Hello and welcome to SunTag!
Thanks so much to Louise at @ geniereads for nominating me for this fun tag. Go check her blog, you won’t regret it!
What book is on your nightstand now?
Officially, I don’t have a nightstand.. I use an old wastepaper basket turned upside down with a lamp on it. You know what they say, student life is all about having no furniture and eating pizza or pasta every night. But my iPad is next to the bed, and it currently contains 40 books. Nope, I am not listing them.
What was the last truly great book you’ve read?
I finished The Little French Guesthouse earlier this week, and let me tell you, if you can’t afford the travel to France, this book will take you there. It transports you right in the middle of the French countryside to enjoy a few weeks with warm and funny characters. You get all the benefits of the trip, without the stupid mosquitoes, the rude French drivers and the language struggle. I must thank Helen Pollard for reminding me holidays can be so good and change your life. That is how great this book is.
If you could meet any writer – dead or alive – who would it be? And what would you want to know?
Okay, a couple of months back, I answered that question by saying I was never really interested in meeting authors. But now that I have been book blogging for a while, I realize how such a meeting could be awesome. I would probably bore them with stupid questions, I have never been great at asking things, but when I truly love something, I want to know everything there is to know. I won’t give names but I have changed my mind about the subject. One step at a time!
What books might we be surprised to find on your shelf?
I own some mangas, both in French and in Japanese, from the time I thought it would be fun to read this format. I never got used to it, but I kept them as souvenirs. I don’t know if I should blame the format or the actual stories for my lack of interest. We never got along.
How do you organize your personal library?
Like any proper control freak.
I don’t have any bookcases or bookshelves yet (work in progress!) but I use the upper part of my old desk to store my books. I cannot wait to get them a proper home. Until that happens, they are perfectly aligned 5 centimeters away from the edge, and in alphabetical order by author.
What book have you always meant to read and haven’t gotten around to yet?
I have always wanted to read all of Shakespeare’s work. But it is a very intimidating challenge. I studied A Midsummer Night’s Dream in English Class, and Romeo and Juliette in French version in high school, and I remember it being pretty hard. Don’t assume the French version was easier, my teacher was a witch and put all those crazy meaning and metaphors in my mind that kept confusing me. Anyway, I am very curious about everything I haven’t read from him but the difficulty of the language makes it hard for me to really enjoy it yet.
Now that I think of it, that would make a great summer challenge. A Shakespeare Summer! I’ll think about it … next year. Still a little too intimidated.
Disappointing, overrated, just not good: what book did you feel you are supposed to like but didn’t?
I had heard so many great things about We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves that I was absolutely sure I would love it. Boy, how wrong was I! Annoying characters and a story both weird and boring. I wanted my money back but the bookstore was not okay with it.
What kind of stories are you drawn to? Any you stay clear of?
I love dissecting human
relationships so I am happy whenever a book explores what happens when you throw people in a certain situation that forces them (and me) to feel strong emotions. But I guess that describes every good book in some way. More specifically, I am thriller fan. Psychological thrillers are my favorites.
Do you see that gloomy book on the floor? Yes, the one hidden by the big plant and the candles. The one whose cover yells “I am a sad story”. Well, I am never reading this book. I like to stay as far as bookishly possible from anything that would make me cry. Of course, sometimes a story takes me by surprise and I end up in a flood of tears, but it’s uncommon enough that I still feel safe when choosing my books.
If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?
Gosh, I love that question.
I don’t know if you are aware of the happenings in France, and it doesn’t really matter, because all French presidents, past and future, would benefit from reading it anyway, but I think the government really needs a copy of Politics for Dummies right now.
What do you plan to read next?
As soon as my blog duties are over, I will settle on the couch with Portmanteau by Paul T. Beardow.
It’s tag time!
Nephele @ Night Train Books
Fatima @ NoteablePad
Eleanor @ Real Tasty Pages
And anyone who is in the mood for a tag 🙂 Also, feel free to ignore, as usual.