I kept thinking what I wanted to post for today since my typical posting days are Mondays and Thursdays. I was going to post a book review like any other day but I felt that this would be a great opportunity to thank all of you and the bookish community for what I’ve been given this past year. There’s so much I’m thankful for this year so ima highlight a few.
Reignition of my love for reading
I have always loved to read but there have been times when I put the books aside due to school and lack of motivation. The book community introduced me to so many new books and made me want to read a lot more to keep up with new releases.
A sense of Communityand Belonging
As an adult who is no longer going to school and wasnt working I felt like there wasnt a place for me. The bookish community embraced me and gave me new friends. I feel supported and encouraged to keep making content.
As I kept reading so many books across many genres I gained new perspectives on different things. Things I had seen as negative or something harmful in my life are now seen as just something that taught me something. I gained new views on genres I wouldnt have picked up before.
Strength to Move Forward during Rough Times
I started my bookstagram and book blog when I was unemployed and struggling to land a job. The times I was engaging in bookish activities or with my new community I forgot that I was struggling. I was able to put that aside for a minute and return to the job search refreshed. It wasnt too long before i found a job and this community kept my spirits up.
I hope you all have a great holiday. What are you all thankful for?
Hello all, I have been nominated by Danni over at _ForBooksSake and I thought this was a cute way to do a get to know me post which I haven’t done in a while. Thank you for the nomination, it was a pleasant surprise.
Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post/or on your blog.
What are you currently reading, and are you enjoying it so far? I’m currently reading Ziggy, Stardust, and Me and am so excited to finally get a chance to read it. I’m loving it already and am only 10 pages into the story.
What is your biggest bookish pet peeve? I can’t stand when books have written notes in the margins or have highlights on it.
Tell me an interesting fact about yourself
I find viruses and diseases fascinating and find some sort of beauty in their terror. Which TV show could you watch over and over again, and not get bored? My go to TV show that I can do re-watchings of will always be Grey’s Anatomy. I’m currently on my second re-watch and can’t wait to start it all over again, you always catch new things.
Which fictional character would you love to be friends with? Um there’s so many to pick from and what makes it difficult is that depending on what age in my life it was there would be a different character. I think if I had to pick and I was the age I am now I would have to say Otis from the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Z Brewer.
How are your bookshelves organised? I tend to change them every time that I do book photos and they are organized by hard covers all together and paperbacks together. After that I separate them by things I’ve read and haven’t read.
Do you have any hobbies? Besides reading, I like to write and watch television. It’s very specific shows though and they’re all medical shows. I also love playing video games when I have the time, and going to the mall.
What is your favourite famous work of art? I’m not sure I really have one.
Do you collect any type of bookish merch? Bookmarks mostly
Which is your favourite season, and why? My favorite season changes all the time and right now I’m loving Fall. I just love all the fall colors and decor and then that’s when the holiday season really begins.
Which book or series brings you the most happiness? This is another thing that changes for me all the time and when I wrote this I would have to say The Hot Zone. Every time I see that book it just reminds me of how much I love it and how much I love reading about viruses and diseases. Now that I’m revisiting this and just having finished Crisis in the Red Zone, I would have to say any of the Ebola books by Richard Preston.
This is the first tag time I’ve been tagged on something on my blog and I figured why not give it a try. Chapel over at Kavordian Library tagged me in this one so thank you for that. This is a nice fun way to get to know me.
The Couch or the Bed
This one is so hard for me to decide because I like to keep my bed for only sleeping or else getting to sleep becomes a chore for me. The couch is comfy only for a short period of time though and then I get distracted by 500 other things. I think I’ll go with the bed but not necessarily my bed, like I love using my mom’s bed to read in when no one is around.
Main Male or Female MC
I love a female MC, I don’t think I’ve read very many books that have a great main male character. I love the perspective that a good female MC brings to a book.
Sweet or Salty Snacks
I have this discussion at work all the time and I will always stick to sweet snacks. Salty snacks are good once in a while but only in limited quantity but for sweets just give me them all. I don’t think that there is a sweet snack that I don’t enjoy.
Trilogies or Quartets
This one really depends on the book, if the plot can get done in three books then there is no need for a fourth one. I think most of my favorite series are done in trilogies.
A.M. or P.M.
So I used to be a P.M person and love reading through the night until I started a full time job. I love reading in the A.M. now, there’s something about breaking into a good book so early in the morning when people aren’t awake yet. The world just seems so quiet and at peace.
First or Third P.O.V.
I love a good first P.O.V. because it feels like I’m right there in the story. It makes all the emotions that I feel throughout the book 10x better. I also love how mysterious it is because you don’t know much about the other character’s actions or thoughts.
Libraries or Bookstores
I used to always be at book stores but then Borders closed and I couldn’t find a new favorite. I love the library and am a big advocate for them because you cant get better than free media renting. The library also has so much to offer like programming and a place to build community with others.
Laugh or Cry
I want a book to make me cry because I cry for sad things and happy things and anything that gives me overwhelming emotions of any kind makes me cry.
Black or White Covers
Hm well I don’t really have a preference for the color of books. I don’t organize my shelve using colors so I like a variety of them.
Character or Plot Driven
I prefer a great plot driven book because I feel like the book goes a lot faster. I want the characters to be well developed though so I feel like I want a good balance of these in the things that I read.
“The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.”
I’ve been dwelling on this project for quite some time now but didn’t know how or where to start. I wanted to give you all an insight on the things that I read with also some sort of way to tie in my love for local libraries and the things that they provide. I want to provide you all with ways to access books for free or cheap, book reviews, and comparison of movies based on books.
Before we begin on the descent into my world of books and more, I wanted to give you a little bit about me. I’m a 26 year old from Los Angeles who is an aspiring student professional who has a love for young adult fiction, fantasy, and science fiction novels. I review books for the onlinebookclub and most recently reviewed The Immigrant’s Lament by Mois Benarroch. During the month of November I participate in National Novel Writing Month with Nanowrimo and have completed the challenge 4 times.
I’m currently reading The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon and Horseman, Pass By by Larry McMurtry.
You can find me on Instagram at QuirkyBibliophile and on goodreads.com/unconventionalquirkybibliophile.