When I first started blogging, I wrote a list of bookish facts about me and now, almost two years on, I really wanted to do another. (What can I say, I love lists.)
I’ve gained quite a few new followers recently, so I thought this would be a fun way for you guys to get to know me a bit better. If you are new to my blog, thanks so much for following me, I’m absolutely thrilled that you’ve decided to check out my content. And if you’ve been following me for a while, thank you for sticking around, maybe you’ll find out something new that you didn’t already know about me.
1. I read 75 books last year and I’m aiming for 80 books this year. (Help.)
2. My favourite genre is fantasy (adult or YA).
3. As well as fiction, I read a lot of manga, graphic novels and web comics.
4. I lived in Japan for three months so I love reading books set in Japan and about Japanese people and culture that remind me of being there, and of how much I want to go back.
5. I don’t own a kindle or e-reader. (I love paperbacks, don’t @ me.)
6. Having said that, I have started reading books on my phone recently, but this is only because I have a long commute and I check train times online regularly, so it’s quick and easy to just open the app and read.
7. In the summer, I love going to parks to read or sitting in my garden, but in winter I like to be cosy and inside while reading.
8. I use my bedside table for my physical, short-term TBR, and Goodreads as my virtual, long-term TBR.
9. My Goodreads TBR is currently at 173 books. 173. BOOKS. Someone stop me.
10. I’m a member of four different libraries. This might seem excessive, but libraries need all the members and public engagement they can get.
11. I organised my first readathon over Easter and it was so much fun! If you’re reading this and you joined in, thank you so much for making it a brilliant weekend.
12. I prefer paperbacks to hardbacks. They’re easier to hold and transport, and they take up less space on your bookshelf.
13. My favourite authors are Victoria Schwab and Leigh Bardugo. I’ve met Victoria twice at YALC last year and the year before, and she’s absolutely wonderful. I’ve never met Leigh yet, but hopefully I will in the future.
14. The author I’ve met the most times is Alwyn Hamilton. I’ve met her four times altogether; twice at YALC and twice at Waterstones events in Birmingham and Islington.
15. I read a lot of my commute to and from work, but sometimes on weekends I struggle to balance reading with blogging. Often I’ll be reading and then I’ll think of a blog post I need to finish writing, so I’ll put my book down in favour of working on that. But then after a while, I’ll think about how I should be finishing the book I’m reading, so I’ll go back to that. Basically, I bounce between the two a lot.
16. I have an ongoing internal ‘shame list’ of books that I should have read by now, and need to get to, but haven’t. A few of these are:
To Kill A Mockingbird
An Ember In The Ashes
Strange The Dreamer
We Should All Be Feminists
Memoirs Of A Geisha
There are plenty more, but I’ll leave it at that.
17. When I hear a book is being adapted into a TV show or film, my immediate reaction is apprehension. There are so many examples of poor adaptations (Percy Jackson and The Golden Compass spring to mind) and adaptations that are just downright diabolical (*cough* The Mortal Instruments *cough*), that I always worry the film/TV show will be awful and will end up tainting the book. I’m desperately hoping, thought, that the potential ADSOM adaptation that’s in the works will be stunning and will do the book justice.
18. Unpopular opinion, but I don’t like French flaps on books. They always tend to pop out and get in the way when I’m reading and I’m just not here for that.
19. I’ve never stayed up all night reading a book. I’ve made it to about 2.30am before but I always get too tired to last the whole night. I have no stamina when it comes to night-time reading. (I’m 24 but I swear I act like I’m 94 sometimes).
20. I’m a sucker for a good redemption arc in a book. I just love it when a character realises that they don’t want to be the villain of the story any more and changes their ways. *Thinks about Carry On and A Conjuring of Light*
21. I wrote 30k words of my own WIP last November during NaNoWriMo, but I haven’t touched it since then. I need to get back into writing, because I get so much enjoyment out of it, but between working full time, commuting, blogging, and doing sport, and visiting my boyfriend and friends, I don’t have that much free time for it at the moment. I know it’s all about ‘making time’, but I literally need another 5 hours in the day.
22. I’m an editor and publisher for my job, but I would absolutely love to proof read a fantasy of YA manuscript. I just don’t really know how to get involved in this as a freelancer. (If anyone has any tips, hit me up.)
23. My pet hate in YA is when authors use the phrase ‘X let out a breath they didn’t realise they’d been holding’. No. This phrase is CANCELLED. It’s so overused that it’s become a major cliche. (Not a good one.) And yet authors still keep using it. Why??? You don’t accidentally forget to breath, it’s a subconscious physical mechanism that you only ever do on purpose.
24. I’m the worst for buying books faster than I can read them. I just get so excited about new releases that I end up picking a few up, then I’ll read them and other books get left on my shelf for even longer.
25. I don’t re-read books. Well, not very often. There are so many new releases getting published every month, that once I’ve read a book once, I don’t tend to go back to it because I have a multitude of other books I want to get to. But, I’m making an exception this year for Six of Crows and A Darker Shade of Magic, both of which I want to re-read because they’re basically two of my favourite books (and series) or all time.
Phew, that’s 25. Hopefully you know me a little better now that I’ve shared some of my reading tastes and preferences. If you want to do something similar to this post then feel free and please do tag me in it, as I’d love to read your answers.
Do you have any unusual or interesting reading habits? Are you writing your own WIP or on a book buying ban? Let me know what some of your 25 facts would be!