A (Mostly) Bookish Q&A // Confessions, My Bookish Squad, Deserted Islands & More

Hey everyone and happy Sunday! I hope you’ve all had a nice weekend so far and are ready to start into the new week tomorrow!

For today’s post, I asked for some questions on Twitter as I was pretty stuck on ideas for new posts and not feeling up to brainstorming and people luckily came through! I’ve got a ton of fun questions that I’ll try to answer today! Let’s just jump right into it, I have a feeling this might be on the longer side. xD

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Caro asked: How did you get into blogging?

Okay, where do I even start for this question? As a teen, I would pretty actively keep a journal (that I still have) and just write about how I was feeling and stuff like that. Somewhere around then, I had also created a little website where I would post different edits of all kinds of celebrities. Slowly, I met more and more people and eventually moved to a more personal kind of blog – I basically went from writing into my journal to writing blog posts.

I did that for quite a bit and then stopped for some reasons I don’t even remember anymore. Flash forward to the end of 2016. I was feeling unhappy in school for a couple of weeks at that point already and didn’t really go to class anymore. I had been reading a bit more though and for some reason, the idea of having a blog popped up again – but about my love for books this time. Luckily for me, Sandra was super up for doing it with me so we created what would eventually become this blog. πŸ™‚

For me, it didn’t even click that I basically started this blog around the same time as I quit school (or, for my fellow German speaking friends on here: meine zweite Ausbildung) until a few months ago. I needed something that I enjoyed doing and reading and keeping up with this blog was exactly that.

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Sandra asked: If you could take three characters to be in your squad, who would they be?

The fact that I’m suddenly coming up blank is super normal, right? Because as soon as I read this question apparently all the names of characters I love disappeared. xD

Okay, one of them would have to be Cassian from the A Court Of Thorns and Roses series. I love with him my whole heart and from what we’ve seen how he treats Feyre (damn it, I just almost wrote Celeana there – can you tell I’m deep into my Throne Of Glass reread?), I think he’d be a great person to have in your corner! He could teach me how to kick some serious ass too!

Oh! Angel Rahimi from Alice Oseman’s I Was Born For This! I’d love to relive my days as an active boyband fan and seeing how Angel really love The Ark, I’m sure we’d have a super awesome time! Plus, she actually understands that ‘internet friends’ are real friends too. It doesn’t matter how you meet someone, what matters is that you get along with them and share interests, etc!

And lastly, how could I pick a bookish character without picking someone who loves books a lot too? And there are quite a few of them that I love (Dorian & Celeana from Throne Of Glass and obviously Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices) but I’ll go with my girl Tessa Gray for this one! Not only is she a fellow bookworm but she’s also a pretty damn awesome person I’d be lucky to know! And if you thought I would be able to get through this without mentioning The Infernal Devices, you clearly haven’t been following me long enough. xD

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Noura asked: If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only take three books with you, which ones would you take?

The first book that always comes to mind is A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas! I’ve already mentioned a character from that book that I adore and there are so many more where he came from (the Inner Circle was a gift), so obviously this book has to come with me. Plus, it’s pretty long so I’ll be entertained for a while!

Next, I’ll take Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda with me. I’ve already read it four times in just over 12 months and I still love it with everything I’ve got and I doubt that’ll change anytime soon. Lastly, I’ll take Clockwork Princess with me for when I need a good cry but don’t want to cry for no reason. This book always, without a fail makes me cry my eyes out.

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Ellyn asked: What genre are you most surprised that you enjoy it?

This has to go to contemporary! For the longest time, I thought that it just wasn’t for me. But then around the beginning of summer last year, I slowly started picking up more and more contemporary books (because I loved Simon VS so much) and I haven’t stopped picking them up since! I adore 95% of the contemporaries I pick up these days and I can’t wait to read so many more over the years!

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Fay asked: What are some of your bookish confessions?

I’m pretty sure I’ve done a post about this in the past (yes, here) but let’s see if I can think of some more! I love getting used copies of books that have been released for a couple of years already because I get to save money and buy more books. I know that me buying the book used won’t count towards more sales for the author but when money is tight, used books are the way to go! Plus, I’ll often have a mix of both used and new books for a series (my The Conqueror’s Saga, for example! I got book 1 used and then books 2 & 3 new once they were released).

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Elle asked: Do you listen to music while you read? If so, what genres do you listen to?

Most of the time, I do – especially if I’m reading a physical book instead of an audiobook! I don’t have my music turned up loud though – I find that’ll distract me, especially if my favorite song comes on. xD As far genres, I just listen to the songs I’ve got saved on Spotify! For me, it isn’t so much about a specific kind of music and mainly just needing something so it isn’t super quiet while I’m reading. But sometimes I’ll get distracted by music with lyrics, so I go for piano playlists! Those will give me something in the background but don’t have any lyrics to pull my attention. πŸ™‚

Grab Your Coffee And Let's Talk!

Okay, I think I’ll stop here for today, as I’m already at well over a thousand words and I don’t want to make you guys sit here for too long – but there are a lot more questions that I’ll get to over the next couple of weeks/months.

And since it would be pretty boring if you guys just read this post and didn’t have anything to do, I want you guys to answer these questions too! I’d love to hear about your journey to blogging or whether or not you listen to music while reading. Who the three members of your squad would be. Which three books you’d take to a deserted island! And of course: I want to know all about your bookish confessions! πŸ˜‰ So guys, get to commenting!

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18 thoughts on “A (Mostly) Bookish Q&A // Confessions, My Bookish Squad, Deserted Islands & More

        1. I find that, especially if it’s a translated book, a lot of it gets lost in translation! Some of the word plays just won’t work as well (or at all) in German or the author’s writing style doesn’t come across as well, so I prefer to just stick to the original. And then, as a book blogger I’ll want to be able to read and talk about new books in a somewhat timely matter and sometimes it takes AGES for them to get translated into German, if that happens at all. For example, Renegades just now released in Germany and we’re actually getting the sequel next month? So yeah, there’s that too. πŸ™‚

          But also, also: I want to keep my English at as good a level as I possibly can. I’ve put years and years into it outside of school so I want to keep it there.

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          1. I always wondered if things got lost in translation. Well I would have never guessed that English was your second language, clearly all that reading keeps it at that level. I would hate to not have the books I want in my language, but that’s because I don’t know how to speak more than one. LOL

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  1. YAY I am always so happy to hear you are loving contemporaries more and more, it warms my heart and I hope you’ll keep on loving them πŸ˜€ And yay for Angel on your squad, I would love to have her by my side just as well, she’s amazing! πŸ˜€ ❀
    Lovely post! πŸ˜€

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  2. that’s so impressive that you usually listen to music while reading! i do sometimes, but usually only if i’m commuting/in a loud or distracting place. fun post!!

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  3. I loved reading about how you got into blogging and I think it’s super cool that you used to have a little journal! πŸ’— I just remember sometimes making blogs on blogspot for reading, then getting frustrated because things didn’t work out + quitting them again πŸ˜‚

    I’m also amazed that you can listen to music while reading, this doesn’t work for me at all xD The only thing I can listen to is instrumental music πŸ˜€

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