A lot of people make videos sharing facts about themselves, and I did this on my channel, Just Me, Victoria, last year. So today I decided that I'd like to also share some bookish facts about myself, so that you can learn more about me as a reader.
I still have a lot of books I read as a kid, and three that I remember reading a lot (and still occasionally picking up today) are Snow by Ray McKie and P.D. Eastman, Bears In The Night by Stan & Jan Berenstain, and A Big Ball Of String by Marion Holland.
In high school, like a lot of people, I had to study Shakespeare. In my junior years, we looked at Romeo & Juliet, then in my two senior years we read A Taming Of The Shrew and Julius Caesar. Plus, in my first year of university I studied Twelfth Night. I actually really enjoyed reading the plays, which surprised me, and I really want to start collecting the plays and reading them.
I have a large collection of non-fiction books, most of which are history. Half of the history books are just general history, covering the ancient and modern eras of Australia, and America. Then the other half are books about the British Monarchy, particularly that of the Tudor period (which is one of my favourite eras).
Classics scare me. All of the classics I've had to read for school have been enjoyable, so it's not that I've had any bad experiences with them, but they still really intimidate me. It's mainly because I'm worried that I'll never be able to get into the writing style and understand the story, and that it will take me a long time to get through the book. There's a lot of classics on my shelves, and a lot that I really want to read - I just need to pick one up and start reading!
Similarly, big books scare me. I'll always pick up a book that's 350 pages or less because I know I'll be able to get through it relatively quickly. Anything bigger and I always focus on how much of the book I have left and that it's taking me too long to read it. In saying that, I've actually read four books over 500 pages in the space of a week, so maybe I'm getting a little better!
My favourite genres are fantasy and contemporary. I never really consider contemporary as a favourite, but they've been books I've come to love recently, and I definitely find myself turning to contemporaries more than fantasies.
Genres that I never thought I'd read, let alone enjoy, are horror and psychological thrillers. As a kid, I always shied away from scary stuff, and it wasn't until I was in my first year at university that I finally watched a whole bunch of horror movies and came to realise that they weren't that scary and I could actually watch and enjoy them. Since joining this amazing community, I've discovered some amazing horror and psychological reads that I've really enjoyed, and there are so many more that I find really intriguing.
My most-owned author, which should come as no surprise to anyone, is Abbi Glines. I own pretty much all of her books - 26 physical and 4 ebook.
The longest series that I've completed is the Rosemary Beach series by Abbi Glines, which totals 13 books. If I ever get round to continuing it, the Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard will probably be the longest series I ever read at 16 books long.
I'm someone who's read the Fifty Shades series by E.L. James but not the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer. While I have no interest in reading Twilight, I am slightly interested in seeing how they connect, seeing as Fifty Shades was originally written as Twilight fan fiction.
I've met one author - Jay Kristoff at the Nevernight book launch in Melbourne last year. It was an awesome experience, especially since my friends and I were dressed up ready to go to a Harry Potter party afterwards. Watch my mini-vlog here.
I currently own 12 signed books, with some having signed book plates. Most of the books I've gotten through Booktopia promotions - I'll always take the opportunity to get a signed book if it's one I'm interested in.
The first book review that I posted on this blog was for The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I definitely had no idea what I was doing, and I hope that I have improved in the two years since it was posted. It's definitely a bit cringey going back and reading it!
I've never actually told you all how I came up with my blog name. Back in January 2015 when I was thinking of a name, I knew I wanted something a little different - a lot of people had similar blog names like [Insert name]'s Book Nook, [Insert name] Reads, etc - and I wanted to have something new. So, somehow, I thought of My Books Are Me, which means that my books, the ones I own, the ones I've read, are me and make up who I am. There are times when I want to change the name, but then I remember that the name is now who I am, and I wouldn't want to change it.
I was lucky to have read some really great books in high school, books that I now own and have either reread since or plan on rereading. The books I read were; Hitler's Daughter by Jackie French, Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, Tomorrow, When The War Began by John Marsden, The Messenger by Marcus Zusak, and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I can't for the life of me, though, remember what I read in year 11...
I started reading the Harry Potter series in 2009 when I was in year 8. Somehow, I had become obsessed with the movies and one day I was in my high school library with my friend and picked up the first book. I was hooked instantly. I ended up buying a second-hand set of the books off eBay and read the first five books before seeing the Half-Blood Prince movie. Deathly Hallows was the only books I was able to read before the movie was released. And although today I always try to read the book before I watch the adaptation, I'm really glad that I watched the Potter movies before reading them. Instead of being annoying at the things I didn't get to see, the books expanded the world for me.
If you give me the option, I will always choose a paperback. Not only are they generally cheaper than a hardcover, they are just easier to read.
I'll also always choose the physical book over the ebook. I like being able to see my book collection on my shelves - see what I've read and freak out over all the unread books. However, I have been reading more ebooks recently, but at the end of the day, if I read an ebook that I really enjoy, I'll try to buy the physical book, if available.
I currently own 520 books, give or take a few.
Of those 520 books, I have a whopping 309 unread - which clearly shows I have a serious book-buying problem!
I'm not one to have multiple copies of books, simply because I don't have the space. But there are seven books that I have more than one copy of, and a few that I really love that I want to get another edition of.
Like a lot of people, I do judge books by their covers, which is something I have been trying to stop. I'll also choose the cover edition that I most like when it comes to buying a book.
The most books that I've read in a year was 56, in 2015. It was amazing going from reading at most 5 books a year to essentially reading one a week.
While everyone in high school was obsessed with vampires, and Twilight and The Vampire Diaries, I was obsessed with angels and fallen angels with the Hush, Hush and Fallen series. I've never really seen the fascination with vampires.
If you're ever out shopping with me, go straight to the nearest book store or book section and save me from spending money on books that I really don't need!
So I hope you guys learned a little more about the bookish me. If you want to know more about me, then watch my 25 Facts About Me video.
I definitely recommend sharing some bookish facts about yourself, because it's interesting to think about your bookish and reading tastes.
See You Soon!