Happy Friday, everyone!
I hope you’re all doing great and spending time with some wonderful books! Here, at least, we have perfect reading weather ❄🍵📚 It started snowing again on Easter Monday, and the flakes have been picking up speed ever since. However, instead of nice, beautiful, winter-wonderland snow, we have the disgusting mushy and wet type that has had me avoiding the outdoors like the plague!
Still, I guess it’s a good thing I had a solid reason to return to some of my comfort rereads this week, because the past couple of days have been really rough. One of my close friends is currently in the ICU battling a life-threatening case of COVID, so in case you noticed that I’ve been a bit absent from the blogosphere this past week, you now know the main reason why. [The other reason is my thesis. I have a meeting with my advisor next week, so I’ve been putting in a ton of last-minute work in hopes of making what I’ve already accomplished seem a little less meagre 😅 ] Anyway, I just didn’t have as much energy to put into blogging with everything that’s going on, so I hope you’ll forgive me for missing so many of your posts!
However, in light of how stressful this week was, I thought this would be the perfect time to do something fun and cheer myself up a little! And since Riddhi @ Whispering Stories challenged me to take BuzzFeed’s “How Obsessed With Books Are You Actually” quiz a while ago, I decided to just go ahead and do that today 🤗 After all, which book nerd doesn’t love a good bookish quiz that strokes their ego and confirms that they are just as in love with reading as they think they are? 😁
So, without further ado, let’s get into the questions!! If you’d like to play along, you can find the link to the quiz here.
My answer here isn’t completely accurate, but I suppose it’s the option that’s closest to the truth. I actually have five big bookcases full of books, and over two of them are double stacked 😅 I suppose you could say I’m obsessed. But then again, I’ve basically asked for nothing but books for every single birthday and Christmas as long as I can remember, so they’re bound to pile up, right? Especially since I refuse to part with them once I own them…
Also, I think it’s very telling that four of those five bookcases are for (mostly) English books. Granted, I do read a lot more in English than I do in German, but it’s also way easier to get German books I want from the library than English ones. So I guess I just had to create my own library at home 😉
Hahaha, now we’re spilling the true bookish snob tea 🤣 I am INSANELY critical when it comes to adaptations! I have such vivid imagery in my head when I read a book that I am always severely disappointed when the movie’s interpretation doesn’t live up to what I pictured. Or, even worse, when the movie decides to cut pivotal scenes and characters from the story! Like, c’mon, Harry Potter, how could you not include Peeves? Or transform Ginny into a bumbling idiot, when she’s phenomenal in the books? And why was everyone in Deathly Hallows suddenly flying around with jets of black and white clouds coming out of their butts? I was not a fan 😤
But yes, there are just a handful of movie adaptations that even I find hard to criticize. Like, why can’t more adaptions be like The Hunger Games and The Lord of the Rings? 🥰 I still think the books are better, but you can’t deny the films are pretty epic. And on very rare occasions, I do actually think the adaptations triumphed over the source material. Like The 100, for example. The books are absolute trash, but the show – apart from that mess that was Season 7 and I refuse to accept as canon – is amazing! Or 13 Reasons Why, where the show provided fleshed-out side characters where the book basically just had cardboard cutouts…
And despite my misgivings, I will always get really excited when a favorite of mine is being adopted to screen! I am already really pumped for the Shadow and Bone adaptation, so fingers crossed it will be everything I hope it’s going to be! 🤗
Whoever made this quiz must have included that last option just for people like me 😁 Even though I could technically just download an e-book when I’m craving reading material on vacation, I always go for the option of cramming as many books as possible into any space that is left in my suitcase and/or backpack. After all, who knows what I’ll actually be craving once I get to where I’m going? I need to take options! And besides, there’s something so comforting about having books with you on your travels 😇
Though I’m not gonna lie – the number of books I lug around with me has gotten me some pretty weird stares in the past. For example, when I was flying back home from a three-week stay in England sometime in 2016 (I remember the year very distinctly, because this was just a few weeks before the Brexit referendum and some friends and I may or may not have gotten into a pretty heated discussion with a pro-Brexiteer in a seaside pub 😅), I had at least ten books in my suitcase. The problem was, I had acquired three of those books whilst in England – Those British bookstores were seriously tempting, okay? – and they just didn’t fit into my already bulging suitcase and carry-on! So what did I do? I squeezed half of the books into my laptop case, of course. You should have seen the looks on those Heathrow security people’s faces when they asked me to take out my laptop and all the books tumbled out…
I mean, I’m already at 24 right now, and that’s excluding rereads… I just love reading so much that I’ll usually easily average 100 books a year 😊
Still, I don’t think the amount you read determines your worth as a reader at all! If you only read a handful of books a year and are enjoying the experience, that’s just as valid! This question is already making me very suspicious of this quiz…
I guess this is where I’ll have to admit to having a very messed-up sleep schedule… I have absolutely no self-control when it comes to putting a book I love down, and quite honestly, “past 3 a.m.” is still putting it mildly. I try to restrict myself during the semester, but when I’m on break? Well, let’s just say I have absolutely no qualms about reading through the whole night and then sleeping the entire following day 😂
Of course I have a library card!! In fact, I have multiple ones 😊 However, thanks to COVID, I actually haven’t been to a library in well over a year 😥 I really need things to go back to normal so that I can stock up on books again! I mean, I do have Scribd, which I suppose is kind of like an online library, but I just prefer reading physical books to reading e-books…
And I love the atmosphere of libraries! Unlike bookstores, they don’t kick you out if you sit there for hours and read, and you always find yourself surrounded by wonderful bookish people. In fact, my best library experience might have been when I was studying abroad in Virginia and volunteered at my local library’s Youth Literacy Program. I met so many wonderful people there, and I got to read books with a second grader once a week! He really got me into Elephant and Piggie 😆
Funnily enough, though, I absolutely hate going to libraries to study. I’m the type of person who repeats material out loud in grandiose speeches when trying to memorize it, accompanied by all kinds of grand gestures. Somehow, I don’t think my study techniques would be looked upon most favorably in a library…
I am not. However, I do often buddy read stuff with my friends, so does that count?
And I was a bit of an honorary member of my school’s book club back in the day. My sister and two of my good friends and classmates were proper members, but since the book club always met at the same time as our school orchestra did, I was out. However, I always read the books they picked out, and on the rare occasions that orchestra practice got cancelled, I joined the club at the local café where they held their meetings and made sure to give all my opinions 😁 It was a great time.
You see, this one really depends on the bookshop… If it was a huge shop that also allowed you to stay in there, read, and leave without buying anything, I would probably be able to make it an entire day. But where I live, we have mostly smaller bookstores that don’t really encourage that. Once I’ve made it through about half a tome and still haven’t bought it, I can already feel the employees’ death glares on the back of my neck 😅 Which is another big reason why I prefer libraries!
A couple of years ago, I would have said I would never do this. After all, it’s the story that really matters to me, not the way a book looks.
But then those illustrated Harry Potter editions came out…. And I just needed one! Granted, I didn’t buy myself a copy, but got my siblings to give me one for Christmas, but still. Looking at it logically, my family already had several copies of Harry Potter, since every time the old ones start to fall apart, we buy a new one.
And then, a little later, I saw those US Harry Potter editions whose spines create a picture of Hogwarts on sale at book depository, and I just couldn’t resist. Despite still being upset that some historically uninformed US genius thought it would be a good idea to rename the philosopher’s stone 🙄
So yeah, I guess I wouldn’t do this, with a huge exception when it comes to Harry Potter? 😅 Those books are the only ones I own more than one copy of.
This has changed drastically over time. Thanks to COVID, it’s been ages since I’ve gone anywhere, let alone a bookshop. I mean, we’ve been under lockdown for months here! And before then, I’d say I usually went about once a month. Basically, whenever I had free time in the city or needed to go shopping for something, I’d eventually end up browsing through a bookstore…
However, while I was still at school, I definitely went several times a week! Because back then, there was a huge bookstore that also let you sit down and read just a few meters away from my bus stop, so I would always stay in there and read while waiting for the bus. The store went bankrupt when I was in about twelfth grade or so, though – I may feel slightly bad about this, since I also ruthlessly exploited them and only bought a miniscule percentage of the books I actually read there 😅 – so now, waiting for the bus has gotten quite boring.
Look, this question is also worded very specifically. Because if you’d asked me whether I would read a book while eating, the answer would be “100% YES”! I do this ALL THE TIME.
But dinners at my house are a family affair, and my parents and siblings would probably think it’d be kind of rude for me to be reading while they were trying to talk to me. Not to mention that I love our mealtime conversations and wouldn’t want to miss out on them in the first place!
It’s not unusual for me to take a book along wherever I ago, but I think the weirdest place out of all of these that I’ve actually read one is probably a concert. Don’t worry, though – I’m not talking about the mosh-pit, screaming, loads of alcohol type of concert, because those are a bit out of my comfort zone 😂 But I do really love classical music, and while you’re sitting in a concert hall, waiting for the music to finally begin, books are a great way to pass the time! (And also to avoid having to talk to the person sitting next to you, which I’m always horribly awkward at 😅)
Of course books have changed my life! I’ve learned something from probably every single one I’ve read, gotten to see so many different perspectives, and gained a wholly new appreciation for language! I couldn’t even imagine my life without reading, so I think it’s safe to say that books have had an enormous impact on me!
AND NOW, THE RESULTS 🥁🥁🥁
I’ll take that, BuzzFeed! Though you know what’s really weird? I took this quiz before, back when Riddhi first posted it, but was too lazy to take screenshots at the time. But now, having replicated it so that you guys could also appreciate my answers, I got 81% instead of my original 82%. And I’m pretty sure my answers haven’t changed. Where did that extra 1% go, huh, BuzzFeed?? Do you have some kind of glitch in your rounding algorithm? It is a mystery 🤔
But anyway, that was it for today! I hope you had fun going through these questions with me, and if you played along and took the quiz yourself, I would love to know your score in the comments! Are you even more book-obsessed than I am, or do you just hide your obsession better? I would love to know!