So I’m a little behind in the times, but you already know that. When I surfaced back into the blogging world, I came across this new challenge hosted by Good Books and Good Wine. Now we all love books and wine, but what I love most is a good challenge! Especially something that’ll get me blogging everyday again! Now I know I’m like nine days behind everyone else in this challenge, but I REALLY want to participate. I have two choices: I can either start at the beginning and be behind everyone else OR I can just start with Day 9. OR I can start with Day 9 but include my answers to the other days’ questions too. Well, you know how much I love blabbing on, so you can expect me to choose the latter option. I don’t want to be behind everyone else, in case they don’t see my answers, but I don’t want to skip the other questions either because they’re really interesting. So that being said, let me get started!
Typography is a big deal to me—I’m drawn to aesthetically pleasing covers. Even though I’ve been a part of a love triangle in the past, I’m not a fan of the amount of love triangles seen in Young Adult books nowadays. Once I start a book, I have to finish it…eventually even the ones I don’t like. I can’t pass a bookstore without going in and adding another 10 books to my to-read wish list. I get annoyed with myself to no end if I go a few weeks without really reading, even if the absence isn’t my fault (however am I to finish all the books on my shelf if I don’t read for a period of time??). You will never see me intentionally harm my books—that means so dog-earing, no writing in the margins, no nothing. And I have no shame in saying I’ve cried when I’ve hurt a book of mine. I plan on saving most of my own children’s books for my future children because, well, MEMORIES. I just can’t lend my books out to others—I have to trust you a great deal to know you won’t wreck my book or “forget” to give it back to me (I lent out my books to three friends in high school and NONE of them gave the books back to me). I’ve never met an author before :( It’s rare that I’ll fall for the “bad boy” in a book because that “bad boy” streak in my life has faded and I am more invested in the “good guys” now. I can’t read on an electronic device. I have this strange habit where, no matter what I’m reading, I have to insert my fingers evenly throughout the book—I don’t know why, for security maybe? My family actually gets upset at me when I buy more books because of the ever-growing pile of books I have waiting for me at home. I can read pretty much anywhere, no joke—when I lived in California two years ago, I took Harry Potter with me to Disneyland all the time.
I used to read before bed until I was tired, but lately I’m too tired to even begin reading in bed. I want to fix this though. Fil and I have made a promise to read in bed each night before going to sleep, at least whenever we’re together.
I don’t have any real blogging best friends on here… but I do have some lovely ladies that I get along well with: Asti from A Bookish Heart, Katy from A Blighted One, Jennifer from The Relentless Reader, and probably some others that I’m too forgetful and brain tired to remember. But I love all my followers and their comments!
I’m not a “book thrower” because I don’t like hurting my books—no matter how much they hurt me. But I do admit to throwing Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince halfway across the room onto the other sofa when Dumbledore died. I was that distraught. But I quickly ran to pick it up again, stroked the spine, said I was sorry to it and vowed never to do that again.
Oh dear. Tears are what I’m good at. I like books and movies that make me sob like a little baby. Sooooo get ready: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, Harry Potter 5-7 by J.K. Rowling, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak, The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks, Night by Elie Wiesel, and definitely a whole lot more that are escaping me!
I’m an impulse book picker. I see a cover, pick it up, read the synopsis and most likely hold onto it for the duration of my time in the store. But when it comes to buying it, spending my hard-earned money on it, I’m a little more careful. Sure, I’ll pick the book up. But then I’ll think of all what my family would have to say about my spending habits, about all those unread books still sitting on my shelf. And more likely than not, I’ll put the books back down again. Of course, if it’s a book I’ve REALLY wanted for a long time, I’ll pick it up, no problem. But I’m starting to be more cautious about what sort of books I buy too. Nowadays I’ll wait until the book comes out in paperback because it’s cheaper. Unless it’s a book that will continue a hardcover series, I’ll usually just get paperback. Which also means I don’t get to read all those ”hot and talked about” books until way later than everyone else. But I’d rather save as much money by buying paperback so I can ultimately buy even more books!
This is tough. I mean, do I even have quirks? I guess everyone does, so let me think nice and hard about this one…
Okay, so I could only come up with a couple really. I can’t schedule posts in advance. I’m more of a “I’m gonna blog now!” kind of girl, and I like when things are spontaneous. Trust me, I’m the least spontaneous person you’ll meet, so it’s refreshing to have this one thing not planned in advance. I also don’t know how to incorporate GIFs into my blog posts. I know, I feel like a dinosaur but I’m just not good with technology! And I always feel the need to write really lengthy reviews for you all. I like having some meat and potatoes to my posts, and I do apologize to you all if I write more than you’d like. Please tell me if it’s annoying. Buuuut I probably can’t change anyways. It’s just how I am. Also on the writing front, I don’t edit my work. I know some bloggers out there write their posts in advance, edit them and then schedule them to go up. I’m definitely not like that. My procrastinator ways don’t allow me to be. It’s a big deal when I do get a post up on time, so do you really think I have the time to edit my work after writing it? Doubtful. And that means I don’t outline my posts either. I always hated in Language Arts classes in school how they’d make us all outline our work before writing. I JUST WANTED TO WRITE ALREADY. I’m still like that. Outlines and I are not friends. BUT I do make lists of quotes I like from the books I read, to include in my reviews. I’m a strange duck.
- Typography: The blog fonts need to be clear, easy to read, but beautiful.
- Colour: The blog must be pleasing to the eye, with tasteful colours. I hate when the blog’s background interferes with me reading the posts. If that happens, I’m out.
- Name: I like original names that give insight into the person behind the blog.
- Images: I’m not a fan of those cartoon/anime images you see a lot of on Blogspot. I’m sorry. But if I see those as your header, I’m usually gone. They just look too immature in my opinion.
- Sidebars: Do not bog your sidebars down with widgets, images, countdowns, etc. It makes your blog look cluttered, and my mind is already cluttered enough as it is without having to decipher everything on your blog. Make the “follow” buttons easy to find.
- Blogger blogs: Make sure WordPress blogs can actually comment on your blogs by having a Name/URL option available in the comments. Nothing annoys me more when I write a really thoughtful comment, enter my information, have your blog not accept my blog, and as a result lose all that I wrote.
- Formatting: Please, please make your blog clean as well as your sidebar. Make the most of spaces and indents and lines.
- Replies: It’s great when, after I’ve spent the time to comment on your blog, you take the time to reply back! Reciprocate. It’s called community!
- Personality: The reason I’m following your blog is to read about books, but I also want to know more about you. Give me insight into your life, what makes you tick, anything that could make me stop and think, “Hmm, we could be friends!”
- CAPTCHA: None. Whatsoever. Please.
- Cover reveals: I’m sorry, they just don’t interest me. So if I find a blog posts more and more of these, I’m gonna ignore that blog.
- Discussions: I’m a fan of posting thoughtful discussions on my own blog to garner opinions from you all, so I love when other blogs do the same.
- Bloglovin’ button: This is my favourite way of following blogs, so please jump on the bandwagon and get a button! I’m not a fan of email spam, so this is the only way I’ll follow blogs now if the blogs aren’t through WordPress.
- Grammar and punctuation: Being a journalism student, I can’t help but read things and automatically look for mistakes. And I’m thrilled when I can’t find any. It makes for a happy Lauren. So make me happy please.
- Ratings: I don’t understand why people would review a book but not rate it. If I don’t want to read your whole review, I’d like the option to see what rating you give it. It’s a plus when you rate it creatively, like Stormy from Book, Blog, Bake does—she uses cupcakes!
Well this is easy. Because I love books. I need them to live, to breathe, to be happy, to be safe. And what’s better than reading books? Talking about them with other bookworms like myself!