Heya! It’s Lila! And if you’ve been paying attention to my Twitter or read my post yesterday, you probably know that I now have two new co-bloggers, Maggie and Claire. If you didn’t already know well…now you know. Anyhoo. Today I’m ever so pleased to introduce you to Maggie, the first of my new co-bloggers! Maggie is a southern gal who loves books (because, duh! that’s what we do here!), March Madness, cheese, animals, and sugar! She’s a proud INFP and Sagittarius and an even prouder stay-at-home mother of two! And today, to help us get to know her even better, Maggie’s given us 25 bookish facts about herself! Let’s dive in!
I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie
I feel such an enormous sense of accomplishment when I finish a big ass book, especially a good classic.
My favorite book of all time is Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina; I was devastated when I finished it – I never wanted it to end.
Clocking in at 838 pages, Anna Karenina holds court as the longest book I’ve read to date. However, it’s such an amazing tale that it seemed like I read it in no time.
I basically wish I could read every classic ever written, but I’m content to simply own as many huge ones as possible.
I Love Well-Loved Books
When I absolutely adore a book, it emerges from my reading as a different being from the pristine perfection it was prior to my loving it.
I ‘love’ books by dogearing and accidentally tearing pages, bending and possibly breaking spines, and spilling coffee or smudging stuff on pages.
One can tell how much I liked a book by its post-read condition. If I don’t necessarily click with a novel, it gets through my reading unscathed.
What Bookworm Doesn’t Sniff Books?
I have a feeling most of y’all will agree with me on this – I heart the scent of books!
New books, old books, libraries, bookstores, paperbacks, hardcovers…they’re all glorious!
I’ve actually found articles discussing book scents and how they evolve – it’s science!
My TBR Pile is Toppling
I am continuously and compulsively adding to my TBR list. I spot a book with a pretty cover or read an amazing review or see a cool title and I’m sold!
I have SO many books, it’s almost ridiculous to keep marking books as want to read.
I seriously doubt I will make it through my ever growing TBR pile before my life ends!
I Like My Books Naked
I picked up the habit of removing the jackets from hardback books from my dad, who as always said the covers irritate him whilst reading.
Sometimes I discover a charming gem of an actual hardback cover, other times the jacket is more attractive than the book itself. It’s a gamble!
I’m like my dad in that covers tend to get on my nerves and distract my reading.
Have no fear, my fellow bookworms – I definitely save the covers I remove and keep them in a safe place!
Nancy Drew is an Icon
The Nancy Drew series, written by multiple authors under the pen name Carolyn Keene, features some of my most adored books.
I was introduced to the adventures of the girl detective when my mom presented me with the first in the series, The Secret of the Old Clock, when I was little.
I read Nancy Drew books to this day – they are awesome light reads to enjoy after tackling a tough read, that’s for sure.
I Let My Library Card Expire
I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t stepped a toe in a library in ages. Plus, my library card expired no telling how long ago.
I used to be practically obsessed with roaming the library stacks, but got out of the habit when I started my continued phase of needing to own the books I read.
This is an issue I want to remedy soon, as I’d really like to start checking out books from virtual libraries.
I Would Give My Right Arm for My Own Library
Gosh, I would die if I could have my own gigantic library, preferably containing every tale ever written in the history of the world.
However, I’d settle for enough bookshelves to house all my beloved books.
I love to just admire my book collection and flip through pages at random.
Having them all on display for me and to show off to others would be a dream come true.
I’m Not a Bookmark User
I very rarely utilize the services of a bookmark, although I love and buy them.
As I mentioned above, I’m a dogearer of pages, so it doesn’t usually occur to me to grab an official placeholder.
I really like magnetic bookmarks and even have a scented set that I received in a swap.
A lot of the time I do use bookmarks to keep my place in a calendar or journal.
I Read Like a Tortoise Runs
I am definitely a slow reader compared to many. Every now and then I can blow through a book in a few days or even in a single day, but this is extremely rare.
I’ve been reading at a snail’s pace as long as I can remember; I figure I just like to totally absorb what I’m reading, especially if I’m loving it!
I know that if I’m reading fast and skimming paragraphs that I’m not enjoying a book.
I’m a Member of the Grammar Police Force
Being a stickler for grammar, I can spot misspellings, incorrect punctuation, etc. from a mile away.
I understand that editors can’t always catch every mistake in a book, but I tend to focus on the errors at least until I can turn the page.
It really kills me when finished books have too many glaring mistakes for me to even concentrate or take the writer seriously.
Waiting Rooms are Excellent Reading Spots
A waiting room, primarily in a doctor’s office, is where I can get some serious reading under my belt.
Since I typically wait seemingly forever to be called back, I can pound out a few chapters in a sitting.
I find it easy to tune out the other goings on in the office, much like when I hang out in a library or bookstore.
DNFing Books Makes Me Sad
I despise DNFing books; it kind of hurts my heart to do so.
I’m getting better about putting away books I just can’t get into, but it’s still so hard.
I find that if I’m struggling to read something, it ultimately sits on my currently reading shelf for ages before I decide to give it up.
I just wish Goodreads would implement an official DNF shelf. I honestly think such a feature would make it easier for me to DNF books.
I Love to Learn as I Read
One of my favorite things ever is learning as I read, even if I’m reading fiction.
Great examples are Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon books, from which I’ve learned a ton.
I also adore historical fiction and nonfiction. Books about old school royal families are especially intriguing.
I find it fun also to learn about various cultures and definitely mythology, like in Rick Riordan’s books.
I’m Reluctant to Loan Books from My Personal Library
Since I’ve had zero luck having books I’ve loaned returned to me, I only let friends and family ‘borrow’ them if I’m prepared to never see them again!
I’m still devastated about the books I once owned and lost forever to the possession of another. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote is the book I most lament loaning to a friend, as it is a favorite and my copy was well-loved.
I don’t know if others feel this way, but I’m pretty possessive of my library’s contents!
Usually, if I recommend a book to someone, instead of giving out my copy I buy one for the reader and gift it. I love to write in books and make them as personal as possible for the recipient.
I Have Never Reread a Book
It’s not that I don’t WANT to reread books at some point. My issue is that I have SO many books on my TBR list, that I haven’t found the time to do a reread.
The only tale I have read twice, besides children’s books, naturally, is Beowulf. This was not by choice – I was required to read it in a high school English class and later for a college course.
I really want to do a reread of Anna Karenina at some point and possibly of the Harry Potter series, because, well, HARRY POTTER!
I Thought I Hated Shakespeare
During my freshman year of high school, my class read and acted out Romeo and Juliet, which quite honestly isn’t my favorite of the renowned playwright’s.
However, in my senior AP English class, we read the hell out of Shakespeare and spent at least a month on each play we read writing critical essays and doing literary analyses.
Through this intensive Shakespearean study, I learned to love symbolism and to appreciate the bard’s talent.
My favorite Shakespeare plays are definitely Hamlet, Macbeth, and King Lear.
I Have a Love/Hate Relationship with Audiobooks
Audiobooks are awesome, especially if the narrator has an awesome voice.
My only problem with books on tape is that I tend to get sleepy while I listen and inevitably miss out on major plot points during my slumber.
I do enjoy listening to books when I am prepping to go to bed, but I want to start playing them on car rides and at least during the day, when I’m more likely to keep my eyes and ears open.
I’m Trying to Teach Myself to Read Multiple Books at Once
Until very recently, I’ve always been a one book kind of girl.
I’ve always been bad to mix up plots when reading multiple books at a time, mainly if the stories are members of the same genre.
I’m currently reading one book and listening to another, so I’m practicing!
I’m a Pretty Cover Sucker
I’m so bad about judging a book by its cover!
Sometimes when buying a novel solely based on its looks, I’ll get lucky and find a gem of a story. Sadly, this doesn’t always work out.
A book I recently read, Slade House by David Mitchell, features one of the most awesome covers I’ve ever seen, with its bright yellow and a creepy, labyrinth-like cutout.
Although Mitchell’s book turned out to be only a three-star read for me, I’m thrilled to have such a neat looking tome as part of my collection.
I Stayed Up Late Reading as a Child
I was one of those kids who pretended to go to bed then either got up and read in my bedroom floor by the hall light or stayed in bed to read with the aid of a flashlight.
As a child, I was obsessed with reading. I even won the first-place trophy for having the most accelerated reader points every single year in elementary school.
The Cats Series
I can say with confidence that many of my fellow obsessors of books would adore the chance to be writers and publish their own novels. I’m part of this group.
In grade school, my class wrote short books, which we bound with hard paper and even decorated covers for, every year.
Instead of writing a brand spanking new story for each assignment, I created a series based on the amazing adventures of my pets, who inspired my characters.
My tales turned into a sort of extended soap opera and I had such a freaking blast creating them.
Good Books with Crappy Endings Bother Me
Silly endings to otherwise great books honestly piss me off.
A great example is The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. I loved the book all the way up until the final chapters, when the story took a turn for the stupid.
The ending made me feel like Sebold just got ready to wrap up her story and pulled some supernatural ridiculousness out of her head. So disappointing…
In addition, it kills me when I accurately predict the ending of a book or figure out who the killer is or solve the mystery before the official reveal.
I want to be in shock and awe after encountering an amazing twist in a plot.
Ann M. Martin Replied to My Fan Mail
My cousin, Cam, and I were obsessed with The Babysitter’s Club books when we were growing up.
We had the brilliant idea to sit down and write an enormous letter to our then role model and author of the series, Ann M. Martin.
To our surprise, Martin wrote us back – she signed the letter and everything! We totally assumed she had read our letter in full and wrote us personally, even though nothing in her return letter referenced what we’d written her.
Eventually, and I mean years later, we realized that we received a form letter, which was still awesome!
I still have that letter somewhere and I really think Martin at least really signed it herself!
Movie Adaptation Trailers Can be a Turnoff
For a long time, I’ve been intrigued by Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train. That is until I saw the trailer for the movie based on it.
While I love Allison Janney, who seems to play a prominent role in the movie, the teaser makes the plot look goofy.
Now I’m not so sure I want to read The Girl on the Train – I could totally use some advice on whether I should!