It’s been some time since I posted last and since then I was tagged by the wonderful Sarah (@kindofinsanity) to do the info dump bookish tag. The tag itself was created by Books And Chocaholic and I am excited to share my reading habits with you!
info dump bookish tag
Without further ado, let’s get started and see what I like and maybe even lift some secrets about me!
1. How many books on average do you read per month?
This really depends on my mood and my workload – as I am not reading much when work stresses me out. It can range anywhere between 2 or 8 books, though I’m mostly reading about 4 books per month.
The past few months I only finished about 2, but those were bad times and we’re not going to talk about this.
2. How many books are on your TBR?
Oof, that’s a tough one. Physically? I’d say about 70?. On my mental wishlist? Too many to actually count. I feel like for every book I’m reading, there are at least three new ones on that list. But honestly, I should definitely count them, stop myself when it comes to buying new books and finally read the ones sitting on my shelves!
3. How are your books organised on your shelves?
Listen here: the truth is, my shelves aren’t very much organised. I do have some shelves for my favourite authors and other than that … it’s just some kind of creative chaos. I try not to mix hardbacks with paperbacks (please don’t ask me why. I don’t even know myself), but I also try to keep the books of one author together (which sometimes consists of both hardbacks and paperbacks). I’m dreaming of reorganising my shelves for months now, but so far I haven’t found a system that works for me.
4. Which genres do you read most from?
Undoubtedly fantasy. It’s what I learned to love early and I stuck to that. Though the subgenres vary (some YA, some NA, …), about 90% of my shelves are covered in fantasy.
5. Which genres do you own most of?
This question somehow ties into #4, as you might have noticed. So, once again, fantasy!
6. Which is your preferred form of reading (physical, audio, ebook…)?
Definitely physical! I often have a hard time reading ebooks, as I’m easily getting headaches, and most often I’m not concentrated enough to listen to audiobooks. But I’m still glad that all of these exist since they’re often really helpful in certain situations. Also – all of them are valid and count as reading. If you’re one of those readers who wants to tell me that only physical books are real books, please just leave.
7. Who is your most owned author?
Currently it’s Sarah J. Maas, with Leigh Bardugo and Jay Kristoff respectively following. I once tried to collect all editions of my then favourite books, but I’ve become more of a “quality over quantity” person, so I’m trying to find new books I love. Still, I love those books and acknowledge that they do have problematic aspects. Please don’t hate me for it.
8. Describe your favourite writing style?
I’m definitely a person who loves character-driven plots and good worldbuilding. But if the characters aren’t dimensional, I probably won’t enjoy the books as much. But other than that I do love a flowing writing style – not too specific (sometimes descriptions tend to swallow everything else the story tries to tell) but also not too sparse. Overall I’d say I need something well balanced.
9. Which literary devices do you like/dislike?
I’ve never really thought about this, but I guess I’m going with foreshadowing for both. If it’s subtle and doesn’t spoil the ending for me, it’s great. It’s a very thin line, but if it’s executed well, I really love it. But if done poorly, it can easily dampen my mood and motivation to finish the book.
10. Which character archetypes do you enjoy?
I LOVE morally grey characters. It’s easy to paint the picture of a golden hero, doing everything right. But I feel like morally grey characters offer so much more insight. But let’s just say – well-written characters in general. As long as they aren’t flat, I’m in. I just need to see their inner mechanisms, how they deal with certain situations and – most of all – their flaws. Nobody is perfect and I like to see that in books as well.
11. Which are your favourite book settings?
I’m dying for both scheming courts as well as settings where training takes place – be it schools, academies, whatever you can come up with. I feel like in these two settings you can experience the character’s wonderfully.
12. Which are your favourite romantic and plot tropes?
I guess I’m very basic when I say that enemies to lovers is one of my favourite romantic tropes. The tension, the pining, the hate. I can’t get enough of it!
Well, in hindsight, my answers don’t differ much from Sarah’s answers, which makes me a bit giddy right now. It’s nice to see that we do have some similar taste and thoughts! It was really entertaining to delve into my own reading habits and think about what I like and what I don’t enjoy that much. Thank you, Sarah, for tagging me in this info dump bookish tag, and I apologize that it took me weeks to finally do this! If you want to get to know me even more, feel free to take a look at my tag category!