It’s come to my attention that my reading habits have changed muchly this year.
This could be because I’m getting old and gnarly like an overcooked crumpet whose heart has gone stale after being left alone in the woods overnight with naught but badgers for company. * OR IT COULD JUST BE BECAUSE PEOPLE CHANGE. It’s very unfortunate. I don’t like change. I would like a refund on all my Changed Bookworm Habits this year. Please? I kept my receipt. I DON’T WANT TO CHANGE TAKE IT BACK TAKE IT BACK—-
Okay, it’s okay. I’m calm. I will pause my bookworm existential crisis and actually logically analyse the ways my bookworm life has changed in 2016. With a list. BECAUSE OF COURSE. Everything is better in lists.
And I totally invite anyone who’d like to make a list of how your bookworm habits might’ve changed this year too! FEEL FREE TO STEAL LIKE THE PRINCESS PIRATE ** YOU ARE DEEP DOWN INSIDE. Just, you know, link to my genius post here so people know
how brilliant I am where you got the idea.
* Dude, that was a VERY detailed metaphor that makes literally no sense at all SO PLEASE DON’T LOOK TOO CLOSELY AT IT. You’ll shatter the illusion that my blog is logical. <— HAHAAHAHAHA. #never
** Except I literally just said “it’s okay, friend, take this” so it’s not stealing. So you can’t be a Pirate Princess and I’m sorry for crushing your dreams. Are you okay? Do you need a hug?
1. I’VE READ A LOT LESS.
I did this on purpose though BUT IT STILL HURTS. Because, hello, have we met? Because my name is Intense Overachiever. I’m the kind of person who pus their Goodreads goal at 200 and then reads 300 books. I give myself a week to complete a job and then do it overnight. I tell myself to write a book in 3 days and then I finish it before I even start.
I’m annoying. UGH.
And overachieving is actually HUGELY STRESSFUL. Last year I read 300 books and I. was. freaking. stressed. So in 2016, I said “NO MORE, CAIT! YOU MAY READ 20 * BOOKS PER MONTH AND THAT’S IT.” It was really hard. Painfully hard. I just want to do MORE and MORE and MOOOOOORE and smash my records. But also, sanity is somewhat required for human existence??? Plus I knew I’d be busy this year with other commitments??? So I read less.
I can’t say I’m happy. But it’s nice to have time to do other things like, you know…BLOG. And eat ice cream sandwiches while spending 39830-hours taking photos for #bookstagram. And work, too.
AND NOTE: I know 200 is still a lot of books!! And I don’t mean to say any of this to make anyone feel bad or to “show off”. So pleeeease don’t take it that way. I BEG THEE. We all read at different paces and read different amounts, and it’s FINE. If you read 50 books per yer and I read 200, guess what? We’re both doing awesomely. Also I know people that read waaaaay more than me. So I am a small fish too in some respects.
* Shhh yes I can math. I’m well aware that 20 books per month will equal 240 but OVERACHIEVER, REMEMBER???
2. MY TBR IS WILDER THAN AN UNTAMED DRAGON HATCHLING.
Which is a direct result of #1 and reading less. BECAUSE APPARENTLY I HAVEN’T COLLECTED LESS TO COMPENSATE READING LESS. I mean, haha, collecting less would be logical, but I only engage in logic bi-annually. And as Aragon says, TODAY IS NOT THAT DAY.
Unfortunately Aragorn’s hair is more majestic than mine and clearly that’s why he smote armies will my TBR is actually smoting * me. #awkward
Anyway. In 2015, I actually got down to 3 books on my TBR at once. Now I have like…70? And that’s not counting my kindle. Or my incoming library reserves.
Am I fine?
No. SAVE ME FROM MYSELF, WATSON.
* What do you mean “smoting” isn’t a word? I say, go take your dictionary somewhere else, good sir.
3. LESS BLOG. MORE BOOKSTAGRAM.
This one I’m actually okay with! I know it means less of my brilliant posts for you all — I’M SORRY, DON’T CRY FOR ME, MARGE AND TINA — but I love taking bookish photos! It’s very rewarding because (A) aesthetics, and (B) likes. Hahah. Yes I did just admit that. But it’s nice to put effort into something and reap the rewards. VERY NICE. And I just love bookstagram SO MUCH.
But if you’re panicking that I might stop blogging — CHILL, MY FIENDISH CUCUMBER. I shall never stop. Wild cake cannot drag me away. *
* Okay, lies. Cake is my weakness and can almost always lure me away from anything. And I don’t know what wild cake is but I want some. So you’d best hope wild cake doesn’t come into my life.
4. I DECIDED TO FOCUS ON WRITING MORE.
There’s that little detail of I WANT THIS TO BE MY CAREER. And I’ve never been slack with writing per se…I just tend to put 87 things on the same level as it. Like should I edit or read that library book or make a cupcake? All are equally important.
Well. NAY MORE! I decided to be more serious about editing! And writing! And petting new ideas until they’ve grown big and strong and I can write them before they murder me in my sleep! I edited 2.5 books this year and wrote 4 (and those four books totalled to = 362,000 words).
No, but I am the Writing Dragon Queen, Watson. I’m very pleased with my writerly effort this year. Next year I shall be a puddle.
5. I QUIT FROM SEVERAL PUBLISHER MAILING LISTS.
Something I never thought I’d say! But I was getting 20+ unsolicited review-copies per month and with my whole “read less!” mantra? I WAS DYING TRYING TO KEEP UP. Not to mention my bookshelf was dying trying to keep up.
It’s gotten to the point where I’m really awesome at fitting 76 books in the place where 3 should go. SOMEONE HIRE ME FOR MY MAGIC SKILLS??
Anyway. I ended up reading a lot more books that I actually wanted to read. Which is freakishly fantastic. I like. I shall keep it up. Less book slumps this way!
6. I LOVE 3RD PERSON SO MUCH.
I would like ALL books in 3rd person basically. I mean, pfft, of course I adore many books in 1st still. But 3rd person absolutely captures me. I feel like the narrative is less angsty because we’re not so deep into the character’s POV? I just prefer the voice and narration style. I’m 10000% more likely to be in love with a 3rd person book than a 1st.
7. I FELL ENTIRELY IN LOVE WITH ADULT EPIC FANTASY.
Am I a YA addict? UM, YES. But have I recently realised that adult epic fantasy is the thing of my dreams? ALSO YES. I seriously can’t get over how much I adore adult fantasy. Like, seriously, it has way better world building than most YAs. A fact which pains me greatly. And it has less kissing and more stabbing. A fact which MAKES ME VERY HAPPY.
I’m absolutely obsessed with these this year:
Plus they all feature teen protagonists anyway…so…it’s like a lowkey gentle slippery-slide into adult books. Plus so much more stabbing. *
* Do I talk about stabby books too much??? Anyone worried?? No? Excellent, let’s continue.
8. I PROCRASTINATE SEQUELS LIKE THE CRUMPET I AM.
Because they’re SCARY, okay?!? There’s so much potential for them to go wrong. Like just for instance: (A) they might kill characters I love, (B) or fall into second book blues, or (C) take the plot in a direction that makes no sense, or (D) give a subpar finale, or (E) be 78% larger than the first book and THAT’S NOT FAIR I’M SCARED OF BIG BOOKS or (F) make me have too many emotions and I’m not prepared for this, or (G) have a series-cover change because publishers like to torment bookworms’ lives like that.
There’s just so much risk. I can’t even. Let me procrastinate instead.
FOR EXAMPLE: SEQUELS I SHOULD’VE READ BUT HAVEN’T YET
What is my life. What HAVE I even been reading? 200 books so far and yet my priorities are shocking.
Also: why are most sequels blue??? And why didn’t anyone tell Paper and Fire so it didn’t turn up to the party in the wrong outfit???
9. I LOVE EBOOKS & AUDIOBOOKS!
I used to hate eBooks. But NO MORE! They’re great for when your arms are too tired to hold up a massive hardcover and your dragon secretaries are out getting more ice cream sandwiches so it’s not like THEY can hold up the book for you. So instead of managing it yourself — BOOM — the helpfulness of a tiny iPod shaped eReader. Same with audiobooks. I don’t have to do half so much work. #nice Plus I listen to audios while I work or exercise which is such multitasking genius. Go me. And I’m like 90% more likely to ADORE an audiobook and rate it 5-stars???? Seriously. It’s wild.
Also I can easily carry my iPod (which is both ereader and audiobook listener) around and if my sister makes a heinous statement like “WHAT’S A PATRONUS?” I can smack her with it and say “THE ENTIRE INTERNET IS DISGUSTED AT YOU” and it will be true because they all live on the internet which lives on my iPod. I’m so witty.
10. I’VE DISCOVERED RE-READING!
I used to not be able to justify re-reading when my TBR is already intent on becoming Mt. Everest’s second cousin twice removed and twice as tall….buuuuut. LIFE IS TOO SHORT NOT TO ENJOY BOOKS YOU LOVE TWICE! I re-read The Raven Cycle and lost my mind to it again. I also re-read The Winner’s Curse trilogy and The Scorpio Races (oooh, more Stiefvater! How surprising) and basically it was glorious.
I like re-reading. It’s like eating dinner with an old friend except I’m eating the old friend not the dinner! Because I’m reading/eating the book?? Get it?? Hahahaha! I’M HILARIOUS.
Um, yes, okay I’ll stop now. No one knows what’s going on with this blog.
My reading changes are good and bad!
I mean, obviously someone needs to work on reading those sequels. AND I MISS READING 300 BOOKS A YEAR. But I also realise that’s my overachiever soul speaking and my sanity soul is doing much better without all the reading pressure. I’ve definitely kept reading FUN this year and that’s delightful. Bless me. Bless my genius. Bless all the Sherlock gifs in this post while we’re at it.