We can definitely agree that May is a very odd little worm.
Worm as in bookworm, mind you. I do like the color pink, but not THAT much. *shudders*
I’ve been focusing a lot on writing this month, and because I offer you the best love and care in the world, I wanted to feature a bookish post. And so I didn’t.
HAHAHA JUST KIDDING.
But really. I am odd. Weird. Strange. And therefore what I do as a reader is also odd/weird/strange as well. I thought it might be nice if I shared some of my weird habits. Feel free to make fun of me.
Actually please don’t. That would hurt my soul, and you don’t want that, do you?
1. i like to DO something while reading
Whether that be eating, playing with something in my hands, or turning my bookmark (more on this later) over and over, I feel the need to do SOMETHING when I’m reading. Even itching random spots on my head.
(Pro tip 59098: dried mangoes serve as a GREAT snack while reading.)
2. i run a finger down the middle of the book when i turn the page
There are exceptions, of course, but you will usually see me turn the page and flatten the page out (by running a finger down the middle part of it―the spine, I guess???). At first, this was to make the page stay open without touching it #lazy. This was especially on hardcovers.
But THEEEEN, I just held the page open but I STILL did it. I don’t exactly know why??? Muscle memory, I supposeth.
3. i used to NOT use bookmarks at all
I always memorized page numbers. Except sometimes I forgot them and flipped through the pages and READ AHEAD AND GOT SPOILED. But I still didn’t use bookmarks.
But theeeeeen, I checked out a copy of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (CUTE AND FLUFFY AND AMAZING BOOK GO READ RIGHT NOW ASDFGHJKL), and tucked in its pages was a little business card for some artist.
I planned on using it as a bookmark for just Ari & Dante because 1) thrifty, and 2) I normally forget about and/or leave bookmarks somewhere to disappear forever into the void.
But it was actually a GOOD bookmark that I could just drop right into the book. Then I could open it and it would flip to the PAGE I WAS ON WITHOUT ANY DELAY (usually). How amazing is this??? Also, it’s small, thick enough, and in prime condition. YES PLEASE.
(And don’t forget that I can just keep flipping it over and over and over while I’m reading (#1 of this post). TIS A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN, FOLKS.)
Speaking of bookmarks…
I. HATE. DOGEARING.
Let me just rant a little here… If I see you dogearing, I will SCREAM at you and TEAR the book from your hands (making sure nothing rips, of course), and I will UNFOLD that HORRIBLE LITTLE DOGEARED CORNER, tell you whatever the page number is, and give the book back to you. MEMORIZE THE MEMORY. I DON’T CARE IF YOU HAVE A MANGOLD MEMORY. DON’T DESTROY THE BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOK.
*end the screaming*
4. if you talk to me while i’m reading…
I will 1) not hear you, 2) not remember what you said, and 3) tell you to go away. This is actually normal bookworm behavior??? But I surprisingly will NOT throw something at you (because I am too immersed in the wonderful book I am reading).
But what would I throw at you??? Not the book, of course, because then it’d be injured and hurt and dying a slow death and I’M NOT THAT CRUEL. *sobs* Also I’d have to get up to retrieve it and who wants to do that???
See, this is why you don’t throw anything at all, because then you have to force yourself to get up and then walk over to pick up whatever you threw, thus breaking your book-devouring concentration. Not worth it.
5. i will laugh out loud when reading
So a good book should make ALL readers do this? But some people are too serious.
If a character is being snarky, I laugh. If there’s just one line that’s funny (*cough cough* SIMON VS), I laugh. If a character’s reaction is funny, I laugh.
I LAUGH AT PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING OKAY???
6. i sweat
Okay, May, so does everyone else??? Thanks for telling us this gross fact??? Can we be done now???
Let me get this straight. There’s a show called American Ninja Warrior, which I love to watch. It’s basically a huge obstacle course that tests the participants’ strength, endurance, speed, and… other athletic abilities. If they touch or fall into the water, they are disqualified.
I FREAKIN’ SWEAT EVERY TIME EACH PERSON RUNS THROUGH THE COURSE.
Like I’m so afraid that they will fall and be disqualified??? So then my hands get sweaty and my feet gets sweaty and I cower in fear as I watch them press the buzzer safely and move on to the next round.
This is similar to bookish me. My hands and feet will sweat when it gets all action-y, ESPECIALLY when it seems like someone’s gonna die (or when people are about to kiss/are kissing…) because like AGH SCARY GOTTA LET ALL THIS FEAR OUT IN THE FORM OF ICKY LIQUID STUFF CALLED SWEAT.
7. sometimes i read whole pages and gain nothing
My eyes travel over the page, but I remember next to nothing nothing. When did he get halfway around the world? When did he die? WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN???
“But May,” you might be saying, “how do you know what the book is about?”
The answer is easy, frens.
I just think I do.
8. sometimes i just randomly “wake up”
I’ll be reading the book, and then suddenly I “wake up”. I can’t explain it??? Maybe I’ll be dragging through this boring part, and then suddenly something happens and it’s like a jolt.
(Is this normal???)
It’s like swimming through a pile of rotten mangoes and then SPOTTING THE NON-ROTTEN MANGO.
9. long chapters make me skittish and short chapters make me twitch
If chapters are too long, I feel like everything’s just dragging on and on and oooooooon. Like in (THE AMAZING) Ink and Bone, the chapters are sooooo loooong. JUST END ALREADY PLEASE???
And if the chapters are too short, I feel like my windpipe* has been cut off??? Unless it’s meaningful. But usually, they just stop. NO. PLEASE. DON’T STOP. KEEP GOING. I FEEL SEVEEEEERED.
On that note, typos/mistakes in books choke me. In Scythe, there was literally a typo like: yo,u. LIKE WHAT. HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN. (And then there were sooo many other mistakes. This editor yo.)
*I don’t think that’s the proper noun usage.
It also so happens that today marks three months of blogging. Crazy, right?
- 36 posts (37 including this one)
- 7,423 views
- 1,364 likes
- 2,660 comments (WAIT WE PASSED 2,000???)
- 275 WordPress followers + 3 email followers
You guys are all so amazing! Love you all to bits. ❤
I won’t be doing any more of these stats stuff for all my blogiversary days, just half-birthday, and birthday. 😉 But seriously. Thank you ALL SO MUCH for following and liking, but most of all, reading and commenting. ❤
what are some of YOUR weird bookish habits? are you a bookworm too, or just a worm? do you dogear??? (the correct answer is no.) do you share any of the same habits as mine? CAN WE RANDOMLY SWEAT TOGETHER???
P.S. I really want themed featured images, so this will be the layout (I think) for future graphics. Whaddya think? (I WILL STILL USE THE GORGEOUS FONTS, DON’T WORRY)