25 Bookish Facts About Me
I was spending some time procrastinating on YouTube and saw this Tag being done by a lot of fiction readers.
I watched a few of their videos and thought that it was pretty cool.
Now, even though I’m not a fiction booktuber (I’m a non-fiction business booktuber) I still decided to steal their Tag and have a bash at coming up with my own bookish facts.
….which, by the way, is a lot harder than it sounds.
Anyway, get comfy because here we go with 25 bookish facts about me. (I’ve tried to keep them as short and snappy as possible.)
Fact #1 – I am not a natural reader
The truth is that I find reading difficult and I lose concentration very easily.
The only reason why I continue to force myself to read in the first place is because I know how important it is to accumulate knowledge and to constantly work on my own personal development.
Fact #2 – I have to read in silence
And I mean total silence.
I can’t have the radio on, tv on or any other form of background noise. If I do, I can read several pages and not remember a single thing.
Fact #3 – I do not read for entertainment
If I am going to take time out of my day to sit and read, then I want to learn something – I want some value in return for the time that I am investing.
Because of this, you’ll never see me reading a fiction book.
Fact #4 – Physical books trump all other books
For me to get the most value out of a book, I need to be able to hold it.
I find it a lot harder to learn from ebooks and audiobooks.
Fact #5 – I buy all of my books online
I very rarely step foot inside a physical bookshop (actually, I can’t remember the last bookshop that I visited or when).
About 90% of my books come from Amazon for three reasons:
- Books are much cheaper online
- It’s much more convenient to order online
- Bookshops don’t tend to stock a huge range of business and entrepreneurial books
Fact #6 – I do not keep my books clean
A common trait amongst the fiction readers is that they like to keep their books in pristine condition. I, on the other hand, am the exact opposite.
I dog-ear the pages, write notes in the margins, highlight key paragraphs, and have no problem breaking the spine to make it lay flat.
Fact #7 – I read with a cup of green tea
Although I don’t like to eat whilst reading (because I concentrating more on my food than on the book) I do enjoy to have a cup of tea.
There’s something nice about having a book in one hand and a warm cup in the other.
Fact #8 – I have published a book
Yes, you read that correctly, I have indeed published a book.
It’s important to mention that I didn’t write the book, I just own the content and published it.
If you want to know more about that, check out this video here.
Fact #9 – I believe that all business books need actionable content
The best business and entrepreneurial books that I have ever read are those that provide actionable content – step-by-step instruction on how to put whatever it is that they are teaching into practice.
Otherwise, it’s so easy to just read the book and then go on with your day-to-day life as if you’ve not learned anything new.
Fact #10 – I have to motivate myself to read
As mentioned above, I am not a natural reader, therefore I really need to motivate myself to read.
And that’s the main reason why this blog exists – because I have to review books regularly, it means I have to read regularly.
But often, I’ll go several days without reading anything and then I’ll knock out three books in an afternoon.
Fact #11 – My only signed books have all came from one author
I only have two books that are signed by the author, and both of those books are authored by Geoff Ramm.
Fact #12 – I secretly wish that business books were designed like fiction books
Fiction books are wayyyy prettier than the non-fiction business books that I read.
When I see the books that the fiction readers show on their YouTube channels, they’re always beautifully designed with thoughtful detailing.
In comparison, my business books can often look a bit boring.
Fact #13 – I don’t like giving bad reviews
Although I have given a few non-so-glowing reviews over the past, if a book is really terrible I usually refrain from publishing a review (usually because I haven’t been able to make it to end of the book!)
Fact #14 – I enjoy learning about the lives of successful people
Recently, I’ve really started to be interested in autobiographies of successful people.
I enjoy knowing what it is that people do in order to become successful.
Fact #15 – I have no problem DNF-ing a book
If a book doesn’t interest me within the first few pages, then I’ll instantly DNF it.
I have to concentrate far too hard to read and I’m not prepared to do that for a book that doesn’t interest me.
*DNF = Did Not Finish
Fact #16 – I dislike it when authors put their bio at the front of a book
The way I see is that I buy a book to learn something about a certain topic – I didn’t buy it to learn more about the author.
I believe that the book should deliver on the value that it has promised first, and then include more information on the author at the back.
Related Read: 5 Things I Hate to See in Non-Fiction Business Books
Fact #17 – I only started reading in 2017
Before 2017, you could count the books that I had read on one hand. But in 2017 I managed to complete 32 books (go me!)
This year, 2018, I’m on track to have read over 50 books before the end of the year.
Related Read: My Reading & Review List for 2018
Fact #18 – I cannot read on transport
I get travel sick and therefore find it very difficult to read on trains, buses or in cars.
However, I can manage to read on a plane without much of a problem, but I suppose that’s slightly different.
Fact #19 – I have zero bookmarks
This is true, I do not own a single bookmark.
I usually use a scrap piece of paper or simply dog-ear the page.
Fact #20 – I want to write my own book
I mentioned above that I have indeed published a book, but I am yet to write one.
A life goal of mine is, to indeed, write my own.
Fact #21 – Yes, I do judge a book by its cover
I’m only human and first impressions will always count. Therefore, when I first see a book I will judge it by its cover.
Fact #22 – I don’t understand how people can read in the bath
When I’m in the bath I’m doing stuff – I’m exfoliation or washing my hair.
I don’t understand how anyone can just sit there and read.
It seems very strange to me.
Fact #23 – I have no preference over paperback or hardback
I really couldn’t care less whether the books come as a paperback or hardback, it’s irrelevant to me.
Fact #24 – My dream home contains a library
I have always pictured my dream home to have a small snug-type room with floor to ceiling bookshelves, an open fire, and a high-back chair with a blanket laid over it.
Face #25 – I don’t read one book at a time
It’s very rare for me to pick up one book and read it all the way to the end – except if it’s a short book or has exceptionally well-written content.
I usually have two or three books on the go and dip in and out of them as necessary.
Well, there you have my 25 bookish facts about me.
I’d love to know some bookish facts about you and if we have anything in common. Please let me know in the comments below.
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