As I’m in the middle of end-of-the-semester exams, I was thinking what to write next. I’m not gonna lie, my brain feels a little fried at the moment. So that means it’s the perfect time for a tag. Rita over at Bookish Rita tagged me in the Unique Blogger Award Tag, and she came up with some amazing questions to answer!
– Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you;
– Answer the questions;
– In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award;
– Ask them 3 questions.
Without further ado, let’s get into the questions!
I’ve been blogging for a really long time – close to ten years at this point. I haven’t always blogged on this website. When I was much younger, I used to not know what I wanted with my blog. I constantly felt the need to restart it. For a while I blogged on Dalindcy.nl, then Dalindcy.com. Constantly searching for the type of post I was happiest to write.
Just a little while ago I changed my URL to BooksAndRants.com and it’s the happiest I’ve ever been with my blog. Reading is a lifelong passion of mine. I always was the thoughtful, introvert kid that spent family parties reading in a corner. I love reading about books, and I love writing about this passion. I kind of rolled into book blogging – for a while I just wrote about books next to other stuff (and I still do sometimes) but book blogging really is where my heart lies.
The book blogging community is also very welcoming. Seriously, I’ve seen so many communities online that are not welcome when it comes to newbies. There is a lot of gatekeeping online, and I am personally not a fan of it. I think our community does a great job at being welcome and inclusive, and I truly feel at home!
One of my most unpopular opinions that you guys haven’t heard about – and I think I might get crucified for this – is that Harry Potter is not really one of my favorite series. Yep, I said it. Don’t get me wrong, I really like Harry Potter. I totally understand why it’s so loved. It’s outstanding, but personally I don’t have the emotional attachment to the series that many other people have. I read it in my childhood, but for me a lot of other books are closer to my heart. Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart comes to mind, and Záfons Cemetery of Forgotten Books series.
Maybe I just read (and reread) Harry Potter when I was too young, and I didn’t understand the complexity of the storyline at certain points. I am actually planning a reread of the series and I’m really curious to see how my opinions have changed. I might even blog about it!
I also didn’t love The Hunger Games. I thought the premise was interesting, but I was never sold on the idea of the games themselves, as well as the dictatorship this book is set in. I always felt that the political aspect of the series was haphazardly done and could’ve been executed a lot better. I recently rewatched the first three movies and I gotta say, I still feel the same way about it.
Writing this, I realize it sounds like I hate a lot of popular things. And that’s true, I’ve been accused of hating on things just because they’re popular, but really I’m just critical of everything I read these days, because I’ve read so much. But hey, it makes me a good an thorough reviewer I suppose!
Oh, this one is easy. Dog-earing! Seriousy, there is this mindset in our community that dog earing is evil. Yesterday I read a tweet from someone that thought that dog-earing was actual sociopathic behaviour.
Personally, I love a well-loved book, and dog-earing is a part of that. I’m not one to keep my books pristine, at all. In my opinion books are meant to be read, enjoyed and devoured. If I constantly think about having to keep my books as pristine as possible, I only pull myself out of the story and that negatively affects my reading experience.
Now, if I borrow someone else’s book or I’m reading a library book, that’s an entirely different story. I will never dog-ear someone else’s book, I have super pretty bookmarks for that! I don’t mind using a bookmark but it’s a tiny bit of extra hassle that I rather not deal with if I don’t have to.
All right, that’s already the end of this tag! My three questions:
– What is a popular character that you just don’t like?
– What are your (weird) reading habits?
– What book did you love while reading it but later changed your mind on?
If I haven’t tagged you but you would still like to answer these questions, let me know so I can read & comment on your post!