Since this is my very first blog about books, I feel the need to tell you first about my “bookworm lifestyle and habits” before I publish any book reviews.
Firstly, I don’t own many books. The only books I have on my shelf is my most beloved Harry Potter series, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, my accounting textbooks, and our family encyclopedia. That is, if we’re talking printed books, because I do own a large file of e-books. Is it safe to tell here that I was downloading from random sites instead of officially and legally purchasing online? Sorry, my dear favorite authors. As much as I love your work and would love to support you, I cannot afford it for now, and even when the time comes that I can, I think I’d still opt for the free downloads because I’m frugal like that. Maybe I’ll make it up by being a really honest critic of your work and recommending it to the world?
Secondly, the only e-reader I sticked with is the free version of Aldiko Book Reader. I know there are many other free apps out there that may be better than this, but they feel foreign to me. I’ve been using Aldiko since I first owned a smartphone and have never switched. An upgrade to a paid version would be nice- it’s a bookworm’s ideal to be able to highlight their favorite parts of the book, utilize text-to-speech for when their eyes are too lazy to read or they need to multitask, etc., but I’ve survived long enough and enjoyed my books just the same without paying anything, so I’m not bothering now and won’t be in the future.
Lastly, I can be a very fast reader. Once hooked, I won’t be able to put the book down (or should I say, I won’t be able to turn off my screen). There are just a few, selected books that gets me hooked up right at the start, where the thrill never wavers until the end, and makes me beg for a sequel. There are also books that, though they seem to be in every book recommendation of sites that I follow, I can’t seem to get “why the hype”? Those are the books that takes me days or weeks to finish just for the sake of understanding what the fuss is all about.
To sum it up, please don’t expect me to be very fanatic about everything books. At least you’ll know at once when a book is really good if I can’t seem to stop talking about it. Don’t get me wrong, I dream of a cozy reading corner and a house lined with giant bookshelves too. It’s just that the substance of the books themselves matters more to me than their form and their shelves.