The New York Times “By the Book” Tag

Sometimes book tags have a question that catches my eye. That’s what happened with this tag. I was drawn to the question about a book recommendation for the president. I thought it was a clever and thoughtful question. I originally found this tag on Beth’s blog. I couldn’t resist after seeing her answers!

What book is on your nightstand now?

Technically this book is in my bed and not on my nightstand, but I’m going to count it anyway. I’m currently reading Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid. I’m almost done with it and I’m really enjoying it.


What was the last truly great book you’ve read?

The last book I gave 5/5 stars to was The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. I loved this book. It was the perfect combination of challenges and character development with all of the adorable parts you want from a contemporary read. You can check out my review on it here to find out why.


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

This is an impossible question. I think I would choose Jane Austen. I would love to pick her brain and just hear a first hand account of what it was like to be a woman author at that time.


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

I don’t think I have any really surprising books on my shelves. However, I do have a couple of books about Walt Disney World and Walt Disney himself. Those may be seen as out of the norm.


How do you organize your personal library?

Hahahahaha. I’ve given up on organizing my shelves. Every couple of months I go through and try to make my shelves look nice. But typically my shelves are just a random array of where I could fit a book on it at any particular moment. I actually currently have a stack of books just sitting on my floor.


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

Okay, for years I’ve been telling myself that I’m going to read A Song of Fire and Ice by George R.R. Martin. Will it ever happen? I have no clue.


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

The book that comes to mind for this question is When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. I didn’t hate this book, but it was very overhyped for me. We actually did a whole discussion on this book. You can check it out here.


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

I’m drawn to a wide variety of books. I wouldn’t say there are any that I steer clear of. The genre I’m most enticed by is Fantasy. It doesn’t matter if it’s Middle Grades, YA, or Adult Fantasy. I can’t get enough of this genre.

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

Oh goodness. This is a difficult question. I think I would choose a book that talks about acceptance kindness. I think The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon would be a good option. It’s especially poignant with the uncertainty of the future of DACA and those that it effects.


What do you plan to read next?

I think my next read will be Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab. I’ve waited long enough. I’m ready to dive into this monstrous world once again.


What book would you recommend for the president? I’d love to hear your answer!



5 thoughts on “The New York Times “By the Book” Tag

  1. Great answers for this tag, and I’m glad you decided to take part in this one as well. 🙂
    I need to read The Upside of Unrequited, it’s on my to-read list and after everything I’ve heard about it from other people’s reviews my expectations are sky high! 🙂 Also I hope you manage to make it to the Song of Fire and Ice series one day. I’m part way through that series and it is a good one but yeah really long. You definitely need to be in the mood for a long read before starting it. 🙂
    Again great answers for this tag! 😀


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