25 Bookish Facts About Me…

Hey everyone!!
I came across a little post and I really liked the idea behind it, so I thought that I would do one about myself. The idea is to come up with 25 Bookish Facts about yourself and share it, so here are some little facts about me and hopefully this will be a good way for you all to get to know
me a little bit better. So, lets begin..

1) I am a slow reader and envy all those fast readers out there.
2) I am more of a night time reader, staying up until the early hours in the morning. This can be so peaceful.
3) I totally judge books by their covers.
4) I suffer with chronic migraines which sucks as a reader, as it can really damping the whole reading process. The joy can sometimes turn into misery.
5) I never read the Harry Potter series in the correct order the first time I read the books.
6) My least favourite genre is most probably Sci-fi.
7) I can’t read in a moving vehicle, especially a car, because I’ll either get carsick or a migraine. This doesn’t stop me from trying though!
8) I HATE lending out ANY of my books! I’ve had a bad history with this.
9) My favourite books when I was younger (the earliest I can remember) are; ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, ‘Matilda’ and ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’.
10) I love going through second hand bookshops and discovering little hidden gems.
11) My entire Roald Dahl collection was the first books I bought myself, setting up my very own account. I sadly don’t own those books any more.
12) My mother, a non-reader, once gave ALL of my books to a charity shop while I was at school, claiming I had too many books. I was FUMING!!
13) I 100% prefer physical books over eBooks or audiobooks, although I do read and listening to them all.
14) I can’t and won’t ever dog-ear, write or do anything that may damage my books.
15) I own so many books and I haven’t read about half of them. That doesn’t stop me continually buying more books.
16) Following on from *no15, that means that my current TBR list on books I already own is high. This is before including or thinking about any new TBR books I discover, or may have been released.
17) I will choose to read the book before watching the films adaptation, so there’s several films I still haven’t seen because I haven’t read the book yet.
18) I always have at least one book on me at all times!
19) I have a tub/box that’s just for bookmarkers and it’s almost full and sits on my bookshelf (one of them). But I still often use random things, eg. remote, my phone, another book as a bookmarker.
20) I love it when a book takes me by surprise.
21) My Amazon wish-list is a godsend. I can just add all the books I want or take my fancy, then when I think I deserve a new book, they’re all there in one place.
22) Sometimes I find it hard or it takes me longer to get into fantasy and dystopian books, simply because of their worlds.
23) I am bad when it comes to reading a book, to be constantly thinking and wondering about possible endings and twists, especially when reading a mystery, or a suspense. 9 out of 10 times I’m usually right, which can be good, but can spoil the ending of the book for me. Stupid overthinking brain.
24) There is no such thing as too many books. NEVER!
25) My Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2017 is 60 books. Fingers Crossed!

So there are just 25 little bookish facts about me and I hope you’ve gotten to know me a little bit better :). What are some 25 bookish facts about you?

A Little Weird Book Club

There is only one person I know in my real life who loves reading as much as I do and thankfully, we have been together for over three and half years. He is a much faster reader than me, ( I am and will be always jealous of this magical super power of his), and we rarely read the same kinds of books. This means that we don’t often get to discuss the same type, author, books and etc, although, there are some we do get to talk about to great length. So to rectify this and to bring together something that we both love, we have set up our own little version of a book club, which simply started by chance.

What happened was, we both wanted to read Watership Down by Richard Adams. First time read for me and reread for him. Luckily we each had a copy and were going to start reading it around the same time anyways, so we thought this would be the perfect choice to start this little experiment on. As he is such a fast reader and I’m a slower reader, plus we both wanted to also carry on reading other books at the same time, so we set up our rules.

Rules:

  1. You can only read one chapter a night. (You can do this, while reading other books, while working. One chapter isn’t a massive strain.)
  2. If you miss a chapter/s, then you have to catch up. (You may be too busy, ill, or some other reason why you may have missed or simply forgotten to read the chapters. But you have to catch up.)
  3. You can’t finish before the end date. (It’s easy to work out how many chapters there are so when the end date is going to be, you are not allowed to finish the book ahead of time before that date.)
  4. Discuss the chapters and what you think as you’re going along. (That’s the whole point)
  5. Discuss the book as a whole at the end. (Again! That’s the point)
  6. Take it in turns on who picks the next book. (Makes it fair and get a wide range of books and get to see what books each other likes and may widen our own choices.)

We are now on our second book Goodnight Mister Tom and I’m really enjoying doing this. There isn’t loads of pressure doing it this way to read a massive amount in a short period of time, as I simply read a chapter before bed each night and have now gotten into that routine. It’s actually a nicer way for me to relax before bed each night. We did have some problems getting into this routine, especially because he “accidently” finished reading Watership Down almost two week early because he was so into the book and was behind, so he didn’t realise he had finished until it was too late. But this is a new book and hopefully this time will be more successful.

What book should we read next? Would you like to join in this weird little book club?

 

Lets Get Back To Book Blogging :)

I haven’t posted anything on this site in such a long time and for that I would like to apologise. Not just to you but also to myself. I enjoyed writing reviews on the books that I had recently finished reading, coming up with different ideas so that this site wasn’t just a book review site, with tags and other daily books memes that go hand in hand within the book blogging community. I was enjoying doing all of this so much that I purchased this domain name, to match my twitter and Instagram name.

I had one goal when I took out this website, which was to post more. Not just book reviews, but everything book related that I could possibly come up with. This was going to be my way of staying in touch with other readers, as I live in a reality where I am surrounded by non-readers, except for one person. So when it comes to talking about books, it can be something of a struggle to do. My lack of posting hasn’t had anything to do with any lack of reading and therefore having nothing to post, because believe it or not, I have read so much more than I’ve read in a while. I have been in a bit of a slump, not a reading slump but a slump in general and I want to turn it all around. All of the books that I have been reading, I have read and left reviews of every single one of them on Goodreads.

I want to get back to posting reviews, creating idea and get back to all of this, back onto this site and doing it within the Book Blogging Community. Thank you all 🙂

Completing a Long-Term Reading Goal

For as far back as I can remember, as I had this own little personal reading goal of mine. I say little, but it’s big in size and big in my own achievement. I have always wanted to read IT by Stephen King.

This doesn’t seem like that much of a big deal, but for me it has been. The copy I have own for countless many years, contains roughly 1120 pages, with tiny writing, which would be the biggest book I would ever have read. So that alone is intimidating. So why IT? 

Have you heard or seen the mini series/movie of IT, with Tim Curry as Pennywise? That film creeper the life out of me and is the reason, to this day, why I am petrified of clowns. I don’t remember at what age I watched that, but I remember that I was young. Like still in single figures young, so you can understand how this would have some negative affects on me. Not mentioning how the following day, I saw a clown in real life. That sealed my fear. So again, why would I want to read the book that inspired the film that caused so much fear?

I can’t really remember the full film except for certain things, plus I love horror films. I have never read a book that has scared me. Really scared me. And maybe this book always called to be because it resonated with that part of my childhood. But to be honest, I’m not 100% sure myself why, it’s just always called to me to read it.

So I finally put by I entire month to read this book, so that’s what June was spent doing. I neglected every other book and every bit of free time I had and picked up IT whenever I could. Because of its sheer size and because I wanted to finish it and really get into it, I even purchased the audiobook so that I was still able to carry on while I was doing some other tasks, such as cleaning, dishes and so on. 

And YES I completed my goal!!! I have finally read the whole of IT by Stephen King and it is such a great feeling to be able to say that I have read this book after such a long time of wanting to. It is the biggest book I have ever read and its making other books, not seem so that intimidating. I would actually reread this book again, that’s how much I enjoyed it. 

After reading the book, I even went back and watched the original film that made me scared and it seemed to tame compared to the book. It made me wonder why was I so scared? But on saying that, I was a young, young child and I still don’t like, trust or want to go near any clowns. I thought that doing this now was perfect timing with the remake coming out soon and now, I think I may actually go and see it. It looks more like certain elements stick with the book, even if the clown looks way too creepy. 

So there we go, what are some of your reading goals? 😃

My June Goal

I am doing something I have always wanted to do during the month of June. A reading goal of mine that I have had for a while now. So, I have dedicated the entirety of June to do it, which give me some time and hopefully I will be able to accomplish this little goal. So what is it? I am going to be finally reading IT by Stephen King. 
I am so excited about doing this and I so excited about what I am going to uncover and discover in this mad world. This is the book that inspired the two part film adaptation that created my fear of clowns. So how is the book going to stand up. Is it going to be scarier? Because of the size, there is definitely going to be more in the book, more details, more descriptions of everything that gives me the impression and the hope for so much creepiness and hope for such amazingness. For not only a fantastic horror story but for a great story in general. But because the book is so huge, is it going to be too much? Too much to take away from everything. From the main story, from the plot. Too much for you to remember and you get distracted and you just give up reading it. And because there’s too much, will it take away from the horror? 

As this is a book with over 1100 pages, depending on certain editions, I have also bought and downloaded the audio book of IT from audible for times when I want a little break fro, reading but I don’t want a break from the story. Because the writing in my edition is also really tiny and I suffer with migraines, I did this as a precaution. So wish me luck ☺ and hopefully this will be the month I will finally read and finish this book! 

What book/s have you always wanted to read that may have always intimidated you? 

Re-reading Harry Potter

I have decided to re-read the Harry Potter series as I haven’t read them in so many years, doing it in the correct order this time. While reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, I came across this little nugget that would have previously meant nothing to me. The book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander. It just made me smile so much. 
I’be only just begun re-reading it and I’m thinking to myself, wow it has seriously been such a long time since I first read this book because I can’t remember some of this. Only certain parts. I am 24years old now and I was in Primary School when I first read it, so wow, so so many years. This is good though because it’s like reading it again for the first time. 

Let’s do this :D👓