The challenge for this week is definitely a unique one to me. We’re talking about the crazy things we have done for the love of books! A few of these probably aren’t super surprising, but I think I have a few that are truly crazy.
1. Book Cons
Book cons are getting more and more prevalent, and I love that! My first real experience with a true Book Convention was Yallwest in Santa Monica about 2 years ago. It’s honestly not my favorite bookish event, it’s all outside so it’s hot, and the organization gives me major anxiety. Getting signing wristbands is downright dangerous, I’ve seen people get trampled. However, I did it!
2. A Sanderson Signing
Brandon Sanderson is one of my very favorite authors. When he announced a tour stop in San Diego, I had to go. My signing ticket was number 86 out of about 400. His signings are notorious for lasting hours, and he sits and signs books for hours on end for his fans. I don’t know how he does it without enduring permanent wrist injury.
3. All the Readathons!
It’s no secret that I love readathons and I do them whenever I can. I’ve read for 24 out of 48 hours, I’ve read about 4 YA novels in a day, & I’ve read multiple 500 pages novels in a week. I love how readathons force me to push myself and my reading.
4. Interviews Galore!
Recently I’ve had the distinct honor to do some in person interviews with authors at conventions. I’m really looking forward to doing more of these in the future. You can see some of my recent interview here and here.
5. Photo Hikes
At my previous apartment, I lived near a nature trail. I used to pack up some books and props and head out into nature to take photos with my merch for Bookstagram. This led to me taking photos on awkward ledges, next to water, IN the water, and up in trees. I miss those days on occasion, but I was always nervous about taking my books outside.
6. Read Illuminae on a Plane
Yeah, it was kind of horrifying. I don’t know what possessed me to do this, but I would probably do it again. What can I say, it’s too good.
7. Started a Small Business!
Tinted Prose is not just my blog, it is also my Etsy shop! The shop came first, and I love getting to share my painted books in my blog headers, and on bookstagram. I would never have started my own shop without the influence of the book community.
8. Ran an International Free Bookmark Program
Before I started painted books, I painted bookmarks. You can see some of my work on my old instagram page. Bookmarks 4 Kindness was a huge passion project for me, and I loved sharing free bookmarks with people who couldn’t always afford to buy them. Unfortunately, it started to feel a bit like work, and I got burnt out making the same designs a lot. It was still an unforgettable part of my life, and I think I did a lot of good.
9. Read Entire Series Aloud
Like lot of bookworms, I often struggle with not having enough people in my life who read the books I read. In an effort to fix this, I force books upon my loved ones by reading aloud. Don’t get me wrong, they asked me to! Since college I have read all of The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, The Grisha Trilogy, The Six of Crows Duology, and The Name of the Wind out loud. Yes, I do all the voices.
10. Tried Writing Fanfic xD
Now no disrespect here, Fic has its place but it’s not for me in general. However! I did try to write some for a friend a few years ago. I didn’t get super far, but it was fun while it lasted.
Let me know which one of these things you think is the craziest! Looking forward to lots of crazy book experiences to come!