I’m taking part in The Broke and The Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday weekly meme and this week’s topic is ‘Ten Facts About Me’.

I’ve not been around much recently. All the usual suspects (work/life) have conspired against me and it has left zero time for blogging and for reading. However, this meme is great for getting those blogging braincells into gear, so it felt like a good time to post again.


Anyway, onwards to the facts!

1: I was lucky enough to meet Sir Terry Pratchett, one of my all time favourite authors, in my second year of university. Instead of saying “hello” like a normal human being, I made a high-pitched squealing noise the likes of which I’ve never made before or since. It was not my finest moment.


my copy of LOTR2: I re-read The Lord of the Rings all the time. I first read my dad’s copy [pictured] when I was 11 and I was hooked from there. That copy is held together by lashings of sticky tape and sheer force of will. Seriously. Every time I re-read it another page would start to work its way loose. That book is 90% tape at this point. Eventually my parents bought me a fresh copy of my own, but I still keep this one for sentimental reasons.


3: I used to be a bookseller. This is when I amassed the majority of my book collection thanks to a) staff discount and b) free books from publishers, which was both a perk and a curse. A perk because YAY BOOKS! A curse because…well, about 90% were unsolicited and there just wasn’t enough time in the day.


4: I enjoy reading picture books. This started when I was a bookseller. I used to do Sunday Storytime with the kids, which involved reading them three stories, so yeah, I managed to work my way around a large amount of that area. I don’t get to read as many now, but there’s plenty of cousins, nieces and friends’ kids to read to these days.


5: Sam Vimes from the Discworld series is my most favourite character of all time. I can’t fully explain this one, but he is. He just is, OK? Guards, Guards, was the first Discworld book I ever read and clearly he just imprinted on me.


6: I read at speed. But I’m not a speedreader. I have previously read 31 books in 31 days and I do read every word. I once read the entire Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series in a day. Mostly because I loathe putting books down midway through a story. If I can avoid it I will, so it means I tend to read a book in one hit (unless I’m hating it, in which case it may take longer).


7: I’m getting married and my wedding bouquet will be made from the paper of old books. I’m thinking something like this.


8: I read a mix of YA and adult books and my favourite genre is fantasy.


9: I really enjoy sewing and have amassed an entire shelf’s worth of sewing books. But I actually prefer just reading the books and getting tips, rather than trying those specific patterns for myself.


10: I have five bookcases filled to the brim with books and a stack of books large enough to easily fill another full length one. Yeah…I may need to sort through some of those before I move…


So those are my facts. If you’re taking part in Top Ten Tuesday too let me know – I’d love to find out more about my fellow bloggers!



Hannah · 12 July, 2016 at 9:39 pm

Wow, great post! I’m a knitter and my shelves are slowly getting fuller with books!
31 books in 31 days sounds incredible! I don’t think I could do it with all the other commitments. You have my respect!
And a bouquet of book pages sounds amazing… excuse me whilst I go and make my own wedding plans (congrats, by the way!).

Here’s my TTT! https://hannahbanana98.wordpress.com/2016/07/12/10-bookish-facts-about-me/

    InkyBumblebee · 13 July, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Thanks Hannah! I’ve tried knitting before but I can never get the tension right, need to keep practicing I think!

    It was the most brain melting challenge I’ve done, but in all fairness it was back when I was working as a bookseller so I had a little more time to read outside of work. I don’t think I could do it now!

    Thank you! I wanted a way to incorporate my love of books into my day that my fiance would agree with! I’ll be sure to check out your TTT soon, thanks for the comment 🙂

Cait @ Paper Fury · 13 July, 2016 at 11:25 am

Ahhh, not enough bookshelves and overflowing bookshelves are basically part of the bookworm life right?!? XD And omg! I LOVE THAT BOUQUET!! I make paper flowers because they’re so much fun (and make handy bookstagram props haha) and plus it’s nice to repurpose old books that are just going to get thrown out anyway. :’) Also I kind of would like to be a bookseller…and kind of wouldn’t want to sell the books so it’d definitely backfire. XD
Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

    InkyBumblebee · 13 July, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    YES!! That bouquet and tutorial was one of my favourite finds on Pinterest (love Pinterest, may be a teensy bit addicted to it). I’m going to give it a whirl making my own bouquet, fingers crossed it turns out alright!

    Being a bookseller was a lot of fun, but a lot of work. It was fun to sell books…it was more fun to shelve them so you could work out what ones you were going to buy from the new arrivals that day 😉

    Thanks for the comment, Cait 🙂

Tanya @ Girl Plus Books · 13 July, 2016 at 3:18 pm

How exciting that you got to meet a favorite author! And maybe not your finest moment (hee hee) but you’ll always have a great story to tell. 🙂 Confession: I’ve never read LOTR and have never felt the need to. Eeek! 31 books in 31 days… I am in awe. LOVE the idea for your wedding bouquet! What a wonderful way to personalize your wedding!

    InkyBumblebee · 13 July, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    It was so exciting! And horribly embarrassing all in one hit – so all-in-all a good memory 😀

    LOTR is one of those books that takes a really long time to get into, but once you’re in, you’re in. The difficulty is pushing through until you get there…

    I think my brain was utterly melting by the 31st day but I’m glad I did it (not sure I have it in me to do it again though!).

    Thank you! I wanted a way to incorporate my love of books and it seemed like the perfect solution, plus I’m hoping to make a lot of things for the wedding rather than buying them so it’s ideal really 🙂

    Thanks for the comment, Tanya 🙂

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