The NY Times Book Tag

Thank you to Kirstie Ellen @ Upside-Down Books for tagging me in the NY Times Book Tag! She’s an amazing blogger and if you don’t follow her, you should!

What is on your night stand right now?


Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. I absolutely loved Illuminae and I’m excited to see what he created on his own!

What was the last truly great book you read?

cover a court of mist and fury

I’m not over A Court of Mist and Fury, which I read over summer. I have read other amazing books since then, but ACOMAF takes the cake.

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


I would want to meet Libba Bray, and I would want to know how she managed to write so many completely different stories with so many completely different voices. And I would want to know what she did to write stories that bleed GIRL POWER.

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


I have an entire shelf of nonfiction books on ancient Egypt from back when I was obsessed with that history. I can’t bear to part with them, even though I haven’t opened them in years.

How do you organize your personal library?

I organize my main bookshelves by order of enjoyment. Best books ever are on the top left, then slowly get less and less great as they move right and down. That’s two of my bookshelves. Then I have genre specific shelves—one dystopian/paranormal, one contemporary romance—arranged in the same order. Then I have a random shelf that houses my TBR shelf and my big collections of books (all of the Stephanie Plum books, tons of Agatha Christie novels, the Harry Potter books, and the Series of Unfortunate events).

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

SO MANY. Here are a few random ones: Firsts, Rose Under Fire, and Bruised. 

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

Everything, Everything and We Were Liars are the two that come to mind. Both of them sucked me in with gorgeous covers and hype…and let me down.

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

I pretty much read either fantasy or contemporary romance books. I love stories about assassins/thieves/badasses, and I’m a sucker for hate-to-love romances.

I tend to stay clear of books that focus heavily on mental illness, books with unreliable narrators, and paranormal books that make you say “I don’t know what’s going on.” Still, I’ll pick up a few of these each year.

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

cover beauty queens

Honestly? I don’t know. I want the President to read intelligence briefings and intense nonfiction and scholarly essays. If I have to pick one, I would go with Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, mainly because you get a lot of different (and important) stories in one. And girl power to the max.

What do you plan to read next?

cover empire of storms

I don’t know specifics, but I need to reread Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows soon so that I can dive into Empire of Storms!

My tags

Giovanna @ Book Coma

Sam @ RiverMoose Reads

Monique @ That Wild Soul

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