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.
2: 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!