I’m pretty sure the title of this post gives away the topic, but just for conversation’s sake-
I believe that everyone in the world has strange little quirks that may be weird to others yet make perfect sense to ourselves.
For example, my husband gets upset when you push down the buttons on his fast food cup. (It makes the pop taste funny, which is a throwback to when he was a child and they used to pretend that the button pushed was what you were drinking, essentially in his imagination his Sprite became a Coke.) My sister brushes her teeth in the kitchen. My mother refuses to set her purse on the floor. And my daughter gets upset when her blanket touches the ground.
Anyway, it made me start thinking of my own quirks, and I thought it would make an interesting list. Hopefully you agree.
Quirk #1 – Book Buying
I have a bad habit of purchasing books in general, but I have an extra bad habit of buying multiple copies of favorites I already own. I passed this quirk onto my daughter, and between the both of us we currently own (not including ebooks) 2 copies of Jellicoe Road, 2 copies of Froi of the Exiles, 2 copies of Where the Red Fern Grows, 2 copies of Charlotte’s Web, 3 copies of School for Good and Evil, 5 copies of Outlander and 2 copies of Mrs Gabaldon’s subsequent books.
How does this happen? Well, Outlander… I had to have the mass market paperback for easy reading/loaning. I had to have a signed hardcover. I had to by the 20th Anniversary Edition. I already had the hardback from my Teenage years. And finally, whenever I stumble across a favorite at a rummage sale or library sale I’m compelled to buy it, as I did for my 5th copy of Outlander and the additional copies of the other books.
It’s a sickness.
Quirk #2 – Recommendations
We all love to recommend things to each other. I love getting recs and I love giving recs. Unfortunately I have a barrier in my brain that makes me automatically write off a book that is compared to something I love. For instance, friends have been trying to get me to read The Bronze Horseman for years. I joined Goodreads in 2010 and I’d say it was shortly after that people started telling me that, if I loved Outlander, I should really read TBH. Already I’ve got a stick up my bum about it. Nothing… NOTHING compares to Outlander. By saying it’s as good, or better in some cases, means that even if I kind of want to read it I won’t let myself. It’s a barrier. I can’t get past it.
Call it blind loyalty, or stubbornness, both are probably accurate. It’s just the way my mind and heart work.
Quirk #3 – Book Borrowing
I love to loan out books to people. I love getting their reactions to good books, even if they don’t agree. I love grilling them about where they are in the story and how much they have left to go. Sadly, I only have one person I loan to these days and even she thinks that I’m stringent about the condition of my books. I can’t help it! I don’t know what it is about books that makes some people think they can borrow them, use them as a football, and then give them back in tatters. (If I even get them back at all.)
What are my rules? First, do not crack the spine of my book. Just, no. I have 6 book shelves, and I keep them spotless. They don’t look as good when the spine of the books are a disaster. Don’t dog ear my pages. Don’t drop them, or sit on them, or stick them in a purse for them to get scratched up.
Nothing crazy, right? I can’t be alone in this.
Book Quirk #4 – Advance Copies
I’m the only blogger/reviewer here at Birdie Bookworm so I keep a very strict schedule. I plan out my posts and I write them about 2 weeks ahead. I schedule every review, and I stick to that schedule like glue. It helps me not get behind, and then stressed out. I have enough stress in my life, Birdie Bookworm is supposed to be a stress reliever.
With that said, I also love ARC’s. As soon as I see a beloved book hit NetGalley I’m all over it. Maybe that book isn’t even out for 4 months, but if I can get it immediately then I want it. (When I can’t because I’m denied, that’s okay too. I’m not that silly.) So, here’s the quirk. When I get that book, 4 months in advance, I jump up and down. I squee and tell my reading besties that I got it so they can squee with me. Then, I go to my blog calendar and schedule the review for a week or so before release date and I don’t touch the book until the week or two before that scheduled date.
So, to clarify. I salivate and want it immediately, only to schedule it and not touch it until it’s nearing pub date anyway. I NEVER read them months in advance.
I’m a nerd.
Book Quirk #5 – Book Rating
I know I’ve mentioned before that I’m a happy rater. I tend to feel positive about a book unless it completely jumps the shark into a place I can’t follow. Most of my reads are 3-4 stars, simply because I enjoy almost everything.
Sometimes when I really love a book but I know in my gut that the sequel is going to be even better, I will rate that first book lower. It’s not to be cruel. It’s not to withhold my love. It’s because I can only rate up to a 5. If I give the first book 5 stars, but I know in my heart the sequel is going to be even more fabulous…. what the heck am I going to rate that book! I have to save some stars. This is exactly how I rated Captive Prince. One of my all time favorite series. I gave the first book 4 stars (even though it could have been 5) because I knew that the followups were going to be spectacular. I was right. My insanity was validated.
My reading/blogging friend Angie says that it’s because I like to leave room for improvement. I think that’s the perfect way to word it.
(If the first book is 5 stars, and I think there’s no way the sequels will even come close, then I give the 5 stars. That’s how I roll.)