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28 August 2012

Top Ten Bookish Confessions

Howdy! Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  I haven't done a TTT in a while but this topic is just too fun. This week it's Top Ten Bookish Confessions. I am not sure if I'll have ten but let's see what happens. (ETA: I totally had ten.)

1. I prefer paperbacks to hardcovers. I know, I know. Book lovers everywhere are gasping. I mean, it's not like I hate all hardcovers. But I love the portability and smaller size of a paperback. I have to read in a reclining or semi-reclining state and having a huge hardcover doesn't work for that. And have you ever fallen asleep with a hardcover in your hands and bonked yourself with a hard corner? Ouch. 

2. If I really love a book and I see it in a used bookstore, I will "rescue" it by buying it. I will give it to a friend or donate to my local library if they don't have a copy. I try not to do this too often only because I don't have space in the apt, but it's hard to resist the urge.

3. Sometimes when I read romance books that I am not that into, I'll just skim to the smutty bits. Hey, if I am not into it, I may as well read the good parts, right?

4. I buy books based on their covers. Yes, marketing people, covers work. I will totally buy something if it has an awesome looking cover. Now what's awesome to me and what's awesome to someone else might be totally different but I will buy a book knowing nothing about it if I love the cover. It's also true that I will avoid a book if it has a heinous cover. If I like an author though and they have a bad cover, I will get it on my Kindle.

5. I am embarrassed to read my smutty romances in public. Yes, I love romances but I don't like people knowing that I am reading them. Is it the stigma and judgement that comes with reading romances? Maybe. But a lot of it I think has to do with the cheesy covers. Some of them are so bad, especially the older ones. Thank God for my Kindle. It allows me to read smutty books wherever I go.

6. I rarely do not finish a book. Once I start a book, I generally finish. It may take me a while and I may have to come back to it, but I will usually finish it. Even though I don't want to waste time with books I don't like, I feel like I need to read a book all the way through if I start it. 

7. I read multiple books at a time. Most of my friends only read one book at a time but I am usually reading 2-3 at once. They have to be different genres or else I might get them mixed up but I do like having different options. Sometimes I will stop in the middle of a more serious book to read an UF or romance novel just for a change of pace. I don't find it hard to go between books. This usually means I end up finishing books slower than some but then I'll finish several at once.

8. I go to the library once or twice a week. I basically drive by the library every single day so I stop by at least once a week, if not more, to drop off and pick up books. I also go to the library that is further away (different system) once every couple of weeks. I get books even though I have way too many at home to read. I just love going and seeing what's there and I inevitably come home with something.

9. I will not read excerpts of books I really want to read that have not been released yet. Why torture myself? I'd rather wait until the book is out to read the whole thing rather than just get a chapter or two and then have to wait. 

10. I LOVE my e-reader. There - I said it.  I still love physical books and bookstores but I love having something that can carry around hundreds of books. It's great for traveling and reading romances incognito (see #5). They are also great sales and I am much more likely to give a book a chance for a cheap price on my e-reader than to just buy it full price. Hey - times are tough and I can't always buy books from my local shop. I think having an e-reader has definitely increased how much I read just because I can bring it everywhere.  I think there is room in the world for both physical books and e-books. 

11. (Oops - had one more) I hate book snobbery. I really hate when people judge what other people because they read something that the other person doesn't approve of or deems "low" literature. I don't care if you read Shakespeare, comics, sci-fi, non-fiction or poetry. I love that there are is so much variety in literature and that there is something for everyone. I want people to read, period. And I definitely think it's good to go outside your comfort zone once in a while and branch out into a new genre. 

Thanks if you managed to go through this whole list. What are your bookish confessions? I'd love to know.


  1. I totally buy books based on their cover! Sometimes I won't even read the synopsis because the cover is that awesome! I wish I went to the library more often because it's in walking distance of my house but I just have this obsessive need to own books. I've been thinking about visiting the library lately so we'll see :) Awesome confessions!

  2. AWESOME confessions, Thuy! And yeah, I think a lot of people feel the same about the whole smut books in public thing, though with 50 Shades that seems to be lessening a bit. <3

    Here are mine for this week! <3

  3. I prefer paperbacks as well. I can't really read smutt at all for some reason it just really creeps me out. I also read more than one book at a time and I loved what you wrote about book snobbery.

  4. I like to "rescue" favorite books, too, when I find them at random markdown book sales!

  5. I will totally trade you my paperbacks for your harcovers! ;)

    I judge books by their covers too, and will often buy books based solely on a beautiful cover. I always finish a book too - even if it takes me months and I've read 10 other books in the meantime - I will finish that book! I just feel bad for it and hope by some miracle that the ending will redeem it.

    Great list! :)

  6. My favourite thing about my ereader is that I can read any book in public and nobody knows what I'm reading. The covers on romance novels are kinda embarrassing if I'm on the train or in a cafe.

    I'm attempting to stop reading excerpts before a book is released. All I do is drive myself crazy with anticipation. But I'm not blessed with strong will power so I often fail :)

    Great list.

  7. I'm the same way about finishing books I started. Though sometimes it's a struggle! Yes to #7 too. Good idea to read different genres so you don't get confused.
    And yes I love my ereader too. It's great to have so many different book options with you at all times. And it gives you more reading privacy :)
    #11 is a really good one!

    Thanks for sharing your bookish confessions!

  8. I agree with everything! The library - they just turn & start looking through the hodl shelf when they see me come in, which is every week ... but I'm trying to do a little better on that. And I absolutely hate book snobbery too!

    Tanya Patrice

  9. I few of these could have been on my list too. I'm not a fan of reading excerpts either. :)


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