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