TAG | NY Times By the Book Tag

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I was tagged by the wonderful Katherine @ Fabled Haven! If you’re not already following her, you should definitely check her out! I loved watching these videos when the tag was going around BookTube, so I’m very excited to be doing it.


What book is on your nightstand right now?

In my case, my “nightstand” is my desk/desk chair. So discounting the books that I keep on my desk anyway, I have the books that I’m currently reading—which I actually did a blog post on. For the most part those books are the same, though I did end up DNF’ing The Sea, the Sea because I really wasn’t feeling it. The book that I’m actively reading at the moment is The Girl Who Couldn’t Read by John Harding.

I also have a stack of potential books for my dissertation, some read, some unread, which consists of these books:

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If you can guess what my dissertation’s going to be about, I’d be very impressed haha.

 

What was the last truly great book you read?

18813642I’m going with Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay, because to me a “great” book is one that  makes you think, or sticks with you, and that was the case for me here. Bad Feminist is a collection of essays covering all sorts of topics, but notably feminism and race. I particularly liked Roxane Gay’s analysis of media, such as books and television shows. It’s one that I’d recommend whether you’re new to feminism or not, because I guarantee you’ll learn something new.

For “great” in terms of enjoyment, then definitely the Captive Prince series by C.S. Pacat (you can read my full review here) and I really liked The Winner’s Kiss, which is the conclusion to the Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski.

 

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

I actually struggle with questions like this because I don’t think there’s anyone I’d like to meet? Or rather, I know I’d feel awkward or nervous and would probably bumble my way through the whole thing. But if I had to choose, I’d probably go with Stephen King, just because he’s the first author whose work I really loved.

 

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

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I’m quite an eclectic reader, but possibly Fifty Shades of Grey? I had no intention of reading it, but it was assigned reading, so that’s the only reason why I own it. Also, I don’t think I’ve established my love of “trashy” vampire fiction, but I have the entire Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris, better known as the TV show True Blood. I actually did my undergraduate dissertation on vampires, and one of the books I wrote on was Dead to the World from this series, so I feel very fond towards it.

 

 

How do you organise your personal library?

Given my lack of bookshelves, I organise it poorly. Or as best as I can. I started to organise the stacks on top of my wardrobe by read hardbacks, unread hardbacks, read paperbacks, and unread paperbacks, but that’s kind of fallen apart as I’ve bought more books. The ones under my desk are mostly read paperbacks and/or uni books. The books on my desk are pretty hardbacks, and I keep most of my favourites on a shelf in my wardrobe, alongside books that I want to read soon. The rest of my books are under my bed.

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It’s a mess, guys. A total mess.

 

What book have you always meant to read and haven’t gotten around to yet?

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Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. I’m sure I’ve talked about it before, but I love the musical and I did get part of the way through the book, but ended up having to put it aside. That was a few years ago, and I still haven’t gotten around to reading it again. On the plus side, at least I know there’s still some Les Mis for me to discover?

 

 

 

Disappointing, overrated, just not good: what book did you feel you were supposed to like but didn’t?

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Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas.

(…please don’t hate me)

I just found the writing/characterisation to be inconsistent between Heir of Fire and this book. To me it felt almost as if she was trying to merge elements of A Court of Thorns and Roses with this series (i.e. the heavy focus on romance) and it didn’t work for me.

 

 

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

I’ll read pretty much anything, but I guess I typically go for fantasy/YA fantasy. I get on pretty well with YA books in general. I also really enjoy horror books, and dystopian or post-apocalyptic fiction. I guess I don’t actively pursue crime fiction, or historical fiction, though I’ve enjoyed both in the past, so it’s not like I’d never read either.

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

Ah, I don’t imagine I’d give him anything to attempt to change his views. So probably something boring, or difficult to read and boring, the kind of book that people feel they should like and don’t, but are usually too embarrassed to admit otherwise. I’d get some petty enjoyment out of that, I suppose.

What do you plan to read next?

My intention is to get through as many of my possible dissertation books as I can before the 9th of June (when I have to send my supervisor a plan). So basically, it’s all of the books pictured at the start, but I think the next one I’ll be picking up is We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson.


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I feel like everyone’s done this/has already been tagged to do this? So I’m tagging anyone who wants to do it 🙂 (I’m cheating, I know)

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16 thoughts on “TAG | NY Times By the Book Tag

    1. It is! I’m doing it on children/teenagers in Gothic/horror literature 🙂

      I know!!! It’s so bad!! One of the things I’m most looking forward to about eventually moving out is FINALLY having a bookcase haha!

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  1. I completely feel you with Les Mis – I actually think I’m going to begin reading it today 😅 (I was 150 pages in and then stopped for unknown reasons?). I own Bad Feminist! Talk about a book I really need to finally read. If you like books about feminism and race, I have a few recommendations: Dragon Ladies: Asian American Feminists Breathe Fire by Sonia Shah, Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment by Patricia Hill Collins, and Colonize This!: Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism by Daisy Hernandez. These are all really powerful books discussing WoC and feminism, and I think you’ll enjoy them!

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    1. I really want to pick it up soon, I have no idea why I stopped reading it when I’d gotten so far in!

      Thank you so much for those recommendations! I’ll definitely be adding them to my wishlist 😀 I really enjoy reading about feminism, but I know it can be so easy to just end up reading from my own perspective (i.e. white women) so I really want to make sure I’m reading as widely as I can!

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  2. I love Anne Rice’s writing ☺️ haha you are looking at children/teenagers in gothic/horror literature and I’m thinking about doing mine on the sexuality in Children’s literature- different ends of the spectrum 😂 I love the gothic genre and love this tag 💕

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    1. I started reading Interview a while ago but I put it down for some reason, so I’m excited to get back into it!
      Haha, they are! Your topic sounds so interesting!
      You should totally do the tag if you haven’t already, I’d love to see your answers 🙂

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  3. I was never able to get to Le Mis either 🙂 it really is one I’d like to finish though. Completely agree with your answer for a book to give the PM. It would have to be a book that makes him feel uncomfortable. Maybe even a book that made him feel something, anything. Maybe I’m asking for too much haha.

    My ‘library’ is organised poorly too! There’s the TBR pile, the read paperbacks and the read hardbacks. If I had a bookshelf, I’d organise it better, but for now it’ll do. 🙂

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    1. I feel like we’d be asking for a miracle if we asked for a book to make him feel something haha

      I’m glad I’m not alone in being totally unable to organise my books. I long for the day when I actually have a bookshelf where they can just sit and be neat and tidy and in alphabetical order at the very least!

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      1. Haha. See, I want a really big bookshelf, because I know I’ll keep buying books and there just won’t be enough space for it. I’m thinking ahead 🙂

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  4. Okay so I LOVE that you’re a fan of horror and I love even more that your dissertation is on horror and you’ve done past ones on vampires. Like that is honestly the coolest thing ever.

    I went through a stage where I was obsessed with the Les Mis movie so I decided I wanted to read the book and that”s as far as I’ve got once I saw the number of pages 😅

    I also want to read We Have Always Lived in the Castle!

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    1. Thanks!! I love it so much, and it’s actually really fun to write about it! I know people look down on it for it not being “literary” enough, but I think it’s great, it’s so interesting 😀

      I know! That’s the one thing that’s putting me off picking it up again.

      I really liked The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson but everyone tells me that We Have Always Lived in the Castle is even better, so I’m really excited to read it!

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      1. Same here!! I just think it’s so interesting and I love things that explore the darker side of humanity even if it is not some kind of literary masterpiece.

        I hope you enjoy it!! I’m really trying to read as many of the horror/gothic-y classics as I can!

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