34 Bookish Facts About Me

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Today is my birthday! I am 34 today (yikes!) so I thought I’d share 34 Bookish and Blogish facts about myself.

Bookish Facts:

1. I hate spending money on anything and usually only buy books I’ve already read so I know for sure it won’t be a waste of money.

2. I would rather read a book with graphic violence than a book with graphic sex.

3. I have never read the Harry Potter series and I have accepted that I never will. #sorrynotsorry

4. In 2017 I have read primarily mysteries, suspense, and thrillers. I have had to really be in the right mood to read anything else.

5. Over the last couple years I have been to book events for Linda Castillo, Leigh Bardugo, Marissa Meyer, Karin Slaughter, and Lisa Scottoline.

6. I have a hard time determining which exact genre a book belongs in. For instance, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller/Crime. Are they synonymous? Are they a little different? Are they vastly different? I plan on writing a full post about this subject someday.

7. I almost always disagree with the hype surrounding popular books.

8. As much as I want to, I just don’t care about graphic novels/comic books. I’ve tried a couple and can’t get into them. Even Marissa Meyer, Rainbow Rowell, and Pierce Brown can’t get me to care about them. And I have often declared that I would read anything Pierce Brown writes.

9. Really long chapters are the bane of my existence.

10. While there are a few exceptions, I generally really dislike a lot of description in books.

11. I love library ebooks, but I haven’t checked out a physical book from the library since college. I’m a little bit of a germaphobe.

12. I love books that feature fake relationships.

13. It’s not really a conscious choice, but I have found that the books I read are almost entirely written by female authors.

14. A couple of male authors I love, though, are Pierce Brown and Linwood Barclay.

15. I used a Nook for years and loved it until it kept giving me problems with downloading library books. I bought a Kindle last summer and have read primarily on that ever since. I’m not giving up my Nook completely, though (I still have so many books on it).

16. I used to love Historical Fiction, but these days I really have to be in the right mood for it. I still usually enjoy it once I start it, but for some reason I really have to force myself into starting it.

17. I’ve found that a lot of the books I really loved when I first got back into reading are not ones that I like that much anymore.

18. I hate movie tie-in book covers.

19. I try not to let a bad book cover keep me from reading a book, but I will absolutely read a book based on a really beautiful cover.

20. I always want to share books I love with people, but actually lending those books to someone makes me very nervous.

21. I’ve had to unfollow a lot of my favorite authors on Twitter because their tweets were making me not want to read their books anymore.

22. If it takes me more than three days to read a book it usually means I am either incredibly distracted by real life things or am not enjoying the story at all.

23. I used to never be able to DNF a book (or a series), but I have gotten much better at it over the last couple years. I usually try to give a book 25% before I decide, but some books I don’t make it through a chapter before I know I don’t want to continue.

Blogish Facts:

24. It took 3+ years of blogging before I figured out that when people talked about “commenting back” it meant visiting the commenter’s blog and commenting on their post and not just replying to the comment they left.

25. I’m still not very good at always “commenting back” because sometimes I just can not think of one single thing to say that isn’t just really generic.

26. I don’t follow the “commenting back” etiquette on Good Reads. I will probably only comment on a status if I have something specific about the book to say and will probably only comment on your review if you don’t have a blog. I use it basically for book tracking/recommendations and not for social media purposes.

27. I’ve become more generous with my star ratings over the last year or two…but still not that generous.

28. I have exclusively used NetGalley to request ARCs until just last month I gave Edelweiss another try. I requested two books and got approved for one the next day. It was also one that NetGalley rejected me on.

29. Getting rejected for an ARC pretty much guarantees that I won’t buy a copy. If it’s not at the library or I can’t borrow it from somebody I probably won’t read it.

30. I wish I would’ve spent a bit more time coming up with my blog name when I first signed up for WordPress. As you can see, I put very little thought into it.

31. I’ve thought about changing my blog name over the years, but I’m afraid it will be too difficult so I never pursue it.

32. I will probably never move to a self-hosted site because I hate spending money, but I am also really terrible with all things website development.

33. I hate whenever someone in my real life stumbles upon my blog. Anytime someone mentions it to me I want to shut it down.

34. I spend more time talking to blogging friends online than I do talking to people in real life (outside of work, anyways).


Whew! Did you make it through all those facts? As a reward, I am going to give away a book! The winner will receive a book from The Book Depository (only enter if you they ship to you) up to $20 value. You may choose from any book I have reviewed on my blog (see a list by Author or by Rating). Please note that I will verify all entries and anyone with one unverifiable entry will be disqualified.

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45 thoughts on “34 Bookish Facts About Me

  1. That was awesome Stephanie! I enjoyed the photos too! I would love to meet any of those authors! I am sometimes the same with books that have “hype” and I try to stay true to my own likes/dislikes which sometimes is hard!

    • Thanks! All those authors are great in person. I hope you get the opportunity to meet them some day! I’m glad to find somebody else who seems to disagree with the hype. It always feels like I’m reading a different book than everyone else.

  2. Happy birthday Stephanie!! 34 is still a great age! I can’t believe how much we have in common after reading your list.. just to name a few:
    Number 2: is a definite yes. Fifty Shades was totally lost on me 😉 (I read the first in ecopy but have the three still wrapped in foil as well, never opened).
    Number 4: I also mostly read thrillers but sometimes I read too many and then I have to read something else in between
    Number 6: I so look forward to that blog post because I’m wondering the same sometimes. You are not alone 😉
    Number 26: I never know what to say on Goodreads so I don’t really comment there or rarely
    Number 29: YES! So you don’t want me to read the book.. fine, your bad! I’m never getting it now.
    Number 34: Me too, I love my blog friends most 😉
    Finally, I think your blog name is fine and I don’t see why you’d want to change it! It’s YOU 🙂

  3. I agree with 33! That applies to me too. The only two people I have told about my blog are my grandma and my internet friend who I have never met in real life. I don’t know why I just don’t want to tell people I know about it

  4. Happy birthday, Stephanator!!! I didn’t realize our birthdays are so close. Mine was Sunday. Scorpios unite! (Lol, I don’t really pay attention to the horoscope stuff, but it sounded good.) Have an AMAZING day!
    P.S. Loved reading this.

  5. Happy Birthday! I love this post and pics. It’s fun to get to know you better. I don’t like movie tie in covers either and I have yet to jump into Edelweiss. Maybe next year 😊
    Have a fantastic day!

  6. Happy Birthday!! I also have trouble deciding on a book’s genre. I look forward to your post about it. I now combine mystery, suspense and thriller but I don’t know if they are the same. I do better when they are subgenres like psychological thriller or romantic suspense.

  7. Happy birthday Steph ❤ So sorry I wasn't online yesterday! I also hate it when someone in "real life" mentions my blog, I don't know, I'd rather keep this private. Loved reading a bit more about you and I hope next year by your birthday we'll have discovered many more great books together! Btw I'm starting The teacher today 😛

  8. Happy birthday!!

    I completely get your cringing when people in real life comment on your blog. My mother-in-law discovered my blog and I’ve been wanting to hide from her ever since.. My blog really feels too personal in a way to share with her, but.. It’s not like I can change anything about it. Unfortunately.

    I’ve only requested through NetGalley the past few months. At first I gave Edelweiss a try as well but I just can’t figure that whole thing out. Maybe I simply haven’t taken enough time for it yet, but.. NetGalley just LOOKS better as well. :’)

    • Yikes, a mother-in-law reading my blog would make me super uncomfortable, too! I found Edelweiss not user-friendly at all when I first tried it, so that’s why I stuck with NetGalley (which I think is really user-friendly), but I’ve heard lots of people like Edelweiss better, so who knows? Might be worth checking out again sometime.

      • Agreed! I’ve heard the same thing though.. I’ve also noticed people saying that if they get denied on NetGalley they often get accepted on Edelweiss? Which is weird but also seems like the perfect way to have an extra shot at an eARC, of course.. I’ll check it out again sometime, but I doubt it’ll be soon. Too many books to read right now, haha.

  9. Every year I forget how close our birthdays are, and then I read your birthday post and think, “I should have done that for my birthday!” and then I forget again by next year haha But happy birthday nonetheless, and as someone who is now 13 days into age 35, best of luck with 34. 😀 It was a solid year for me, so I hope things go well for you, too!

  10. Happy birthday, Stephanie!
    I like this idea of a post, but it must get harder every year? Not only coming up with new facts, but more facts each time! My bookish fact is this: my sister reads my blog religiously, but never comments on it. She just facebooks me her comments. Yesterday she told me The Ice Dragon should have been counted as a short story, not as a book. Pfft.

    • Thank you! This is the first time I’ve done this particular type of post. I don’t think I’m nearly interesting enough to come up with 30+ new facts about myself every year lol. That’s funny about how your sister comments. I wonder why she doesn’t just leave blog comments?

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  12. Happy birthday!

    I am SO GLAD I’m not the only one who struggles with classifying genres! Paranormal vs Supernatural gets me every time (as do the crime/mystery/suspense/thrillers). When all else fails, I see what the book store has it listed as and go off of that.

    I too have never read Harry Potter despite owning the first 4 books. I tried my best when I was younger to read the first and the third books but never managed to finish…and I never plan to. I enjoyed the movies though.

    • Thank you! I’m glad to hear that other people can’t figure out what genre they’re reading either. Paranormal stuff trips me up too! Like what is the difference between paranormal or supernatural and urban fantasy? I can only remember watching one Harry Potter movie and wasn’t terribly impressed haha. But it was one of the ones in the middle.

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  14. I’m a terrible, horrible friend, because I’m days late catching up on blogs and didn’t realize it was your birthday. Happy Belated Birthday, Stephanie!!! I hope you’re having a good birthday week.

    There are so many things I love about this post, because they are me, too!! I’ve never finished the HP series, and have little desire to do so. I hate long chapters and descriptive books and hyped books. I can’t get into graphic novels no matter how hard I try. I refuse to turn my blog into a paid site, because I’m cheap. I never really understood the ‘commenting back’ thing until you just explained it! I rarely do that on Goodreads – I use it mostly to track books, too!

    Happy Friday – I hope you have a great weekend!

    • Thank you Brandie! And you are not a terrible, horrible friend at all!! And you made my day today when you got me a book! Thank you again, so much for that! That makes me happy that I’m not the only one who didn’t understand the whole “commenting back” thing! I used to see some of the *bigger* bloggers complaining on Twitter about how long it was going to take them to comment back and I always wondered why it took them so long lol.

  15. A very belated Happy Birthday, Stephanie. At thirty-four, you have a long way to go to be my age. You are less than 1/2 my age, but just barely. I love your list, Stephanie. It must have taken some time to come up with all of these facts about you (it would take me eons). We definitely have a lot of things in common. Hugs, my friend..

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