I’m back from my very well-needed blogging break! I think I’m going to write a longer blog post about why and how I took the break, but for now, it’s time for the Bookish Hello Tag!
This tag was created by The Book Piles! It was inspired by the BookTuber Newbie Tag (Brenda) and the This Or That Tag (Tea and Parkbacks). I’m super excited to take part in this tag because I recently relaunched this book right at the end of December and I think this is a great way to reintroduce myself to the blogging community!
Bookish Hello Tag
Did you start out loving or hating reading?
I’ve always loved reading! Both my parents worked in libraries when I was a child (they met through the library!) so books were a huge part of my life growing up, and this continued into my teenage life. At 16 I decided I wanted to pursue English Literature into a degree and I’m now in my second year of my undergraduate degree in English Literature with Creative Writing!
When and why did you start reading?
As I said above, books where a huge part of my childhood. I’ve always been reading – I don’t remember a time before books. They’ve been present in my life since I was born.
Do you read a variety of books or stick to a common theme?
I love fantasy and sci-fi, but I also like some thrillers and contemporary young adult. I don’t like having strict rules about what I’ll read.
Where and when do you read? On the couch in the morning?
I don’t have a set time or place but if I don’t read elsewhere during the day, I will usually make sure to read at least a bit before bed. I got out of this habit for awhile but I’m working at keeping in the routine of it because I notice my sleep is much better when I read before bed.
Binge or slow reading?
When I have the patience to binge read, I prefer to binge read, but this isn’t always possible. I definitely spend too much time doing things other than reading and it annoys me, but I sometimes get stressed at the thought of reading for university and it puts me off reading.
Do you like reading in your native language or do you try reading in any languages you are learning or have learned?
I only speak/read English.
Do you prefer individual or group/buddy reading?
Definitely individual. Reading can stress me out and anything competitive like this makes me not want to read. Even thinking about getting stressed about reading is making me feel stressed.
Do you lend your books out to lots of people or only close friends?
Only to close friends. I rarely have any reason to lend my books out, especially now that I’m older. The only books I really share anymore are university books.
Do you use bookmarks or random objects and pieces of scrap paper?
Yeah, definitely. University books I already know will get turned into well-loved, messy copies so I fold the edges, but my own books I use whatever is close to hand as a bookmark.
How do you manage your TBR? In piles, on a shelf, or through a list?
Goodreads ‘to read’ shelf. I have a handful of books I haven’t read scattered through my physical bookshelf but I very rarely buy books that I’m not going to immediately read. I don’t have much shelf space, and I don’t have the money to justify buying tens or hundreds of books that I might not like.
What do you hope to bring to the bookish community?
I like to think that studying books gives me a better ability to talk about books compared to people who are new to objectively reviewing books. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with reviews in GIF form, but I don’t personally I enjoy them and I like to be able to explain, long form, how I feel. I think blogging about books develops how I’m able to talk about books in my essays and university life – that is the dream, anyway.
I’m someone who very much doesn’t fit that mould of having the perfect life or being the popular kid. I don’t think I ever will be the popular kid, but as I get older – and especially with everything that happened to me over 2018, which I don’t want to talk about on the blog – I’ve realised that popularity means nothing if you aren’t being true to yourself.
What is the meaning behind the name of your social media account?
I used to be Novellique, the meaning of which I’ve explained before, but I started a Tumblr blog called LottieIsWriting – which was intended more as a writing blog than a book blog – but the name stuck and I started using it more and more. The Novellique name felt claustrophobic to me and so I decided there was no better time to change my site name and address!
How did you discover the bookish community and why did you pick the platform you are currently using?
I think when I joined WordPress I found a lot of book blogs that linked between each others in posts, but I was on the edge of the community for a long time and it wasn’t until I found discord groups and people on twitter when I relaunched the blog that I really found people to connect with. If you’re one of the people I’ve spoken to since being LottieIsWriting, thank you for being here!
Why do you like reading?
I love being able to experience things from other perspectives and being able to explore emotions or situations in a safe way. It is a great form of escapism that is a lot less stressful that storytelling gaming or other mediums where I have to pay attention to a lot, or make a lot of decisions. The story is already set out and there is something comforting about that certainty.
I tag anyone who would like to take part! Whether you’ve been blogging for awhile or you just started, this is a great tag to let people get to know you.