In Which I Answer Questions From the New York Times: By the Book #2

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Stolen from the New York Times. 

Êl síla erin lû e-govaned vîn! "By the Book" is a weekly NYTimes column where authors answer questions about reading and the literary life. I thought the questions looked pretty interesting, so here I am to give some a go!

What's your favorite book no one else has heard of?

How about my favorite book of all time??

Witches Abroad is a loose Cinderella retelling from the point of view of three antihero fairy godmothers. It's SO funny and SO clever and SO incredibly marvelous; I read it in one sitting and loved every second.

What's the best book you've ever received as a gift?

The Martian by Andy Weir. I thought this book looked horrible, but I felt compelled to read it when my grandma gave it to me as a Christmas gift. And whaddaya know, it became my favorite book of 2017!

Do you remember the last book you put down without finishing?

You see, sometimes fragments. Can be used to create tense effect. But when you use them too. Frequently, the effect gets lost, and the. Writer just seems. Melodramatic.

Whom would you want to write your life story?

Probably Maggie Stiefvater, because she seems good at making heroines who would be annoying in real life plenty likable in books.

Who is your favorite fictional hero or heroine? Villain or antihero?


  • Anthony Lockwood (Lockwood & Co. by Jonathan Stroud)
  • Cyrano de Bergerac (Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand)
  • Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer)
  • Tyrannus Basilton Grimm-Pitch (Carry On by Rainbow Rowell)
  • Ronan Lynch, Henry Cheng, and Noah Czerny (The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater)

  • Kaz Brekker (Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo)
  • Granny Weatherwax (Discworld by Terry Pratchett)
  • Bartimaeus (The Bartimaeus Sequence by Jonathan Stroud) 
  • Lestat de Lioncourt (The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice)
  • Ciel Phantomhive (Black Butler by Yana Toboso)

What moves you most about a work of literature?

The beauty of its prose, I think.

Which writers working today do you admire most?

Anne Rice. Nathaniel Philbrick. Maggie Stiefvater, for her aforementioned talent. Jonathan Stroud. Nora Sakavic. Paul Stewart. Etcetera.

What's the last book to make you laugh?

I....don't know? I THINK it was The Lost Colony by Eoin Colfer, but don't quote me on that.

The last to make you cry?

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys.

How do you like to read? Paper or electronic? One book at a time or several simultaneously?

The dream is to be organized enough to only read one book at a time, but life rarely turns out that way. The dream is also to read all paper books, but that's a hard habit to keep up when ebooks are often far cheaper.


I'm back from hiatus! Visiting colleges was so fun; I especially loved Duke and George Washington U. I also got to tour Arlington Cemetery, see the only da Vinci in the Western hemisphere in the National Gallery of Art, and much more! I'm quite happy to be home, though <3 so let's chat! What have you all been reading this past week? What's your favorite book no one's ever heard of? Who are your favorite fictional antiheroes? Comment below, and have an awesome day!


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  1. Ask anyone, Artemis Fowl is one of my favourite characters of all time. I loved LOST COLONY. And I still haven't read Six of Crows, can you believe, even after everybody screaming at me to do so. Thanks for the new books, and this was a great post!

    1. HECK YEAH. Oh my goodness, you absolutely need to. Thank you!

      - Ellie

  2. Ahhhh Kaz is so great! (I still need to read Crooked Kingdom though, ah!) I can certainly see how so many fragmented sentences could get old reallll fast. xD Effective when used once or twice every now and then, but when it's so often... Not so much!
    Great post! :)


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