Happy Friday! I hope you’ve all had a great week and are ready for a lovely weekend ahead. Today I bring to you the NY Times By the Book Tag, which is based on the “By the Book” column of The New York Times. I love reading these articles and getting a sneak peek of people’s reading lives, so I was ecstatic when I was tagged to answer these questions myself! Thanks so much to Silanur @ Aloof Books for tagging me!
I’ve been reading Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell for nearly a month now (it’s over 1000 pages long!) so it’s been a constant companion on my nightstand for a while. I’m about two-thirds of the way through and absolutely loving it!
Hmmm… I guess it depends on your definition of “truly great,” but I would say Animal Farm by George Orwell. I read the Spanish translation of it, and it was brilliant. Don’t worry– a full review is on its way!
This question is SO. DIFFICULT. There are so many authors that I would love to meet and have a conversation with, meaning that choosing one feels nearly impossible. I think I’ll have to go with J.R.R Tolkien, though, because his books have definitely shaped me as a reader. Besides, I’ve always wanted to know what his inspiration was for creating Middle-earth in the first place.
One of the most unusual books on my shelf is Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky. It’s basically what is sounds like it would be: a history of the world in regard to salt’s influence on civilizations, the environment, the economy, etc. It was one of the books we could choose to read for our AP World History summer assignment, and I just couldn’t resist seeing what all the salty hullabaloo was about. It might sound a bit strange, but I would definitely recommend checking it out!
How do you organize your personal library?
By genre. I’ve never been one to alphabetize my books, and organizing them by genre just makes the most sense to me.
SO MANY BOOKS. High on my list right now are One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, and Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. But seriously, there are probably hundreds. So many exciting books, so little time!
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. I didn’t hate this book, but I certainly didn’t love it like everyone else seems to. The humor just fell flat for me, and I didn’t think that the story had much substance or plot. It was more disappointing than anything else.
What kind of stories are you drawn to?
Ones rich in history, character development, plot twists, and beautifully brilliant writing.
What an interesting question! I always love seeing how people answer this one because there are so many angles you can come from. Do you want to educate the president? Make him/her laugh? Cry? Have an epiphany? Personally, I would love to see any president read Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. Perhaps Hamilton’s incredible accomplishments would inspire the president to strive to achieve actual positive change.
What do you plan to read next?
Soon I’ll be posting an exciting TBR for the upcoming Booktubeathon, but for now I’m just going to focus on trying to finish Gone with the Wind.
I’m not sure who has done this tag already, but if you haven’t then feel free to do so!
- Jill @ Book Nerd Reads
- Stephanie @ Between Folded Pages
- Aila @ One Way Or An Author (What a clever blog name!!)
- Eliza @ Bookaholic
- Grace @ kimmie.gg
Thanks again to Silanur for tagging me! 🙂
What are your answers to these questions? What do you think of mine? What are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments section below!