25 Bookish Facts About Me

I had SO MUCH FUN writing today’s post. Actually, the most fun was finding all the number gifs 😂

 Ellyn @ allonsythornraxx tagged me for today’s post, and I’m really surprised I managed to do it less than a month later? Maybe it sounds silly, but I was worried about coming up with 25 bookish facts, haha. Then I started writing and facts just landed on the page.

Now, some of these facts you might already know. Because I’ve either alluded to them or talked about them in another post. But I did try to includes lots of facts that I haven’t chatted about before! (At least that I think I haven’t chatted about)

 My favourite authors, hmm, I have a lot of favs! Leigh Bardugo, Mackenzi Lee, Rick Riordan, Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera, Marissa Meyer, Sabaa Tahir, the lists goes on FOREVER.

I’m constantly discovering new favorite authors, and I literally can’t curate this list and pull off any of these favorites to make this list smaller, ha!

Me discovering a new favorite author

 I love anything to do with fantasy! I’m not a big sci-fi fan, but if it’s mixed with fantasy, like Cinder, then I’m in love. Some fantasy favorites are Harry Potter, An Ember in the Ashes, Percy Jackson, Six of Crows.

And like my favorite authors list, curating this favs list is IMPOSSIBLE.

 I discovered contemporary just last year and I have really, really fallen in love with reading contemporary. I wish there was more college contemporary YA. And, more YA contemporary featuring #ownvoices, and characters who are religious, or political.

Some fav contemporaries are The Hate U Give, Dress Codes for Small Towns, Girl Made of Stars, and Queens of Geek.

 I kind of enjoy Bookstagram? Yep, I even had, sometimes have, a bookstagram. But mostly it frustrates me! Because I flail around and cannot keep up with constantly doing bookstagram. Kudos to everyone who is amazing at bookstagram!

 The most recent book I read is…. Nice Try, Jane Sinner. But by the time, I’ve published this post, I might have read another book! I’ve already read 4 books this month, and maybe that doesn’t seem like that much. But I’ve had the flu and college is very busy. Very busy. So finding time to read my whole TBR is HARD.

 Annotating books is pretty fun, but I’m actually super terrible at actually annotating. I do mean to flag them, annotate, etc, but then I get caught up reading and just FORGET. It doesn’t bother me AT ALL to write in books, in fact, I think you’re reading BETTER when you’re writing. Because writing in books means you’re thinking about the book and I think that’s super cool!

 Book covers paper things are just SUPER ANNOYING. I prefer bare back books, though there are some pretty book covers on my shelf. I’ll leave dust jackets on books, but when I’m reading it, I will 1000000% take the dust jackets off. I can’t use them as bookmarks or whatever helpful thing other people do with them. They just ANNOY me so I have to take them off to read a book.

Me @ dust jackets

Sometimes, I’d like to own multiple copies of books BUT then there’s this thing you need called money. And since I’m in college, money is not my friend.

I think it’s especially book to own multiple copies of a book when it’s special edition! Some special editions I’d like to own are Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, And ADSOM.

Writing reviews is really weird? because once I start writing a book review it tends to work out well. But actually starting to write is HARD and I tend to procrastinate FOREVER on writing book reviews.

I always have LOTS of thoughts about books. Do I ever remember reading a book and thinking, what in the world am I going to say? I don’t think so???

me, starting to write a book review

Book hype is a double-edged sword.

I LOVE it some days, and others days it just disappoints me. It can be SO FUN to jump on a hype train but if a book is terrible, then that hype turns into a RANT. And while ranting can be fun, it does make me feel bad to post a ranting review. (Why though? Because I love reading ranting reviews)

My brain is dead and unless a book is very tropey, I never see book twists coming. I just don’t stop reading long enough to think about where the plot may be going.

There was ONE time when I had to put down a book to do homework, or go to work, or sit through a lecture. And I guessed the plot! And it wasn’t a trope! This was so fun and I want to do this more often!!!

My books sit on my shelf and are not dog eared. Because the idea of folding my book pages as a bookmark is totally weird. I would rather just repeat the page number over and over to myself.
I do actually tend to remember bookmarks. Though, this is a new habit for me! Especially in the last year, I’ve really started using book marks.

I try very hard to make a schedule for my reading. Since I’m in school, most of my reading happens at night. I try to read about 15-20 minutes every night before falling asleep.

And then on Friday nights, I tend to binge read and finish whatever book I’ve been working on. This is probably not goof for my health because I’m often up to 3am reading. BUT OTHER PEOPLE PARTY ALL NIGHT. I read.

Picking my next read is not really hard?

I just walk through the library and grab random books that interest me. Then I walk out with a gigantic pile, and because I always forget my book bag, it is a struggle to make it back to my car WITHOUT spilling everything. And don’t get me started about walking from my car to my dorm room…it is not pretty.

Am I a mood reader? Some days, yes. Other days, not so much. If I start a book, I’m going to finish it. Even if I’m not in the mood. Partly because I know, if I put this book down, I’m not going to EVER finish it.

I try to mix up my TBR and pick alls sorts of genres. That way I never get tired of any particular genre and vary my reading each month.

Books that intimidate me…tend to be gigantic books. I know I don’t have THAT much time to read, so if a book is over 400 pages, I worry about it taking forever. If it takes forever to read a book, and I mean by that, several days, then I won’t have time to finish my monthly TBR.

It super bothers me to NOT finish my TBR because I love checking things off lists and feeling accomplished. 😊

I tend to always love Book adaptions. maybe I’m just not that picky? Sometimes, I feel bad because everyone’s mad and and I still love seeing a book on screen.

Some of my absolute favorites book/movie adaptions are The Hunger Games, especially The Catching Fire, and Love Simon.

Things that make me mad in books…queer baiting. Ok, it’s the worst. And actually harmful. Using minorities as props. DON’T DO IT. People are never props. If you only insert diversity into your story to check off boxes, then you are a terrible human being.

And then misrepresentation. If you don’t do your research, and then write a rep terribly, I won’t trust you or read your books anymore.

Signed books are very hard to get! I own a few because I met Mackenzie Lee, and because I’ve gotten owlcrate boxes. I love the fact that some book boxes send out signed books. BUT I don’t feel like they’re really signed? That may be weird but if I didn’t meet the author, it feels like it’s not been signed, but merely printed in.

Maybe that’s just being snobby.

I totally enjoy rereading books! and why don’t people enjoy rereads? It doesn’t make sense to me, haha!!

I mean, if you LOVE a story, and the characters, don’t you fall MORE in love when you read their story again.

If I had ALL the MONEY, I would buy every book box in the world. Okay, maybe not every one. But, probably 95% of them. (except if they’re weird. Ahem, r rated soap) 

I’ve tried out three book boxes, and I love them ALL. But I am a poor college student so I can’t always subscribe to these awesome boxes. It is HARD to NOT buy them every single month.

I am the biggest fan in the world of schedules. Deadlines are my friend! Being on a blog schedule is a gift from heaven! Having a TBR is a form of a schedule right?

And of course, I also schedule my regular life. I have a book planner, a blog planner, a daily planner, a weekly planner, a monthly planner, and a shopping/budget planner. Yes, I’m keeping the planner companies in business. Now, these aren’t all book planners and some of them are in the same planner book, but writing down what I need/want to do, keeps me grounded.

crossing things off schedules is the most happy feeling in the world. 

There are always several books in my Amazon cart. It may take me a while to actually buy a book because, ahem, college bills. So I avoid opening Amazon, because if I do, I am super tempted to buy out my cart. BAD IDEA.

Now, I did try to shop Indie stores, but I spent more? Possibly because I couldn’t randomly stockpile what I wanted to read, and then walk out with nothing, haha!

I have been book blogging for 15 months!!! Or so. Something like that. Maybe you already knew that? Ok, something new… I’ve started like 5 blogs, and most of them only have 3 posts or so. Opps.

So this is the ONLY blog I’ve actually kept doing and I don’t ever plan on quitting! I mean, why put in ALL this work and quit? 

What is a reading slump? Have I ever experienced one? I don’t think so! I’ve gone through writing slumps, blogging slumps, homework slumps, but not reading slumps. Reading helps keep my brain clear. Does that make sense??? Probably not. If I don’t read, my brain feels very chaotic. Reading, even a little bit a day, helps keep my thoughts coherent and helps me be more productive.

Whew, that was a lot of chatting about bookish facts. I could write an autobiography about me and my love for books. Right? 😂

Now, I’m pretty sure I’m supposed to tag 5 other book bloggers, but I’m going to break the rules today. (gasp! Shock!)

If you haven’t done this tag before and would like to share more about yourself, consider yourself tagged! 

lets chat

Is 25 bookish facts too many bookish facts? How many of these facts did you probably already know? Have you done this tag before? 

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14 Comments

  1. September 18, 2018 / 8:50 am

    I share the same sentiment with book covers. Some of them are pretty but it is a hassle to read the book without removing them. And I love buying special edition of the books I like. I’ve like 4 copies of Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone lol.

    • September 20, 2018 / 5:16 pm

      Why do dust jackets even exist? I DO NOT UNDERSTAND. I think they are just there to make me annoyed.
      And I want to own all the HP editions but the bank does not think that is a wise investment of their money. 😂

      • September 20, 2018 / 11:33 pm

        I want the special hardcover Ravenclaw version but that edition costs like hundred dollars 😭

  2. emmareadstoomuch
    September 18, 2018 / 6:40 pm

    posting twins!! i still can’t believe it. but also you made this post so cute i love the numbers ugh outperforming me once again

    I ALSO HATE DUST JACKETS. they are so lame! aesthetically i appreciate them a bit but mostly they bother me to NO END. fragile weird falling-off things

    • September 20, 2018 / 5:17 pm

      honestly, I was just going to have boring number lists. But then I got to number ten, and I was like, this is so BORING, bring in the gifs. 😂
      DUST JACKETS ARE A BLIGHT. Why do they even exist?

  3. September 18, 2018 / 9:52 pm

    I love this post and I relate so much to it!! I would LOVE to own multiple editions of books, but I can hardly afford to own even one copy of the books that I want to have a lot of editions of. (one day I’ll get all my PJO books, and then I can get the newer covers, and then I can get the illustrated editions…) Also, I feel you so much on the getting-intimidated-by-mostly-big-books. I love the feeling of big books when I hold them (idk, is this some weird obsession of mine???) but actually reading them is SCARY. And I used to not love rereading books, because I was always like “look at all the books on my TBR!! I have so many books that I haven’t read yet!” but now, especially after having trouble actually reading books, I’ve been wanting to reread sooo many books and revisit those worlds that I love <3 great post!!

    • September 20, 2018 / 5:19 pm

      I want to own the illustrated PJO book SO BADLY!!! *anticipates holidays and money gifts*
      Rereading books is the best because if one has been disappointed by recents reads, all one needs is to go back and read Six of Crows for the millionth time to be happy again.

  4. September 19, 2018 / 2:16 am

    Yes, dust jackets are so annoying! I schedule my reading too, it’s so much easier to do in the school seasons!
    I loved this post, Elizabeth, it was so cool to learn more about you!

    • September 20, 2018 / 5:19 pm

      I am GLAD we all agree on dust jackets!!! And scheduled reading is a gift. Loved learning about you, too!

  5. September 19, 2018 / 9:31 pm

    I loved reading your facts! Gigantic books are so intimidating. That’s why I tend to pass them over when I’m buying books. It’s also why Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is still sitting unread on my shelf…whoops! I also completely agree about signed books not being real if you didn’t meet the author. Though I love my signed copies, I enjoy the sentiment of having met the author when I got it signed.

    • September 20, 2018 / 5:20 pm

      Oh, gosh, Goblet of Fire is big but Order of the Phoenix scares me so badly. I read it on Kindle the first time, and I just can’t get to a reread because it’s so BIG!

  6. September 20, 2018 / 12:01 pm

    I feel the same way about annotating books! I was really great at it… for like one or two books, but then I totally stopped because it was distracting me from actually reading. Plus I don’t like having to carry around sticky notes and pens wherever I go. 😂 And I’m also a fantasy fan, so high five for that! ❤

    • September 20, 2018 / 5:21 pm

      I read so many of my books in-between classes! It’s impossible to carry all the sticky notes and pens to annotate when you’re walking around between the bells, haha! And, yay, high-five for fantasy!

  7. September 23, 2018 / 10:36 am

    I love your number gifs! Wait, when you say book marks, are you talking about the little metal arrows that you stick on the side of the page? Because if you are, I LOVE those. I don’t have a problem at all with marking in books either. I think it makes the reading better for you and for people who read the book after you.

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