Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Top Ten: Bookish Confessions

 Ok, I think this is a good way for me to finally face up to my own literary failings and then happily continue being a hypocrite about some.
Top Ten Tuesday's are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. So, here we go:


  1. This is probably something a lot of people do but I dog ear books and not only because it's handy and quick, but also because I like the way they look on a book. Yes, I am a book ruiner, but I like it when a book looks like it has been read and has the slightly worn look. It makes it look beloved, I think.
  2. I keep on bashing the Twilight books, but I have read all of them. *cries in a corner* I am a complete hypocrite about this sometimes because I have grown completely sick of them. I loved the first book because I was at an impressionable young age and then I felt I had to read the others as well and although they annoyed me more and more I couldn't put them down. I didn't even enjoy it that much, but my friend and I literally spent 2 days reading New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn back to back and we don't know why.
  3. I buy books and then don't read them. It is just as if I get into a kind of frenzy as soon as I walk into a bookstore. Especially if they're having a sale, I'm in there and don't leave until I have spent all my money. And I don't even feel bad about it until half a year later when I look at that book I bought that I didn't read and don't plan on ever reading and my mind is just like:' Why the HELL did you spend your money on this?'
  4. I find it really hard to type properly most of the time. I think maybe that's why it sometimes takes me ages to write something because I always have to retype simply words like 'the' or 'for' because I keep on typing 'teh' and 'fro'. Why won't my fingers work?
  5. I never ever go to the library. I always say I will just get it from the library but that's simply not how I roll. I don't like having to make sure I don't dog ear it (see Confession 1) or having to finish it within 3 weeks. I want to take my time with it, I want to reread it whenever I want and not have to pay extra for wanting to read the love confession one more time 1 week after the return date.
  6. If a book bores me, I'll simply skim ahead until a word that looks interesting catches my eye. Maybe that's how I survived Twilight, because I really can't remember anything of Bella's endless interior monologues. But back to the confession, sometimes a certain part is simply boring and doesn't really add that much to the story and then I feel I'm wasting my time reading it, so I skip it. I don't do this with books I review though, unless they are really bad.
  7. I once wrote a review that the author declined. It was for a book tour and I didn't realise the book had vampires in it and the book just took a turn and I was all like: 'NOT AGAIN!' so I wrote a review in which I really gave my honest opinion. It wasn't all bad and I tried to be constructive, but the author wanted none of it so I was told not to post it and removed from the book tour. :(
  8. I can be a terrible hypocrite on this blog and I worry about that sometimes. I don't want to bash all the paranormal and vampire novels because I know people love them, but I simply don't like them anymore. And then I feel really bad because I have read Twilight and enjoyed the first book. And then I start feeling like a snob because I talk about classics a lot and it maybe seems I look down on those who haven't read them. But that's where Nr 9 comes in.
  9. I haven't read anything by Charles Dickens and other big name classic authors. With Dickens the case is simply that I opened 'Great Expectations' and after about a page thought: 'Not for me', closed it and never looked at my Dickens' books again although my family have been angels and bought me really nice copies. But I simply don't have the urge to read it. And the same counts for other authors who's names spontaneously evade me. 
  10. I love watching movie adaptations, sometimes even before reading the book, and if it's really good I sometimes won't even read the book. Movies are an amazing way of getting to know books, but I try to read the book first. I tried with the Hunger Games and then realised I didn't care enough to plow through the book before the movie came out. So I didn't and still haven't. I've read the Wiki page though, in case that counts.
So, those were my confessions. Not all of them may have been shocking or revelatory, but I hope you enjoyed them. Leave a comment with a link to your own, I can't wait to see what you have to confess!

13 comments:

  1. 1. I never dog ear books. I wouldn't want to ruin the pages. I have tons of pieces of paper around to use as bookmarks.

    7. A book tour is supposed to feature honest reviews. Seems to me that removing your comments should be a no-no. Which group hosted the tour?

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    1. That's what I thought, but apparently not this time. I'd rather not say, sorry! :)

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  2. Why don't you visit libraries? I am a huge fan of free books and that is the way I view them. Also, I love audiobooks and I won't pay for them so I am stuck listening to those that the library orders...but they do take requests. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  3. 3. I do this all the time! Especially with Kindle books that were probably only 99p or free then look back and think "Why?!"

    7. That sucks! Never heard of that happening before :S

    Thanks for checking out my TTT :)

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  4. "I keep on bashing the Twilight books, but I have read all of them."
    I bash on these as well but with a reason - I read them as well and didn't like them. The first wasn't as bad as the rest but one can't like it all. Difference of opinion - I think they're bad and I'm not gonna be a fan just because half a dozen naked guys run around in a movie... -.-

    "I buy books and then don't read them. It is just as if I get into a kind of frenzy as soon as I walk into a bookstore."
    I know the feeling. I have about 2000 books on my shelves and my Kindle to read and I keep getting new ones. :X

    "I haven't read anything by Charles Dickens and other big name classic authors." Neither have I (and I also made a post about the horrible affair) but I grew up in a non-English speaking country and in school we never got to read them. Now I'm more for dragons and magic than anything else. :D

    Great post :)

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  5. I think there are definitely some movies that are better than the book, but I'm sure I think that mostly because I watched the adaptations a hundred times (no joke) before getting around to reading the books, so my loyalty was already bought! (I'm thinking, in particular, of The Princess Bride and A Room With a View.)

    I don't borrow books from libraries anymore, because I hate returning them! Even if I don't like a book, I want to keep it.

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  6. I LOVE libraries, I like the idea of "courting" a book before owning it or investing myself in a series. My library has an awesome selection, as well. Don't fret about Twilight, I read the first one and hated it! It was just so poorly written, I still can't get my head around the idea that any literate person would enjoy it...but at the same time, I didn't want to sound snobbish. I don't care anymore, I even expressed my feelings on Twilight in my TTT list this week, haha!

    I like that you won't do Dickens. I had to read Great Expectations in high school and it was the most boring drivel I had ever read. I want to give it another chance, though, now that years have passed and I've been around the block a few times. Maybe Dickens is better appreciated by adults, eh?

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  7. It is really good to learn about reading idiosyncrasies of fellow book bloggers!

    Here is my Top Ten post!

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  8. Okay, so I wrote this long comment that is now gone so I have to give you the condensed version and I must remember in the future to copy and paste anything I write before I hit "publish"! lol

    Unlike you and many others I like my books to look just as new as the day I purchased them. Especially after I've finished reading them. I'm sure there's a group for people like me? lol

    And I will overlook your having read the ENTIRE Twilight series since I did waste my money on the first one a few years back. Unlike you I was unable to brave finishing the first book. I got as far as 10 pages before I thought it wise to leave it in my unfinished pile. I do love Young Adult books though and feel like the older I get the more interested I am in the YA series. Hmm, maybe I should have put that on my Top Ten list today huh? lol

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  9. Don't even get me started on book sales! If a book is on sale, it doesn't matter that I normally wouldn't even look at it...into my basket it goes!

    We share quite a few secrets it seems!

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  10. I am also a book ruiner, but in a different way. I write in the margins of books and I love books that have writing in the margins. It makes me feel like I'm adding to the book and/or reading the book with someone else.

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  11. Ohh, love your confessions :D But gaaaah o.O I could never imagine ruining my books like that o.O But I can understand it :D I also bash on the Twilight books.. and the thing is, they were kind of the first books I read. And when I read them I loved them so much. But now, now I cannot think about them without my thoughts being full of hate. I do love book one. But I hate every of the next books. I fucking hated Jacob :p More than anything. And I will never forgive the author for hurting Edward so much with Jacob :p It was not fair; and I kind of hated Bella too. She was so stupid and not caring about anyone other than herself. Hih. Anyway. Sorry for this long thing :D Also, liked all your other confessions as well ;) Thank you for sharing :)

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  12. I don't like borrowing books from libraries, I like to own them and I like the smell they get when they've been around with my other books for long enough. On the note of Charles Dickens I've read 2 and a half of his books. Great Expectations I read for Coursework, A Christmas Carol is only 7 chapters long and actually tolerable, and I gave up halfway through David Copperfield a couple of years ago, it was just so long! I may pick it up again sometime though

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