New York Times Book Tag

This has been doing the rounds lately and it yielded some interesting discoveries from other people so maybe this will be interesting too haha

What book is on your night stand now?

At the moment Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto which I’m reading for April’s Bitches Book Club book and Zero Waste Home by Béa Johnson are the only ones I’m dipping into with any regularity (the latter especially before bed)… But all my current reads are as follows:

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But some of those I have been ‘reading’ since forever and, while I intend to finish them, they can’t really be considered nightstand regulars…

What was the last truly great book that you read?

That’s really hard. I don’t think anything has really blown me away in 2016 yet, but Grief Is the Thing with Feathers comes back to me every so often. I really liked it when I read it and gave it 4 stars, but when I kept thinking about bits of it, it slowly crept it’s way to a 5 star rating. The prose poetry will not be for everyone, though. (“It’s not for everyone though” seems to be a common disclaimer I give for most of my favourite books haha)

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

The first thing I think with these kinds of questions is “no one” lol. I think it’s because I feel like the work is what it is and speaks for itself and very rarely does supplementary information help…though not always. Sometimes it adds more context and provides understanding necessary to appreciate it. Also, there aren’t many authors who haven’t already been asked just about every question I might have in an interview that I could easily track down…

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

This is hard because I’m not really sure how people see me in the first place to be able to surprise them? I guess, considering I’m an atheist, you might be surprised to find The Holy Quran which was given to me for free by a man in town and I only just remembered I still have it when I looked over at my shelves while considering this question.

How do you organise your personal library?

I don’t really. I tried roughly(!) organising my books into: books I’ve read on the middle shelf; reference books on the bottom; and books I have yet to read on the top shelf. It’s pretty jumbled, though. I’ve separated out most my trade paperback comics, all of my picture books and many of my graphic novels to my ‘art shelves’ (where art prints and art textbooks and reference books abound).

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

Well I can’t think of any books I’m embarrassed not to have read yet… But there are loads I’ve been meaning to get around to. I guess the ones at the top of my list at the moment are: Psmith, Journalist (Psmith, #3) by PG Wodehouse, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, and The Odyssey by Homer.
Oh! Actually, I’d also like to read more literature from The Caribbean. The problem I find is that, The Caribbean is small enough that it doesn’t quite offer (yet) a wide enough range of literature to accommodate for all reading tastes and I haven’t found a lot that really speaks to me despite being Caribbean… I haven’t given up hope though!

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 think there are many that I’ve already named many times (The Great Gatsby, Rat Queens, Sex Criminals, Red Sonja…). But I’ll just go with Things Fall Apart. I understand all the underlying meanings in this story, but I just wasn’t that fussed. It was OK. But not as great as I was hoping.
The last book I put down without finishing though?? That happens so often it’s sometimes hard to keep track, but the last one I officially recorded on Goodreads was The Bone People by Keri Hulme.

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

This will all necessarily be very broad and I think the kinds of stories I’m drawn to could be deduced from our genre chat, but I gravitate towards dystopia, new perspectives and stories dispensing social commentary…I have been reading or planning to read a lot of asian authors of late.
I tend to stay clear of romance and I don’t read much YA, but I am not really opposed to either one.

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

I get the impression Obama is probably a fairly well-read man, but I would like him to watch Cowspiracy I guess?? I duno.

I would have the presidential candidates read Harry’s Last Stand by Harry Leslie Smith

What do you plan to read next?

Aside from whatever Claire has planned for the next book club read, The Vegetarian by Han Kang and some others I’ve also mentioned before…haha

Now I tag YOU! And I’d really like to see your answers. Post in the comments!

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3 Responses to New York Times Book Tag

  1. Pingback: The ‘Spring has Sprung’ Book Tag | the orang-utan librarian

  2. Grace says:

    I’m like you with my Goodreads shelf–I’m usually “currently reading” about five books at any given time, because I’m prone to mood-reading.

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