni related non-fiction and textbooks as well as literary fiction.
Finally in the living room I have cookbooks, non-fiction, plays, poetry, classics, signed books, special editions, manga, my Georgette Heyer collection, my Harry Potter collection and small books.

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

I have so many books in my TBR. One that I've had forever, and have been meaning to read is Little Dorrit - I bought it after watching the amazing BBC miniseries and somehow never read it.

Disappointing, overrated, 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?

I think the last book I didn't finish was Prodigy by Marie Lu. It was very disappointing because I really liked Legend, and the internet was full of praise for the series but I just couldn't get into it.

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

I honestly read all kinds of things but automatic draws include Australian young adult, complex female friendships, and well-written regency romance.
I tend to stay clear of books by middle aged white guys - the kind of literary fiction that Franzen embodies.

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

I'm going to take this to mean the Prime Minister for me. If I could require Malcolm Turnball to read anything .... maybe something like First Dog on the Moon's A Treasury of Cartoons just because I find him to be very poignant about important issues I would want Turnball to change on.

I really need to read The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski and A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.