Welcome to another installment of ‘Sammie does tags because she has a billion reviews to write and when it comes to reviews she’s slower than a snailing up a hill.’ That sounds good, right?
Despite never having read the NY Times, I absolutely love the questions in this! Cheers to the brilliant Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews for giving me a little tag. You can check out all of her answers right here.
What book is on your nightstand now?
All of these little beauties. It was my birthday last week (I’m offically old, in case you were wondering) and my boyfriend and my Mum lovingly obliged in my quest for shiny new books. Love those guys.
Only question is; what in the heck do I read next?!
What was the last truly great book you read?
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Gonna cheat here, but the last two truly great books that I read were a A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (poignant, raw, truthful) and The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson (funny, important, frank). I raced through them both on holiday, and loved every page of both.
If you could meet any writer – dead or alive – who would it be? And what would you want to know?
ALL OF THE AUTHORS. If I had to pick a top three, it’d be J.K. Rowling (duh), Patrick Ness and Roald Dahl.
What books might we be surprised to find on your shelf?
I’m a big fan of food, and cooking is probably my greatest love after reading, so I actually have quite a few cookery books tucked away on my shelves. This includes a MASSIVE (like seriously this book is heavy asf) classic French cookery book called Larousse Gastronomique.
How do you organize your personal library?
By author/series, and also kinda by genre. Like, I tend to try and keep the dystopia and fantasy books in one section, and the contemporary books in another. Unfortunately this doesn’t always work out exactly as I’d like because my shelves are smaller than they would ideally be and also I’m just a fussy little bitch.
What book have you always meant to read and haven’t gotten around to yet?
Everything? I always think I should read some more of the ‘classics’, but I can never really motivate myself to get round to it. Plus, I’m not afraid to own the fact that YA is what interests me at the moment, so that is what I read.
I have a copy of The Colour Purple which I’ve been meaning to read for AGES and still haven’t gotten round to doing. I basically need someone to come around and hit me over the head with it repeatedly until I agree to start it.
Disappointing, overrated, just not good: what book did you feel you are supposed to like but didn’t?
You guessed it, didn’t you?
The Wrath And The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. I can and do rant about this all day, which you will probably know if you read my recent review. Sorry to keep banging on about it but I JUST CAN’T STOP. Hopefully I’ll read another really bad book soon so I can stop moaning.
PS. My hand looks super weird in that photo. Dunno why I feel the need to highlight this, but I do.
What kind of stories are you drawn to? Any you stay clear of?
I’m always drawn to fantasy or dystopian novels with an element of romance. I’m just a sucker for them feels, and the threat of the end of the world usually heightens the stakes for me.
I also like contemporary novels that allow me to put myself in somebody else’s shoes, as well as psychological crime thrillers (the creepier, the better pls). I tend to steer clear of new adult books, as I kind of feel that they all have very similar story lines. Plus I’m a cover snob and the covers are usually horrible. Especially when they have dudes in cowboy hats on the front, and a lot of them seem to.
Maybe that’s just me?!
If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?
Good God. Anything that focuses on the problems of normal human beings who have to cope with things like money worries, the rising cost of higher education, zero hours contracts, gender pay inequality, poor sex education in schools, LGBT+ or racially motivated hate crimes, mental health issues, homelessness, a disability or the need for state-funded healthcare? That should give plenty of options.
What do you plan to read next?
Because of the aforementioned delicious book haul, I now have no idea what to read next. Suggestions on a postcard pls. Or just in the comments, whatever suits.
Here come the tags:
- Emma @ The Bookish Underdog
- Kayla @ Kdrewkthebookworm
- Casey @ Adopabookaus
- Amanda @ Hanging With Amanda
- Jess @ The Mud and Stars Book Blog