I’m not a New York Times reader, but I’ve been wanting to go to New York City for as long as I can remember so that’s a good enough excuse to do this tag. Thank you to Beth @Reading Every Night for tagging me. I hope you enjoy reading my answers as much as I did yours.
What book is on your nightstand now?
I have a nightstand, but I rarely use it since I rarely read in bed. I’m usually too tired to read after a day of work. No, I do all my reading on the train, which means I’ve always got a book in my purse.
However, if I did use my nighstand, the books on from my September TBR would probably be on there + the book I’m currently reading, which is It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini.
What was the last truly great book you’ve read?
They Both Die at The End by Adam Silvera.
Even though I prefer History Is All You Left Me and More Happy Than Not, TBDATE is still a powerful, emotional book that I recommended to anyone. Adam Silvera has one of the most beautiful writing styles of all YA authors (IMO) and he writes about important themes all while giving you realistic characters and gripping plots (aka, something to cry over).
If you could meet any writer – dead or alive – who would it be? And what would you want to know?
GAAAH! It’s impossible to choose just one, so I’m going to choose a couple.
- J.K Rowling because, well, it’s J.K. Rowling! Who woudn’t want to talk to the woman who gave us Harry Potter? Seriously, though, she kickstarted my love for reading way back when.
- John Green because he got me into YA books, which I’m forever grateful for. After HP, I read mostly classics but I made the switch to YA after reading Looking for Alaska, which is my favourite out of all his books.
- And lastly Adam Silvera because of the reasons stated above. He’s my current favourite author and I’d love to talk to him about his writing process. I’d love to know how he writes about such personal topics and how he balances that with taking care of his mental health (for those of you who don’t know, Adam Silvera struggles with anxiety/OCD and depression).
What books might we be surprised to find on your shelf?
I don’t talk about it much on my blog, but I’ve read a lot of classics. I loved reading them when I was younger and I was required to read them when I studied English in University. So, yeah, I’ve got a lot of them on my shelf.
Something else that might surprise you are the books in my native language. I don’t have a lot of them anymore (because I genuinely don’t like reading in my native language) but some of them are there for sentimental reasons (books that are tied to my childhood and I don’t want to get rid of). Here’s one of them…
I bet you know this one, right? 😉
How do you organize your personal library?
I have a very strange system. First, you need to know that I don’t have big shelves. I’ve got several and two bookcases hanging on the wall. The shelves are reserved for classics, in chronological order. The bookcases are reserved for YA books, also in chronological order.
What book have you always meant to read and haven’t gotten around to yet?
Oh man, there are too many! There are a bunch of classics I still want to read but also a lot of YA books I haven’t had a chance to read yet. I’ve actually made a bucket list for the classics / non-fiction / poets I need to get to so you can check out that post.
As for YA, I would say these three
Disappointing, overrated, just not good: what book did you feel you are supposed to like but didn’t?
I wouldn’t say I didn’t like it but…
Very unpopular opinion, I know. Look, I liked the relationships (Cath-Levi; Cath-Reagan) but I couldn’t really connect to Cath and, overall, I expected a lot more from this book.
What kind of stories are you drawn to? Any you stay clear of?
I’m mostly drawn to YA contemporary books (shocker!). Within the genre, I really like emotional books (I’m a sad book person) which explore important themes such as sexuality, mental illness, grief, etc. Having said that, I do like the fluffy stuff too!
If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?
Something on how to be presidential perhaps? Or how to be a decent human being? Or maybe climate change?
If we’re taking YA books, I’d probably give him The Hunger Games so he knows what NOT to do since God knows he’s not listening to people who tell him what he should do.
What do you plan to read next?
I’m not sure yet, but I think Looking for Alaska by John Green and All the Ways the World Can End by Abby Sher. I usually don’t read two books at the same time, but I’ve set myself a September TBR and I’m also trying to participate in the Turtles All the Way Down countdown so yeah…
Eva @Brilliantly Bookish
Ilsa @A Whisper of Ink
Laura @The Book Corps
…and anyone else who wants to! Just send me a link in the comments so I can read all of your lovely answers.