(image credit goes to Shealea!)
This is my SIXTH post in the #Project14Lists series, hosted by Shealea at That Bookshelf Bitch! You can find more information here, as well as a thread of my posts for the event here.
Previous #Project14Lists Posts:
1. Winter TBR
2. #Short-a-Thon: Graphic Novel/Manga Goals
3. 2019’s General “Life” Resolutions & Goals
4. 2019’s Reading Resolutions & Goals
5. 10 TV Shows I Want to Watch in 2019
Today’s #Project14Lists post is…
Random Bookish Facts About Me!
I’ve been tagged a few times lately in posts that feature random facts about the blogger posting it, so I thought this would be a great time to tell you all some random facts about me—specifically, about myself as a reader, and my reading habits!
1. I can get a little bit type A.
I tend to get obsessive over my reading goals. The problem isn’t my type A issues—it’s the fact that I cut myself no slack, and end up putting way too much on my plate for me to even possibly juggle. (Hence my goals of self-care in my reading habits in 2019!)
2. It is almost impossible for me to decline review requests.
I’m the kind of person who can’t stand to upset anyone, so I accept some review requests for books I’m not super interested in reading, just because the authors reaching out are so nice that I can’t bring myself to say no. (Does anyone have any advice for how to stop being this way?)
3. I think ebooks get a bad rap for no reason.
I constantly see people saying that ebooks aren’t as good, or that they’ll “never live up to a physical book in your hands!”—and, frankly, I think that’s silly (not to mention potentially ableist, because what about people who can’t hold heavy books, or whose eyesight requires those HUGE text options e-readers and kindle apps offer now?).
In fact, if I might be so bold, sometimes I prefer ebooks. Yep, I said it! I have a reoccurring health issue with my right wrist, as well as chronic spinal problems and pain, which means that there are many days where the only way I can read is by propping up in bed with my lightweight, handy-dandy kindle. It’s a lifesaver (and if you can justify the cost, my spouse got me the Oasis for a wedding gift back in October, and I am OBSESSED).
4. I am terrible at completing series.
Ever since I was mercilessly destroyed by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows all the way back in 2007, I have been petrified of completing beloved series—mainly because most of my beloved series are fantasy, and fantasy authors love wrecking our lives in their finales. It’s really common for me to leave a series finale unread on my shelf for years.
5. I can’t read just one book at a time.
People always ask me how I juggle so many books at once, but the funny thing (to me) is when I see someone only ever read one book at a time, I’m the one who’s impressed! I can’t do that because my ADHD won’t tolerate binge reading an entire book before moving on to the next one. If I forced myself to only read one book at a time, I estimate that my monthly wraps would drop from 20 books per month to 5. That said, I genuinely think I would write better reviews if I read one book at a time. I have no idea if this is true, but it’s a nagging suspicion I have. 🙁
6. I keep stacks of books everywhere.
Sometimes when I’m scrolling through bookstagram, it looks like my friends have their libraries in perfect order and I get a little jealous, because sadly, that isn’t me—as I’m typing this, I have 5 bookcases in my bedroom full, a big box of potential “unhauls” on my bedroom floor, a bookcase beside my desk with my library loans and this month’s TBR books, a tiny bookshelf in my spare bedroom holding all of my mass market paperbacks, and a few piles of books in the spare bedroom floor awaiting their next photoshoot. It’s a problem sometimes, but luckily…
7. I can almost always tell you exactly where a specific book is in my home, at any given time.
I’m definitely one of those people whose home is in a constant disarray, but no matter how messy my shelves are or how spread out those afore-mentioned piles might be, I would estimate that at least 95% of the time, you could name literally any book I physically own and I could tell you EXACTLY where it is at that moment. I have no idea why I’m like this, but I always have been, and it comes in handy a LOT.
8. I’ve been reading longer than I can remember.
One of my oldest memories in my life is sitting at the table, eating breakfast while trying to sound out words on the cereal box to my mother. I was reading basically before I was talking, and I never stopped doing either of those things. ?
9. I’m great at remembering plots, awful at remembering names.
Pretty much any book I’ve read, I can tell you the entire synopsis and conjure up a million irrelevant details about the story’s unfolding, but ask me the main character’s name and there’s at least a 50% chance I’ll have to think about it for a second, with a solid 20% chance I won’t have a clue. (This makes reviewing books long after I’ve read them really annoying.)
10. I have to buy page tabs in bulk.
I tab everything. Quotes I want to use? Tab ’em. Sweet romantic moments? Tabs. Character development? Tab, please. Potential foreshadowing?! THE TABS, JEEVES! Seriously, though, it’s intense enough that I had to start buying several packs at a time and ordering them through AliExpress.com because I was simply spending too much on the nice name brand ones at the grocery store. ? (These are the ones I love, if anyone is curious!)