I’m a Reader, Not a Writer

March 25, 2014 Marianne's Thoughts 27

People always assume that since I’m a book blogger/ reviewer, it means that I am the best writer in the world.

Yes, I’m a blogger. Yes, I’m a compulsive reader. Yes, a big part of my life revolves around criticizing books. But no. I am not a writer. I am first and foremost a reader, which is how I rate the books I read.

Whenever I tell someone that I’m a book blogger, they automatically ask me: “So I’m guessing you’re studying English to become a great author, right?”.

Do you want to know what their reactions are when I tell them I’m actually majoring in Science?

I most certainly am not joking! *rage* 

Why is it so difficult to believe that a self proclaimed bookworm doesn’t want to be an author? Has it never occurred to anyone that maybe I’m a horrible writer?

Exhibit A: Look at this post! It’s a mess. I can’t go one paragraph without using GIFs! I’d be a horrendous author. My books would all be electronic because they’d have GIFs scattered all around to accurately express what I’m thinking.

Another problem I have with trying to write up stories, is the fact that I subconsciously copy things I’ve seen from other books onto my “book ideas”. No lie. I once dreamt up a whole story (this is why we shouldn’t trust dreams!) about a society that lobotomized teenagers at a certain age because they believed it would control their citizens… I then realized it was eerily familiar to Delirium by Lauren Oliver.

Not to mention the fact that I have like 5 unfinished drafts in my computer and zero motivation to even look at them… I’d rather not be reminded of what a horrible failure I am as a writer, thanks.

But guess what? I’m perfectly okay with the fact that I’m a horrible writer! I prefer being a reader anways!

I love getting lost in other people’s words. I love not having to actually write a story myself (I’d probably hate it anyways, lol). I love that I don’t have to feel pressured to reach a certain deadline and write several thousand words by the end of the week.

However, I deeply respect those who are both bloggers/reviewers and also aspiring authors. Jennifer (co-blogger) sometimes sends me drafts and short stories she wrote, and I love just being there to read them. I love giving her ideas on how the story could be better, and gushing about how awesome it is.

Cait & Mime from Notebook Sisters are writers as well. I have not read anything by them, but only reading the outlines of their stories has me salivating for their books!

Which is why… surprisingly enough I’m going to talk with my College Counselor to see if I can Double Major. I want to have the best of both worlds: Chemistry & English. Chemistry to produce crystal meth (or you know.. do something boring like investigate crime scenes… ;D), and English to see if I can intern with some US publishers to get a behind the scenes into what goes on in the Publishing world.

A post is not complete without Loki

Forgive me for the rambling! I had no idea where this post was going, and it somehow led to Loki. No regrets, haha. (Another reason why I can’t be a writer).

Have a great day, everybody!

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I'm Marianne. Professional Fangirl, part-time Blogger. Full-time college student. GIFs are a natural part of my posts, so be warned. I LOVE reading, so definitely feel free to discuss books with me. Opinions are welcome.
  • Everyone who knows me is pretty much aware that I write on the side. But that doesn’t mean my compositions, posts, are in perfect form. Writing and reading are good exercises if you’ve ever aspired to be a published author. I, on the other hand, could never see myself writing a full novel. I think it’s great that you have that opportunity to double major on subjects that you love. 🙂

  • I think it is perfectly okay to be a bookworm and not want to be a writer. I myself am an aspiring writer, but I love that you have a lot of different interests you know? It’s different from the “norm” I actually started college as a chem major, but the math scared me so I switched. But I do enjoy science. It’s pretty cool to see how things work and to be able to become Walter White…erm….

  • I so agree with you! I would be a terrible writer. I just love reading other people’s ideas better than thinking up new ones. Great post!

    • Yes, I find that almost everything’s been written!

  • You’re not alone! I’m a reader too and just like I told my boyfriend, readers are important. Who will read the books without us? I mean yes, writers can read other books too but they will be busy writing their books.

    I tried to write a short story when I was a kid but I didn’t continue it since I enjoy reading more than writing. If I’m not a web developer, I think I see myself working as a librarian or sales agent in a bookstore or maybe a publisher too so I can read all the books before they go out in the public. Well there you go, I think if I grew tired of being a programmer, I have another job in line.

  • I love reading your posts. I went to school for English, education, and literacy and my posts sure as heck don’t reflect that at all. Going to school for English because you want to teach it or because you want to work in publishing is so different for going to school for it because you want to be a writer. As far as rambling goes, it is something we are all guilty of. It makes your posts quirky and fun.

  • I’m not an English major either. & I never claim to be, which is probably why I hardly ever talk about the “writing style” and more about how I personally felt about a book in my reviews. I’m just someone that loves books. I get that “shocked” response a lot though, except not because I’m a book blogger. In undergrad, I majored in chemistry with a minor in Film, TV, Digital Media. Everyone was like Film?!? & I’m like “yeah so what.” So really with my Film minor, I guess book blogging isn’t all that big of a deal.

    & On a side note, if you do end up investigating crimes, so will I! I’m currently in graduate school studying Forensic Chemistry. Nice to meet a fellow scientist book blogger! 🙂

    • Film? That’s awesome. One of my best friends is majoring in Film and she loves it. She says we’re going to team up and create the best Book-to-Movie Adaptations! Haha.
      That’s awesome that there are other scientists/bookworms around! 🙂

  • Cait

    Eeeep….I’m so so so nervous/freakishly excited that one day you’ll be able to read my books. 0.0 AND THEN WHAT WILL YOU THINK OF ME. *hides under the bed* BUT ANYWAY. I totally get this. I don’t think readers have to be writers. It worked out that way for me, buuut, why should it have to be that way for everyone?? Also: I want books with GIFs. I want them very very badly.

    • Hopefully I’ll still think you’re awesome? 😀 Besides, if I were a writer, then I wouldn’t be as enthusiastic to read your books, so it’s a win/win.
      You shall be the first person I’ll dedicate my book/non-book. “To Cait, the only person ever willing to read a book filled with GIFs.” xD

  • I am kind of like you, and kind of not.
    I am also studying science. But I don’t think this is such a rare occurrence in the blogosphere. I know of at least five other bloggers who are science-based but still love reading. But I agree that most people would think a blogger is studying English or writing.
    BUT. I am also an aspiring author. For as long as I have loved animals (science side), I have wanted to be a writer. I have started and abandoned more stories than I can count, but I am also 45000 words into my current novel (the one I am actually sticking with to completion).
    I simply have two passions. Animals and writing (which counts as reading other people’s writing, as well).
    I don’t someone needs to be a writer just because they read a lot. Reading is an escapism, and writing is completely different to that. I’ve known I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. Because I get stories in my head, and I simply NEED to release them somehow and I know that nothing could make me happier than people reading my book or seeing my book in a store or library. It would be a dream come true.
    I think it’s awesome that you’re thinking of double majoring! Unfortunately we cannot do anything like that in Australia. You pick one or the other (which is very confining in my opinion), but it’s great that you can! 😀

    • That’s a shame about Australia! I didn’t know that. Good luck with your author thing 🙂

  • I’ve done a bit of writing on my other blog, like short stories, but I don’t think I can do a full book. And hobbies shouldn’t define who you are. I’m a beach bum, but it doesn’t mean I want to be a marine biologist (but I thought about it). I support you! We’re both readers and not writers!

    • I write poems sometimes, when the mood strikes, but it doesn’t qualify me to be a poet either. Lol. Long live readers! 😛

      • I used to write a lot of poems when I was in school, was proud of myself when they publish my submissions on our school newspaper. But now, I don’t know. I haven’t done anything like it for years. Long live readers!

  • This is by far the BEST post ever!!!! You and me must have been separated at birth because I feel the exact way!!! Every post I write is a hot mess and I love gif’s. I usually find grammar mistakes after the fact and I love using commas like a mad woman. I typically stick them anywhere in sentence because I think it looks better…LOL. ​Brilliant post. Bravo!!! ♥

    • I love using commas! My friends tease me because they say I’m a slow reader. I just hate really long sentences without commas, lol. Thanks, Cristina 🙂

  • Great post Marianne! Isn’t it hilarious how people get shocked that we can put so much time and energy into our hobbies because UM, we’re passionate about books and reading? I’ve always thought about writing a book, I used to be good at creative writing back in the day but I haven’t tried for a long time.

  • People do assume that, and I had a writer who was unhappy with my three and half star, solid review. She asked me if I was aspiring writer. Huh? I would need a serious editor with my run on sentences and poor abused punctuation. I can spot it in others writing..my own..no. Great post!

  • Science and English are the best of both worlds! I wish you luck with that. I think it is natural to assume that very bookish people are immersed in a language/writing background or have interest in it, but people definitely shouldn’t be shocked by your smarts in other areas, either.

    Btw, I keep meaning to say this whenever I’m here. I LOVE the background of your blog with the birds and flowers, by the way. The colors are so pleasing and I like the wallpapery look of it! I always enjoy seeing it.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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  • I get the exact same reaction! I am a book blogger but I am studying psychology. Whenever someone finds out I love to read and or that I own a book blog they automatically assume I’m taking an English degree. It baffles me, I mean, you don’t have to be choosing it as a life path to want to read.

    I love that you want the best of both worlds, I think I do too. Good luck to both of us! 😀

    • Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms

      Yes, good luck to you too! 🙂