By the Book Tag

This is a tag I found on Vaibhavi’s blog, LifeArbitrary, so please give this link a click to check out an awesome blog!

What book is on your nightstand now?
I’m not actually at home right now, so the books I’ve been reading the last few days aren’t there. The books that are there, however, are The Last Word by Hanif Kureishi, The Word for World is Forest by Ursula K. Le Guin, The Time Machine by H. G. Wells, and Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann.

What was the last truly great book you read?
Republic by Plato I think! I’ve read some pretty good books since then, but none that quite live up to that sort of standard!

If you could meet any writer — alive or dead — who would it be? And what would you want to know?
It’d have to be Jane Austen! I’m not sure what exactly I’d want to know, I’d just want to chat about society, about how she viewed society and how that translates into her work.

What books might we be surprised to find on your shelves?
I usually read books that could probably be described as ‘serious’, so you’d probably be surprised to find Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters sat on my shelves!

How do you organise your personal library?
So, I have a System. First, I split them into novels, short stories/collections, poetry, plays, and nonfiction. My nonfiction is organised by topic, then the rest are chronological. Novels are split into read/TBR as well for clarity. I also have a favourites shelf to show off my favourite books and special editions!

What book have you always meant to read and not got round to yet? Any you feel embarrassed about not having read yet?
There are a lot of books that have been on my TBR for far too long! I’m looking forward to finally getting around to The Time Machine by H. G. Wells soon!

Disappointing, overrated, just not good: what book did you feel like you were supposed to like but didn’t? Do you remember the last book you put down without finishing?
Recently, Strange Hotel fits this prompt! Unfortunately it just didn’t live up to McBride’s first novel, and I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had expected to. I didn’t DNF it, partly because it’s a quick read, but it certainly didn’t grab me like A Girl is a Half-formed Thing did.

What kind of stories are you drawn to? Any you steer clear of?
I definitely steer clear of fantasy, and romance. I’m drawn to stories that really get inside a character’s head and offer a deep thematic exploration. My favourite genres for this are historical, contemporary and occasionally science fiction.

If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?
[I have previously received PR products from Penguin]. Dubliners by James Joyce, as it’s an amazing representation of various working class experiences, and would hopefully provide a president an insight into what it’s like to be in the working class. It also has the added element of being set in a colonised nation as well, which I think is also something important for politicians to read.

What do you plan to read next?
I’ve just read Frenchman’s Creek, and the next book I plan to pick up when I get home is The Last Word by Hanif Kureishi!

I am tagging anyone who wants to give this a go!