Image Map

7 Quirks of My Book Blogging

Book Discussion

My Blogging Quirks Revealed!

I feel like book bloggers tend to be quirky people in general since we’re combining two nerdy hobbies (the internet and books >.>), but sometimes I worry that I’ve gone off the deep end ;-). I need reassurance that I’m not the only one who experiences these “quirks.”

  1. UPS Trucks: UPS trucks quicken my pulse even when I’m driving/not in my town/there is no way that the truck has a book on it for me, I just can’t help it! And it’s not necessarily a nice quickening, it’s kind of like the flight or fight response of alertness >.> O.O It used to be just excitement at getting surprise book mail, but now I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed!
  2. Checking for packages: I obsessively refresh UPS My Choice and have the app. I actually get annoyed that there isn’t a notification option that tells me whenever a delivery is added to the calendar, hence the obsessive checking, haha. I’ve gotten a bit better about this lately, but it goes in waves ;-).
  3. Email: I love and dread checking my email; review requests are exciting but also stressful at the same time. When it is for a book that I’m not interested in, everything is fine since I just delete those emails (can’t take the drama of responding…), but if it’s a book I really want to fit in, I have to check the schedule and see if it is physically possible for me to read it!
  4. Insomnia: I read so much that sometime my brain decides to keep telling the story even when I’m trying to sleep, but I can never remember enough to you know actually write it down or anything. Therefore, I have a bunch of fan-fiction alternate endings in my head somewhere, lost forever, haha.
  5. Discussion Mode: My brain sometimes goes into discussion writing mode where I start writing posts in my mind about whatever is going on around me. If it’s good, I’ve been known to leave laundry half-folded in order to write the post :D.
  6. Inconvenient Ideas: I get the best post ideas when I simply can’t write them down: about to sleep, walking to the parking lot. Yes, I could stop and write them down, but I really don’t want to since I enjoy just thinking. I figure I’ll remember the good ones >.>. Spoiler: I rarely do D:
  7. Picky About Posts: If I don’t write a discussion post within the hour that I get the idea, I tend to get sick of it. Hence why it isn’t really worth writing them down (and why I’m writing this post at this moment at work). However, since this draft sat for a month before I came back to finish it, I think if I just get the majority of the idea down, I can still touch things up later. It’s just the inspiration for the meat of the topic that needs to be done immediately, haha.

So now you know some of the insanity that goes on in my brain, tell me I’m not alone! What has reading and/or blogging done to your brain that you can never fix? ;-)

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings -Anya

© 2014, Anya. All rights reserved.


  1. When I come home from a long day at work and there’s a package with a book sitting outside my door I instantly cheer up.

    I try to run a balance between scheduling and not scheduling. I find that if I put reviews on a calendar before I’ve read the book that it stresses me out. I get to books eventually though. :P
    Grace recently posted…“The Fault in Our Stars” by John GreenMy Profile

    • So agreed! Though I get anxious hoping for a surprise book mail and then there is nothing most days, haha.

      Oh yeah, I can’t put reviews on the calendar before reading the book since I have no idea how long it takes me to read any particular book! I just feel bad not following through for publishers and authors :(

  2. Haha! I like your quirks! I guess my biggest quirk is that I obsess about a post because I just feel like I made a mistake even when I’ve checked the post several times, it’s just not enough.
    Monique Morris recently posted…Book Blast: Marriage isn’t for you + GiveawayMy Profile

    • Oof, that would drive me nuts. I know that I make mistakes and typos from time to time, but I’d drive myself nuts if I edited them too much since that’s what I do at work all day D:

  3. It’s unfortunate to see in one so young, but I’m afraid you’ve gone completely mad. Don’t worry; we won’t hold it against you. ;) Nice post!
    Kel recently posted…Fan Art Up! – Disney Villains & DogsMy Profile

  4. LOL!! I love this idea. I’m going to have to steal it and credit you! Also, I get all worked up over the UPS guy as well, like he is the damned ice cream truck or something.
    Lyn Kaye recently posted…Book Review: Dreams of Gods and MonstersMy Profile

    • Yey, that would be awesome! Make me feel less alone in my quirkiness ;-) Dude, arcs are so much better than ice cream :D

  5. I’m the same way about both packages and e-mail. I have a very hard time not checking my e-mail all the time when I’m working at the computer, but I think I’m getting better at it. I also sometimes start composing a post in my head, although for me it’s more often a review than a discussion post, and I always scramble to write it down as soon as I can so I don’t forget.
    Katie @ Doing Dewey recently posted…One Hundred Names Review and GiveawayMy Profile

    • I’m so bad about email, I have the chrome plugin that shows me how many unread I have in my inbox without even having gmail open and then I also get all my emails to my phone and check that frequently while doing anything!

  6. Haha, I swear most times when I come in from work now I have to check whether any surprise packages have appeared for me =) And I get my best post ideas at inconvenient times too! (mostly at work…) Sometimes I’ll jot down a few ideas and hope the rest comes back to me.

    Haha, I love that you have all these alternate endings in your mind =P Do you ever get them mixed up with the real ending?
    Rinn recently posted…Feature: Turning Off The TV #15 – The TudorsMy Profile

    • The worst though is when you do get a package but then it’s not something that actually appeals at all *just had that today…* :(

      Omg yes! I semi-frequently have to check back to separate dream/insomnia thoughts from the actual book, haha.

  7. What I love about this post is that I too will have an idea come to mind in the middle of the night. Sometimes I will stop everything and get up and write down some notes so I don’t forget the ideas that popped into my head otherwise I will just stay up all night thinking about it!
    Angie recently posted…Project Disney – Robin HoodMy Profile

    • Haha, you are so much better than me, I usually just weigh the idea versus more sleep and sleep always wins ;-) I kick myself in the morning, but wow I love sleep.

  8. Wow im not the only one lol! I always come up with cool ideas when it is inconvienient. Even if i write them down i can never seem to capture that same spark later lolol.

  9. Alyn Yang says:

    I am the same way with packages! I was starting to think that someone was stealing my books but thankfully nobody has done it yet.

  10. There are definitely days I dread opening my inbox and trying to make heads or tails over what sounds interesting and what doesn’t. While it’s definitely cool to have all these opportunities to read such a wide variety of books it can be daunting to get carried away and take on too much.

    I definitely hear you on the insomnia one. If I set down a book my brain is still sifting through the story and working towards dismantling the plot and then retelling my favorite parts.
    Orchid @ The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia recently posted…A Vintage Reads Review: BetrayalMy Profile

    • I hate the requests the I respond to on a whim too, since it seems like a good idea at the time and then I completely regret it later D:

      I’m relieved I’m not the only person who gets that when trying to sleep! I’ve found that it’s mostly epic fantasy that does it apparently, haha.

  11. Pretty much you are spot on. I have a running list of “discussion” ideas but if I don’t start writing it soon after I have it then I forget what I thought would be a good idea to write about on that topic.

    I hate that about UPS alerts also…and yeah I’m feeling about the same way excited when I see the truck but then dreading it as well. I was just thinking today about “should I maybe stop requesting all together and just go back to being a normal buyer of books?” lol but I think I’m a crack addict that won’t ever quit. Or I would maybe under extreme duress.
    Tabitha (@Pabkins) recently posted…Review: A Creature of Moonlight by Rebecca HahnMy Profile

    • I have so many ideas that have been just sitting there for months with no motivation to write them, it’s so sad D:

      I keep saying that I’m going to stop requesting, and then I get an email with an awesome sounding book and can’t say no! I have gotten better about not looking for books to request though ;-)

  12. I kinda feel like you dug into my brain and wrote this post. I suffer from each and every single one of these quirks. HAH. I have developed a sixth sense about when the UPS man is going to be delivering to my apartment complex and usu. stand at the keyhole waiting for him. Also UPS My Choice was the best/worst thing to ever happen.

    And all my best ideas come in the car, so I’ve gotten used to rambling voice messages on my phone.
    Jess @ Such A Novel Idea recently posted…The Bookish News — May 4My Profile

    • I did actually, hope you don’t mind ;-)

      Oo, I like the voice message idea, though I think the last time I tried that I deleted it because I hated the sound of my recorded voice so much, ha!

  13. lekeisha thomas says:

    Haha. I’m constantly checking my Amazon notifications at work, just to see if I have books arriving. I can only imagine how you feel!! If there has been a delivery made I call my neighbor and tell her to get it off the porch until I get home because I don’t want my precious book mail disappearing. Don’t wear yourself out!!

    • You are so lucky you have a neighbor to grab your packages! I used to have them all go to my apartment office, but then it wasn’t open for about a month so I couldn’t get to any of my packages and told UPS to just put them outside my door, but that means that I constantly worry something will happen to them D:

  14. I can relate, though not really with UPS because my parents get packages all the time from them for my mom’s business. I always know the little package is usually mine. I tend to get thrown off course and upset when I go to the mailbox (it’s a community box) and I don’t see the key for packages in a mailbox so I get excited thinking I have one. When I don’t see it…tears.
    Jess @ Literary, etc recently posted…Channel Surfing: My Problem with Love TrianglesMy Profile

    • Oh man, I know that pain so well! There have been a couple of times when I had to leave for the weekend knowing a package was going to show up later that day or the next and I was so sad that I couldn’t get to it!


    I’m totally the same about my discussion posts. If I don’t think of it, write it, and post it within a couple of hours, that post will never happen.
    Christina Franke recently posted…Review: Red by Alison CherryMy Profile

  16. Susan Gourley says:

    UPS? Who doesn’t love those guys? The mailman is pretty special too. I look at email the same way as you, anticipation and dread. I get those ideas when I’m running and I guess my oxygen starved brain forgets to store them.

    • Right?? Well, I didn’t love them when they kept delivering my packages to the wrong address, but we’ve got it all figured out now ;-)

  17. Your anecdotes about the UPS van and app are just too funny! I feel very similar except probably not as extreme as you do. I am signed up for UPS My Choice as well but I don’t think I’m as hyperaware of the delivery alerts because I live so close to NY where most of the books come from. So half the time there wouldn’t even be an email alert because the interval is so short, like I imagine it’s in the mail one afternoon and on my doorstep the next morning. The app isn’t as useful then, but at least it still leaves an element of surprise every day when I go out to check the mail/post though! :)
    Mogsy recently posted…Book Review and Giveaway (US & Canada): The Silk Map by Chris WillrichMy Profile

    • I can quit anytime I want >.> <.< That's kind of awesome that you get packages so fast! Mine have gotten delayed a lot this winter which was torture, haha.

  18. I hear you about so many of these! I have the UPS thing too. Seeing them drive by my house (and pass by) gives me great sadness. Even though I’m swamped I still want more books. It’s an addiction really.

    I do the same thing with post ideas! If I don’t do them immediately I just give up and never write them. Love this post :-)

  19. I love the UPS man but not because of books. He brings all my amazon goodies LOL (I don’t actually get many books anymore but yes it used to give me anxiety).
    Felicia the Geeky Blogger recently posted…Top Off Tuesday: Gray’s Girl by Mina CarterMy Profile

  20. i can safely say since I started book blogging, the UPS man has discovered my house in rural NM, and remembered where it is. So books rarely get returned as ‘undeliverable’ simply because the UPS folks couldn’t figure out where I live. (FedEx is hopeless).

    i have only been blogging for a few years, and late last year i got my first unsolicited, unexpected review book in the mail. On one hand, it was presumptuous and not something I typically read. On the other hand, it was a kind of compliment – someone heard of my blog, had a physical address for it, and sent it anyway.

    Ah, and one of my posts attracted it’s first troll. I check blog spam regularly. I like to do a quick scroll through to make sure I am not deleting something that matters. In this case, I had to weed out the trollish comments and spam them. It was very satisfying. :)

    • Urgh, that would drive me nuts! My parents live in a newly built house in a new subdivision so their street doesn’t even show up on maps half the time and they had a lot of trouble with deliveries for a while too D:

      HAHA, nice! I get bots plenty but no trolls yet fortunately

  21. I am SO the same with waiting on the delivery/package trucks… when I see it pull up outside? Pure happiness. Haha! Great post!
    Brittany @ Nice Girls Read Books recently posted…WINNER of a copy of ‘Hidden’ by Marianne CurleyMy Profile

    • I might stalkishly stand next to my buzzer and wait for them to ring it >.> It’s to be helpful though :D

  22. I… I didn’t know I could check a UPS app. Um. Damn. Be right back.
    Nathan (@reviewbarn) recently posted…Dystopia Review: ‘Astra’ by Naomi FoyleMy Profile


  1. […] too long ago I admitted some of my book blogging quirks, so I’m going to steal a bit from that post as well as add some new confessions I’ve […]

  2. […] Anya at On Starships and Dragonwings admitted her obsession with the UPS truck in her post, “7 Quirks of My Book Blogging“ which also inspired me to come […]

  3. […] are some of your quirks book blogging? I don’t tend to get books in the mail, but I’m very quirky about the posts I put up. I don’t […]

  4. […] Anya shares 7 of her blogging quirks. […]

Speak Your Mind


CommentLuv badge