[Awards/Tags] — New York Times By the Book Tag

Awards/Tags is the tagline to store random posts that don’t really belong elsewhere. They may involve tags, awards, challenges, and other book blogging nonsense.


New York Times By the Book Tag

I actually have no idea what this tag is about…? So I did some digging and it’s inspired by the “By The Book” feature in the New York Times where prompts are asked to authors (?). Something like that idk.

Thanks for tagging me Charley @ Books and Bake!

What book is on your nightstand right now?

Let me just show you a picture instead:


What was the last truly great book you read?

You don’t even knooooooow the half of this question. Ratings wise, I don’t think A Gathering of Shadows by Schwab is a fair answer as it’s not really a complete answer for a “great book”. So I’ll have to go with Jeff Zentner’s The Serpent King. It’s a quietly resilient coming of age story.

If you could meet one author (living or dead), who would it be? What would you ask?

…Patrick Ness.

Would you cryogenically freeze your brain so people in the year 2200 can bask in your witty glory? IT IS AN HONEST QUESTION.

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

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire? I asked for NA recommendations and this happened. I have such a bad track record with NA contemporary romance that since there’s a chance I’d rip this book to shreds; it’s why I may not read it.

How do you organize your personal library?

Step 1: take clothes out of drawers

Step 2: put books in disorderly fashion in said drawers.

See reference image:

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

SO. MANY. From broken promises of I Hunt Killers (Barry Lyga) to behemoth reads I just don’t feel like carrying around in Stormlight Archive HARDCOVER (Brandon Sanderson). I weep. A new addition to this list is The Library at Mount Char (Scott Hawkins). Ugh, such want.

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

Recently: The Last Star by Rick Yancey.

I mean what kind of shit is that third book? After the nothingness in The Infinite Sea, I would have expected something much more informative and dynamic. But it’s a hodgepodge of predictable writing and convenience and I’M SHAKING MY DAMN HEAD.

What kind of stories are you drawn to?

I’m a magnet for bad books, apparently. Fuck.

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

I will only trust Justin Trudeau if he can successfully solve an entire collection of “I Spy” puzzles without aid.

What do you plan to read next?

Depends on my mood.

A toss up between: Ever The Hunted (Summerill), It Looks Like This (Mittlefehldt), and Steeplejack (Hartley). …probably. But I also need to finished Star Touched Queen…? Ahhhh.

Get Tagged:

Ara @ The Bookish Agenda
Bill @ Kenyan Library
Britt @ Geronimo Reads
Caitlin @ Shelfie!
Cara @ Periods and Semicolons
Charlotte @ Crowded Bookshelf
Cherry @ Read Forevermore
Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions
Dayle @ Pompoms and Sunshine
Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse
Geraldine @ Corralling Books
Isabella @ Gryffindor Books
Jacquie @ Rattle the Stars
Jasmine @ Jasmine Pearl Reads
Josie @ Josie’s Book Corner
Josie/Mikey @ Josie and Mikey Read
Kat @ The Impossible Girl
Kevin @ Bookevin
Kyleigh Randall @ Book Babe Reviews
Liam @ Liam’s Library
Lindsay @ A Piece of Paradis
Lisa @ Nefarious Reader
Louise @ Genie Reads
Monique @ That Wild Soul
Summer @ Xing Sings

…and you! (Tagging everyone is difficult)


What an odd tag.


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16 thoughts on “[Awards/Tags] — New York Times By the Book Tag”

  1. Ugh, no. It breaks my heart to see you’re disappointed with The Last Star so far, and definitely doesn’t make me impatient to get that book anytime soon. WHY, just, why can’t we have a fast-paced book with actual, real answers and stuff? I was still hoping for that, but now… well, I guess I’ll still buy it just because I need to know what happens, but..that’s all, haha.
    Great answers! 🙂


  2. I have to admit I am surprised about Beautiful Disaster. You might be surprised to find that I haven’t read that one. I want to, but just haven’t gotten around to it yet. Now, I kind of want to read it when you do so we could see how drastically different (Or maybe the same — You never know!) our thoughts on it would be.
    Thanks for the tag! 🙂


  3. It’s official. The 5th Wave series is the first series I will be dropping. It’s a strange feeling cause even when I’ve not enjoyed the books I’ve still managed to finish the series. So this is definitely a first haha.

    I might have to steal your storage space ideas cause my book piles are getting out of control.

    I was surprised to hear that you had Beautiful Disaster in your collection. NA books are more misses than hits for me so I’ve yet to pick up that book.


  4. I would love to see your review of Beautiful Disaster. I read it because when I first got into the book community I was seeing it everywhere and I wanted to see what the fuss was about. It was truly one of the most ridiculous books I’ve ever read.


  5. AH. Patrick Ness’s signing is, by far, the best signing I’ve been to. He’d read a portion of his book, comment on his own writing in the snarkiest, most self-deprecating way possible, leaves his audience in stitches and then proceeds to apologize for Manchee.


  6. Patrick Ness would definitely be the right candidate to get his brain persevered! I also think that Pierce Brown still has a lot in him 🙂 but I can gush about him when I do the tag myself. Thanks for including me!


  7. I love reading these in the NY Times… it’s like taking a sneak peak at people’s bookshelves! And I second the I Spy suggestion. It’s a skill every great leader needs.


  8. I Hunt Killers broken promises….*crying*.
    I’m so sad that The Last Star was a disappointment. I still need to read it.
    I loved The Serpent King so much.
    I actually love your book drawers.


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