My blog turns one TODAY!!
And I’m screaming/crying about it. I know it sounds cliché, but it doesn’t feel like it’s been a year. There are so many things I’d go back and change about how I blogged in those first few months, but I think that I’ve really grown. This blog has become such an integral part of my life, and I’m so happy to celebrate one whole year with it.
Whenever I start projects like this, I usually get bored of it before I can hit one year, so I think this is truly a sign that I did something right by starting this blog. Of course, thank you so much to everyone who made my one year here in the blogosphere. Every interaction (even if you just viewed my blog once and then left) means so much to me. I’m so grateful to this blog for giving me the opportunity to raise my voice and form so many wonderful connections with other book-loving people. Seriously, there are so many more things I could say, but I’m just so happy to be able to celebrate one year with you. (For me, that’s a really long and really short time at the same time??)
Anyways, sappy intro aside, for my celebratory post, I decided to react to people’s assumptions about me! I told people on Twitter and here on my blog to send them their assumptions about me. And today, I’ll be telling ya’ll whether they’re true or not!
Xandra @ Starry Sky Books: you know EXACTLY what you want in a lot of things (like specific book traits you like, or specific foods)
Xandra, how are you so intuitive? You told me something about myself that I hadn’t even realized!!
This assumption is pretty true. What I’ve realized about myself is that I’m primarily a feelings-based reader. Even if a book is objectively good, and deserves an award for how well-crafted it is, I will still rate it 2 stars if it didn’t make me feel anything. Subsequently, even if I know that a book is really trashy, but it makes me feel things and have fun while reading it, it’s probably gonna get 4 or 5 stars. Basically, I’ve learned that all of the books I like can be categorized under “guilty pleasures.” (Even though that term isn’t a nice one because you should never feel guilty for liking something, blah blah blah.)
And of course, this isn’t just limited to books! I know what I like in clothes, food, people, etc.
Taasia @ Librae Paints Pages: Grades is something important to you
(This is only the first grade-related assumption in this post. Apparently people think that I’m an ambitious student?)
Yes, this is true. I guess I care about them a lot because I love it when my hard work pays off, and it’s nice to be good at something and have some bragging rights. 😎 (Plus, I’m in an environment where everybody else cares about grades and does well, so I don’t wanna be left behind, you know.)
I wish I could stop caring about grades so much because in the long run, they won’t matter, and there are so many things in life that are 100x more important than grades. I could honestly write a whole rant about how the school system makes us care more about numbers instead of actually learning, but now isn’t the right time.
You’re really ambitious and a lil bit of an overachiever
I really like having bragging rights what can I say!! I think wanting to show off and look good to other people isn’t a good reason to be an overachiever though. And for a lazy potato, I’m TOO ambitious. I should really stop having high standards for myself, because I always fail to reach them.
You’re a very analytical person (like more Type A I’d say?)
I… guess? I can’t really tell, honestly. 😂 I honestly never considered myself to be an overachiever, Type A person before, but over the years, I’ve realized that I do fit this archetype. I plan for the future a lot, including what I want to achieve in time, and I really hate being unproductive.
Noémie @ Tempest of Books: you’re a very hard-working student who wants the best grades
This is one-half true, one-half wrong! I do want the best grades. But, in the process of putting pressure on myself to get high grades, I forget that I actually have to study and work hard to get them. If I just worked harder and stopped cramming, I could actually meet those high standards I set for myself. 😂
Caro @ Bookcheshirecat: you’re a great buddy reader
Awww, this warms my heart! 🥺 For context, me and Caro buddy read Wilder Girls by Rory Power recently, and we both had a lot of fun! If you haven’t buddy read with Caro yet, WHAT ARE YOU DOING, because she is the greatest buddy reader! She was so willing to accommodate with my busy schedule, and she always read the chapters on time (unlike me 😭).
To answer this assumption though, I don’t have a lot of experience with buddy reading, so I can’t really tell. My first full buddy read was with Caro, because every other buddy read I organized before that failed to push through for one reason or another. Also, Caro would’ve finished the book much sooner if I hadn’t been so busy/unmotivated during the time we read it, so I don’t know 😭
you love interacting with the bookish community & chatting in the comments
Is this even an assumption??? OF COURSE!!! Sometimes replying to comments is the only good thing about my day, and I love how everyone is so supportive and showers me with validation every single day. 🤧🥺
you’ve got more surprising hobbies/interests we don’t know about
This couldn’t be more wrong, sorry! I literally only have three hobbies 😂
you’re a hardworking and dedicated person
As I said above, I tend to confuse having high standards with being hardworking and dedicated.
Vera @ Wordy and Whimsical: you very are close to your family
Sadly, I’m not very close to my family. I mean, we get along fine, but sometimes I fight with them. And judging from what other families I know, our bond couldn’t be considered “strong.”
you don’t have any animals
No, I have a pet dog named Gordon who I always feature and talk about on this blog!
you love food, and are always open to trying new dishes
Yes, I love food more than words can say, and I always have an appetite, haha! I’m always open to trying new dishes, if I think that I have a chance of loving it!
Cas @ Daydreaming Ink: you speak your mind
No, I don’t see the point of speaking my mind most of the time, and I usually only do with people I trust.
you think stem > humanities
In some aspects yes, some no. I think that STEM is more useful than humanities, because sadly, the only think people care about is STEM nowadays. But I prefer humanities over STEM because it’s way more fun and easy to study (not saying that it’s easy, just easier than STEM).
grades > social life
What social life? No, I’m not kidding. What social life? I don’t have friends. *throws out peace signs while crying*
But during those rare times when I do have a social life, I do go because my mom makes me go to everything. And they’re so rare that going to them wouldn’t cut into my studying time too much.
Sofi @ A Book. A Thought.:You’re usually very hard on yourself
Yes! I have unrealistic standards for myself that I always fail to meet, causing me to be even more hard on myself.
You probably LOVE animals
I do love my dog, and animals are 110% a gift to the world!! But I wouldn’t say I love them, because they take so much work to take care of and put up with. 😅
You usually have unpopular bookish opinions
Yes, lmao. It comes with being a very hard to please reader. Count on me to rate your faves 2 or 3 stars. 😉
Iris @ Hoard of Books: I assume that you’re awesome
you’re an only child
Nope. I have two older sisters, though the age gap between us is pretty high. (Lots of people tell me that I have “only child vibes” though.)
you’re more of a dog person than a cat person
Maybe it’s because I’ve had a pet dog since as long as I can remember and I grew up around adamant dog persons and cat haters (my sisters), but yes, I am a dog person through and through.
I used to be one of those people who thought that cats were bitchy, but I’ve since realized that they aren’t actually like that. I don’t get a lot of opportunities to interact with them though!
you’re a bit of a perfectionist, but only when you care about something
Huh. This is actually super true and made me realize something new about myself, so thank you! I wouldn’t consider myself a perfectionist, but when I do care about something, I get very meticulous. I think the best example of this is my blog, because I go through such lengths to polish my blog aesthetic, and I can’t schedule posts until I’m sure that it’s of good quality! But yeah, if I don’t care, I’m basically the biggest slacker ever.
Miri @ Book Dragoness: You love math!
This assumption made me cry-laugh, because math has been the source of all my tears this school year. My whole life, I’ve been above average in math. I definitely couldn’t be considered a genius, but I got by and sometimes even excelled at it.
I was actually put in the top class last year, and I was super excited about it! Last year, I put so much pressure on myself to keep my grades up so that I could be put in the top class again this year, and I distinctly remember telling myself that it didn’t matter what happened the next as long as I did well enough to be put in the top class again. Well, I’m a clown and I jinxed myself because now I’ve been struggling in math more than ever, and it’s literally like something replaced my brain!! I used to get the gist of lessons fairly quickly, but now it’s like, what?????
Basically, my math grades have been the worse they’ve ever been this year, and yeah I’m just crying because I don’t know what’s happening to me!!! (And yes I know I just have to practice/study hard etc. etc. I’m trying but there’s only so much you can do with half of a brain cell.)
And since I didn’t actually answer this assumption: Ya’ll know my situation with math now, but even when I could be considered good at it, I only liked it—I wouldn’t go so far as to say loved—I only did if I found the lesson easy and could get it quickly. Back in those days, answering problems and scoring high on tests made me feel pretty powerful, but I only loved Math because of that—not because I loved the subject itself.
you love ramen
I mean, I used to always talk about my love of ramen on this blog. 😂 Now, I don’t bring it up as much because there’s really no occasion to, but yes I do love it a lot!! It literally has everything I love—meat, egg, noodles, and it’s just so GOOD OKAY I CAN’T DESCRIBE IT.
May @ My 1st Chapter: you are super organized, like colour code markers, arrange books by height etc etc
Hah, NO. I don’t like it when things are messy and try to be neat whenever I can, but that’s as far as I go in terms of organization. I’m too lazy to color code and arrange things using rigid systems lmao.
you enjoyed reading as a kid but didn’t become super dedicated until more recently
Very true! I’ve been reading for as long as I remember, but it was pretty on and off until I started this blog!
you can speak more than 2 languages
Ish? I’m fluent in English, because it’s my first language. But having been born and raised in the Philippines, I’m okay at Tagalog. Like, I can understand most Tagalog texts and conversations, and if I could only read and hear Tagalog my entire life, I’d still survive. But, I suck at speaking and writing in Tagalog, and I still don’t know a lot of Tagalog words and grammar rules!
I’ve also been studying Mandarin since kindergarten because of the school I go to, but I’m nowhere near fluent, and if I had to live in China I’d probably die. But I know a handful of phrases and words in Chinese!
So if you’re assuming that I can speak more than two languages fluently, that’s sadly a no. 😂
Nandini @ Novels and Nebulas: You’re a Ravenclaw
Yes!! I’ve revealed my Hogwarts house before, but whenever I tell people to assume, they always guess Ravenclaw immediately. I guess I give off hardcore Ravenclaw vibes?
Actually, I wanted to be a Slytherin for years, but I realized just how much Ravenclaw fits me, and I’ve fully accepted that I’m one of the most Ravenclaw people ever.
Krisha @ Bookathon: You are a dessert person
Honestly, I’m just a food person in general! 🍕But if I had to choose, I’d say that I’m more of a main course person. Don’t get me wrong, I love sugar and sweets (probably more than the next person), but I prefer savory over sweet by a small margin! I really love my meat okay. 🍗
Sharon @rockinitwhimsy: you are tall
Very true assumption. My whole life, I’ve been abnormally tall for my age. I’m pretty sure I can count on one hand the number of people I know in real life who are taller than me. Sometimes I wish I wasn’t this tall, but it’s nice to stand out this way, haha!
(Fellow tall people, don’t you get annoyed when people tell you that you’re tall/SO tall? I guess it’s a compliment of sorts, but I find it annoying when people tell me that because they might as well be saying that the sky is blue. I know I’m tall more than anyone else? I’ve lived in my body my whole life, Karen.)
Chana @ Paper Procrastinators: You’re on the shorter side
This is very wrong. (See what I said above.)
You’re one of the best ping-pong players in the world
Thank you, Chana! But noooooo. I’m nowhere near that level.
You think tea>coffee
I don’t drink tea or coffee! Maybe I just haven’t grown up yet, but I find both drinks “eh.” Tea is fine, but it literally just tastes like hot water. And I don’t like how bitter coffee is! I’m uncultured what can I say
Renee @ dekabat: you have high standards
I don’t think I have high standards for everything, but I definitely do for myself and other things I can’t think of right now. But even though I rate books low, I don’t think I have high standards for them—I just need to feel something when I read, and sadly, most books don’t make me do that.
you are bad at picking books you like based on covers and blurbs
Omg, just come for me HAHAHA. (Just kidding, this is actually a good assumption!!)
I never pick books based on covers and blurbs though. I always use reviews, because I know that once a book reaches a certain amount of lukewarm and negative reviews, I won’t like it. Subsequently, I tend to love hyped books, so yeah: Reviews are my primary form of picking books.
But if I were to simply rely on covers and blurbs, I think I’d still be good at picking books I’ll at least like because there are certain kinds of synopses that make me go, “Yeah this book isn’t for me,” or “This book might be my thing.”
But anyways, all this is to say that I’m such a critical reader that no matter how I pick my books, my most common ratings will probably still be 2 or 3 stars. 😓 I know it’s my fault because UGH I’M SO HARD TO PLEASE, but why can’t books just be good and make me like them ok. 🥺
you have a fear of being alone
I think I can withstand more loneliness than the average person, because I do know what it’s like anc I’m a hardcore introvert. All I need is a friend or two that I can always reach out to, and I think I can withstand any other type of loneliness.
you’re a very hardworking student, you care a lot about academic success
I do care a lot about academic success, but as I said above and keep telling myself, I wrongly think that putting pressure on myself to do well means that I’m working hard.
If you’ve read this far, thank you so much for pushing through!! This post is pretty gigantic! But I hope you were able to learn something about me! Also, almost everybody assumed that I was an overachiever/Type A in some way or another—I never knew that I came off that way. I guess what we’ve learned from this post is that I’m an overachiever who doesn’t work hard and gets sad a lot.
Anyways, thank you again for going on this journey on me. I keep saying this, but thank you so much. 🥺 I’m so excited for more years to come!