It’s a new week, and I was thinking about how little we really know about each other here on the internet, so I thought I would share some book related facts about me in an attempt to feel more transparent. I’d love to learn some bookish facts about you as well; if you feel comfortable sharing, what’s one little known fact about yourself? It doesn’t even have to be book related, but with the rapid growth over the past couple of months here on the blog I’m really excited to get to know all of you as well! Who knows, maybe you’ll find a new favorite blogger in the comments below. ❤
I STRONGLY PREFER PHSYCIAL BOOKS TO E-BOOKS
I know most readers have made the switch to consuming all of their reading materials via e-reader, and I do have one that I use for NetGalley arcs and any books that are just stupidly cheap compared to their physical format, but given the choice I am all about holding paper in my hands. I keep hearing how many people read so much faster on their kindle device, so I guess I’m the oddball out as the opposite is true for me. Maybe it’s something about the backlight on the screen or the fact that it’s a tiny computer, but I find myself treating it like my phone and becoming distracted quickly with the need to check the kindle store, check all my social media on there, etc. With an old fashioned book, I get the full experience (i.e. smelling the book, flipping through the pages, etc) while also getting to display the titles I own on my bookshelves! 🙂 Honestly I have nothing against e-books, as I read them quite often, but I will always prefer to hold a paper book in my hands. Now if I could only figure out how to store them as easily as e-books; perhaps a Mary Poppins bag?
MR. HUMPHREY IS THE STAR BEHIND MY BLOG
It’s true! This blog wouldn’t exist without my hubby; that man is the most patient saint alive and I’m so grateful for him. He is the one who initially set up my website, and he has done everything from being sounding board, punching bag, design professional, and proofreader. The man even takes the kids on outings so that I have alone time to work on my blogging and reviews so that I’m not up all night after the kids go to bed. I know, I told you he was a saint! Some of my most popular ideas have come from his inspiration and I would be lost without him; for someone who doesn’t enjoy reading or books in any way, shape, or form, he sure has gone above and beyond to ensure the success of The Suspense Is Thrilling Me and is crucial to it’s day to day happenings.
I HAVE TO READ MULTIPLE BOOKS AT ONCE
You read that correctly; I am a book polygamist. Most people ask how I get through books so quickly, and while part of it is due to the ability to read quickly and just about anywhere, it’s also because I typically read 2-4 books at one time.
The brain My brain is a funny thing, man; I’ve found if I try to focus on just one book at a time, it really slows my reading down. I find myself getting distracted and starting to lag after about 100 pages, so when this first started happening I decided to just put the book down and pick up another for a change of pace. I also prefer for the books I’m reading at the same time to be of varying genres, as this helps me keep each story straight since they hopefully aren’t too similar. What kind of reader are you? Do you like to keep your options open, or are you loyal to one at a time?
I’M ADDICTED TO GOODREADS
Most people know that I got my start reviewing books via Goodreads and that I actually built my initial following there as opposed to through a traditional blog. I think this is why Goodreads will always have a special place in my heart; I love the discussions, the comparison of books, and how most times people treat each other with respect regardless of difference in genre preference. I have so many close friends whom I have never met in “real life”, friends whom I talk to on a daily basis (I’m looking at you Laura, Sam, Bentley, and Amy) and share all aspects of my life with. You could almost say that Goodreads was my first bookish love, and because of that it will likely continue to be the first social media I check in on daily and most frequently. ❤
BLOGGING STILL TERRIFIES ME
Even though I started my blog over a year ago and have been reviewing on Goodreads for 2 years in September, I still feel incredibly new to this world and constantly worry about screwing up. Obviously we all feel like this from time to time, but there are still itty bitty butterflies in my tummy every single time I post a review, or a new discussion post, or share a weekly wrap up. Why? Who knows! I guess it all comes down to perspective and how none of us can see ourselves as clearly as through the eyes of others. I’m so grateful for such a supportive community that shares each other’s posts, gives uplifting comments and advice, and treats each other as companions rather than competition.
Hopefully this let you in on a few of my
secrets traits and what fuels my bookish opinions. I would love to hear if any of these felt familiar for you as well as if you do things differently! Cheers to you all; I cherish each and every one of my bookish friends, whether you are an author, publisher, blogger, or reader. ❤