I like to think that I’m a quirky person, but not in a pretentious manic pixie dream girl kind of quirky. I have my ways of doing things that might be weird to other people, but I’m not going to change those ways any time soon because it works for me.
Recently I’ve been thinking about how my snowflake self may differ from most other bookworms, and it’s mainly because of the amount of (i think) cringeworthy memes that Goodreads posts on social media all the time. You know which ones I mean. The ones that low-key act like bookworms are the superior beings on Earth just because we read, when actually that’s not true and we’re just the same as everyone else. Those memes. yeah, i don’t like them very much.
Anyways, here are some of my bookish quirks!
there’s no point to this gif, btw. jyushimatsu is just the quirkiest character i could think of.
mapping out how much i’m going to read 📑
I’m a strategic person when it comes to certain things, and I like some things to have a set structure to them. I always start watching a movie on the hour, and I always have to read a certain amount of chapters (or pages if there are no numbered chapters for ~aesthetic~ reasons) or else I’ll think I’m failing at reading things on time. I have ASD so that’s just how it is for me.
Because my concentration has taken a huge blow in recent years, I can only read one book a week. Just one. I can’t do multiples at a time because my brain refuses to work that hard, and reading should not be stressful. This is why I never do well at readathons. Just sitting down to read as much as I can in a day is not something I can do because I end up going stir-crazy from being on my butt all day and I need to do more than just one thing.
The way that I set out how much to read is by carefully going to the back of the book to see how many chapters there are and then dividing that by seven, or fourteen if it’s a particularly long book. But I very rarely read long-ass books so that doesn’t happen often. Sometimes I’ll read more than that if the book is particularly exciting, and sometimes it’ll take me longer if it’s boring. I’m not a fast reader, so all that matters to me is that I’m reading in the first place.
soft DNF-ing 🛑
I’m sure other people do this, but I don’t know if anybody gave it a name. Basically, “soft” DNF-ing is when you stop reading a book before you finish it with the intention of going back and starting it again later. You’ve more than likely done it before, and I do it quite a lot.
I haven’t “hard” DNF-d a book in quite some time because I haven’t found any books that I felt that strongly about and instead I’ve been simply putting them down to come back to later, especially if it doesn’t feel like the right time to read them. Even though I say that I’m not a mood reader and can contradict myself because it’s my life and I can contradict myself if I want to.
watching the movie first 🎬
I’m very likely in the minority here but I don’t think it matters whether you read the book first or not. I also don’t think that the book is always better because it’s a book. Fight me.
Sometimes there are cases where I simply don’t want to read the book first because I either can’t be bothered or I didn’t want to in the first place. It’s essentially the same story, so it doesn’t bother me at all. Sometimes I just didn’t know that the movie was based on a book. It happens. I just don’t think it’s always necessary to force yourself to read the original text just because you want to watch the movie. I love watching the Naruto anime, but there is no way I’m ever going to continue reading the original manga because I simply don’t have the time, space, or money for it. I don’t care if it’s more “accurate” or if there’s no filler, it’s 72 books long and there are other things I want to read.
Oh, and I know people won’t like this, but I have a little tip for when watching movies based on books that you’ve already read: if you don’t spend the whole running time picking it apart and deciding if the movie is “right” or “wrong”, you’ll enjoy it more. Trust me.
ignoring the bookish community (sometimes) 📵
The bookish community is awesome but can be so exhausting to be a part of sometimes. There are times where it feels to me like there’s a pressure to confirm and read the same books as everyone else and to have the same opinions as everyone else. The whole “what do you mean you ‘don’t like Harry Potter‘” thing is one that comes straight to mind (and one that’s also dying down thanks to Rowling making a fool of herself). I don’t always want to read what everyone is reading, I want to read what I want to read.
And that brings me to something I’ve seen a few people do on Twitter: using emotional manipulation to get people to read certain books. Usually diverse books, which is something that we should not do. What I mean is someone tweeting about a book and when their followers don’t really respond they do the whole “oh, so I guess nobody cares about diversity”. Please do not do this, it’s emotionally manipulative. Diverse books are important and should be promoted more than they have been, but manipulation is not the way to do it. Being recommended books is great but when someone asks you how you found a book, saying “someone I follow on Twitter said that if I don’t read and enjoy this book I hate marginalised people” is a weird answer.