Books, TAG

NY Times By The Book Tag

This tag was originally created by Marie Berg on Youtube.

1. What book is on your night stand now?

I don’t have any books on my night stand because I don’t tend to read in bed. It makes me too excited and results in me not being able to sleep. Nope, my bed is made for sleeping… I am however in reading two books right now. The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende which I’m just not sure about.. I’m stuck in the middle and can’t bring myself to continue reading. The other book, I only just started and it’s The Puppet Boy of Warsaw by Eva Weaver and this story has me intrigued. As soon as I finished answering these questions, I’m going to continue reading it 😉 .

2. What was the last truly great book you read?song of achilles

The first book that comes to mind is The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. I still think
about it every now and again. That book had everything for me. A great story combined with some of the most amazing writing I’ve ever read.

 

 

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

Not sure. There isn’t anyone that comes to mind immediately. I don’t have a favorite author. I’d like to talk to different people about writing and how they went about writing the books they wrote. What they found difficult. If, years after having published this book, they are still happy with the finished version..

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

Not really a surprise if you know me but if you’re new to this blog, you might be surprised to find Dutch fiction on my shelves. I’m Belgian and although I tend to gravitate towards English fiction, I do enjoy reading Dutch or Belgian authors every now and again..

5. How do you organize your personal library.

I split them by height because the bookshelf we built has bigger and smaller shelves to organize the books that way. Then they are split into read, to be read and classics.
The read books and classics are organized alphabetically by author.
The to be read books are organized by color (it’s not that impressive right now because I got rid of some of my tbr pile..).

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

I’ve been meaning to read The narrow road to the deep North by Richard Flanagan for quite a while now but I haven’t gotten around to it… One day soon!

I’m not embarrassed about the books I haven’t read yet. There are so many great books out there and everyone enjoys different ones. I’m happy with what I’ve read so far and I’m looking forward to everything I am yet to read.

 

7. Disappointing, overrated, just not good: what book did you feel you are supposed to like but didn’t? Do you remember the last book you put down without finishing?

16a9fa60b8d710c9e81e3f044a1660e2I did NOT like Paper Towns by John Green. Everyone had been talking about it and loving it especially around the time the movie was coming out and I just didn’t like it at all…

The last book I put down without finishing was Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi which I was going to read for the Book Club I recently joined. I wrote a little update on both the book club and the book. I think that was the last post I put up (depends on how I will schedule this Tag..). Reading Lolita just wasn’t what I expected. Unfortunately…

 

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

I like historical fiction because I find it really interesting and I like to learn but I enjoy a wide variety of genres from fantasy to YA..

I don’t read horror because I suffer from an overactive imagination so they keep me up at night or give me nightmares..

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

From what I’ve heard, President Obama is a well-read man so I’m not sure what I would recommend for him to read. Maybe something not set in the US so that it would remind him of the struggles everyone around the world deals with and the importance of international relations? Not sure what book that would be though 😉

10. What do you plan to read next?

I still have Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay, Days of Grace by Catherine Hall and Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand on my tbr pile for April.
And the next book I’m supposed to read for the Book Club is Jij zegt het by Connie Palmen.

So much to read, so little time…

That’s it! These were my answers to the NY Times by the book Tag.
If you want take on this Tag, feel free to answer them. (Leave me a link to your Tag, I’d like to know your thoughts!)

See you soon!

Love

Ellen

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