5 BOOKISH FACTS ABOUT ME
1. I HAVE BOUGHT MANY PROPS SPECIFICALLY FOR BOOKSTAGRAM
When I started out on bookstagram, I took pictures of books in their simple beauty. Over time, I began incorporating little things around my room, threads of nature from the garden, and any other piece of magic I could find. But once I was upgrading to a DSLR, it was time to take this bookstagram thing REALLY seriously.
So I bought some props. Like, a lot of them.
I have no regrets.
2. MY BOOKSHELVES MUST BE ORGANIZED IN A SPECIFIC WAY
I’m not about that messy life. (Well, at least not aesthetically.) My room and my things must be organized in a particular manner, especially my bookshelves because they are my children.
I’ve changed the layout over time, but as of now, my stand-alone/unfinished series bookshelf (right) is organized by color and covers. Meaning, my hardbacks are all together at the top, while my paperbacks sit atop the last two shelves.
My series bookshelf (left) is sorted by genre and age group. So it goes: fantasy, paranormal, science-fiction, contemporary, with graphic novels at the very top (which are obviously sorted by DC and Marvel because I’m not a monster). Each genre goes from the youngest age to group to the oldest: children’s, middle-grade, young adult, and finally, adult.
Can you tell I like to be organized?
3. I WILL TAKE HARDBACKS OVER PAPERBACKS OR EBOOKS ANY DAY
I don’t discriminate, especially when it comes to books. I love all of my little stories, no matter how they come. BUT, if I had to choose one format for the rest of my days, I would select hardbacks.
Yes, they can be a bit tedious to hold or travel with, but they are SO pretty. I love the structured feel of the spines and the details that can often be found beneath the dust jacket. They also tend to be the same size as most novels, which completes my need for a clean, even look.
But again, I love all books. They are clearly my life.
4. I USED TO HATE READING AND ANYTHING LITERARY
That’s right. I used to despise reading and writing. Crazy, right? This is only because of school, which I associated with stress and anxiety. The thing is, I love learning, but I didn’t love school. I didn’t love the repetitiveness, the lack of creative freedom, and just everything. So when I thought of books or writing, I thought of school, and I cringed.
But about three years ago, my sister, who has been a bookworm since her childhood, encouraged me to try reading for fun. I did, and it quickly stuck. After reading the Divergent series, I finally decided to start writing this idea down that had been in my head for over a year.
Three years later, I’ve read close to two hundred novels and written two novels, both of which stemmed from that very first idea of mine. And now, I couldn’t imagine my life without reading or writing.
Moral of the story: give second chances and never say never.
5. BOOKS ARE MY BEST FRIENDS
I have carried them with me to the sea and the desert. To the sun and the stars. I have stayed awake in the peak of the night despite my old lady sleeping patterns, ecstatically flipping page after page. I have stained the ink with my tears, both out of joy and sorrow. I have filled my room with their spines and stories to admire with every breath of my life. They have carried me through my times of flight and saved me in my days of drowning. They are my dearest companions, and I love them with the whole of my heart.
I know this tag is usually presented as a casual post on Instagram, but I decided to bring it over to my blog to allow myself to be a bit more creative with it. If you’ve read this all the way through, then consider yourself tagged and tell your followers five bookish facts about you.
Thank you to the lovely and magical Sofia @ The Literary Casanova. This girl is always tagging me to participate in the absolute best tags of the bookstagram community. If you aren’t already following this girl, head on over to her blog and other social media outlets and give her a follow.
Have a happy Friday! *blows kisses*