Top Ten Tuesdays (8/28/2012)

“Top Ten Bookish Confessions
Everyone has at least one bookish confession (and in my case I have six). Join us in spilling our deepest held secrets around one of our most beloved pastimes. Everyone has a bookish confession. What’s yours? If you have one feel free to share it, if not feel free to commiserate with ours -Julia”


  1. I am a judger. You can’t remember the last book you read? I loved insert book I hated here? You didn’t read the book because the movie was just as good? I may not say it but internal me cringes and twitches and dies just a tiny bit.
  2. There are still a ton of “classics” which I have not read. I am to embarrassed to even put them on my TBR list because then other people will know that I have never finished a Dickens or Hawthorne.
  3. I sometimes keep books which I know other people have on hold to finish reading them. I pay fines and I continue reading because, well, if someone else gets the book who knows when I will get it back.
  4. I have been known to scold people who dogear books. I can’t help it. It is the tiny screaming of the pages that makes me.
  5. I skim, a lot.  I am good at identifying which are the important parts of the story and which parts are not so important. But often I find myself skimming the “dull” parts of books.  Truth out? One of the ways I rate books is by how much I skim. More skimming = less interesting = lower ratings.
  6. I don’t read books I own.  It is a problem. But in my defense my logic is sound.  Those books will always be there.  The ones from the library have an expiration date.
  7. I have major author crushes. Neil Gaiman, Lev Grossman, make me weak in the knees. I read their blogs. I follow them on twitter. I would probably never be able to say two words to them in person but I know more about them than some people who I interact with regularly.
  8. I am a crier.  With regularity and force, I cry over big important novels and simple stupid fluff pieces.  Some books I should have known better than to ever begin.  I am looking at you The Fault in Our Stars.
  9. I read kilt porn. What more can be said.  Plots are all the same. Sex is all heaving and throbbing. It is my mindless reading. Hey, it could be worse. I could  be watching Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.
  10. I secretly long for more followers. Not because I want ARCs (sometimes it would be nice), but because I wish that this blog could generate just enough to put me back in school. For the past few years I have been toying with the idea of getting a MLS, but money is tight and instead I have gone back to being Adjunct Faculty.

What are your book secrets?

5 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesdays (8/28/2012)

  1. I’m such a terrible crier as well and totally cry when it’s unnecessary! I also judge people who won’t read the book because the think the movie is just as good! I really hate it when people say they’re major Harry Potter fan but then they admit that they haven’t read the book. I don’t think one can truly call themselves a fan if they haven’t read the book! Awesome confessions 🙂 My TTT:

    Crystal @ Elegantly Bound Books

    1. Absolutely. My brother LOVES HP but has never read the books and he is a reader. Pout.

      Great list on your end too.

    1. 🙂 But it is not “literature“. And my friends laugh at me when I add it to GoodReads.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  2. I’ve got 6:
    1. I too am a judger.

    2. I will read a book purely because it’s a classic. The fact that some literature teacher puts it on a summer reading list generally means I’ll read it. Unfortunately this means I’ve read enough Hemingway to know I hate it, but it also means I developed a deep love for Dickens and Austen. And I’m slightly horrified by your admission about Hawthorne (see point 1).

    3. I prefer paperbacks to hardbacks. Paperbacks are battle-scarred; they show where you carried them around in your back pocket for two weeks, where you were so engrossed in them you read during lunch and got peanut butter on them, where your favorite passage was that you read over and over. Some that you loved so much that the cover came off and you had to tape it back together. Hardbacks are too sturdy for me. My friend Sara refers to these loved-almost-to-death books as her “velveteen rabbit” copies.

    4. I would like to be one of those people who reads non-fiction, but I have a very hard time doing so. I think it stems from my love of being transported to a different place and time, of being fully immersed in a story. I realize this is escapism, but hopefully it’s of the healthy variety. It could also be because I subconsciously view non-fiction as work.

    5. I very rarely buy books anymore, and purge books pretty often. Some books, like Mr. Gaiman’s, are safe from this of course. Just don’t expect me to keep copies of every fantasy novel I’ve read.

    6. I’m very very picky when it comes to audiobooks. James Marsters and Neil Gaiman are next in line for apotheosis in my book, but many many people over-do or under-do character voices or lack coherent flow and cadence to their performance. I’d rather listen to a Ke$ha album than try to listen to those.

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