10 Facts That Make Me A Book Dragon

10 Facts That Make Me A Book Dragon

I know, I know…Book Dragon is a little silly, but it is the best way to describe myself as a reader. I was born in the Year of the Dragon. I’m obsessive. I devour. I hoard.

I recently read another blog post by a fellow bookstagrammer (Hira Amjad’s Blog (readers.nook) that was focused on the 10 bookish facts about herself. I really loved these facts and was inspired to write my own post.

So, without further delay, here are the top 10 facts that make me a book dragon!

1. Favorite Books and Authors

  • Harry Potter Series (JK Rowling)-duh
  • Wonder (RJ Palacio)
  • Life As We Knew It (Susan Pfeffer)
  • Counting By 7s (Holly Goldberg Sloan)
  • The Hunger Games series (Suzanne Collins)

*I narrowed my favorites down to five, which was one of the most difficult decisions I have faced in awhile!

2. Favorite Genres

I have two favorite genres: HISTORICAL FICTION and DYSTOPIAN. Although, to be honest, I will read any book of any genre…if I’m in the right mood!

3. Reading Pace

I am a teacher, a wife, and a mother (of a cat and a toddler!) so reading for long periods of time is nearly impossible. I am a “seize-the-moment” kind of reader. I read while waiting for a doctor/dentist appointment, lunch, nap time, commercials on the TV…really anytime I can. Looking back, I’ve always been this kind of reader. Yes, if a book is really great or I am in a good place, it is hard to stop me from reading. But growing up, I took a book everywhere (or ten books) and read every second I could. I think that’s why I love my Kindle so much and even if I forget my Kindle *gasp* or a book, my phone is always there as a backup!

4. Bookmarks

I don’t own many bookmarks, but I love buying them for my students! If I’m reading a paperback book, I usually use my favorite bird bookmark, a picture of my daughter, or whatever is handy (post-it, napkin, scrap of paper) and I have even been known to dog ear the pages (don’t tell!).

My daughter absolutely loves removing bookmarks, it’s a game for her, so I usually do my best to memorize page numbers.

5. Free Books Please

I am cheap when it comes to buying books. If I don’t have to pay for it, I won’t. I’m also not one who HAS to own all of the books I read. Only ones from my favorite authors or that I think my students or daughter would love do I buy.

Here’s how I get my books:

  • Kindle Firsts-1 free book/month
  • Library-mainly ebooks, sometimes paperback
  • Amazon Daily Deals-$1.99 is my go to price
  • Friends of the Library Book Sales-I go on bag day. Most of the books have been pretty well picked through, but for a small amount of money you can get as many books as a paper bag can hold.
  • School library-paperbacks
  • Loans from friends
  • Used book stores
  • Yard sales
  • Thrift stores
  • Barnes and Noble-if I have a gift card or a coupon!

6. Bookshelves

Since I can remember, I’ve had a bookshelf for my collection. Growing up, I don’t remember seeing bookshelves housing my parents’ books (I also don’t remember my parents reading that much). As a mom, I want my  daughter to grow up seeing me read, seeing my books, and looking at my bookshelf. I also want her to have her own bookshelf that she can take pride in. Unfortunately, I don’t buy many books for my shelves (If you could see my electronic bookshelf, it might be more impressive! I love ebooks) and my husband shares the shelves with his random stuff (not books, he’s not a reader).However, I always buy my daughter books and she has two shelves plus a tub of books for her when she is older.

Currently, my books are organized by color and series. Usually, I organize by genre, but I thought I would try something new this time. My daughter’s shelves are organized by what I want her to have access too (old favorites that are fragile up top and favorites towards the bottom).

7. Food and Drink

Tea is always my choice of reading beverage. Hot tea or cold, flavored or just sweetened. Sometimes I’ll have coffee, but most of my reading is done at night, so I can’t have caffeine (too old for that!)

Food wise, anything goes. Preferably something I can eat one-handed, not sticky, not messy. If I could have anything, it would be a doughnut…yum.

8. Obsessive TBR Pile

There have been days I have spent more time searching for my next books or what is new out there and loading my Kindle up than actually reading. I love finding new books as much as I love reading them. Gotta stay in the know!

9. My Reading Community

One of the best decisions I have made is to put myself out into a reading community. I have made myself more social with reading.

One of my communities is my classroom. I constantly am talking to my students about books, characters, authors, and what’s new in the book world. This keeps me motivated to read what they are reading!

Another community is my book club that I am in with my colleagues. I love meeting over dinner, talking about books and sharing our love of reading (even if we hate the book!)

I have also recently discovered and joined the Bookstagram community on Instagram. I love looking at beautiful and artistic book photography, trying to imitate that photography, reading and posting reviews, and conversing about books and reading.

I suppose my book blog is also a community-so thank you!

Being a part of a reading community  makes me excited about reading (and a little obsessive!).

10. Comfort Zone

When I can, I prefer to read outside on my swing. I especially love to read either early in the morning or as the sun goes down. My favorite season is the fall, so bundling up in my hoodie with  a good book and apple cider is a dream.

 

What 10 facts describe you as a reader? Please share!

Thanks for reading!

 

I am a middle school teacher who loves to read. I am part of the ARC-sharing group LitReviewCrew and a creator for the YouTube Channel Legit KidLit.

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