July 12: Top Ten Bookish Facts About Me
I loved this week’s theme! I love any opportunity to discuss my nerdiness, especially over my affinity with the written word – if you share any of these habits with me, please let me know, as sometimes I find that reading is a very solitary act (and that’s one of the reasons I love to blog about books: it fuels discussion. I hope).
I have read precisely none of these books on my shelf. Sigh.
1. I read multiple books at a time
To put this into perspective, I’m currently reading eleven books! For those interested, they are: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling, Life and Death by Stephenie Meyer, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, The 100 by Kass Morgan, Legend by Marie Lu, Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller, A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, The Guy Next Door by Meg Cabot, The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz, Paradise Lost by John Milton and How To Find Your (First) Husband by Rosie Blake – I’m in a reading slump, ok?! Interestingly, I do not have an issue with remembering any plots.
2. I buy duplicate copies of my favourite books
I have 23 copies of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and I have many copies of the other six books. I also have duplicate sets of The Hunger Games trilogy, and if I have a signed copy of a book I almost certainly have an unsigned copy as well.
3. I never break the spines of my books
They look horrible on my bookshelf and it messes with my OCD. However, some of the books I had as a kid have broken spines, as do my few favourite books, but I can live with that as they carry extra-special memories.
4. I buy entire series without having read the first book
Recent examples: The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater and Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes. The main reason for this is that I cannot stand having un-matching series (either hardcover/paperback or due to a cover design change).
5. I convinced my parents to build me a double bookshelf in the spare room
And it’s beautiful! Everything except my J.K. Rowling/Robert Galbraith collection and my signed copies are on display; the trouble is I still don’t have enough room not to double stack my books. One day, I will have my own Beauty and the Beast/Belle style library.
6. Besides Harry Potter, my two favourite books are The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger and Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
Both books are beautifully written and feature strong, independent characters. The plots/intended audience obviously differ incredibly, but they both spoke to me on a profound level. I was lucky enough to meet Audrey at the London Book Fair 2016 in April and she signed my copy and I got a selfie, and I’m desperately hoping I’ll get to meet Malorie at YALC later this month.
7. The only person I let read my books is my Granny
And that’s because I know she’s as careful with her books as I am with mine. She is also the person I credit with my love of reading, and she has a Beauty and the Beast/Belle style library in her house (minus the sliding ladder). I never loan my books to friends or other family unless I have no intention of getting them back (eg. I disliked the book) – who wants a book returned in a worse condition than it was lent out in?! Get your own copy!
8. I have a box in my wardrobe filled with signed books
It’s stuffed full and is now overflowing: there must be 30-40 books, including The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir and The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins. I buy most of my signed copies from Waterstones, Foyles and Goldsboro Books.
9. The most expensive book I’ve ever purchased cost £178.50
It’s a 1/1 (first edition/first print) copy of The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka. J.K. Rowling). They are currently on eBay for £695+ so I think I got a bargain two years ago!
10. I often buy the same book in multiple formats
I’ve lost count of the number of books I own in physical, eBook and audiobook form: I love the flexibility it gives me, especially if I’m traveling or just want a change of style. And frankly, little beats Stephen Fry reading Harry Potter to me as I drift off to sleep.
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