ny times ‘by the book’ tag

Hullo hullo. I’ve decided to try a different blog post today, my very first tag!

This tag is called the NY Times ‘By the Book’ tag, and it was created by booktuber Marie Berg. (I tried to search for her video but it doesn’t seem to exist anymore?) I first found out about this tag through lostinpages, so here’s the link to her post.

Without further ado, let’s do this!

1. What book is on your nightstand now?

I mostly read ebooks but I have been trying to get back into physical novels. So the book on my nightstand now is A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.

2. What was the last truly great book that you read?

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim is amazing. It’s the best Mulan retelling that I have read. The characters and the world-building are culturally accurate and very detailed and vivid. Definitely one of, if not the best, read of 2019 for me.

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

There are many writers I want to meet but some of them might not want to meet me (and also not all authors are nice eek). Natalia is someone I’ve followed for a few years. She is really amazing with readers, she’s down-to-earth and someone I feel like I could have great conversations with!

I would definitely want to know what Poet’s real name is, it’s killing me. FYI, Poet is the main male character from her novel Trick. It’s the best fantasy new adult romance novel that I’ve read. The writing is whimsical and so different from anything else I’ve ever read. I’m always telling people to read the book (or any book of Natalia’s TBH), it’s so so worth it!

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

Maybe because it’s not super age appropriate for me now but I have the first 70 or so books of the Rainbow Magic series! This was my childhood and I have such fond memories of it!

5. How do you organize your personal library?

I have 4 shelves. I keep one shelf for contemporary novels and the others for fantasies. Books I love are kept in the front and those I am merely okay with are in the back!

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

Oh wow there are so many books I’ve meant to read but never got to. One of them is The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. I tried, like really really tried, but never got into it. I don’t feel embarrassed per say but sometimes left out because book twitter definitely loves the book and it’s main pairing.

7. 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’ve had such a long and difficult history with Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi I read it when it was first released in 2012 (yes, I was an OG) and I didn’t like it. I reread it again this year and I only gave it 2 stars out of 5. Lots of people love it but I was never truly sold on the story. I have to acknowledge though that the 3rd book Ignite Me is amazing. So it’s specifically this book of the series that I feel that I’m supposed to like but don’t.

The last book that I put down without finishing is A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro. I’ve never been into the mystery genre much so I kinda expected it but I also didn’t like the main characters much. I felt very distant from them and I wasn’t hooked as quickly as I wanted to. I tried reading this in May 2019 and stopped really quickly.

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

I love contemporary romance novels and fantasy stories. With paranormal fantasy, I am drawn mainly to faeries, vampires, witches/warlocks while staying clear of werewolves and zombies (really strongly dislike zombies IDK why).

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

I don’t think the books I read are ones that I would recommend the president. FYI, I’m not American so my president isn’t you-know-who.

10. What do you plan to read next?

I’m currently in the middle of Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover. As per my last review on Ugly Love, I am in a mood for NA contemporary romance novels so I expect that I’ll be binging Colleen’s books for a while. I do intend to read the books on my May/June TBR as well, including A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Scwab, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and Illuminate by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff but we’ll see!

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