I saw this going around Booktube for a while and decided to give it a go. Since everyone seems to say that this took some time to prepare, I thought it was gonna be really hard to come up with all these facts, but it actually only took me a couple minutes. I guess I just really love talking about myself.
1. It always takes me about half of the book to really get into it. I read the first half slowly over a few days – and then I read the second half in a couple hours. (If anyone compares this to that quote from The Fault in Our Stars I’m gonna punch a wall.)
2. The first book I remember reading on my own is Ronia the Robber’s Daughter, a Swedish fantasy novel for children by Astrid Lindgren. I got it for my 10th birthday from my best friend’s mom, who loves books. So I actually started actively reading on my own pretty late.
3. The first author I fell in love with was Jenny-Mai Nuyen. She’s a German fantasy writer, and I first discovered her novels in my local library when I was maybe 10 or 11. She’s still one of my favourites.
4. I used to read in German all the time – I started with English books at the age of 16. I slowly made my way through all the translated books I had read, and I have now given away all of those and replaced most of them with the originals. I still read books in German if that’s the language they were originally written in, although that doesn’t happen a lot.
5. Even though I grew up watching the Harry Potter movies and loving the world, I only read the books when I was 16. Philosopher’s Stone was the first book I actually read in English.
6. I sort my bookshelves by genre and can’t stand when people colour-coordinate their books. What kind of organisation is that?
7. I very, very rarely DNF books. I feel like I can’t give a book a fair rating if I haven’t read all of it.
8. I don’t like John Green but for some reason I am obsessed with reading all of his books. Why? I HAVE NO IDEA.
9. I used to write a lot when I was a teenager and I would upload all my stories to a website called Bookrix. (It’s basically like those fanfiction sites but for original work.) All of the stories sucked but I thought they were amazing and I actually even had a couple readers.
10. I wrote an entire novel when I was 12. It was a vampire story (we’ve all been there) but with a twist: the girl was the vampire and the guy was the clumsy, boring love interest with no personality. I printed the entire book and gave it to my mom as a birthday present – she loved it.
11. I went through a very weird phase a couple years ago, when I would only read e-books I downloaded from Bookrix. So basically really bad original work by teens on the internet. Then I stopped all of a sudden and now I hate e-books and can only read physical books.
12. I have never written fanfiction. This is not an attempt at hiding my dark past or whatever, I have just never been interested in writing it. There is nothing wrong with fanfiction, but I have just never been able to conform to a world that already exists and has its set rules. That’s also why I only write fantasy.
13. While I have never written proper fanfiction, my best friend and I wrote a short story based on Harry Potter when we were around 10 years old. We were leaving elementary school and everyone had to do something nice for our teacher, so that’s what we did. I am not sure if I remember correctly, but I think she cried a little.
14. I read literally ever single genre except for those cheap, tacky romance novels people always read on the beach. You know, the ones with the covers that make you think of cheesy romance mixed with porn.
15. I actively write poetry. It’s not something I do all the time, but every once in a while, maybe every couple weeks, I come up with something and I just write it down. I used to upload my poems to a poetry website, but after a while it made me feel slightly uncomfortable, because my poems are quite personal, so I deleted everything.
16. I own a total of 119 books. I only started buying books actively about two years ago, so it’s not much, but I’m getting there.
17. Apart from English and German I also speak Italian and Spanish fluently, but I don’t really like either language, so I don’t read in them. Before anyone gets angry and starts throwing terms at me – I don’t like Italian because my family is from Italy and reading it feels awkward and too family-related (I can’t really explain it), and I can’t stand Spanish because I moved to Spain a couple years ago and had the worst few years of my life there. The language brings back those times, so it upsets me and I don’t wanna read it.
18. I can never skip parts of a book, or “skim-read” it. I always have to read every single line, down to the author’s bio.
19. I hate stream of consciousness in books. It’s annoying and confusing and makes me feel stupid.
20. I will never understand how some people can only read one genre. That’s like eating the same food all the time. Don’t you get bored? (This is coming from a person who eats pasta every day. Please feel free to ignore me.)
21. The most beautiful book I own is Harry Potter: Page to Screen. It’s a stunning hardback that weighs more than my dog, and it’s just SO BEAUTIFUL.
22. I don’t really like to get books as presents, simply because most people either don’t know my taste or have no idea what books I already own.
23. I usually don’t mark anything in books except for poetry collections; I love to put sticky tabs on my favourite poems and underline quotes (with a pencil, obviously).
24. I hate dog-ears but I love cracking the spine. I don’t do that with especially beautiful books though, even if they’re paperbacks.
25. I have been working on a fantasy novel for years – I haven’t even started writing it, but I’ve spent the last few years of my life plotting and planning. My dream is to one day be a novelist.
I’m feeling tired and lazy today, so I’m not gonna tag anyone. But please, if you’re interested, consider yourselves tagged! I would love to read all your answers.
‘Till next time and happy reading!