Hello and Happy Top Ten Tuesday, you guys! This week’s theme is ‘facts about me’, but I thought we should narrow it down and just talk about bookish stuff you might find interesting about me.
Writing out this list was actually surprisingly hard, especially because I felt like I had done a similar post with my blogger confessions TTT a few weeks back, but hey, I managed! Here we go. 🙂
1) I was in a three-year reading slump once.
I’ve mentioned this quite a bit, but just for more clarity: Once I read about 150+ books in a year, a mixture of regency romance and YA, and it sent me into a really bad reading slump that lasted about three years until maybe mid-2015.
I’ve since learned not to force myself and take it easy with reading. Most people I know have tips and tricks on how to get over slumps but personally speaking only time is an actual solution for me.
2) I borrow from the library a lot. A LOT.
I’m a member of two libraries with 12 local branches, 4 of which are within a 30-minute walk from my place, and I try to borrow as much as I can from any of them. Currently I have about library 6 books, which doesn’t seem like a lot but is actually SUPER HEAVY when I’m lugging them from tram to tram.
Also I’m kind of saving for the future so I try not to spend too much on the present… except on clothes and food. I love books a lot, but my self-control disappears when it comes to buying coats, shoes, or snacks. Heeey. 😀
3) I don’t buy print books very often.
The last print book I remember buying was Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff and the purchase happened sometime early 2015 or late 2014 — it’s been that long, and it happens so rarely that I actually can’t recall when the last time I bought a print book was!
I just don’t have a lot of space where I can keep print books, and I kind of prefer e-books anyway just because I can highlight, write notes, and bookmark them without actually blemishing the book… so I really only buy print books when I really, really, REALLY love the story. Then I’ll grab all the print books. 😛
4) I’m warming up to audiobooks.
My first audiobook ever was Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass, which I ‘read’ half on a library book and the other half on an audiobook. I didn’t like the narration nor the actual story, but at that time it was enough to put me off audiobooks for a while… at least until I started listening to Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance, which was funny, easy, and really well-narrated by the comedian himself.
I still haven’t figured out how to listen to fiction audiobooks, but I love non-fiction ones — I found them easier to get into and less demanding in terms of attention. I don’t have to focus 100% on them and can listen while I’m working, trying to sleep, or doing something else that requires some brainpower.
If anyone has recommendations for an audiobook with GREAT narration that’s not too hard to listen to while multi-tasking, I’ll take it. I’ll take anything.
5) English is not my first language, but it’s what I read in.
I started speaking English when I was maybe six, and ever since then, 99% of what I read is in English. To be fair, though, I actually think in English and I speak more English now than I do my mother tongue, courtesy of living in an English-speaking country.
Bonus info: I apparently speak in an American accent despite having only spent a little over two weeks in the US. I think it’s because of all the Friends I watched when I was younger (and am still watching) — and no, I’m not joking. 😛
6) I stay up to read until waaaay too late.
As I get older, I’m realising how bad (and how hard) it is to stay up. Back when I was in high school I literally existed on 3-5 hours of sleep a night and was just fine, but now I need at least 6 hours, and even then waking up is agony.
At least back then I stayed up to study… but now, I stay up to read. It’s not healthy, you guys, but I can’t help it. I NEED TO FINISH THIS BOOK STAT.
7) I didn’t start REALLY reading YA until I was 19.
I did the IB in high school and whatever free hour I had was spent either sleeping, playing games, or writing fanfiction, so I wasn’t actually reading that much when I was an actual teen.
It was when I started uni that I started reading more books and actually discovered YA as a genre. Before that, I’ve read certain titles (Twilight, Harry Potter), but never the less ‘mainstream’ ones, the ones that people outside the book community would never have heard of. Now I do, though, and it feels great! 😛
8) I’m not HUGE on Harry Potter.
I mean, I still think it’s pretty freakin’ awesome and like many, many (MANY) things about it, but I just don’t love it the way some of my best friends do. I don’t remember any trivia about it, I don’t feel any desire to complete my collection (I have several volumes in my mother tongue, others in English), and I’m not particularly looking forward to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at all.
I like Harry Potter and the amazing times I had reading it, but I just don’t… love it to death? Yeah. Here’s what I did do, however:
- When I was 12, I used to pretend I was a witch.
- I joined Pottermore pretty much the minute it was open under the urgings of my friends… and was very unsurprisingly sorted into Ravenclaw.
- I read Draco/Harmione fanfiction (and still do, because heeey), and my favourite is probably Thirteenth Night by nelpher. It’s just a good, solid romance, and I love how their reluctant friendship developed into a romance.
9) I don’t really care for book maps.
You know how some fantasy books have maps of the world on the endpapers? Yeaaaaah, I never ever refer to them or even look at them.
You’d think that this is only specific to ebooks, but even with print books I just don’t really care to look at them — my brain’s too busy with the story and the characters to think too much about where Kingdom A or Palace B is located… and with my being a skimmer, I tend to not really care about the details that much. 😛
10) Same goes for novellas.
Some people really love getting short novellas about this missing scene or that character from a book, but while I veeeeery occasionally read them, I don’t really care for them and honestly think some books are better off left alone.
In my opinion, not all loose ends need to be tied, and some side characters are more intriguing, more likable, when they remain as side characters. I’m probably in the minority for this one, though.
Can you relate to any of these? Let me know in the comments or leave me a link to your TTT! ❤