The Picky Pledge Challenge

the picky pledge 2019
Photo by Alexa of Alexa Loves Books and Hannah of So Obsessed With.

Hello lovely people~ I hope you’re doing well. SO, today I have an interesting post to talk about and that is The Picky Pledge Challenge. I was perusing Alexa’s blog over at Alexa Loves Books and stumbled upon her post for this year’s challenge about book buying habits.

First off, what is The Picky Pledge? It’s a challenge that was created by Alexa and Hannah of So Obsessed With to reflect on your book buying habits and to become more intentional with the books that are read, to read more backlist books, to read books already on your shelves, and reduce the amount of review books received.

Honestly? I think it’s a great idea! This past year I didn’t buy too many books, I don’t think, but I can still change my habits and really focus on the books I already own and give them some love, you know? So, I decided I’m going to join in this challenge along with them!

I don’t really have statistics of what I read and bought and such, so I won’t be going over them in this post, but I hope to next year when I do a recap of this challenge.

Speaking of, here are the categories that they set to focus on for this year!

2019 reading challenge
Photo by Alexa of Alexa Loves Books and Hannah of So Obsessed With.

I find these to be very reasonable and fun to do! I also find them to be in line with the Beat the Backlist Challenge that I also am taking part in this year. I’ll keep track of the goals for this specific challenge here on this post (as well as in a separate document on my computer lol), in case you want to see how I’m doing with it!

HYPED: The Wicked King by Holly Black & Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare | Both bought January 2019

Let’s Chat!

So what about you? Are you up for the challenge? Be sure to check out Alexa’s and Hannah’s posts and their own goals for the year! Let me know in the comments below what your reading goals are and what some of your buying habits for the new year are.

Top Ten Tuesday: Habits of a Bookworm

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke & the Bookish. Today’s topic is a freebie topic where we get to pick what we want to talk about, so today I wanted to talk about top ten habits of a bookworm! I thought this would be fun because 99.999999999% of us do these things, I swear. I was also inspired to do this topic based on Cait @ Paper Fury‘s post on what book bloggers actually do.

So, here are some habits I’ve noticed with bookworms:

1 . We habitually stalk every website ever when it comes to new book releases. I’m talking Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Waterstones, Booksamillion, wherever you shop for books or look for new releases that’ll be coming, we constantly stalk these websites. We need to know when new books are coming out AND WE NEED TO KNOW NOW.

2. We keep our shelves a certain way, and if someone touches them, they better have insurance. Seriously, you know how we are about our bookshelves and we want them to be in pristine condition, aka the way we left them 493409 years ago. So when someone comes and touches said preciouses and then moves them, oh man. You either silently put back the book in the place you know it’s supposed to be in after they’ve stepped – slowly – away from the shelves, or you tell nicely to put it back where it belongs. Or you death glare at them, whatever works.

3. We sniff our books. YOU KNOW YOU DO THIS. DON’T LIE TO ME. Books have an amazing smell, and if you’ve never smelled them before, I suggest you do it now. It’ll instantly relieve any stress you have and you’ll be in book heaven bliss.

4. When it comes to book buying bans, we usually don’t last. I mean, some bookworm’s resolve are a lot stronger than others (not mine), so when they say they’re going to on a book buying ban until they read X amount of books, they actually do it. But some of us just…don’t…can’t do that.

5. If we really love a book with all the fire of a thousand suns, then we’ll buy 4903249034 editions of it and proudly display them on our shelves. I have two copies of a couple of books that I LOVE WITH ALL MY HEART. Namely, ACOMAF and Fangirl. But I know of people that have four or six different copies of series like Harry Potter or The Mortal Instruments, or their favorite books in different languages.

6. Our bookmark collections can rival our book collections. Seriously, what bookworm do you know that has just ONE bookmark? I mean, I’m sure some do, or some don’t even use a bookmark, but for those of us that have bookmarks we have HOARDS of them. I think I have close to 50 individual bookmarks, if not more.

7. When we collect bookish merchandise we like to proudly display them everywhere. Between all the totes, buttons, jewelry, notepads, swag, and more that we get from publishers, events, online, or wherever, we have no choice but to display them in every crevice we can find!

8. We have an urge to perfect our preferred platform. I don’t know about you, but I have this intense urge to make my blog as aesthetically pleasing as possible (it’s still not where I want it to be yet), or make our videos look amazing, or our Bookstagram photos beautiful. It’s not like we’re showing off or anything, but we want people to keep coming back and not think our platforms look messy, right?

9. We want to connect with every bookworm ALL OVER THE WORLD, and that’s not a bad thing. Seriously, the book community is one of the friendliest and most welcoming I’ve ever encountered on the Internet. Even when there’s trouble being stirred up because we’re not perfect (I know, crazy, right?) we still try to be as civil as possible and make amends and be awesome friends again.

10. If we know there is a bookstore nearby, even if we’re in the company of others, we will somehow convince them to join us in our excursion to said bookstore. It’s like a magnetic pull to the stores. The books in the window just stare at you, cooing at you saying, “Come and touch our spines.” Okay, that got creepy really fast, but you know what I’m talking about.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

What kinds of bookworm habits do you have? Do you agree with my list, or do you not do some of these things? Which habit are you most guilty of?

Top 5 Wednesday: Bookish Habits

Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday! Today is all about bookish habits, and I believe any and all readers have them. So, without further ado, let’s get started!

5. I smell my books.

I’m pretty sure everyone does this. (No? Am I weird?) There’s just something about physical books and smell, man. They smell like nostalgia and they just smell… nice. xD I don’t know how else I can really explain this one, but yes, I sniff my books.

4. I don’t let people borrow my books.

This isn’t really a habit, but I just hate letting other people take hold of my possessions. It’s a thing I’ve had for a long time ever since I let someone borrow a book and it came back to me with the cover completely ruined (and she tried to say I gave it to her like that when I KNOW it was in pristine condition). Ever since I don’t let people borrow my things unless I have 100% trust in them that they won’t somehow wreck them.

3. I start multiple books at a time.

I start reading multiple books at the same time sometimes. Even though I do this I can still separate the worlds from one another and enjoy each story individually rather than getting them confused.

2. I flip to the back and read the last paragraph or two of the book.

I do this before starting a book. I’ve been better lately and haven’t done it in a while, but I still just want to know the end so I’m not surprised. Is that bad?

1. I have to finish a chapter before I put the book down for the night.

When I’m reading a book it’s really hard for me to just put it down and pick it up later if I stop at a random place. I need to finish the chapter or a section before putting it down. It feels more completed that way and it’s easier for me to remember what I read last.

What are your top five bookish habits? Let me know!