Book Tag|New York Times by the Book Tag

I love book tags! I came across this interesting tag on Katie’s blog and can I just add that I’m loving her blog and the fact that she’s a RavenClaw!

What book is on your nightstand right now?

Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

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What is the last truly great book you read?

If you could meet any author, dead or alive- who would it be? What would you ask them?

  • I’d love to meet Grace Ogot! If there’s any Female Writer who was as fierce in her writing as fulfilling her aspirations, then she’s the one I’d love to have coffee with and title the talk “My Guest needs no introduction…”

I would ask her what kept her going at a time when Women were not upheld or deemed worthy of expressing themselves through literature and fiction. I’d also ask about her style inspiration!

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What books might we be surprised to see on your shelves?

  • Chronicles of Narnia- did I mention that I’m a fan? Everyone should read the books!

How do you organize your personal library?

  • The books that impress me so much are kept in storage containers and labeled “Books for Aurora” with the hope that someone in my generation would read and enjoy them as much as I did.

What book and/or series have you always meant to read but haven’t gotten around to yet? Anything you feel embarrassed to never have read?

What book did you feel like you were supposed to like but didn’t?

  • Persuasion by Jane Austen

What kind of stories are you drawn to? What do you avoid?

  • I love literary fiction- and for some weird reason, most people complain that the books that win major literary awards are boring, but to me they are just what I need.
  • I’m not a huge Sci-Fi fan but once in a while, a title proves me wrong and I accept it.

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

  • The Devil on the Cross by Ngugi wa Thiongo’

What do you plan to read next?

  • Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer

 

 

25 Bookish Facts About Me

I came across this tag on The Bibliophagist blog this morning and I delved right in. She’s got interesting facts to share read her responses here.

  1. I am not a big fan of Sci-Fi.
  2. Reading in a matatu especially during long distance travels is a pleasure.
  3. It’s my book and when I come across a phrase that ignites a spark in me, I’ll highlight it.
  4. I’ve got a storage container with 50 books for my daughter and future generations.
  5. I am not a stickler for order. If a book is part of a series, chances are I’ll read the third book before reading the first.
  6. I get distracted when I am reading an ebook because for some reason, my ereader is also connected to my phone and notifications take me away from my reading.
  7. I collect pencils.
  8. I collect erasers (love the black magnetic erasers 🙂
  9. I’m a huge fan of leather bookmarks which are available at Hilton Arcade and the Maasai market in Nairobi.100_8195
  10. I write tidbits of insights when reading a book so that once I’m done, I can immediately write a review.
  11. I’ve read more eARCS this year than any other year in my life.
  12. I love writing at four in the morning.
  13. Coffee and cake are always good company while reading a book.
  14. I hate it when people are quick to ask for PDF copies of books or even share such when they could buy the book and support the writer.
  15. I am not quick to jump on any bandwagon of a hyped up book. I’ll wait till it dies down and then read it.
  16. Look, there’s the book and then there’s the movie; the former is straight from the Writer’s imagination and the latter is from a script, edited, cut short to fit a time slot.
  17. I am a sucker for romance.
  18. If it’s by Nalini Singh or Leslie North, chances are I’ll read it.
  19. Grace Ogot. Chinua Achebe. Chimamanda Adichie. In that order.
  20. I do not enjoy re-reading books, but there’s one book I read every year: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  21. I believe that no book is worth less than a 3 star rating.
  22. I love paperbacks more than hard cover books, because most of the time, I am tempted to either tape the jacket to the book or remove it so that it’s not damaged.
  23. I do not like taking tea while reading. I prefer taking coffee.
  24. I’m not a huge fan of novels that come with pictures, especially if it’s historical fiction, I have a hard time focusing on the writing when there are pictures.
  25. I’m not a fan of audiobooks.