Friday, August 19, 2016

A bookish tag.

I saw this tag online recently and liked the questions, so I decided to answer them here. I would love to hear your answers in the comments!

1. What book is currently on your nightstand? My desk is next to my bed, and I keep a stack of books there that I'm planning on reading soon(ish). As you can see from the photo, it's currently Northanger Abbey, A Man Called Ove, Blue Like Jazz, The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches, and Evenings with Cary Grant.

2. What was the last truly great book that you read? Nooks & Crannies by Jessica Lawson, though not perfect, was pretty great for what it was: a fun British-inspired middle grade mystery. In terms of pure enjoyment, I loved A Fine Romance: Falling in Love With the English Countryside.

3. If you could meet any writer, dead or alive, who would it be? And what would you want to know? Jane Austen, of course. She's such a beloved author, but so little is known about her. I'd want to see what her personality was like and find out about her love life (was the film Becoming Jane accurate in any way, or was it all speculation?). And I want to know what was in those letters that her sister Cassandra burned after her death. So basically, I'd be nosy.

4. What books might someone be surprised to find on your shelves? I'm really not sure. I feel like my shelves, random as they are, are a good representation of who I am and what I like to read. :) Maybe the amount of children's books would be surprising? I do love children's literature.

5. How do you organize your personal library? All of my fiction is together, organized alphabetically by the author's last name. If I have more than one book by an author, I usually have them in the order that they were published (series, obviously, but also stand alones). I'm a little less obsessive about my nonfiction. It's roughly grouped by topic: all of the classic film star biographies/memoirs are together, the travel books are together, the books about authors, etc.

6. What book have you always meant to read and haven’t gotten around to yet? Anything you feel embarrassed never to have read? There are lots of classics that I mean to read but haven't gotten to yet. I also want to read the Percy Jackson series. There's nothing that I feel embarrassed never to have read. Either I want to read it and plan on getting to it eventually, or I have no interest in it, and I don't feel embarrassed about that, ha.

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 hated Wuthering Heights, even though it's supposed to be a wonderful classic. I expected to at least like it, because Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books ever. (And because of Wuthering Heights, I'm now a little nervous about reading The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.) Much more recently, I was sort of disappointed with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I rarely put down books without finishing, so I'm not sure about that one.

8. What kinds of stories are you drawn to? Any you stay clear of? I'm drawn to British books. :) Anything cozy or interesting set in the English countryside. I don't need a ton of action and excitement in a favorites seem to be slightly quirky stories about people's everyday lives. I don't usually read much sci-fi or fantasy where there are too many details to keep straight.

9. If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be? Either Mere Christianity or the Chronicles of Narnia series, both by C.S. Lewis. Just because I think that everyone should read those books.

10. What do you plan to read next? Probably A Man Called Ove. That was a spontaneous purchase, and I'm really excited about reading it. :)


  1. Fun! I've seen this all over Booktube, and it's always interesting. I loved reading your answers! I'll give it go...

    1. My desk is my nightstand too. :) I almost always have a big pile of books sitting there that I *might* be interested in reading soon. I'm very much a mood-reader, so I like to have a nice selection to choose from (although half the time I just pull from my bookshelves instead of that hand-selected pile anyway ;). Right now I have Macbeth, Everyone Brave is Forgiven, Little Britches, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Ross Poldark, The Color of Magic, Okay for Now, A Red Herring Without Mustard, Anne of Windy Poplars, and The Bird in the Tree.

    2. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown – it turned out to be an unexpectedly interesting page-turner! I used to read quite a bit of historical non-fiction, but I hadn't read any in a long time. Currently (and irrationally), the idea of non-fiction seems more daunting than fiction, but this one was very fun and well written. Also, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton really surprised me by how great it was. I had no idea that Hinton wrote it as a teenager until I had finished the book and was looking up what other books she had written – I never would have guessed that it was written by such a young, first-time author. I was highly impressed!

    3. This is a tough one! L.M. Montgomery, Ralph Moody, Laura Ingalls Wilder, C.S. Lewis – whoever would agree to talk to me. Oh, and I'd listen to whatever they had to say. ;)

    4. My reading is pretty diverse between genres, and my shelves are the same. My picture book collection would probably get the most raised-eyebrows. For someone with no kids, I certainly have an unusual amount. Also, the number of books that I own in multiple editions is seen as excessive by some people. ;) I own 3 complete sets of the Anne of Green Gables series, 3 copies of The Hobbit, and 4 copies of Pride and Prejudice, to name a few – it is a little insane. :/

    5. My books are separated by genre (picture books, middle-grade, childrens/YA historical fiction, fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, classics, non-genre fiction, historical fiction, and non-fiction), and loosely organized with each authors' work grouped together when possible. It doesn't always make sense to the outside observer, but I typically know where everything is.

    6. It irks me to not have read all the books on the “top 100 books everyone should read” lists. I know that it's ridiculous (because each list is different, and there is no definitive top list), but I just want to know *why* each book was chosen and be able to judge them for myself. It's the same with classic books – if “everyone” has read it, I want to read it too so that I know what all the fuss is about. ;)

    7. Atonement (so underwhelming and frustrating) and The Knife of Never Letting Go (stupid characters/ unbelievable actions and events/definitely NOT the “great YA sci-fi” novel that I had been hyped for). Also, don't let Wuthering Heights put you off of The Tennant of Wildfell Hall. The Tennant of Wildfell Hall is very different, and much, much better!

    8. I have favorite stories from every genre except for horror (I just don't understand the love for that genre...), so I have a hard time with this question. I honestly don't know!

    9. Probably the Constitution of the United States – every President needs to be more familiar with that document. ;)

    10. I'm hoping that it will be Macbeth. I really enjoy Shakespeare when I finally pick up one of his plays, and I've wanted to read this one since high school.

    1. Thanks for answering them! I loved reading your answers, too. :) Now I feel much better about the 2 plastic totes under my bed full of picture books, ha! Any future kids will already have a complete library. :) I'm glad to hear that The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is much better than Wuthering Heights. Because I have a pretty edition picked out to ask for as a Christmas gift. :) And I probably shouldn't admit this (it would have been a good answer for #6 if I'd thought about it), but I've never read any Shakespeare. I've tried before but just couldn't get into it. (Three classically British things that I can't get into: Shakespeare, hot tea, and the Beatles.)

  2. A Man Called Ove - I hadn't heard of that before, but it sounds like a good one.

    I didn't like Wuthering Heights, either, but it's been so long ago now, I want to give it a (third or fourth) try. The plot was very confusing at the time; too many people with the same names, haha. Jane Eyre, I'm torn about re-reading...I loved it so much, but that was also a long time ago, and I wouldn't like to read it now and possibly have a different opinion... ;) However, can't put it off I guess.

    Enjoyed reading your answers! I might try this tag myself. :)

    1. I'm reading A Man Called Ove now, and it is good so far!

      Yes, way too many people with the same names. And everyone was so awful and unlikable! I think Jane Eyre will probably hold up to your first impressions! I read it for the first time at 18 and considered it one of my favorite books. I didn't reread it until about 2-3 years ago, and was so happy to find that I loved it even more. :)

  3. Fun tag, Kristin. :)

    I tend to organize my shelf by genre though ideally if I had the space I might organize by author (last name). But then I wonder if my bookish "OCD" would protest the different book sizes... hmmm... such a dilemma. ;) Either way I have made a decision to get another shelf and plan on (hopefully) picking it up tomorrow and who knows, maybe even the reorganization (with a new shelf) will start tomorrow. Fun times!

    1. There's not much more exciting than getting a new bookshelf! Good luck with your reorganization. :) I don't really worry about different book sizes. I don't have space for any more shelves in my room, so my goal is to fit as many books as possible on the shelves I do's organized but not necessarily "pretty." :) I have to get creative, ha!


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