True story, once upon a time, I used to just buy a book, read it, and move on with my life. I don’t understand that way of living now. Because now, I am a bookperson. Not just a person who happens to like books, no, I became a full fledged bookperson. And, a book blogger at that. Today, I was in the bookstore, a trip that used to be mildly uncomplicated. It got me thinking “what are some of the other strange things I do as a blogger that I never did before?” And that got me thinking “I should share this with my fellow bookpeople”. So, here it is!
THEN: So when I used to go to a bookstore, I would walk to the section of my choosing, browse a few books, read the backs of them, and buy one. Then maybe I would peruse the bookmarks on my way out. If I was really feeling wild, I’d grab a coffee.
NOW: It’s… an expedition. Ironically, I almost never buy anything unless I have a coupon because I pre-order most of my books online, and then… fine, I just always buy them online. I have no local indie or anything, so does it matter? No. Anyway. So I go in, and head for the Young Adult section, obviously. I check the “featured” books to see if I agree with them. Often I do not. Then, I walk around checking underneath all the covers of books, especially those I had ARCs of, just to see what the finished covers look like. I pet the covers. It is fun.
Then, while ensuring I keep the books in proper alphabetical order, I may or may not replace the ones they have facing out with ones I deem worthy. (Look, I know this is probably a not great thing to do, especially if you work in my local BAM, and I am sorry. Ish.)
Then we have to check the adult section for some favorite authors, of course. Then all the best-sellers, and the sections with the gifts and random bookish paraphernalia. I end my journey with a trip to the clearance YA section, which is quite literally the best thing ever. This whole process takes actual hours.
THEN: I only knew when a book came out if it was a must have book in a series, and even then it was only a rough estimate.
NOW: I could tell you release dates for probably 300 books. Future books. And I probably know when every book I am currently reading was published, it is somehow ingrained in my mind.
THEN: I owned a couple books on my shelf, but generally just obtained books right before I read them. Often, in Kindle format
NOW: Five bookshelves, double stacked, still are not enough to contain my hoard. Closing in on 800 books is not enough. And we probably shouldn’t even think about how many ebooks I have. Lest the numbers scare you (and me, mostly me).
THEN: When I fancied a quote while reading, I smiled, thought “that’s a nice quote” and kept reading.
NOW: I write it down, add it to Goodreads, then am required to own every version of it I can find on Society6. Because obviously.
THEN: I would hear of a book generally around the time it released- some a little before, some after.
NOW: I anticipate books that won’t even be releasing in the same decade we’re currently living in.
THEN: I used to have more time for reading, ironically.
NOW: I am a mess of a human being, but I still somehow read more than before. With less time. Also, with less sleep.
THEN: I did not pay attention to whether a movie was a book first, or what a TV show was based on. I watched whatever.
NOW: Of course I do still watch a few things that weren’t books first… but a precious few. And that is really only TV. I am pretty much not interested in a movie unless it was a book first. (It should be noted that I find movies kind of boring to begin with.)
THEN: I did not understand fandoms. I might have even thought them to be (gasp) silly.
NOW: You have seen me freak out about The Hunger Games and The 100, right? Clearly, I am in.
THEN: I had no one to flail about books with. People thought me strange, it seemed, for being so extra eager about books. Even friends who read were seemingly less… excited.
NOW: I have you lovely little birds to share all the love and feels with. So that is kind of the best 😀