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New York Times “By the Book” Tag


I’ve seen the New York Times “By the Book” tag (originally created by Booktuber Marie Berg) making the rounds on some of my favorite book blogs, and since one of my current, most desperate goals is to get back into the swing of reading, I figured I’d dive right in and give the tag a go!

What book is on your night stand now?

Eleanor by Jason Gurley. I haven’t actually started reading it yet, but I picked it up at the library, and it’s next on my list.


What was the last truly great book that you read?

The Walking Dead graphic novels.  I don’t even care if that counts as a book. In general, I haven’t read many books that have wowed me in recent years, and this is the last thing I read that I was really on fire about.


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

I’m going to be incredibly cliché and say J. K. Rowling. She’s answered endless questions about her books and her writing process, so I’d probably want to know something like… what her morning routine looks like.


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

The Princess Diaries series. 😉


How do you organize your personal library?

I actually just moved across the country and many of my books were stowed away in boxes and suitcases until recently (pro tip: suitcases are awesome for actually moving your books, but not so much for long-term storage). I finally just got a bookshelf that fits in my room, and I’ve organized my books the way I always have–however the mood strikes me. There’s no rhyme or reason, but I can find anything with a quick glance.


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

I’ve been meaning to read The Great Gatsby for about ten years now… I’m embarrassed to have never actually read a Jane Austen novel. Oops.


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?

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I enjoyed it in a nostalgic way; I’ve been a John Green fan for a long time, but TFIOS and its pretentious teenagers didn’t do much for me. I have put down many, many books without finishing. It took a long time, but I finally learned to respect myself enough to do away with things that aren’t improving my life in some way or another.


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

I’m drawn to exciting, fantastical stories with elements you don’t see in real life. I generally steer clear of romance.


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

Any/every president? The Harry Potter series, just for giggles. But really, there are themes present in those books that would benefit any human being–especially one tasked with running a country.


What do you plan to read next?

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. I’m only 2305720384234th in line to borrow it at my local public library. 🙂



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