Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend, and were able to find time to read or do something for you.
Today I’ve got a little get-to-know me post. I’ve been wanting to share on here more about myself and the other things in life that make me fangirly for a while, because I want this blog to be more than just a ‘book blog’ with book reviews and recs (not that there is ANYTHING wrong with blogs that do!). It’s just that I want OhMyFangirly to be a little more personal, so that when I do review or recommend a book or something, you feel like it’s coming from someone you know. So I thought I’d start off by sharing some of the bookish things about me (we’ll work up to the personal life stuff).
// Twilight was my first YA book // And I got bitten by Twilight hard (pun absolutely intended, ha!) — I re-read them over and over, too many times to count, and was pretty active in the fandom. I first read it when I was 17 and it was technically my first intro to YA books as a genre (like so many of us).
// But I was late to the YA party // While Twilight did lead me to YA and some wonderful books/fandoms, it actually took me a few years — when I was 19/20 — before YA really became my ‘thing’. Or maybe it’s that as I got more into adulthood, I found I loved YA books more and more.
// I’m a contemporary girl through and through // It took me a while to find MY genre (I went through a paranormal phase), but for the last few years contemporary has been my go-to and I can’t get enough of it (my TBR is crazy big with all the contemporaries I’m trying to catch up on).
// I read “adult fiction” more as a teenager than I do now // Jodi Piccoult and Nicholas Sparks were some of my fave authors as a teen, I devoured their books! Other ‘adult fiction’ books like One Day by David Nicholls, The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger and Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen are my all-time favourites.
// I’d definitely call myself a ‘mood reader’ // I’m not the type of reader who can set a reading list and read book after book – believe me I’ve tried, but I just can’t do it. It’s hard to describe, but I have to FEEL like reading a certain book to read it. And that feeling can be fleeting and can come and go — like I’ll find a book I want to read so I put it on my TBR (or even put it on hold at the library) and then I’ll buy/borrow it but I’ll no longer feel like reading it and be into something else. I can go months (or borrow it several times) before I actually read it! It’s SO frustrating but I’ve learnt to go with it and always have OPTIONS of books to read. (Sidenote: I’m thinking a blog post is order about this because man, obviously I’ve got LOTS to say about this).
// I can be a slooooow reader // I been wishing I could speed read like the Flash for years but that STILL hasn’t happened. That said, if I’m really into a book I can fly through it like it’s nobody’s business.
// I prefer paperbacks to hardback // Hardbacks are pretty, but they’re not practical for me.. like they’re heavy to carry around (and I take a book with me most places I go) and heavy to read (especially when lying down in bed… which is where I read like 95% of the time).
// I prefer hardcopy over ebooks // I really want to get into the ebook thing, because it would be awesome to carry a whole library on one thing, but there is something magical about the smell and feel of an actual book – and I feel like I connect to the book and characters more when it’s a hardcopy book (sounds silly, but it’s true).
// I do judge books by their covers // Sometimes. Because pretty covers are pretty. But I’m not a completely judgey bookworm, I judge books on their synopsis/blurb too. KIDDING, I’m kidding. Sort of. SOMETHING has to get me to read the book (see my mood-reader point above)
// I dog-ear mark my books // Yes I do. *Senses judgement* okay look, I’ve tried using bookmarks, I really have, but I always, ALWAYS end up losing them in the first few chapters so I end up dog-earring because it’s easier/quicker than trying to find the bookmark that disappeared into thin air (like, where do they go??) #sorrynotsorry
// I’m selective with my book-buying // Okay so this is mostly this is out of necessity — of space and you know, money. And because of those things called space and money, I only buy books that I know I’ll love/do love/by authors I love. My childhood dream is/was to have a library like Belle in Beauty and the Beast, but that still hasn’t become a reality. So yeah.
// I LOVE book-to-movies // I know some people hate book-to-movies, but I’m firmly in the love camp.
Let’s get to know one another! What are some bookish things about you?