Who Am I as a Reader and What do I Want From Books?

Hello everyone!

I am so happy you found my blog and are going on this bookish journey with me!

I thought I would share with you a bit of who I am as a reader and how I rate my books! Please remember that I do love talking and that I love lists, math and spreadsheets!

There is nothing I admire more than someone who can read a book and discuss it so eloquently and beautifully. I am not that person (but maybe I will become one?!?). I wish I could speak of books and use the proper lingo such as “voice”, “narrative”, “first person”, or even understand the full nuances of different genres and subgenres. But as it is, I am an amateur reader who, selfishly, reads for pure enjoyment. If I could compare it to my psyche, I currently am an “ID” reader and hope to at least get to be a “Superego” reader by the end if the year! #goals

I started reading at a very young age, 3, my mom says I pushed myself to learn how to read because I couldn’t wait for her to read me the books I craved. My parents worked full time and we also did a lot of activities and spend time as a family together, so it is very understandable that my mom and dad wouldn’t want to spend all of their down time reading to me!

I would read primary comic books (In Brazil they have a wonderful child comic series about a girl called Monica and her friends) and fairy tales. By 9 I was reading classics (which I still love), and finally at 11 it was, what I consider, to be the main milestone of my whole reading “career”. My grandfather gifted me “Murder on the Orient Express,” a book that had my mom’s name on it. He had tried gifting it to her when she was a teen, but her interests lay elsewhere. This was the beginning of a wonderful journey – my grandfather, my soulmate, and I would from then on visit bookstores everywhere we went until I had the whole collection. They are all mismatched and from different editions and publishers. Once, now in my adulthood, I have settled in Canada. My grandfather and I went on a virtual journey to complete my English collection, now from the same edition from Harper Collins. Due to copyright, I couldn’t find all books in Canada, so we imported from the UK and – believe it or not – Brazil! We completed the collection before he passed away. These are my “special books.”

This marked me so deeply. It gave me fond memories that shaped me. My love for my grandfather bled into my love for Agatha. I can not think of her without thinking of him and this is, to me, a wonderful thing. Agatha Christie has also made me want to read English, and love England and all things British. She is solely responsible for cementing my love of Golden Age Mysteries, female British writers and it has shaped me as a reader.

Because of Agatha Books there are 6 things I rate a book on before I get my overall rating: Enjoyability, Characters, Ambience, Plot and Execution. I have a video explaining which all of those mean and you can check it out here: https://youtu.be/dkwjzkFbeG0

I also have a deduction criterion, that is only used when applicable. But in a nutshell, while I try to consider when the book is written, there are things – basically any “isms” you can think off, that I find unappealing in a book if it clearly doesn’t add to the plot or isn’t a product of its time that can be understood in context (but never endorsed).

I always strive to give a book a fair rating with my personal emotions aside. Just because a book isn’t for me, doesn’t mean that a lot of people won’t enjoy it. Therefore, I might rate a book high but not recommend it to readers like me. Or really enjoy a book with an average rating. There is no shame in enjoying a fast read!

What are some of your favourite books?!? I would love to hear about your rating system and what things you look forward to while reading a book.

Until next time, be the hummingbird!

Brief Introduction to My Vision and My Blog

Thank you for being here! This blog started out of the need to share all my reads with you – faster than I can make videos! Currently I post book videos on my YouTube Channel on Mondays. I have recently gotten out of years long reading slump and I have been devouring books way faster than I can share on one day a week! My back log of wonderful reads is getting bigger and bigger and I figure I can have this blog as a companion to my YouTube channel.

Why don’t you just you just take the leap and become an exclusively BookTube channel? Well, because I do not have the confidence to speak about books like many marvelous booktubers can. I read for fun, escapism and pure enjoyment. I consider my opinions honest, but selfishly leigh man-like. I also feel that I have different interests and different things to share. So far, my posting schedules work for me.

The current world situation has made it impossible for me to be near people and be as social as I feel I need to be in order to survive. I think this is the reason for my sudden social media presence (I was an antiquated hermit previously). I needed my voice to be heard, and I need to hear people’s voice. For that reason (and also because I am THAT person who has hundreds of folders on her computer and e-mail – I really need everything to be placed where it makes sense), I couldn’t just pick one platform as I haven’t found one in which I could do everything I envision. So, I would like you to invite you to follow me on any of the platforms that interest you, a quick breakdown of my plan for them is:

  • Youtube: Most weeks I post thrice in both English and Portuguese:
    • 🔍 Mystery Mondays 🔍: Everything book related: Book Reviews, Recommendation, Hauls. It is my laidback back approach to sharing books I have read. It is informal and based on emotional connections to the book, I can’t even pretend to know and use all the lingo! I love mysteries, so the majority of the books I share will be fictional mystery/thriller/horror/suspense books. 
    • 🎲 Wayward Wednesdays 🎲: It is my unpredictable posting day. Videos on Wednesdays will vary in theme and will follow my inspiration and gut. These videos could be on sustainability, the paranormal, cultural differences, entertainment, rants, raves and wonders. I could also talk about books and products, if I feel like there’s more to say that week!
    • 📝 Feedback Fridays 📝: Unboxing and product reviews. On Fridays I will be unboxing some subscriptions, reviewing products I use and sharing any discount codes I may have 🙂
  • Good Reads: I am very active on Goodreads and review books I read within a few days of finishing them.
  • Pinterest: Mainly boards ideas for entertaining, cooking and children’s activities
  • Facebook group: I have two groups, one in Portuguese and one in English and they are a melting pot of interests – it’s where we will discuss random topics, where members can start threads of things that interest them and a place where everyone can have a voice. (and of course, books will be a big part of it). I envision my groups as a virtual park, where everyone visits to meet people and have fun by doing and talking about things they love!
  • Instagram: I am currently trying to not give up on a “One year in Pictures project” I started in January. It’s a way I found to try and learn the platform and catch up with the times!
  • Blog: You will find mainly book related posts on this blog – sprinkled with an occasional feedback / unboxing posts about some boxes I subscribe to and really enjoy!
  • Twitter: This is the most inconsistent of them all. I am still learning to navigate it and let go of my need to be able to find posts months after!

I hope you like what you read here and decide to stay with me!