We’ve finally reached part 3 of my Q&A, which is also the last for now! Let me know if you’ve enjoyed this type of post, because if so, I might post more of these in the future.
What are your bookish pet peeves? (Hâf)
One of my biggest bookish pet peeves is when books in a series, or even just books by the same author, are not the same size. I try to make myself live with it, but I can’t stand it!
Tied in with that, I also really dislike when publishers change covers in the middle of a series. I also find this such a classist thing to do, because it almost forces many people to rebuy an entire series if they want the books to match, which is not something everyone will just be able to do.
I don’t have a whole lot of bookish pet peeves, though. I try to keep my books in as good a condition as possible, but if I need to, I will crack a spine, because ultimately, I firmly believe books are meant to be read and enjoyed. I wouldn’t easily write in books or dog-ear them or anything like that, but if they’re your books and that works for you: do with them what you want!
Do you collect different editions of your favourites? (Amy)
Yes, so many! I have an ever growing collection of Harry Potter books and different editions of Alice in Wonderland. And I also have multiple editions of some other favourites, like Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and Alice Oseman’s books.
Books are my happy place, and seeing multiple editions of my favourite books on my shelves makes me really happy. I don’t really see the point in keeping multiple copies if I just enjoyed a book, though. I’ll need to have really loved it and intend to reread it.
Do you collect anything, besides books? (Do)
I collect Funkos as well! I fell in love with them about three years ago, and decided to get two of them. Cue to the present, where I own 200+ Funkos… It’s quite addictive! But the sight of them makes me very happy and I try to grasp every piece of happiness I can get.
Aside from books and Funkos, I don’t have any “serious” collections, but I do have quite a lot of bookish candles, and bookmarks, and pins, and so on. I’m trying to be more critical as to what I keep and what I toss (or rather, sell or give away), but it’s safe to say I have a big collection of anything book-related.
To give you a bit of a background explanation, in case you’re interested: a part of autism is that many people tend to have an obsessive hobby/interest. Mine is, as you could probably guess, BOOKS. And Harry Potter, specifically. I personally had some trouble coming to terms with this , because “obsession” tends to have quite a negative connotation. But it just means that I’m extremely interested in one thing where other people (specifically people without autism) might have a broad range of more, less intense interests. And honestly, I’ve learned to love it. Sure, some people might find it strange, but it does bring me a lot of joy and I love the intensity of it because I can really lose myself in it. This is not to say I’m not at all interested in anything else, but just that none of my other interests even come close to my love for books!
What book would you be willing to give away? (Ellie)
I’m not precisely sure how this question was intended, but I’ve interpreted it as what book would I be willing to give away because I love it so much I want many more people to read it. The books I’ve given away the most are probably Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde and Radio Silence by Alice Oseman. Some other books I would like to give people are The Diviners by Libba Bray, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. If you haven’t read these, I highly recommend checking them out!
When did you start your blog? (Amy)
I started my blog over a year ago, but at some point it became a little too stressful for me because of my mental health. As I’ve been doing a little better, I really wanted to get back to posting regularly, so I picked it up again earlier this month. I’m having a lot of fun so far, but I’m still struggling to get organized and set up a regular posting schedule. If you have any tips, let me know!
How do you manage to stay consistent in posting? (Romy)
This is actually something I’ve had a lot of trouble with in the past. I usually manage to post (almost) daily on Instagram, because I stock up on photos when I can. I quickly realized I wouldn’t be able to take one picture every day (I tried that when I first started my bookstagram), so I now try to have somewhat longer photo sessions where I try to take enough photos to last me a week or two.
When it comes to blogging, I’m still trying to find a rhythm, but I’m trying to write multiple blogposts at the same time so I can post them over the next few weeks. This will hopefully reduce my stress levels and keep me excited to post!
If you’ve actually read my entire Q&A, wow. I’m so impressed. Thank you so much for your interest!
If you haven’t read all of it, that’s fair enough! I hope you still found some parts you enjoyed.
In any case, I would love for you to let me know your answers to some of these questions, so I can get to know you a little better as well! I might host another Q&A soon, because it’s been fun to write these posts.
I hope my honest answers haven’t scared you off, but if there’s anything I’ve learned over the past year, it’s that it’s so healing and validating to be open about mental health issues, as they’re a natural part of life and should be treated as such. If you struggle with your mental health yourself, I hope it gets a little better soon and that you’re able to get the help and support you need! If you need to talk or you have any questions, my Instagram and Twitter DMs are always open.