Who would like to get to know me a little better?
That’s the spirit!
I have been blogging for a few months now so I thought I was about time I did this tag, to let you all get to know me a little better (please don’t be alarmed).
To be honest I struggled to write this at first. I had like two facts saved in a draft for months that I would occasionally open and stare at before closing again. Then suddenly, this evening, it all came pouring out like factoid word vomit. So here are 25 Bookish facts about me.
1.) I have a yearly reading tradition of reading one classic novel at Christmas time. It began a couple of years ago. Christmas 2016 I read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Christmas 2017 I read Dracula by Bram Stoker. This Christmas I am planning to read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë and I’m thinking Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy for next Christmas. It makes me feel very wise and learned.
2.) I am very picky about the condition of my books when I buy them. This only applies to books I buy new, I am easy going with second hand books. I pretty much will not buy a new book unless it’s pristine. Also, if the shop has multiple copies I can be seen digging through the pile to find the one that feels right. Am I crazy?
3.) If I could be any book character I would be Valkyrie Cain from Skulduggery Pleasant. I grew up wanting to be her so badly. She is a kickass woman who knows her own power, strength and beauty. She grows up throughout the books so I got to grow up with her. And even if I didn’t turn out to be a magic wielding, punch throwing Goddess, she still represents everything I want to be as a strong young lady. Plus can I please be best friends with Skulduggery?
4.) Although I don’t listen to audio books now, I couldn’t sleep without one when I was a child. Particularly dramatised ones. I had a little walkman and a shelf full of cassettes. Everynight I would have to rewind and try to find the place where I fell asleep the night before. My favourites were The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, Tom’s Midnight Garden and The Little White Horse.
5.) My first true book obsession was A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. I would devour them and wait anxiously for the next one to come out. Funny bonus fact: due to my troubles reading when I was younger, I spent the first four books pronouncing ‘Count Olaf’ – ‘Count OLF’ until my Mum corrected me. I GOT CONFUSED OK.
6.) I judge books by their covers. Plain and simple. I have almost bought books that are of no interest to me at all (History and Politics) because of their covers. Does this make me shallow? Probably. Do I care? No. It means my bookshelves are prettier than people’s who don’t judge books by their covers 🙂
7.) I have no problem with owning multiple editions of books. Especially if I loved the book. Paperback? Check. Hardcover? Check. Exclusive Hardcover? Double check. USA edition? Send it over please, check.
8.) Pretty hardbacks are my weakness. And metallic foiling *Homer Simpson donut noise*
9.) I have been working as a bookseller in a large London bookshop for almost two years, on and off. On and off because I am also an Actress and have had to go away on a couple of contracts in that time. Luckily my shop is lovely and understanding and always has me back. I have learnt so much in that time. It means I am a whizz at recommending books to pretty much anyone with any kind of reading taste, including non-fiction, without ever having read them. You learn to gauge a books audience without reading it and figure out which books pair together nicely. It’s like a super power.
10.) I cannot read a book in one sitting, or even for lengthy periods of time. Even if I’m loving that book, after an hour I get restless and fidgety and need to stop and do something else. This is one of the contributing factors as to why I don’t get as much reading done as I’d like to. The only time I ever read a book in one sitting was Pictures of Lily by Paige Toon. I got it free on my iPad and I think the screen may have had something to do with my ability to read it all at once. It was so damn intriguingly addictive that I just finished it in one go. If you are looking for a trashy romantic read – I’d recommend it. It has koalas in it.
11.) I narrate books in my head. I also take my time and go back over sentences that didn’t fully sink in. I simply don’t get how people can properly take in and enjoy a story just by skimming it. Madness I say.
12.) I will not ever, NEVER own a kindle. I understand the appeal, I do, but I just love physical books too much. Also, I read a lot of Fantasy and I need easy access to my maps and character lists at all time.
13.) I Love it when a book causes me pain. Is that sadistic? I revel in it because it doesn’t happen often. I’m not a crier and I’m hard to impress. So when I book makes me feel feelings, I love it. It hurts so good.
14.) I cannot listen to music and read. I can’t even deal with people talking near me when I’m reading. It disrupts the (excellent) narrative I’ve got going on in my head. And I just start listening to lyrics/what they’re saying instead.
15.) I love the sound when you open a new hardback and the glue cracks *shudders*
16.) I never leave the home without a book. Even if I’m going somewhere where I know I won’t have a chance to read. It’s a comfort thing I guess. It also means I can’t own cute little clutch bags, damn it.
17.) I used to struggle with reading, I was behind my reading age and had to take extra classes to help me figure it out. I didn’t really get into reading in a big way until I was twenty. That means I’ve only been a truly avid reader for three years. Which is why I always feel so behind – I’m trying to catch up with all the great books I missed!
18.) I cast characters in my head using actors. It’s just easier to have a face already made up, then I can add the details like scars and tattoos etc. I also place myself in most books I read and I know I’m not the only one, y’all do it too, don’t lie.
19.) I only read one book at a time. I just don’t like to split my attention over multiple stories, I like to commit to one and give it my full consideration.
20.) I don’t judge people by their reading choices. But my eyes roll hard anytime I see a post on Facebook asking for ‘Good Book Recommendations’ and all anyone comments is frikken mass-market crime. THERE ARE MORE BOOKS IN THE WORLD THAN GONE GIRL AND GIRL ON THE TRAIN.
21.) I spend more money on books than anything else. This is why I have no nice clothes, or makeup and my nails get done only for very special occasions. I live vicariously through book characters. Duh.
22.) I don’t get poetry. I just don’t get it. It’s the ‘modern art’ of words for me. I like my reading to be literal and straightforward. I haven’t got the time or patience to read into deeper meanings, metaphors and flowery writing.
23.) I am excellent at guessing plot twists. It’s a talent of mine. There isn’t a single subtle hint that gets past me, no Sir-ee. The only time I’ve ever been shook was the end of Crown of Midnight. I did NOT see that one coming.
24.) One of my favourite bookish things is when I’m on the tube (or subway to the Americans out there) and I finish a book, put it back in my bag and pull out a brand new one to start straight away. The looks I get from people when I do this, fuel me.
25.) I don’t have a favourite book snack, because I don’t eat whilst I’m reading. I need all my hands to eat. And I hate getting crumbs between the pages. Maybe if I had three arms I would eat and read, but alas I am merely a two-armed being and I have limits.
Do you share some of these facts with me? Let me know in the comments below. Or let me know some of your unique bookish quirks.