By: Melanie | July 26, 2013 | (39) Comments

discussing through midnight

This is a new meme to the blog- if you don’t know already, this is a meme designed for YA Midnight Reads to discuss all things bookish! I have always loved reading and commenting on them on other’s blogs so I finally decided to create my own. The main bonus is more ease in my reading and reviewing really, as I don’t need to be postinf 4 to 5 reviews then.

Today, I’m going to share my bookish realated habit’s with y’all.

I talk out loud when I am typing. I have caught myself out many times and pratically laugh at my randomness. Yeah that’s right, I laugh at myself. It’s not like muttering- more like pronouncing each and everything single word as I type. Slowly. Because I am a slow typer a.k.a. I, 13 year old be still cannot touch type. *wails* Oh look, I’m doing it again. *face palm*

I organise my shelves in a very confusing format. It’s so confusing I don’t even know how to explain it. But basically, I manage to shelve all my books in series, authors, colours, heights, thicknesses and formats order. Crazy but very true. It looks misshaped, colourful and neat all at once. Have I confused you? Good. So have I.

I write my reviews on my phone. I live on my phone.  Like I said, I can’t touch type but I am queen of texting. So what do I do? I have my Twitter, Goodreads, WordPress, Instagram and Email all on my phone as apps and that’s pretty much the only source I use in the social aspect of the blogging world. For blogging and posting posts, it’s all on my laptop. Anyhoo, like I said, I type all reviews on my NOTES app on my phone because…

  • It’s faster
  • It corrects my spelling, as texting makes my spelling horrifying
  • I think of random difficult words to attempt to make me sound less like a crazy spaz and then efficiently check that I have used the word correctly with the in built dictionary

I can’t write the first paragraph of my review in one shot. Heck, it’s weird but every single time when I sit down to write a review, the first paragraph always goes through at least 2 drafts. However, the rest of my review is fine, I do it in one shot and BOOM! done.

It takes me exactly one day to get ready to write a review. It’s bat shit crazy but I can only write a review, well and thoroughly without drifting off to procrastination land unless I write it around after 24 hours, give or take 2-4. If I leave a book for two days, I guarantee it won’t be as good as writing it the day before. If I review it immediately after reading the book, I will clearly omit a point and maybe forget to mention a few.

I scream at CAPTCHA all the time. I love commenting on blogs but here’s the thing, if CAPTCHA is on I will scream and wail and throw a tamtrum because I suck at it. (No, really) It’s rather sad but I take 2 shots until my comment can finally post. REALY INCONVENIENT. Turn it off and you will help everyone. Seriously.

I can’t stick to my Google Calendar blog post schedule. Oh man, I suck so much at sticking to it. I change it so many times I sometimes wonder why I use it- but trust me people- life is so easier with Google Calendar. Any calendar.


So that’s me, what about you people?

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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39 Responses to Discussing Through Midnight (1): Bookish Related Habits

  1. Benji says:

    Oh dude, CAPTCHA really sucks. Hate it so much, I don’t end up commenting because it’s such a waste of time.

    Lol, your sehlves sounds crazy and neat all at once, nice. Thanks for sharing!
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    • Melanie says:

      So true, there should be a saying: CAPTCHA KILLS LIVES

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  2. Amelia says:

    It’s fascinating that you basically are involved in the blogosphere via phone but I must agree, I am attatched to my phone as well.

    Lovely post, Mel! 😀

  3. Celine says:

    Wow, I absolutely can’t write reviews on my phone! I hate the tiny screen and type way faster than I text, haha!

    Very interesting to read 😀
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  4. CAPTCHA is the bane of my existence. I kid you not. I can’t tell you how many blogs my comments never go through for, simply because of the dang CAPTCHA. Ugh. Thanks for linking up today, Melanie! 🙂

  5. Kezia D says:

    I hate CAPTCHA too so I turned it off a few months ago! The silly thing is I didn’t realize that my blog had captcha before cause it was fine when I replied to comments. Turns out captcha doesn’t appear if you’re the blog owner.

    Nahh, I live on my phone too 😉 I usually write reviews on my phone first then send them to my laptop via bluetooth. THEN I copy it to blogger and schedule the post! (After a lot of re-reading cause I just want to make sure I don’t make any grammar mistake. Sometimes spelling & grammar checker on my phone/laptop misses a few errors :/

    Lol I don’t have any particular way of organizing my shelf… It looks rather messy cause I actually don’t organize it at all *gasps* I usually just put the book randomly. I guess I know what to do next when I’m free — organize my shelf *sighs*
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    • Melanie says:

      When I wasn’t on blogger, I didn’t realise either until my friend told me 🙂
      SEE! I am not alone! I write them on my phone then post on Goodreads, THEN copy and paste onto a blog post. ;D

  6. I curse and freak out at captcha too. I hate it!! I usually write my reviews like right before they post. I know it’s horrible, but I have basically written it in my head, so when I sit down to type it up, I can usually have it done in like a half hour. (minus the set up of book info and stuff) Love this post!!
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  7. Stephanie B says:

    Argh! Yes! CAPTCHA is awful! I periodically reorganize my bookshelves. Of course, it doesn’t help that I have to share them and am running out of space (which is why I have to reorganize them).
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  8. Giselle says:

    Omgz I couldn’t write review on my phone. It just takes me so much longer to type crap on there haha. I’m the same way with the first paragraph I find it’s the hardest!

    Captcha can go play in traffic!!
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  9. Captcha really is awful- I’m pretty bad at it myself. It’s so hard to read sometimes; I’m like, who can get this right?!

    I type fast on a laptop but that’s about it. A regular computer messes me up and I can text fast on my phone, but not on other people’s because I have an older phone. haha
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  10. Jen says:

    Loved this post! I’m always curious about other people’s bookish habits. I think it makes sense that you say what you’re typing– that way, you don’t make as many grammatical errors! Although your formatting of bookshelves is a little strange. 😉 And wow, you’re addicted to your phone! Sometimes I type in notes for a review, but rarely. I like to do it on the computer. Anyway, thanks for sharing your habits with us!
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  11. Diamond Dee says:

    Google calendar saves my blogging life, seriously.

    CAPTCHA sucks butt. I want to kill it! And I am the same with the 24 hour thing, if I put the review off…even if I take notes on the book the review turns out way crappier than if I would’ve wrote it right after I finished. Weird how that is.

    I like your new meme. Très cool. 😀

    <3 Dee @ Dee's Reads
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  12. Ariella says:

    I catch myself speaking out loud sometimes when I type as well. BUT.. I’m a proud 14 y/o touch typer 😀 BE JEALOUS LOL JK. Anyways, if you just practice touching typing more, you’ll eventually type faster and faster. My other problem is procrastinating. I sometimes put off writing my review for long periods of time and just decide not to write it after a while. I have that problem right now, actually. I love you new meme, Melanie!
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  13. Riya says:

    Melanie! Your blog looks just as fabulous, if not even better than it did on blogger! Congrats, chickie! <3 This is a super cool meme. I would totally start one myself because god knows I haven't been reviewing much lately, but I would probably just forget about it and abandon it later on, so. :/ HA omg I do that too! I slowly enunciate every word I'm writing, whether it be for a comment or essay. 😛 I hate captcha's guts too! It can go be eaten by sharks hehe. Lovely post, Melanie! <3 x
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  14. Ughhh CAPTCHA. The annoying this is knowing that most bloggers, particularly the newer ones, have no idea that it’s even on. Also, is it just me or are they getting harder to fill in? They usually take me a couple of tries too. And I can completely relate to the first paragraph issue! I spend a ridiculous amount of time trying to work out how to begin my reviews these days. The rest comes out pretty much effortlessly, but the start is always a pain in the ass. 😉
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  15. Hahaha, this post made me laugh. I love some of the quirky things you do and a lot of the things that we do similarly. I too am always curious about what other people do so this definitely fuels that curiosity!

  16. Lyn Kaye says:

    “I can’t stick to my Google Calendar blog post schedule”
    I feel for you, sweetie. I HATE to have to plan out my book schedule, because I usually look at a book and think “YOU ARE MY NEXT VICTIM.” I drag my feel when i try to plan my reading schedule.
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  17. Nara says:

    And yeah, first paragraphs always take a while to write. I think it’s because it’s the first impression that the reader gets, so you want it to be good 🙂
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  18. Susan F says:

    *beat CAPTCHA with a stick* And yeah, I have a partner blog, and now and then I’m like, “We should have a schedule. I like schedules.” But that never happens–and it’s probably better that we’ve never tried…
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  19. I’d like to see you mumbling to yourself while typing! That is just too adorable. And I live on my iPhone too, I can’t imagine my life without it. Notes, random sentences and thoughts, quotes, everything is right there.
    Some of my bookish quirks are related to keeping my books in pristine condition. No breaking the spine, no dog ears (UGH) no damage of any kind. I get very nervous if a book doesn’t look like new.
    I totally stick to my Google Calendar, but that’s necessary to keep myself sane. I would have gone bonkers by now, what with my job and kid and blog. It just makes things less stressful.

    Thanks for the post!
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  20. News Script says:

    i would love to read music sheets because music is my passion and i love to compose too,,

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