Reacting to your assumptions about me – 6000 follower celebration!

celebration monkey

Hello all! As promised, to celebrate hitting 6000 followers, I’m reacting to all your assumptions about me! Thank you so much to everyone who participated- I had so much fun reacting to all of these!! And thank you to all the lovely well-wishers- it really meant a lot! ❤

Sophie @BewareOfTheReader

OK fun assumption: I bet you are working in finance and compensate with all the art and blog LOL

Oh gosh this is a fun assumption… but sadly completely untrue! 😂 I’m actually an assistant librarian and English tutor… so let’s just say I’m not living a particularly glamorous lifestyle 😉 But I’m happy with my choices… even if I should probably have chosen something a bit more stable and sensible to compliment the blogging/art! (I’ve worked in a bunch of other jobs as well- just never in anything like finance!) Also on the positive side, work does always give me opportunities to talk *books*!

hoarding books


Only just recently started following you so probably don’t know enough yet (beyond you really like books?) and I’m a massive Terry Pratchett fan so I reckon I’m on safe ground assuming you’re a person and not an orangutan. But that’s why you use a ‘banana’ rating system. So my assumption is that in reality you’re largely indifferent to bananas.

Hahaha I am indeed a person that really likes books! I wouldn’t say I’m indifferent to bananas though- actually really like them- particularly baked into a cake mmm (in fact, so many people have mentioned bananas to me in this post you’ll have to *excuse me* while I go get one…)


Lauryn Trimmer 

Congrats! And I assume you aren’t an orangutan 😂 I can’t think of any real assumptions at the moment besides that!

Haha yeah I’m not really an orangutan, but shhh don’t tell! 😉

stargazer says:

Wow, more than 6000 followers – that is so impressive! Not sure I have any assumptions though… You like books? 🤔😂

Haha yes, it’s safe to assume I LOVE books! 😉

book love


Assumptions…hmm….okay, you’re a woman in your mid-thirties. You have a bunch of siblings. You’ve secretly always wanted a reptile as a pet. You’ve done a little bit of traveling but want to do more.
You’re a ravenclaw.
You’re a virgo.

Ooh these are fun! I’m not 30 just yet!! (I’m 27… which unfortunately counts as late twenties now 😉). I do have a bunch of siblings (two older brothers and a younger sister). I don’t want a reptile for a pet though- lizards are okay, but I find most reptiles freaky! (especially snakes! GAH!!!) I have done quite a bit of travelling- mostly round Europe- and would LOVE to do more! I get serious wanderlust and have always enjoyed discovering new places 😊 I am a Ravenclaw!!! I’m a very Ravenclaw-y Ravenclaw you’ll meet and have MAJOR RAVENCLAW PRIDE 😉 Close- I was born in September, but I’m a Libra. Some really great guesses here!!



You are actually only 17, are the youngest of 5 and your mom makes you go to bed at 11pm 🙂

I LOVE these assumptions- but they’re not entirely true. I’m 27 (oof that’s ten years on your guess!), third of four children (yay middle child syndrome 😉 ) and I spend a lot of my time trying to convince my mum to go to bed at 11pm 😉

waytoofantasy says:

Congrats! Assumptions….um…you’re an avid tea drinker. 😀

And Caitlin Althea says:

my assumption is that you like drinking tea!

You’re both right! To be fair, I am British- so this is a safe assumption 😉 I LOVE tea- more even than bananas!

monkey's tea party

Zezee says:

As for assumptions….you actually don’t like bananas that much; swinging from trees make you dizzy

Haha I love how many people think I’m either in the LIVE FOR BANANAS camp or DON’T LIKE… in truth, I think they’re great! (but I don’t eat them all the time lol!). As for swinging from trees- yeah that’d definitely make me dizzy! I get dizzy pretty easily (I’m the kind of person that likes things like rollercoasters… but will also pass out/throw up after going on one… which is probably tmi… which I guess is also the point of this post 😉)

Briana | Pages Unbound

I’ll have to think about if I have any assumptions, though…. Besides that I assume OTHER people assume you’re a guy blogger for some reason.

Well everyone in the comments of this post were lovely and didn’t make that kind of assumption- but weirdly I’ve had this assumption before!! This has happened a bunch of times when people have linked to me. The funniest one was when my brother used my review to prove a point in a book club and his friend apparently kept calling me “he”. My brother, while not wanting to admit he knew me, said to him “why do you assume it’s a he?” The guy just doubled down and apparently implied there was no way I could write the way I did and be a woman! This got under my skin a little! For the record, this is me…

orangutan in dress

Sharon Bonin-Pratt 

My assumption about you is that the sequel will be even more outstanding.

Aww thank you so much (this is kind of just a compliment though 😉)

Sharon Bonin-Pratt

I was so farklempt that I couldn’t even absorb the correct number – 6000!! And I bet you read that many books in the years you’ve been blogging.

I wish I was that impressive!! I decided to look up how many books I’ve read since I started blogging in 2015 and it’s currently at 955!

wordsandnocturnes says:

I haven’t got any assumptions on hand but hmm… you’d love to sleep in a library for a night to se. what it would feel?

I’ve sort of done this? Though not to sleep. When I was at uni I was very (deliberately) disorganised and did a number of all nighters- some of which were in the library. Gotta say it just felt exhausting 😉

mood reader2

calypte says:

As for assumptions… you mean you’re not ginger and hairy? Oh my 😉

Hahaha amazingly no! (psst don’t think I’ve mentioned this in years, but I’m a bland brunette 😉)

nsfordwriter says:

My assumption is that every room in your house is lined with bookshelves and also they are piled up on the floor, in fact your bed is constructed from books too.

OH GOSH I WISH THIS ASSUMPTION WAS TRUE! ALAS NO! I rent and I’m always pushed for space! I do store loads of books under my bed though… so one could (almost) say my bed is constructed of books 😉 (kind of a stretch though 😉) I have been known to pile up (mostly borrowed) books on the floor though.

book bed
My dream bed…

Never Not Reading says:

-You really, REALLY like bananas
-You live in a tree house
-You laugh a lot

Oh wow I love these: I do like bananas (though I think it might be a healthier amount than people assume), I’m afraid I don’t live in a tree house (fun fact: I’m actually afraid of heights and, as much as I try to overcome that, living in a tree house would be a step too far!) and I most certainly do laugh a lot!


Eustacia | Eustea Reads says:

Assumption: you’ve read all the Discworld novels (at least the ones with the Orangutan Librarian!)

Not quite! I mentioned this recently in my post on series I’m scared to finish– I have a (near pathological at this point) fear of finishing the Discworld series- cos I don’t want it to be over!!

Jennifer Mugrage says:

My assumptions: you are younger than me (because you read Harry Potter as a kid); you are naturally thin; you have a good relationship with your parents and siblings. (In other words, the perfect person LOL! But I mean we already knew that since you are a reader.)

Haha well I don’t know how old you are- but I was born in 1992. I wouldn’t say I’m naturally thin (formerly fat, then too thin, hopefully somewhere in the just right range right now… 😉). I’m lucky enough to have a good relationship with my mum and my siblings… but I’m far from the perfect person! 😉

Jennifer Mugrage says:

I also sometimes imagine you with curly hair. No reason at all for that assumption, could be way off. So I just picture this adorable thin curly-haired girl when I am not picturing an orangutan.

Haha I wish I had curly hair!! But actually I’d say I have something of the Hermione Granger hair type… Though, since I don’t have magic at my disposal, I use hair oil to tame it. Fun fact(/perhaps rather dull fact depending on your perspective) I’m also into all natural, vegan hair stuff- I’d give tips but I don’t think anyone would be queuing up to look something like this…

my hair cartoon

Beulah Jenifer

I guess you love to paint, and eat bananas everyday!

I do love to paint, but I don’t eat bananas every day- that’d be a lot of bananas and would make me about 90% potassium!

pile of bananas

Lydia Tewkesbury 

Um that you have read everything?!

Haha I’d say I wish… but then I wouldn’t have anything left to read and that would be a tragedy!!

Belle Can Read

Assumptions… you’re actually a famous author and enjoy the anonymity of being an Orangutan Librarian here 😂?

OMG can you imagine if this were the case? (it’s not) How cool would that be if it were?!? I do enjoy living my life as an Orangutan Librarian on here, just no secret writing career 😉 (I wish!!)

Booker Talk

That you’re really an orang utan?

Haha sadly not. (I think I’d be more impressive as a giant ape that could read and write 😉)

Krysta says:

My assumption: Sometimes I can’t help but wonder if you aren’t actually one of my best friends in disguise because you are surprisingly similar, down to your love of Discworld, satire, and orangutans.

Well your friend sounds awesome 😉 But I’m afraid I’m not that unique and there are loads of people who fit this exact description 😉

The Cozy Pages

Assumptions…. that you’re really a literature teacher running a ‘secret class’ that even the students don’t know we’re taking. 😉

Hahaha you got me! Okay… not exactly. I do tutor for a living (aside from working in the library) but I’m not using this blog to teach a secret class… or am I?! Maybe I’ll be giving you all a pop quiz later… 😉 (ahh that hurts to even joke about cos that’d mean more work for me!)

graduating monkey
This is obviously how I look when I teach 😉

Flora’s Musings says:

Assumptions ….
That you’re highly intelligent, witty, talented (your paintings and sketches are really good) and you don’t take yourself too seriously. You’re obviously really Lisa Simpson. 😉

Well I’m *blushing profusely* cos this is another one that’s a compliment disguised as an assumption! I will say that you’re wrong about it all, except that part about not taking myself too seriously 😉 I do think that I’ve got that down 😉 I have this little joke (between me and me) that “in my younger and more vulnerable years my brother gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since: DON’T TAKE YOURSELF TOO SERIOUSLY!” And if you got what book opening I twisted to my own liking there, you can have a gold star! (Cozy Pages was right- this is all a test!! 😉)

Actually, everyone take a gold star for being awesome!

you get a gold star

And that’s all your assumptions about me! That ended up being so much fun and a lot less scary than I anticipated cos *you’re all such lovely people*! Thank you for being so great!

110 thoughts on “Reacting to your assumptions about me – 6000 follower celebration!

  1. I didn’t get to make an assumption but agreed with some. It was really fun reading this. I always have such a great time reading your blogs. Thank you for existing!!!!

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  2. Quite frankly I’m disappointed that you like bananas. But also that lots of other people asked about bananas which means I wasn’t being as clever as I thought I was. I’d like to have been Ravenclaw but according to everyone who knows about this stuff I’m a Hufflepuff through and through…

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    1. hahaha I know- it would be better if I didn’t (would it help to tell you that my sister, who we’ve always nicknamed the Monkey Baby, doesn’t like them?) haha I thought it was a clever assumption! I wasn’t expecting it! haha well Hufflepuffs are good too (at least you’re not a Gryffindor… not a popular opinion, but Gryffindor is the one I like the least 😉 )


  3. I’m happy for the gold star! Thank you!! 😀
    That was fun to read. I was laughing at all the mentions of banana.
    Also, I actually thought that assumption about you working in finance or something like that might be true. I dunno why I assumed so. Lol!

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    1. You’re welcome 😉
      haha yeah there were a few!
      hahaha no- but when I read that I thought “yeah I can imagine someone that runs a blog like this working in finance” 😂 I started to imagine a fictional version of myself as I read through these tbh 😉 😂

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  4. My assumption made the cut! XD
    I usually do the opposite with gender and assume all book bloggers are women until proven otherwise. I do the opposite of the “no women on the internet” thing. No men in the book blogging community. Okay, there are some. But there’s a definite female majority in the bookosphere.

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      1. The worst part is they’re not even just surprised; they’re SKEPTICAL! Like, “Banana cake? What is that? Is it even good? Do I really want to eat this?” I mean…banana bread is a thing people know and like. Or banana muffins. Why would banana cake be weird and gross???

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    1. Thank you! They were great! I had a blast answering! haha I didn’t even think of that- I hope it’s something good!! Or terrible (basically I don’t want something where I don’t have enough to say… the pressure’s on 😉 )

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  5. Nice of you to post links to everyone who participated!

    So, please pardon me for slipping into evangelism here … and pardon me if I am telling you something you already know … but my NEW assumption is that you ACTUALLY ARE CURLY-HAIRED and don’t know it!!! This is often true of people who have Hermione Granger-like hair. At least it certainly was true of me. If hair “wants” to be curly or even very wavy, and instead you brush it, you end up with that untidy haystack look we all love so much, leading your straight-haired, well-meaning loved ones to ask why you are not taking care of it …

    Curly hair requires a very different regimen than straight. In fact, almost the opposite regimen in many cases. If you haven’t already encountered it in your researches about organic oils, I highly recommend the book Curly Girl for more on this topic.

    OK, sermon over. And by the way, I use argan oil and sometimes tea tree oil. I hope you approve.

    Congrats again on your awesome blog!

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    1. No problem!

      Haha no worries! Oddly enough, I love this topic, cos I actually heard of Curly Girl and found it really interesting and so experimented a little… with mixed results haha! I don’t think it’ll ever go curly (it’s a struggle to figure out my exact hair type), but some of the techniques can make it more defined. That said, I also have zero patience and whenever I go out to work etc… I panic! (this actually happened just yesterday- I let it dry naturally and it went a little loopier than it had been in a while… but that also looked like a bird’s nest that I couldn’t resist the brush… OOPSIE!) haha you’re right about well meaning loved ones- even the curly haired ones 😉 But I’m also just not very kind to my hair 😉 I should really try the book! So yeah evangelise away 😉 I’m assuming you’ve tried it out? How did it go if you did?

      Haha I definitely approve 😉

      Thank you again!

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      1. In uni I gave myself the classic middle-of-the-night impulsive short cut. When my hair started growing back in, it was now layered, hence curly. That’s when I threw away my brush.

        But it was years before I encountered Curly Girl and realized there was more I could be doing: getting a cut that is kind to curly hair; towel-drying very gently; intentionally (gasp!) putting oil on my hair (what a revelation!). For me, the biggest takeaway was a mindset shift: to realize that I was meant to be a curly-haired person, to give up the quest for long flowing smooth straight hair.

        I still can’t predict or control when it’s going to be truly Bozo and when it’s going to be just beachy. And, of course, once we decide to go full curl, that’s when it refuses to co-operate and just becomes wavy/flat. But, this is me, baby! Once I came out as curly I started to notice that I did have relatives with curls (but they were men).

        There’s other stuff in the book too, of course. A lot of it leans towards girl power/self-actualization/ “they don’t understand” horror stories. I can take or leave all that. But, it does really bring out that almost literally every head of hair is different. For example, not everyone with textured hair is able to to wear an Afro. So each person basically needs to figure out what works for them.

        I don’t know how difficult the book is to get in the UK, but here in the US it was pretty affordable and definitely worth a few bucks.

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        1. Ah cool!! It’s fantastic that it’s worked well for you! And it makes sense! I think it’s really good to embrace your natural hair 😀

          Haha yeah I think that’s the bizarre thing about my hair- I can never predict what it’s going to do! (and like I said, I have zero patience 😉).

          Haha yeah I can take or leave that stuff too (and I’m still not convinced my hair is really all that curly 😉). But I do think that everyone’s hair is different (this is even true just among my family members, cos I don’t have the exact same hair type as anyone else- eg my sister has really smooth, thick hair, my mum has fine, slightly curly hair… and then there’s me with in-between thickness that just doesn’t obey the laws of physics sometimes 😉)

          And I’ve had a look (and added it to my tbr) it’s not so expensive, but I might try and see if I can get it a bit cheaper.

          Thank you so much for the tips! 😀

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          1. Hope it comes to you at just the moment you need it and brings you exactly what you need at that moment!

            “In this house we obey the laws of physics” …. well, it’s something to aspire to, anyway


  6. I love your dream bed wish I had a bed like that(hopefully one day), by the way I nominated you for the Original Outstanding Blogger award and the sunshine blogger award and it would mean a lot to me if you did a post about it since you are one of my favorite bloggers.

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  7. Love this! I did not know that you’re an assistant librarian. That is so cool! You must be amazing at that job.

    Also 995 books since blogging! WTF! I have no idea how many I’ve read but it is definitely several hundred less, haha.

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  8. “The guy just doubled down and apparently implied there was no way I could write the way I did and be a woman!”
    What a caveman!

    I was too shy to make assumptions about you – or I didn’t really know what to assume LOL – but I loved these, and it was fun to get to know you a bit more! How am I not surprised that you are a librarian AND a tutor? Living the best life!😂

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  9. ahh, thank you for answering my assumption!! i’m glad that i was right! also, i’m so in awe of your online presence 😅 you’ve truly made orangutans and bananas your brand, & you have such an air of mystery to you! (ahaha, i mean this as a compliment)

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  10. Congrats again on 6000 followers, and thanks for always being such an entertaining blogger and good friend. I’m glad to hear that my assumption that you laugh a lot was correct, because I think irl we would be the best of friends. Too bad we live on different continents.

    P.S. I am also a libra middle child Ravenclaw! Though I’m a little older than you at 31. It’s amazing what a difference those SPECIFIC four years made in *my* life…

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  11. Haha! I loved this! It was fun getting to know you more in this really amusing and original way! Also, I am totally with you on the bananas. I eat at least one every day. They are so amazing and versatile. Even when they go bad you can still cook with them. Perfect fruit, just saying.

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  12. This was so much fun, great idea with the assumptions! Are you sure you are Rawenclaw? I was certain I would be the most clear-cut example of a Rawenclaw ever seen. Then I took online test and came out as Gryffindor??!

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    1. Thank you! haha well according to Pottermore I am- but I also think that it really should come down to what you think of yourself anyway, because in HP, characters can choose where they belong and influence the Sorting Hat with their thoughts (I feel like in the books there’s very little disagreement from the characters about where they end up- but maybe she should’ve had some people disgruntled by the outcome!)

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  13. been a way from WP for a while. missed the fun again I see. I am going to make an assumption non the less if it has not been already done, going out on a limb and say that you might actually dislike bananas… Also congrats on your 6000 followers!

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  14. Congratulations. Orang-utan or no, these days you are my favourite librarian and I visit you in different guises: I forget what else! Its not a double life I live its a triple, quadruple life, so forgive me for forgetting all the incarnations. 🙂 Have a banana and Be Happy!

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