Happy Friday, everyone!
You’re getting another tag today, because after the whirlwind of a week I’ve had, I’m way too
lazy exhaused to write anything too elaborate 😁
First, my phone somehow decided now would be the perfect time to go into auto-destruct mode, which means I’ve been scrambling to get a replacement and trying to recover all the data I’ve lost… So if you noticed that I haven’t been as active as usual this week, you now know the reason. Seriously, responding to comments on a laptop is way more annoying than on a phone! Using emojis is a nightmare! And we all know I need my emojis! 😍😁
But, to look on the bright side, I have become much more media-savvy because of this. I can proudly say that I now know how to do paragraph breaks on WhatsApp Web. I’ve become a pro at recovering old passwords that I was dumb enough not to write down, sure that I would be able to remember them later. (Spoiler alert: I didn’t.) And now I have reconfiguring my new phone to look forward to! 🤗😅🙄 So I’m pretty sure you can stay tuned for a new rant next week 😁
Second, I’ve been grading math exams pretty much all week, which means I am mentally drained. I mean, usually, I prefer grading exams to grading homework, because in a normal semester, that just means our part of the math department locks itself into one room with lots of cake and tea until all the exams are graded. We can talk to each other, and when someone does something particularly “brilliant”, we can have a good laugh about it together. I know – we math people are a sadistic bunch 🤣
However, this semester, due to covid, everyone was in a separate room. There was no cake (although we did have tea). We couldn’t talk to anyone, which means I spent hours upon hours shut in my office with the knowledge that my red pen had the power to affect the entire mathematical career of these poor first-year students…. Okay, maybe it’s not all that dramatic. But I do think it’s a lot nicer to be able to talk to other people while correcting! (Although I did enjoy finally being able to use my office 😊 It now even has my name next to the door on a very professional looking sign, which definitely IS kind of flattering.)
But anyway, now that I’ve complained a bit and let you see traces of my snobbish tendencies, let’s fully expose them with The Bookish Snob Tag! A big thank you to Riddhi @ Whispering Stories for tagging me in this, even if, as usual, it took me months to finally get to it 😅 But I hope you enjoy my answers anyway!
The Bookish Snob Tag
ADAPTATION SNOB: Do you always read the book before watching the film/TV show?
Usually, yeah. Once I’ve seen an adaptation, it’s next to impossible for me to create my own independent mental imagery for a story. And not trying to brag, but I do think that, 99% of the time, what my imagination comes up with tends to be way cooler and much more vivid than what some of those movies have to offer! So if I want to see an adaptation that’s based on a book I haven’t read yet, I’ll generally rush to read the book first.
But there’s no rule without exceptions 😁 There aren’t many, but I have seen a handful of movies/TV shows before reading the book. The ones I can think of right now are Jurassic Park, The Martian, Pride and Prejudice, The Lord of the Rings, 4.50 from Paddington, The 100, and Pretty Little Liars.
And then there are also several where I’ve never read the source material at all, like Umbrella Academy, Bridgerton or Don Camillo & Peppone… Sacrilegious, I know 😂
FORMAT SNOB: You can only choose one format in which to read books for the rest of your life. Which one do you choose: physical books, eBooks, or audiobooks?
This is super easy: Physical books, duh! Even though I do read them quite often because I’m a poor university student and my local library isn’t that large, I don’t like eBooks much. I don’t know why, but staring at a screen is somehow so much more exhausting than staring at pages! And I just love the smell of books and the feeling of flipping through those pages 🥰
Also, although I enjoy listening to audiobooks while driving or going on walks, I’d never pick them over physical books. Reading at audiobook speed is so torturously slow! Besides, I can’t imagine the character voices myself if they’re already being provided by the audiobook!
SHIP SNOB: Would you date or marry a non-reader?
Sure! As long as he has some other hobby to occupy himself with while I disappear into fictional worlds for hours on end… And he should probably be prepared to hear me gush about them afterwards, too… And I’m not promising that I wouldn’t try to convert him, either… 😁
GENRE SNOB: You have to ditch one genre – never to be read again for the rest of your life. Which one do you ditch?
Erotica. I’ve never seen the appeal of pure smut with no plot, so no loss there 😁
ÜBER GENRE SNOB: You can only choose to read from one genre for the rest of your life. Which genre do you choose?
Why???? How can you do this do me?!?! 😭😭😭
But fantasy it is. As much as I love other genres, fantasy will probably always remain my favorite. I love how there are no predetermined rules about what a fantasy author can and can’t do, and how that gives you the opportunity to explore different political and social ideas, to discover worlds that haven’t been seen before, and to gush over unique nerdy magic systems! And besides, you can combine basically any other genre with fantasy, so I’d still be getting the best of both worlds, right? 🙃
COMMUNITY SNOB: Which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community?
Anything targeted towards young women, really. Do you remember the whole “fake reader girls” drama? Though YA paranormal romance and chicklit are probably the two that are targeted the most.
So just in case you need a reminder: Reading is reading, no matter which genres you love! And pretending you’re all sophisticated just because you only read classics and literary fiction is not going to make me think you’re smart; in fact, it will make me think you’re rude and narrow-minded.
Though just to make things clear – I love classics and literary fiction, and if you only want to read those, that’s totally okay! It’s when you start thinking you’re better than others because you exclusively read “highbrow literature” that we’ve got a problem…
And that’s it for the questions!
If you’d like to give this a go – though I certainly won’t be mad if you don’t or if you’ve already done this and I missed it – I tag:
- Abby @ Beyond the Read
- Line @ First Line Reader
- Nefeli @ BiblioNebula
- Pilar @ The Bookworm Shelf
- Zoë @ Reading by the Moonlight
- Anyone else who wants to share all their snobby habits with me!
Also, let me know what you thought of my answers in the comments! Do you relate to any of them? Would you say that some of them could be considered snobbish? What’s your snobbiest bookish habit? Feel free to tell me down below!