1. I’m a definite night-time reader. I’m a bit of a night owl in general, but when it comes to reading, I tend to only read in the evenings, and usually right before bed.
2. I read loads of different genres and can’t really pinpoint a favourite. YA, adult, contemporary, romance, fantasy, mystery, thriller, non-fiction, I read them all.
3. However, one genre I haven’t read much of is Science Fiction. I usually like Sci-Fi movies, but I haven’t tackled many Sci-Fi books. I have some very deep rooted preconceived notions, and I imagine I won’t like it
4. For #3 – I should know better. I used to be intimidated by Fantasy and stayed far away from Epics. I’ve pretty much adored any Fantasy I’ve tried so far, so maybe it’s time I gave Sci-Fi a go (and no, I still haven’t read the Game of Thrones books yet… even though I own all of them).
5. What I don’t currently own, are bookshelves. OK, so I have one, teeny tiny bookcase, that doesn’t hold even a smidgen of the books I own. They are literally in piles on my floor.
6. Luckily, even though my books currently live on the floor, they’re in a room that doesn’t get used much, so I’m not mistreating them in any way. As I’ve previously discussed, I can’t write in my books, but I also can’t dog-ear them, or bend their covers, or anything like that. They are precious. Do not damage my books.
7. My bookish OCD means that I really struggle with lending books out. The only person allowed to borrow my books is my sister, and she was given approval after a 6 month trial. If I really want you to read a book, I will buy you your own copy before I will lend mine to you. If I do loan you a book, it means I didn’t like it very much, and I’m probably not expecting to ever see it again.
8. I’ve discovered since joining the blogging community that I am a terrible mood reader. I had to basically give up on requesting ARCs that have a set review deadline, because my reading and blogging has lost all structure in 2015. I do what I want, when I want, and I’m surprisingly OK with that.
9. I requested more ARCs when I first started blogging than I do now. When you first join the community, you get hit with a tidal wave backlog of “must reads”, on top of the new releases, on top of the “ohh, that looks like a fun read” books you find out about through following other people’s blogs.
10. I use NetGalley for ARCs and rarely request physical ones (still too afraid to!), which means pretty much all of my ARCs are eBooks. I don’t really like eBooks. I can see the benefits of eBooks (helps with long waits in reception areas and means I don’t damage my physical books by taking them with me), and when I get into one I can usually lose myself in it, but the thought of reading an eBook usually means I’ll pick up a physical book instead.
11. When it’s time to pick my next read, I usually go to my piles on the floor for inspiration, and rarely check my Amazon App… but I still use 1-click buying for those too-good-to-be-true eBook offers. Therefore, my eBook TBR is stacking up nicely but is barely being read…
12. Though I prefer to own physical copies of books, I will hunt for the best deals possible. Cheap book shopping is my retail therapy, my pick-me-up when I’m feeling low, and my reward when I’m doing good. This, plus #9, has resulted in my physical TBR growing from around 100 books in 2014, to around *whispers* 280 now.
13. I started a signed book collection last year, so now I’m on the lookout for more signed books by my favourite authors. This becomes an interesting challenge when authors never do signings where you live, but also a great present-buying opportunity for friends and loved ones, like when my sister got me this for Christmas last year:
14. My exponential TBR growth is partly due to my new “thing” for 2015 – my love for charity shop book shopping. I love finding a sought after read (for a great price), I love finding odd reads I wouldn’t normally pick up (for a great price), I love finding new books (can you see where I’m going with this?). Also, it should essentially be guilt-free book buying because the money goes to a good cause.
15. #14 started because I successfully managed to convert my non-reader father into a complete and utter Book Geek. He reads all the time, and it started to become expensive to keep him in reading material. Luckily a lot of the genres he reads are readily available in charity shops. My charity shop sprees started out being about his TBR, and now, they’re kind of about our TBRs.
16. Because my TBR is officially never ending, and continually growing, I really don’t reread at all. I want to, I just never seem to get around to it. I used to obsessively reread my favourite childhood novels over, and over, and over again, but now there’s just not enough time, I have my own disposable income, and those damn publishers just keep on publishing! I console myself with the idea that when I retire, or win the lottery, I will be surrounded by favourite books I can read and reread at my own leisure.
17. When I was younger I used to read a lot of poetry, and also joke books. Have you ever seen those? Mammoth joke books? I read a ton of those. I definitely don’t read joke books anymore, and I haven’t read poetry in a long time. I’m not sure if I would enjoy it as much any more.
18. I’ve become a book hoarder. I culled my childhood and teenage books years ago, and when I got back into reading in a big way in my early 20’s, and especially since I started blogging, I’ve regretted culling so many of those books and wish I still had them in my collection. This has resulted in me second-guessing any books I try to get rid of now.
19. Occasionally, I’ll go through a mild reading slump, but for a lot of the second half of 2015 I’ve been in a massive blogging slump. I used to try and post 5 days a week, and I never missed a Top Ten Tuesday post. Life started getting busier, I got a fitness bug, I missed a few Tuesday’s and the world didn’t end. Then I missed a few other days and the apocalypse didn’t come, and somehow I’ve gotten into a bit of a rut. I’m oddly not that stressed about it though. I feel like I’ll get my mojo back in my own good time.
20. I don’t tend to over-analyse or critique literature, especially not in my reviews. It takes a lot of energy, and extra effort to read that way, and I read for enjoyment and to de-stress. However, sometimes I really miss my A Level English Literature classes because I miss analysing texts in a structured setting for the purposes of learning. I’ve no idea what this oxymoron says about me.
21. I am a Harry Potter freak from the original generation, and it’s my current life goal to get to that damn studio tour. It keeps evading me. I was given the first book by a family friend in 1999 when I was 9 years old, because the cover had 9 3/4 on it, and they assumed that was the age of the protagonist. It’s the best error anyone ever made.
22. Because of my Harry Potter obsession, I can never have too much Harry Potter merchandise or fandom clothing. This has also rolled over into my other fandoms and obsessions.
23. I sniff books. A lot. I can differentiate between a novel, a text book, and a children’s book. I like new-book smell, not old-book smell. It has an oddly calming effect on me. Some people have a happy-place, I have a happy-smell.
24. Putting this post together has made me realise how much I love talking about books with a bookish community who just get it. I’m missing you guys. I think I’m ready for my come-back now.
25. Since I got back into reading in my late teens/early 20’s, and have become much more comfortable in my own skin, I have fully owned my Book Geek status. I LOVE that people see bookish things and relate them to me. Like memes, funny videos, jokes etc. I’ll be sent them on social media, or people will say things like, “Yea, you’re the girl who reads”. I gladly accept that title.
So, there you have it, 25 Bookish Facts About Me. If you have made it to the end of this post you deserve a cup of tea and a biscuit. This didn’t start out as a tag post, but I’m nosy, so I’m going to add a list of some bloggers below who I’m tagging to take part. Feel free to participate and leave me a link in the comments!