The NY Times Book Tag

Thank you Casey @ adoptabookaus for tagging me to do this one! It looks like so much fun with great questions so I’m excited to dive right in and get answering!

What is on your night stand right now?

I have so many books on my nightstand! Gah. I have a nasty habit of starting 204817 books all in one go and then just leaving them after about 50 pages. Does anyone else do this? I have every intention of finishing these, I’ve just got the attention span of a pillow.

Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Twilight/Life and Death by Stephanie Myer
Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter e la Pietra Filosofale by J. K. Rowling {italian}
Gallipoli by Les Carlyon
Recreated by Colleen Houck
The Diviners by Libba Bray
The Spider and the Stone by Glen Craney

I told you I have a problem.

What was the last truly great book you read?


THE DARKEST MINDS BY ALEXANDRA BRACKEN. I am very extremely obsessed with this book right now.

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

Mary Shelley. Hands down. I’d love to have dinner with her and grill her over the details of Frankenstein – ask her where she got the inspiration and how she wrote it. Ask her why she wanted to write it and was she deeply passionate about exploring the what ifs of man’s endeavours. Yes, I would be thrilled if I could have a chat to her.

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

This is a good question. Perhaps you’ll be surprised to find a couple of my random books such as, Compromising Positions (I won it, and I have not read it). Mostly, I think everything else has its reason to be there. I’m actually not sure if I’m going to read this, I think I might give it away.

How do you organise your personal library?

My bookshelf! Well. One of them.

I look at my shelves and cry. But seriously, how DO you organise your own personal library? It’s hard. I tried colour coordinating but that was terrible so now I just go with a few light coloured books then a few dark coloured books to break things up. I think I like the messy look. They’ve all got to be with the same height books, but messy. I’m a terrible person and will split series up if I have some in paperback and some in hardback (because that just looks odd).

What book have you always meant to read and haven’t gotten around to yet?

*gestures to entire bookshelf* But these three are probably my biggest guilt trippers at the moment:

Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Terrier by Tamora Pierce

Disappointing, overrated, just not good: What book did you feel you were supposed to like but didn’t?

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver and Requiem, also by Oliver. I have such a problem with Oliver’s books because they’re so darn good but UGH the endings are horribly ambiguous. Bleh. I need closure! I also really disliked Fahrenheit 451 but we’re not going to get into that.

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

*roars* ANYTHING WITH DRAGONS. So, fantasy. I love me some fantasy. Literally, a book just has to say the word “dragon” in its blurb and I’ll get it, as simple as that. But fantasy in general – retellings, high fantasy, epic fantasy, you name it. I don’t read horror – I don’t mind classic horror – but I find no pleasure in scaring the willies out of myself.

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

This question confuses me a little, I’m not sure what this would achieve, truth be told. I think something like I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai would probably be a very enlightening one, though.

What do you plan to read next?

I’m having a dilemma choosing, but I think I’m going to choose Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin which is the second book (and final?) in the series! I can’t wait to see where the story goes with that one.

My tags

Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews

Jocelyn @ 52 Letters in the Alphabet

Ashleigh @ A Frolic Through Fiction

Becky @ Books & Strips

End Note

~~ Kirstie ~~

10 thoughts on “The NY Times Book Tag

  1. I’m the exact same when it comes to starting a bunch of books at once and then stops after a few chapters 😂 Your shelves look great!! I organise mine by author name in alphabetical order because even though rainbow shelves look super aesthetically pleasing it stresses me out how unorganised they are, haha.

    And thanks for the tag! I’ve done this one already, but I appreciate the thought ♥

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    1. Thanks! Ooh I tried that once but then I had dilemmas over hardbacks next to paperback and just ARGH. Chaos I tell you. It’s funny though, I know exactly where every book is now even though there’s no order – I revel in the madness.

      Aw I should’ve checked! Oops 🙈 No worries though! 💕


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