I've came across this tag on Mimmi's blog a few months ago and I immediately thought that I wanted to do it myself. However, over the weeks I completely forgot about it, so it is only now that I am finally writing this post. I hope you enjoy reading my answers!
Is there a book on your nightstand right now?
Yes, I am currently reading "My Grandmother sends her Regards and Apologises" by Fredrik Backman, but the German version. I mentioned this book in my book haul I did a few weeks ago and I am enjoying it so far. It is a bit hard to get into but I've nearly finished it now and I think it is a really good book, especially because it is a bit different to the kind of stories I normally read.
What was the last truly great book you read?
"A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman again. I wrote a post about it only recently, so if you're interested then you'll find my thoughts about it there. It is a really wonderful book!
If you could meet a writer, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you want to know?
This would definitely be J.K. Rowling. The Harry Potter books have such a secure place in my heart and have accompanied me through my teenage years up until now. I also once watched a film about her and I felt weirdly close to her because I feel she is a very similar person to me so I think we would get along well. Or at least I hope so. I think I would want to know where she gets her inspiration to write, what are the things in her everyday life that stick with her and lay the foundations of her stories.
What books might we be surprised to find on your shelves?
Probably all my children books I still have, from the Astrid Lindgren stories to several well-known German authors. They are very precious to me and if I'll ever have children myself I will definitely read the stories to them. I also have quite a few poem collections which I like flicking through from time to time.
How do you organise your personal library?
There is no organisation at all. I simply put books where there is space. I also have several stacks of books all over my room as there is no space on my shelfs anymore. As soon as I have my own flat again, I will buy big shelfs and probably organise them in alphabetic order by the author's names.
Is there a book you have always meant to read but haven't got around to yet? Anything you feel embarrassed not to have read?
So many! There are so many classics I haven't read yet and even some books I have bought a long time ago that are sitting on my shelf and that I haven't gone through until now. For example "The Group" by Mary McCarthy (Gilmore Girls fans will probably recognise this as I picked it up upon Rory's "recommendation"). But there is nothing I am embarrassed to not have read. There will always be books I haven't read as it is simply impossible to read them all. I still have time to get through some more.
Disappointing, overrated, just not good; name a book you feel you were supposed to have liked but just didn't? Do you remember the last book you put down without finishing?
I am generally quite easy to please and I don't judge too much what I read which is probably not a good thing, but that's just who I am. I picked up a light-hearted holiday read when I was on Sylt in July, which was a crime novel set on Sylt that was also supposed to be funny but I didn't enjoy it at all. It was not good at all and I was very happy when I finally got through it. I probably read some more books over the years that I didn't enjoy that much but I simply can't remember them anymore.
What kinds of stories are you drawn to? Any you steer clear of?
I kind of read everything. But I do love dramas and fantasy novels, however not all of them. But generally I am open to everything. Around ten years ago I was basically only reading novels that were set in WW1 and WW2 times and although I still enjoy them today, I am glad I expanded my horizon and read other kind of books now as well. ;)
If you could choose a book the President (/Prime Minister) had to read, which would it be?
In my case it would be Angela Merkel, our Chancellor. I don't like about her that she seems incapable of making a decision, of taking positions. So I guess I would recommend the Harry Potter books to her, as Harry - although he might not always make the right decision - is always quite fast with deciding upon things. And it is also a lovely read and she looks like she needs something to cheer her up.
What do you plan to read next?
The next book I want to read is "The Light Between Oceans" by M. L. Stedman. I wanted to read it before the film comes out and I hope I can make it so I am able to see the film in cinema.
I hope it was interesting to read my answers and maybe you learned something new about me. I always love reading these kinds of posts because I always think book choices say quite a lot about a person.