The NY Times By The Book Tag

I saw this tag floating around YouTube months ago but I never actually got round to doing it myself – well today is the day that changes, thanks to the prompting that Shameeka’s blog post provided. The creator of this tag, Marie, devised it around the questions asked of writers in the New York Times’ By The Book column, which I think is a great idea and makes for some really interesting considering to be done! So here are my responses to the By The Book tag…

1. What book is on your nightstand now?

Nightstand is a very aspirational term for a girl who lives in a box room. Instead, I have a stack of books piled beside my bed – luckily my bed is a quite high divan base, so don’t worry the stack is not quite level with it! But there are a few library books I need to get to rather than using them just as a handy stack – Mary Beard’s SPQR and Owen Jones’ The Establishment are probably the ones that have been there the longest though.

2. What was the last truly great book that you read?

I recently read Paul Kalanithi’s memoir When Breath Becomes Air and it’s really, really quite something. They weren’t lying when they said it was beautiful. If I can ever manage to marshal my many thoughts and emotions, I will attempt to write a coherent review. If not, just know that I highly recommend it.

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

I had to do a piece of homework when I was in secondary school and I don’t think I would change the answer from the one that 11-year old me gave – J.R.R. Tolkien. I’d love to just sit down and have a long chat about mythical worlds and beasts and mythology, provided I wouldn’t be so star-struck that I’d just not be able to speak. Continue reading