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Tag: The Unique Blogger Award (Why I Joined The Book Blogging Community and Unpopular Opinions About Harry Potter)

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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!

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– 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!

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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!bookish unpopular opinion

If you read my blog you know I’m not shy when it comes to my unpopular opinions. I recently wrote a blog post about why I dislike most YA books, and about sexism in fantasy and science fiction.

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!

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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?

The people I tag (and people who’s blog you should check out in general.. :))
Eloise Writes
Camillea Reads
Reading in Winter
– Amy’s Bookshelf
– Reading Every Night
– The Cursed Books

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!

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13 thoughts on “Tag: The Unique Blogger Award (Why I Joined The Book Blogging Community and Unpopular Opinions About Harry Potter)

  1. Ten years! Wow, my respect to you, truly 🙂 I wish I had been blogging back then! It must have been so different.

    I also have to let you know that I also have a firm dislike for most YA books! Gonna SO read that post of yours.

    I didn’t read HP when I was a child (I’m THAT hype resistant, yes) – so I’m slowly reading it now. I also love it, but yeah, I just love it – I don’t know if I’d name it as my favorite. But then again, when you’re a blogger and you read so much, doesn’t picking favorite get A LOT harder? I don’t even feel if I can and want to do that much anymore. Or else it would be like really, really long lists. There are just THAT many good books.

    And I haven’t read the Hunger Games. Hype resistance 😀

    Unfortunately, I do dislike dog earing 😀 or writing in books. I don’t like to change the way a book looks, and that mostly comes from reading a lot from the library, I think, cause you probably wouldn’t want a book SOMEONE ELSE has dog eared or written in 🙂 and these things rub off on you. When you read a lot from the library, you end up hearing “this is bad” a lot, so it just becomes canon. Heh.

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    1. Thank you! Ten years is a really long time, I think I was like 12 when I made my first blog, CRINGE.

      Let me know what you think of that post, whether you agree or disagree! I love some great bookish discussions.

      See, I’m the same way with HP. I love it, but it’s like *not my favorite of all time* I think you make a super interesting point here that it’s hard to have favorites and if we should have favorites at all. There are soooo many great books out there, I don’t even know what my faves are at this point!

      Haha, I write in my books as well, so that might be cringey for me. I also read a lot of library books (especially more recently as I’m trying to save money) and I hate when they are dog-eared or there’s writing in them. I get angry at that because I want people to treat library books with respect! I treat my own books like trash though, haha.

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  2. I don’t care much for Harry Potter, either! And yes, it’s a very unpopular position to be in. 😉

    (I will admit that I do like The Hunger Games, though. Although, I prefer Collins’ other series: Gregor the Overlander.)

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  3. Right on to all of this!

    I like Harry Potter just fine but since I didn’t read any of the series until after my wife finished the last book, I skipped out on all those years of anticipation and re-reading that built such an avid fan-base. I haven’t read the Hunger Games books, but the movie kind of just made me want to re-watch Kinji Fukasaku’s Battle Royale.

    Most importantly, however, I’m glad I’m not the only one out there that dog-ears my own books. I was starting to feel like some kind of monster after reading a few posts about how much people hated that (and perhaps by extension the people who do it).

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    1. I think not having that anticipation really takes away some of the magic (ha) in Harry Potter. I have never watched Battle Royale. You’re definitely not the only person dog-earing. Dog-earers unite!

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  4. HAHAHA – “dog-earing is sociopathic behavior” I personally don’t dog-ear and don’t want people to do it to my books and I playfully gasp when I see someone do it, but I don’t particularly have anything against it. Just like when people highlight and annotate their books – I don’t do it and I wouldn’t want people to do it in my book but I don’t care if they do it in general. The book community truly is such a welcoming community! I honestly didn’t LOVE the hunger games either?? I thought the premise of the games and the entire dictatorship was an interesting concept but I found the books and movies mediocre tbh

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    1. Haha yeah I’m fine with people not liking dog-earing their books because you know, to each their own! Some people can be a liiiittle judgemental about it I think.. but oh well. You’re like the first person I come across that didn’t love the Hunger Games either?? It’s not bad by any means but I just never fell in love with it. Mediocre is a pretty good way to describe it I think!

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      1. Most of the people I’ve seen have been judgmental in a joking sort of way thankfully (or at least, that’s my interpretation). THG was just sooo over-hyped!! Someone commented above me about liking Battle Royale, and I’d have to agree. I think I preferred BR (the movie, at least) over THG

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      2. yes most people are definitely doing it in a hyperbolic/joking sort of ay but I’ve gotten actual hate comments on my blog and Twitter about this before.. which was just a little sad. You know I’ve NEVER seen or read Battle Royale but I really want to!

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      3. Really? Gosh, that’s such a stupid thing to get hate for! It’s quite a good movie if you don’t mind gore haha

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