By the Book #1

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Stolen from the New York Times. Of all the people I'd ever thought I'd steal a book tag from, NYTimes was the least. 

"By the Book" is a weekly NYTimes column where authors answer questions about reading and the literary life. I thought it looked pretty interesting, so here I am to give it a go!

What book is on your nightstand right now?

None at this very second, but the last book there was Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green.

What was the last truly great book you read?

Hey y'all sorry but I will never love anyone or anything as much as I love these books.

What kind of reader were you as a child? What childhood books and authors stick with you the most?

I actually struggled a lot as a kid reader. I didn't really figure out how English works until second grade. Even then, my favorite childhood books have always been Winnie-the-Pooh.

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

Given that I'm agnostic, you might be pretty surprised to see my (small) Christian fiction collection. Return to Harmony, The Thief, Resistance...I hope to add to it soon! Religious books are always pretty interesting for me to read.

How do you organize your personal library?

Series stay together and in order. I bought myself a whole new bookcase just so my 40+ Terry Pratchett books could stay together. Other than that, it's pretty random.

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


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

There are many answers to this, but Game of Thrones is the first one that pops into my mind. It's political intrigue fantasy, so by all rights I should adore it. But I find the plot mind numbingly slow and the writing disappointingly bland. I DNFd at 50%.

What kind of stories are you drawn to? Are there any you stay clear of?

Drawn to:
  • Poetry
  • Middle-grade
  • LGBT+
  • Fantasy
  • Comedy

Steer clear:
  • Werewolves and vampires (unless Anne Rice)
  • Contemporary
  • Memoir
  • Fluff

You're organizing a literary dinner party. Which three authors, dead or alive, do you invite?


This is a tough one. But at the end of the day, I'm going to have to go with Tolkien, Terry Pratchett, and Joseph Plumb Martin.

What book do you plan on reading next?

I really don't know. This is one of about five possibilities. It could just as well be Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee or The Renegades by Tom Young or Pandora by Anne Rice or a million other stories.


Let's chat! What's the last great book you read? What are you reading next? What books have you been meaning to get to for forever? Comment below, and have a lovely day.


P.S. - There are lots more questions the NYTimes uses in their "By the Book" articles, so look out for a part two sometime in the future!

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  1. i've also been wanting to read a darker shade of magic but i can never find it at the library??? like??? and i'm broke as hell so i can't buy it from barnes and nobel or target or something. urgh. life struggles.

  2. MY DUDE. I could never find The Raven King by Stiefvater at the library even though it's a super popular book. What is this??

    - Ellie

  3. My Terry Pratchett collection is split between two countries and it makes me sad to think about. One day they'll all be reunited and that will be a glorious, glorious day indeed :D

  4. This was such a chill, quick tag! I loved reading it and the question of having 3 authors over had me freaking out. I think I'd choose Libba Bray, Eliza Wass, and Laure Eve, but this answer will probably change pretty soon.

    I've heard so much about VE Schwab's A Darker Shade of Magic but I've only read her YA duology (This Savage Song and Our Dark Duet).

    - andrea at a surge of thunder


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