I hope you all had a wonderful week! Mine really wasn’t the greatest, but at least now I can finally say: I DID IT!!! Written exams are over; all I have left is my oral on November 11th.
Honestly, guys, I am just so relieved. This was definitely the worst test I’ve ever had to take, and not having to study for it anymore after almost two years of preparation feels amazing 😊 I’m going to be so lazy from now on! It will be wonderful!!!
Anyway, I did promise you a Q&A post back in August, as a thank you for hitting 100 followers on this blog. Honestly, I am still flattered that so many of you think my content is worth returning to, and I am so grateful to have you! Reading your thoughtful comments and interacting with you always makes my day. So THANK YOU!!! You guys are the best 😊❤️
But before I start rambling on even more, let’s get to your questions! Some of them were pretty similar, so I hope you don’t mind that I condensed them a bit… But whether you asked in the comments or sent them to me personally – thanks to everyone who participated!
What are your favorite kinds of blog posts to write and read?
When I have loads of time on my hands, my favorite things to write are definitely short stories. I just have so much fun making up my own worlds! ✒️ But I also love exploring really weird ideas that suddenly strike me. If it’s something I haven’t done before, I’ll be way more excited about it! Also, I absolutely love being sarcastic every once in a while, which is probably why one of the posts I had the most fun writing this year was Dating Tips for Book Nerds. I really got to be creative and combine weirdness and sarcasm in that one, so I guess it’s a pretty good example for what I like to write!
As to the types of posts I like to read – it’s really hard to specify. I do love learning about intriguing niche topics, so if it’s something I haven’t seen before, I’m definitely more likely to be interested! And I love posts that relate to things that interest me. I know that sounds extremely vague, but there are so many fascinating things out there that I can’t really get any more specific 🙈
However, just to give you an example of what I’m less inclined to read: I’m not usually drawn to book reviews for books I haven’t read yet and never intend on reading. Don’t get me wrong: I love overly long and detailed analyses, but only for books that I’ve read myself. Then I want lots of spoilers and people’s reactions! I also don’t really like wrap-up posts where people just put pictures and synopses of a bunch of books they read, but don’t tell me what they themselves thought of them. Those just seem a bit impersonal to me, like the writer doesn’t really care that much about those books, either…
So yeah, I think what matters most to me is the way the posts themselves are written. I love when a blogger’s personality shines through their words, and I feel like I’m getting to know them while I read! I love long and detailed posts that show the person behind the blog is passionate about something and truly wants to share that passion with me. I love getting a glimpse into other people’s lives and bonding over shared experiences!
What is your favorite and least favorite thing about blogging?
My favorite thing is having a space for my thoughts. I actually really enjoy going back to my old posts to see what I thought back then, what I was up to, and how my reading tastes and writing style have changed. I get to be creative, gush, rant, and write whatever I want to on here, which is just so refreshing!
And I love how this has enabled me to connect with so many of you guys. Your comments always make me smile, and I love exploring your blogs and connecting over shared interests! 😊
The worst part, for me, is probably how much time blogging forces you to spend online. I’m not the most technology-affine person out there and would much rather spend an afternoon outside than on social media…
Plus, I always feel really bad about not being able to keep up with what everyone else is writing. I have discovered so many amazing blogs during my time here, but I just don’t have the time to read hundreds of posts per day. Still, having to ignore so many posts by wonderful people, especially if they always faithfully read mine, makes me feel like a bad person sometimes 🙈
What are some of your five-star TBR predictions?
I have really high hopes for The Empire of Gold, The Dragon Republic, Beloved, Spin the Dawn, and The Bear and the Nightingale! Please don’t let me down!
Is there a book you absolutely hate?
Ooooh yes, definitely! A few that come to mind immediately are Heart of Darkness, The Cosmic Race, The Pilgrim’s Progress, The Catcher in the Rye (sorry, Emer, if you’re reading this 🙈), Golden Son, and, obviously, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
How many languages do you speak?
That depends on how much of my mangled conversations in other languages you would actually define as speaking 😅 But here they are in order of fluency:
#1 Deutsch ist meine Muttersprache, also hoffe ich ja mal, dass ich darin einigermaßen kompetent bin… Es kommt allerdings schon ab und zu vor, dass ich schneller denke, als ich rede, und dann irgendwas ganz Seltsames vor mich hin stöpsele 😉
#2 I started learning English when I was seven, in pretty much the most drastic way possible: My dad got a job teaching at a US university, so my family moved across the Atlantic and I was thrown into a classroom where I didn’t understand a thing. I’m not gonna lie – those first few months were pretty tough, but now I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything!
#3 J’ai appris le français à l’école pour cinq ans, mais malheureusement, j’ai oublié presque tout… Je comprends encore pas mal et quelquefois, je lis des livres ou regarde des films en français, mais quand je dois parler ou écrire quelque chose, c’est une catastrophe 😅
#4 Я изучаю русский язык около года и, честно говоря, я ещё очень плоха. Но я нахожу язык очень интересным, и мне очень нравится его изучать! А в прошлом году я была в России – это был один из величайших переживаний, которые у меня когда-либо были! 😊
#5 Linguam Latinam in schola quinque anni didici. Sed non possum dicere eam, possum tantum interpretari. Ergo in hac sententia certe multi errores sunt. 🙈
Do you recognize any of these? (Also, if I butchered anything, please let me know! I’m always looking to improve!)
I also know a few phrases of Spanish and Italian, but those definitely don’t count as speaking competence. I want to properly learn Spanish eventually though!
What did you think of The 100 finale?
Can we please not talk about that?
Anyway, that’s it for today! If you have any more questions you’d like me to answer, feel free to leave them in the comments!
Also, I’d love to know your take on some of these questions! What kinds of posts do you like to read? What are some of your most-hated books? I’m all here for your unpopular opinions! 😁