NY Times By the Book Tag

Hello, Internet Peoples!

Something a little bit different for you today…

I saw this tag over on this lovely lady’s blog – a seriously cool blog that you should most definitely check out! If you don’t know, I study English Lit at uni, and so this tag really appealed to me. If you like books, you should have a wee read, and then maybe, if you’re feelin’ feisty, give it a go yourself!


What book is on your nightstand right now?

At the moment, I am 33 pages deep into Tina Fey’s Bossypants, and I’ve already laughed so hard tea almost flew out of my nose at LEAST three times. She is one of my favourite celebrities, and one of very few female comedians who can make me laugh. I’d already recommend reading this if you’re also a little bit in love with Tina/in need of a good laugh!


What was the last truly great book you read?

So far this year, I’ve only read 11 books (I’m trying to make it to 40- eeek!) but out of those, I’d say my favourite has been Amy Poehler’s YesPlease. I didn’t expect to enjoy it very much, as I’ve never really been her biggest fan, but I was pleasantly surprised. Not only is it absolutely hilarious, it’s also warm, insightful, uplifting and heart-warming. She is funny, yes, but she also shares more delicate moments, which really resonate with the reader- the first break ups, the hormones, that not knowing what you want to do with your life. It’s all in there, and I loved it!


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

This is a tough one. Gaaaaaah, where do I start?!

I’d quite like to meet John Green, as he wrote my favourite book, Looking for Alaska. That book helped me get through a difficult break up, and gave me the get up and go that I needed to persevere (whilst also making me cry like a little girl who’d just dropped her ice cream). I’d love the chance to thank him for that, and for TFIOS, which I read at another incredibly difficult time in my life. HE’S ALWAYS BEEN THERE, SUPPLYIN’ THE FEELS.

I’d also love to meet James Joyce, who is an all around BABE, but I fear he’d outwit me and be all sassy. Still, I’d show him pics of the time I dressed up as him for English class.


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

I am a very eclectic reader- I never stick to the same genre. But one thing I don’t really read is dark modernist lit, so perhaps you’d be shocked to see McCarthy’s The Road sitting on my shelf? I had to read it for class, but I loved it SO much, I decided to write about it for my exam that year. It’s dark, but moving, and worth the effort!


How do you organize your personal library?

I have too many books to be organised. Literally. I currently operate on a big-books-at-the-bottom kind of system, text books one shelf up, and then series’ on a shelf of their own (i.e. Harry Potter, Angus Thongs and A Series of Unfortunate Events).

In all honesty, however, it’s an absolute hash. I wait for the day when I can have a mini library in my own home!

I have a small obsession with collecting pretty copies of Pride and Prejudice, so I have 7 or 8 of those scattered about, and about 4 Bibles, too!


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

The last Harry Potter book. I’M A MONSTER I KNOW.


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

One Day. Read it for class, couldn’t stand it, and so I found myself ostracised from the other girls in my group for not swooning over every bloomin’ chapter. Maybe it’s because I identified with Emma a lot, and I didn’t like that? Who knows. All I know is, I read it, hated it, dislike the film even more.


What stories are you drawn to? Any you steer clear of?    

Honestly, I’m a huge YA fiction lover. I love John Green, so anything similar to his work always pleases me. I love unconventional love stories; awkward teenagers reminding me of how terribly awkward I was, but I don’t like these sappy boy-meets-girl-tragedy-strikes-quelle-tristesse! kind of things. I don’t read anything horror/thriller, just because I find it hard enough to sleep at night, I do NOT need any more ammunition to stay awake!


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

Well, seeing as he’s resigning, who even knows? This is a tricky one, because the country is in turmoil. Maybe Animal Farm?



What do you plan to read next?


I am SUPER excited to get stuck into some good books this summer! On my list so far, I have:
All The Bright Places

Everything Everything

The Harry Potter series
Some more Angus Thongs books
There are so many I want to read, I can’t even think! However, I do have a huge reading list for my modules this year, so I should probably get stuck into that instead…
Anyway, that’s it, guys! I’m not nominating anyone in particular- if you want to take part, just do it!
And then tag me in your post, cause I’m really nosy, and also, would love some more book suggestions.
What are you looking forward to reading this summer?
A Bientôt!
Amber xx

One Comment Add yours

  1. Sophie says:

    I also really loved Yes Please, and if you love YA and haven’t already I would really recommend Rainbow Rowell, haven’t met a book of hers I haven’t loved yet! x

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