25 Bookish Facts about Me: Because I’ll never stop talking about myself under the pretense of books

GUYS: WE’RE LIVING THE DREAM.

As everyone knows, this blog is where I rant about myself and am generally a self-obsessed monster but every once in a while I mention a book and so I call the whole thing “book blogging.”

This post is made for this blog, people. We have reached the apex of the brand.

Anyway, to get to the actual, you know, point: I was tagged by the lovely, the excellent, the incomparable Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx. She is so great, as I have said many times and will say many more, and you should follow the living hell out of her. (As in follow her blog. For some reason the “living hell” addition made it seem like I’m advocating stalking, which I am, to be clear, NOT.)

So let’s do it. Twenty-five somewhat book-related facts about me!

1.

My brain works in lists and rankings, which is definitely why I ranked my twenty favorite books and not because I’m fully obsessive and also masochistic.


2.

Image result for alice temporary tattooI want to get tattoos at some point, when I am not unrelenting poor (those fresh fresh college student finances) and have my life together enough to get that sh*t done. The two tats (I am very cool so I shortened the word “tattoo” to “tat”) I want most are both bookish: this particular Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland illustration (pictured) and a line from Andrew Marvell’s “To His Coy Mistress”:

And thus, though we cannot make our sun / Stand still, yet we will make him run.


3.

I’m most often in the mood to read a contemporary, but I literally hate them all the time. Cute illogical thing I do!


4.

Likewise, I really love classics almost always and I neverever read them. I’m trying to read a classic a month this year and even that seems BARELY DOABLE. How.


5.

I am OBSESSED with children’s and middle grade books. My favorite series: A Series of Unfortunate Events. My favorite book: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. About a million other books I could reread infinity times and never get sick of: all children’s and middle grade.

They’re quick. They’re fun. They contain little to no romance and little to no full-on offensive stuff, and uh, ya cannot say the same of YA. What is not to love I ask you!!!

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bkda_ivFBWP/?taken-by=emmareadstoomuch

6.

Lately I’ve been allowing myself to say there are certain film/TV adaptations I like more than the book they’re based on. Two of my hottest takes: that Love, Simon is better than Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, and that the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before movie is better than the book.

I am very cool.


7.

There are also a bunch of movies/TV shows based off of books that I like about the same or a lil less than the book! Because at heart I am a bookworm and also I don’t want anyone to hate and/or yell at me please don’t do that I am very fragile.

These include: The Little Prince, The Princess Bride, A Series of Unfortunate Events (the Netflix TV series, which is the only adaptation there’s ever been – there definitely wasn’t at one point an EXTRAORDINARILY misguided movie!!), and Fantastic Mr. Fox. Insert loving, fond sigh here.


8.

I have basically been on a bit of a book buying ban (sick alliteration) for a year and change. How do I do it, you ask? A lil something I like to call “having the finances of a college student and not enjoying the feeling of slow starvation.”

Too real? I also wrote a more fun post about how to buy books for very little money!

9.

My favorite authors are John Steinbeck, F. Scott FitzgeraldJane AustenLemony SnicketJonathan Safran FoerRoald Dahl, and Emily Henry. Until, like, straight up a few months ago there were 0 YA authors on that list, even though I read practically nothing but YA, because YA in turn does practically nothing except disappoint me.


10.

The reason I now have one (count ’em, one) YA author on that list is that Emily Henry, joy of my existence, came in and SAVED MY LIFE. Also one time she commented on my Instagram and threatened to end it all over again. But like, because of my excitement.

Emily Henry did NOT attempt to murder me.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bjimv9jln-C/?taken-by=emmareadstoomuch

11.

Even though my list of favorite authors is an elite squad of mostly dead people, I have a lot a lot of auto-buy authors. Here is a list, excluding my favorite authors because we’ve already gone over those dudes and god knows they don’t need even more of my attention: Leigh Bardugo, Bo Burnham, Mary H.K. Choi, Gillian Flynn, Mindy Kaling, Caroline Kepnes, Morgan Matson, Marissa Meyer, Emma Mills, Jandy Nelson, Stephanie Perkins, Rainbow Rowell, Trenton Lee Stewart, Sally Thorne, and Markus Zusak.

Oh. Kind of shorter than I expected.

It’s a harsh world.


12.

I think hardcovers are a million times better than paperbacks, even though dust jackets are my mortal enemy and I canNOT read them with on and god they are so stupid and flimsy and IF I WANTED STUPID AND FLIMSY I WOULD READ A PAPERBACK, for god’s sake.


13.

Before I was on a perpetual book-buying ban of sadness and suffering, I bought books compulsively and also had no real financial obligations due to the fact that I did not pay rent or bills or buy my own meals. Which is all to say I bought a LOT of books, and that is why I now have like 600ish books.

Too many, one could say. They’d be wrong, but they could say it.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BltWFDZlqko/?taken-by=emmareadstoomuch

14.

I just finished The Raven King and I’m having a REALLY HARD TIME THINKING ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE, thanks!!!

Let’s just make this a Raven Cycle-centric fact: The Raven Boys was pretty good, The Dream Thieves was meh (but one of my favorite reviews I’ve EVER WRITTEN, if I may pat myself on the back – and I will do so whether you agree or not, that’s the thing about having an enormous ego) and Blue Lily, Lily Blue was so good it RESTORED MY FAITH IN YA.

And then The Raven King just ruined my life. Great track record, MAGGIE.


15.

Every time I five-star a book on Goodreads, I add it to a favorites list for that year, and then also at the end of that year I do a favorites wrap up! Very fun stuff.

(Note: If I later reread a book and it’s not five star worthy, I change the rating but leave it on the favorites shelf. Which makes for a harsh reckoning I must say.)

2015 | 15 favorites | no wrap up because I didn’t have a real blog yet!!

2016 | 14 favorites | wrap up

2017 | 6 favorites | wrap up

2018 | 8 favorites | no wrap up because it’s only September duh!!!

I do not give a lot of five star ratings.


16.

My reading challenge was set to 200 books for a while and I was on track but then as you all know I had a weird summer (which included a crazycrazycrazy reading slump) and now…

Well, we’re back at 150 my friends.


17.

I own multiple copies of a BUNCH of books, which I’ve halfheartedly tried to take stock of in a Goodreads shelf. Sometimes it’s because I get an ARC and then a finished copy and I don’t wanna get rid of it. Other times there are just too many pretty copies of a book.

Other times it’s that I can’t stop buying copies of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Help.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BevfG-6FN5M/?taken-by=emmareadstoomuch

18.

I’m a publishing major (basically), and my career goal is to work in YA publishing. Yes, this is “really hard” “bordering on impossible” “Emma are you setting yourself up for failure” “what is wrong with you” “now I’m not even referring to your career choices but rather the weird turn this has taken” “how are you going to write your way out of this catastrophic sentence” “oh just end it, probably.”


19.

I’m away from my shelves right now because I am At School, and basically all I have with me is these twelve books. ARGH!!! MY MATERIALISM!!


20.

I really love reading romantic contemporaries, but I usually hate how romance-centric YA fantasy is. I’m an enigma!!! Only give me romance when I am specifically looking for it or I will revolt!!


21.

Ever since I was a very strange pale child, I’ve been able to tune out sound while I’m reading, like the world’s most dorky superpower. Catch six-year-old me reading in the middle of a crowded cafeteria.

Anyway I am not as ~in touch with my powers~ as I was when I was a friendless tot with the same bangs I’d had since I was two, but I still occasionally use them to read on my commute or outside. Love to read outside!!!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnZLNpyl4vs/?taken-by=emmareadstoomuch

22.

My average rating on Goodreads is 2.97, which is honestly pretty unbelievable even on my end.

Don’t know what else to say about it, really.


23.

A couple years ago I literally never reread books, and now I CANNOT STOP. Books I loved, books I liked, books I don’t remember. All gettin’ reread, with varying degrees of success.

By “varying degrees of success,” I mean “hating books I used to cherish the memory of.” Very fun stuff!


24.

I get a good number of ARCs because I’m on the mailing lists for a couple publishers, and I love it and appreciate it but also I am terrible at reading/reviewing ARCs and don’t even really try to do them on time. Or sometimes at all.

It’s a cute quirk of mine!


25.

But actually the reason I do that is so much more #deep: I never ever make myself TBRs or plan what to read. I only ever mood read because 1) I’m not tryna slump and 2) literally what is the point of reading anything except what I want to read at that exact moment???

https://www.instagram.com/p/BllKNYinJC6/?taken-by=emmareadstoomuch

I think a lot of people I typically tag have already been tagged in or done this post, so: if you want to do this tag I tag ya! It’s very fun (because my sole criterium for fun is “Is this an opportunity for me to be blatantly self-obsessed in front of some sort of audience?”)

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What’s a bookish fact about you? Do we have anything in common? Is there something you now want to yell at me about?

44 thoughts on “25 Bookish Facts about Me: Because I’ll never stop talking about myself under the pretense of books

  1. tasya @ the literary huntress says:

    I really really want to read Lemony Snicket’s books soon because I’m afraid I would be too old to appreciate it but it seems like life always throw something to block me :((( I don’t think it’s THAT impossible to work in publishing industry, there are a lot of bloggers/booktubers that works in the industry and they are pretty cool with sharing their story and answer questions 🙂

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      you can never be too old for lemony snicket books!!! as demonstrated by the fact that i will read them a million times for my entire life long

      it’s not impossible-impossible but it is tough!!

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  2. Elizabeth says:

    We published this tag on the VERY SAME DAY. WHAT, this is SO COOL! What are even the statistical possibilities? 😂
    Also, I LOVE your bookshelf. And I totally understand the long-term book buying ban because College and poor are the same words, right? 😂
    And GO YOU, YA publishing is an awesome dream!

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      OMG WHAT. we are so in sync and now i can’t wait to read your post??? what a day

      COLLEGE AND POOR ARE TOTALLY SYNONYMS. me and my bank account are suffering

      Like

  3. May @ Forever and Everly says:

    WOW I LOVE THESE FACTS AND I LOVE YOU!!!! please talk about yourself forever and always!!!

    first of all, can’t believe you’re gonna get those edgy as hell tattoos…… but also the Alice thing was predictable and we all saw it coming. second of all, I am THOROUGHLY SHOCKED by the fact that you’re (basically) publishing major and want to work in YA publishing. very on brand but also that is literally my exact dream?? proof we were meant to be. third of all, we’re watching the Fantastic Mr. Fox for my English class and it probably shouldn’t be this entertaining to me, especially considering we have to Take Notes on it, but it is

    and my last comment…….I think we all saw the 2.97 average rating coming, Emma

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      I LOVE YOU SO MUCH literally reading this comment was a blessing. i think i need to get a bluetooth in my head you can just constantly speak into, or you need to send me daily letters – basically i need a much bigger, guaranteed dose of you

      i’m edgy may you should know this abt me. also ENJOY FANTASTIC MR FOX it is so ridiculously good no?? who doesn’t love wes anderson. literally nobody

      omg can’t wait for our inevitable future working together in a publishing imprint like the cute sitcom we were made to be!! will ignore your last statement for the sake of our shared future xo

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  4. may says:

    basically i wanna turn into a book so i can fit on your shelves and live out the rest of my days there happily (okay that was kinda weird but YOU GET WHAT IM SAYING)

    another post centered around EMMA IVE BEEN BLESSED!! honestly i love how contradicting your book tastes are its literally my favourite thing about you (second to you humour) and ALL YOUR LOVE FOR MIDDLE GRADE MAKES ME WANT TO PICK THEM ALL UP RIGHT NOW BC IF EMMA LOVED THEM THEN I TOTALLY WILL

    anywho, keep writing more posts about yourself bc youre like my fav human

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      upsides of you turning into a book and living on my shelves: increased you access. downsides: books can’t blog!!! or speak to me!!! yeah sorry dude the cons outweigh the pros

      I LITERALLY LOVE YOU SO MUCH i feel so lucky that you have a blog that i can read and also that you use sometimes to talk to me??? so blessed it’s crazy

      LET’S READ EVERY MIDDLE GRADE BOOK TOGETHER AND SCREAM ABOUT THEM ❤

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  5. Nimika @ wordhaven says:

    First of all, I adored this post.
    I LOVE that line you want to get tatted (i am more cooler than you so i used tatted instead of tattooed). I don’t QUITE understand the meaning but I love how it sounds (me being #deep).
    Real tea: I actually did not like TATBILB book (I got quite a lot of gasps for it). I mean, the story was cute and fluffy but the characters ruined it for me. Maybe because I just read the first book but uh, Lara Jean annoyed me. But the MOVIE. THAT was so freaking cute. Never thought I would say this but the movie was so much better than the book.
    I so totally feel you on the contemporary binge thing. I’m never not in a mood to not read contemporary (too many negatives but I’m never not negative. oops, i did it again) but there are so FEW that actually stick with me. I end up getting annoyed or mad at most of them. Speaking of which, Mary H.K. Choi is definitely the auto buy author for me too but Emergency Contact was SO. GOOD. I adored every single thing in that book. I just need more of Choi’s YA books in my life. (Also, if you haven’t read The Art Of Feeling by Laura Tims, I highly recommend it because it’s one of those™ contemporaries that make you love this genre).
    Mate. Mate. The Raven Cycle is my entire heaRT, I love these books so. much. I read them a couple of months back and since then, I manage to somehow rant about them in nearly every post. I even did a If TRC Was a TV Show post which…. Yeah, I kinda let my inner fangirl let lose on that one (no #spon, I just thought you might be interested because you finished the series :D).

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      first of all, THANK YOU. second of all, you are off the bat cooler than me.

      in the context of the poem the line is all “life is short and we can’t stop the progress of time so we might as well live it the hell up” but fancier u know

      omg i am l o v i n g the TATBILB tea. my current favorite popular/unpopular opinion is that the TATBILB book was Not Great but the movie is god’s gift to humanity??? also the second book in the series is even worse than the first so join me in pretending that the movie is based on nothing!!

      this is the second time in one (1) day i’ve been recommended(ish) The Art of Feeling??? clearly it is a sign and i must read it right away. and yay for negatively reading contemporaries!! Emergency Contact was stellar, i had some lil issues with it but it was an instant contemporary fave for me no questions

      10/10 checking out your TRC post, i am on a combination reading high/mourning period from finishing that series and absolutely NEED more content. i am suffering so badly

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  6. Ellyn says:

    Ahh, Emma, you’re so sweet ily! 😍😍😍

    7 I agree some of the film adaptations are just so much better than the books!
    18 My career goal is also to work in publishing. I’m hoping to be an editor!
    24 I am also terrible at reviewing arcs, so don’t feel bad about it! Mood reading for the win!
    Also, can I just say that I love your Bookstagram, it looks so pretty! 💕💕

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      ❤ ❤ ❤

      7 i may be a bookworm at heart but that doesn't mean i can't identify when an adaptation is just objectively better y'know??
      18 omg amazing!! now i'm 97% sure we'll end up in the same publishing house adorably
      24 mood reading for life hurray!!!

      ah thank you! i almost never post on it anymore but i do still take posts from it for this blog lmao

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  7. Norrie says:

    Love this post!

    I’m too terrified of pain so i’d never get a tattoo, but that Alice one is really cool!

    When it comes to movies and series, i usually prefer the book, but I loved the Handmaid’s Tale on TV more.

    I’m pretty much an obsessive book buyer too. I’m getting better tho 😀

    I also gave up on ARC deadlines… it was a futile effort anyway.

    P.S. your bookshelf is awesome!

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      thank you!! i started Handmaid’s Tale a long time ago but i just…never stuck with it? over winter break or something i’ll have to start it again. it wasn’t even that i disliked it or anything! just one of those things.

      ARC deadlines just seem kind of insane anyway. what’s the point? i’ll review it eventually, probably, maybe.

      ah thank you thank you!

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  8. Ayunda says:

    Love to see different bookish facts about people ❤ You also made me realise that I've never posted a list of my favourite books of all time! I'm definitely going to construct that list in the near future. Also I personally actually prefer paperbacks from hardbacks! Oh well, everyone's different 🙂

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      ooh i love reading people’s all-time favorites posts! link me in it if you post one so i can see it 😀 & i know many people prefer paperbacks but i am a true sucker for a hardcover

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  9. bookgraphy says:

    Your shelves are GOALS😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍 and I’m dying to read Lemony Snicket, I watched the netflix tv show and the movie a long long long time ago😂😂 and I would love to get a tattoo as well but I just can’t decide, there are so many I want, I literally have an album on my gallery of the ones I want to get hahaha probably add one every day 😂 Great Post, it’s always great to get to know you more Emma💗

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      thank you!!!

      omg on the one hand i am furious at you for watching the netflix show without reading the books, but on the other YOU SHOULD READ THE BOOKS!!

      lmao relatable, the more time that passes the more tattoo ideas i accumulate so i have to keep up a mental ranking so i know what i’d get first, lol.

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  10. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate says:

    I too hate dust jackets… I don’t know what their purpose is other than annoy readers? Seriously!

    Your love for middle grade books is absolutely endearing and your tattoo ideas sound amazing ❤ The only reason I don't get one is not really because of money, but more because I'm a sissy and can't stand pain. So yeah, at least one of us will grow out of it and get the damn tattoo eventually xD (except, aren't student loans forever? Okay, we're BOTH screwed)

    Great post, Emma!

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  11. TheReadersBay says:

    Oh wow ok ignore my reply to your comment that you made on my blog. (I basically just missed you)
    YOU’RE A PUBLISHING MAJOR, DO YOU KNOW HOW COOL THAT IS???? EMMA I WANT YOU TO PUBLISH MY BOOK IN MY FAR-FETCHED SUPER FANTASTICAL WORLD THAT I LIVE IN AND THEN I COULD DEDICATE A PARAGRAPH (or a page if u want extra love) TO YOU IN THE ACKNOWLEDGMENTS SECTION. Omg this is so cool im dying

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      I TOOK A SUPER LONG HIATUS SO I GET IT. i like would post once a month for like 4 or 5 months so. very weird stuff.

      I WANT TO PUBLISH YOUR BOOK IN A FANTASTICAL FUTURE ❤ ❤ ❤

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