I thought I’d help kick things off here on my blog by sharing with you 25 random bookish facts about myself. What I’ll also tell you (that isn’t exactly bookish – but still true) is that I love taking random quizzes. Think Seventeen magazine 15 years ago when there were quizzes like “What lipstick shade matches your personality?” or “What body spray suits your fashion style?” Now we have Buzzfeed that offer us fun quizzes that don’t add much meaning to our lives but that are still fun to do. For example, I just made an ice cream sundae to find out that the Fall fashion trend for me is blazers (thanks Buzzfeed…did you know I’m a librarian and that blazers and cardigans are my jam?” haha!) So the point to all this is that you will likely see more quiz and fun fact sharing type posts on this blog because I enjoy them so much.
So here we go…
- The first books I remember loving as a child were the Berenstain Bears series. Once I could read aloud, I would have storytime with my dolls and these are the books I would read to them.
- I used to finish every book I started…but I have learned that my time is more valuable than reading a book I don’t enjoy. Plus, there are way to many books out there and not enough time to read them as it is!
- In the summer, I love to read outside. On my new lounge chair this summer was where you found me most often on my days at home.
- As a young girl, I used to read under this big shady tree in front of our house.
- I’ve been visiting a local library since I was 3 years old. Since we lived in the country, going to the library was a weekly event and I hated to miss out!
- My favourite book of all-time is Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. I read the entire 8-book set after I got it as a gift one year. Anne Shirley inspired me to pursue my first career choice – a classroom teacher.
- On average a book takes me from 5-10 days to read from start to finish.
- I will decide to DNF (do not finish) a book AT ANY POINT. I used to wait until I reached page 30 at least but really, if it isn’t grabbing my attention or I don’t like the writing after even 2 pages, I’ll put it down. Or if a book takes a real turning point mid-way, I’ll just say no!
- I have a strong recollection of reading this book series as a young girl.
- My favourite book as an adult has been Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah. It was the first book to make me cry. And it introduced me to the genre of Women’s Fiction, which is now my favourite genre.
- I also love to read Mainstream/Realistic Fiction, Biography/Memoir, and the occasional Psychological Suspense Thriller.
- I don’t really enjoy mysteries. However, Fiona Barton‘s books are the expection.
- For me, the magic # of pages in a book is 300-350. Any longer, and it’s intimidating. Any shorter and I worry the storyline will be too rushed.
- As a teenager, my favourite books were The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares and anything by Sarah Dessen (these I still read).
- Yes, I read the Hunger Games trilogy and the first book was the best.
- Yes, I read the Divergent series and again, the first book was the best.
- I alphabetize my bookshelves by author. They are separated by audience (somewhat). Children’s Picture Books, Children’s Novels, Textbooks, Adult Fiction & Nonfiction, Young Adult Fiction
- Recently I have begun listening to an Audiobook while playing Candy Crush and it has changed my reading life, in a good way!
- The authors that I collect books of (or auto-buy new releases – meaning it doesn’t matter what the book is, I will buy it) are Nicholas Sparks, Sarah Dessen, Kristin Hannah, Lisa Genova, and Jodi Picoult. This means these are also my favourite authors.
- Every year I “weed” my to be read list, because as a true librarian outside of work, I have to be realistic about what I actually need on that list or shelf. Right now, there are 466 books on my to be read list. And it is always growing.
- I generally do not re-read books. The one exception has been The Hobbit, which is a book I didn’t even like! But the first time it was an assigned text for Gr. 9 English and then it was assigned in my university Children’s Lit class. Since I am such a studious individual, I read it cover to cover BOTH TIMES.
- I like to read the book before the movie. But often this doesn’t happen. So then I’ll see the movie, and never end up reading the book – unless years (and I mean YEARS) have passed. So much time so that I can’t remember the story. The only exception to this may have been the Harry Potter series, which I read in university after seeing the first 5 movies (I think). Had to get on that band-wagon ya know.
- I enjoy browsing used book stores, but I browse more than I buy. I’m a stickler for condition. And unless it’s a book from one of my favourite authors or it’s one I know I will love, I will refrain.
- I love the Babysitters Club and I can’t wait for the Netflix series! I still have my original books and I am working on collecting copies of the entire series!
- I’m very much a mood reader. I keep a small stack (maybe up to 10 books?) on a table in my reading room that works as my coming up next pile but I will pick and choose based on what appeals to me most. I generally don’t read the same genre or type of book back to back.
There you have it! 25 bookish facts about me. Do we have anything in common? Are any of these surprising, shocking, or make you think WHAT?! Comment below or reach out to chat!