New York Times By The Book Tag

We realized that we don’t nearly talk as much about books as we should like to. So why not do another book tag? This one we found on The Travelling Geek Show, and we thought we’d do it, cause it looks awesome. Shall we?

1. What book is on your nightstand now?

Frodo: There are like 4 books now. And at the moment I am not in the mood to read any of them. Which sucks, because I want to finish all four before I buy new books. So basically I’m not reading anything at the moment, which really annoys me.

Sam: I just started reading The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks.

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

Frodo: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. This book was a great ride from the beginning until the very last page. I need the next book now!

Sam: Mh, this is tough. I’ve read many good books that I loved, but not so many I’d dare to call “truly great”. I think I’ll go with The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. It’s one of the best-written books I’ve read in my life – and I’ve read my fair share of fantastic books.

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

Frodo: J.R.R. Tolkien or course! But I would also love to meet C.S. Lewis as well. And J.K. Rowling. Yeah, I know, that’s more than just one person, but I don’t want choose between these three amazing people. Actually, I don’t have a clue what I would ask any of them. A normal conversation would be awesome and telling them how much their books changed my life.

Sam: I’d go with Frodo to meet Tolkien, Lewis and J.K. Rowling, so I think I’d like to meet Cornelia Funke. She was a huge part of my childhood, and one of the many authors that inspired me as a writer. And she just seems like the kind of person who would have the most amazing garden, with stone dragons and beautiful flowers and shady spots under huge trees… the kind of garden that I’ve always dreamt of.

4. What books might we be surprised to find on your shelves?

Frodo: None I guess. Maybe the few health/fitness books I own but everyone who knows me wouldn’t be surpised by those either.

Sam: Everything non-fiction that I own, I guess. I just prefer fiction, which is why most of my shelves are filled with fiction, with only very few exceptions.

5. How do you organize your personal library?

Frodo: By series, genre and sizes. I have four book shelves in different sizes and every shelf inhabits a genre. On the shelf itself, the books are organized by size and of course all books of a series stand next to each other.

Sam: By authors, series, and sizes. The sizes part is mostly due to the fact that not all of my shelves are the same height. And it’s very satisfying to have an entire shelf with books that are all the same height.

6. What book have you always meant to read and haven’t gotten around to yet? Anything you feel embarrassed never have to read?

Frodo: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I have see the movie more than once and even watched the long BBC Version. But I never came around to reading it. I even own it, but it’s been collecting dust since I bought it in England 2013. Such a shame.

Sam: I’ve never actually read The Lord of the Rings, which is very, very embarassing, because I love Tolkien’s world. I’ve listened to the audiobooks! Which is almost the same, but not really, because they’re a bit shortened. I’ve always wanted to read the original, non-modernized (cause yeah, they modernized it, and not in a good way), in English, but I’ve never quite gotten around to doing that.

7. Dissapointing, overrated, just not good: what book did you feel you were supposed to like but you didn’t? Do you remember the last book you put down without finishing?

Frodo: Back in the day when I was a lot younger I thought I need to like Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer since everyone else seemed to love it. But I just thought it was boring and Bella was just annoying. The last book I didn’t finish was an e-book. A contemporary novel which was just bad. The characters were annoying and I didn’t like the writing style. I don’t even remember the title and I think I am better off not knowing.

Sam: The Vampire Academy series by Rachelle Mead. Frodo loved them, and I read them all, but man, it was a fight. I really didn’t like those books. Sorry, Frodo. The last (and only one I can remember) book I put down without finishing it was Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You by Joyce Carol Oates; mostly because I found myself to be incapable of indentifying with any of the characters.

8. What kinds of stories are you drawn to? Any you stay clear of?

Frodo: Everything Fantasy of course. Funny thing is crime novels aren’t really my cup of tea but I like to read the occasional contemporary novel (sometimes I binge read three in a row because they are usually easy and quick to read). It’s one of the very few things Sam and I do not have in common (besides the shared love of Fantasy. That’s the important part, really; the rest is just details.)

Sam: I love everything Fantasy, and I love crime novels. I’ve also recently discovered that I do not dislike Science-Fiction as much as I used to, although I’m not sure I’d say I’m “drawn to it”. I’m not a fan of everything that has too much of a love story in it, or that focusses solely on love stories. I don’t know why, but those stories just bore me to death. But I somewhat envy people who have no problem with these kinds of books, because it’s one hell of a big genre.

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

Frodo: That is a hard question. I think I would give Merkel a dystopian novel (probably The Hunger Games). Just in case she needs a reminder how it could end if everything goes sideways (the bad kind of sideways).

Sam: Depends on the President. Maybe Politics for Dummies for Hollande? Although I’m not sure how he’d take that. I’m sure Obama read Harry Potter, but if he hasn’t, I’d recommend that, because he seems like the kind of person who’d enjoy the books. Merkel is a tougher candidate… Maybe The Hunger Games, so she sees what the future could hold if she does not get her act together and starts making things like paperwork easier for the people (mostly the refugees), and, more importantly, should she keep not bothering with giving people an alternative to things like the AfD. But that’s another story.

10. What do you plan to read next?

Frodo: One of the four books I still need to finish.

Sam: Shadow’s Edge by Brent Weeks, given that it’s the sequel to The Way of Shadows.

If anyone wants to do this tag as well, feel free to share your post with us!

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