I’m opening my bookish soul to you right now. Don’t judge me.
I would also like to mention my insane Professor X skills. I wrote this post a week ago, just for an interesting post. I didn’t realise it was the next TTT prompt. (I never look ahead because I’m not that organised!) Be wary of my skills.
I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for their incredibly awesome meme: Top Ten Tuesday. This is a meme involving lists, peoples. LISTS! I love lists.
This week’s prompt is: Top 10 Bookish Confessions. Which is really very scary to be admitting out loud (on screen?) to you, so be nice. I expect YOUR confessions in the comments pronto, so I’m not alone.
1. I don’t buy books.
For a book blogger, I realise this is very unusual. What can I say? I’m poor. I could probably count on one hand how many books I’ve bought this year, and most of them are second-hand. (Helloooo $2 books. The creased spines are a downside.)
This really, really frustrates me, because a) I want to support authors and b) often I miss out on reading books I really really want to read. If the library doesn’t have it, I don’t win it, and I don’t get an ARC: I don’t read it. That sucks.
2. I don’t really care about series.
Plus: I forget.
Unless the whole series is out, I forget what the previous books were about before I get to them. I’ve got Of Triton (Of Poseidon #2) out from the library…but I’ve forgotten so much from the first book. I don’t have time to reread. I’ve got 52 million books calling for my attention: WHEN DO I GET TIME TO REREAD?
3. I like book to movie adaptions.
They sure take a beating…but I like them. I love them. I’m not sure I would’ve picked up City of Bones if I hadn’t watched the movie and adored it. I don’t think I’d be hankering for The Book Thief if I hadn’t watched the movie. I love comparing them. And who am I kidding? It’s easier, sometimes, to swan-dive onto a bed and just nap and watch a movie instead of reading a book.
My eyes get tired.
4. I usually squawk “don’t book bash” but there are some books I really, really, really hate.
I can’t even begin to say how much I hate some books. They make me, a) furious and b) insulted and c) angry that they were ever published. I don’t want to feel those things! Who am I to doubt an entire publishing house that believes in a book’s quality?? I’m nobody. They are professionals. So I pretend that I view all books logically.
But I don’t. I throw private tantrums (hopefully never on the Internet) and hate some books very, very much.
5. My bookshelf is completely unorganised.
This disturbs me. Most of the series are together, but otherwise? MY BOOKISH OCD IS SCREAMING. I have marvellous plans. Do I act on them? No.
6. Contemporaries often frustrate me.
Don’t get me wrong, I have bucket loads of contemporaries in which I adore every single comma. Buuut, to be blatantly honest? The drama. It kills me.
In contemporaries everyone makes stupid decisions and breaks people’s hearts and looses trust and ruins their scholarship to arts school. In epic books? The term “stupid decision” holds so much more weight. Too many of them and you’re not grounded…you’re probably eaten by dragons or your race goes extinct. The stakes are higher. It feels less petty.
7. That saying: If I’m not in the mood for an epic fantasy, the 500+ pages are torture.
I like short books, which is why (despite the drama) I do read a lot of contemporaries.
Dear Epic Fantasies: is the prologue worth it? Are the 2 chapters of info-dumping and description necessary? DO I CARE ABOUT THE MAIN CHARACTER’S FAMILY TREE?
8. I don’t read blurbs.
All I care is what a) the book’s about, b) what genre it is, c) if it has a pretty cover, d) and if someone’s recommended it.
I’ll sometimes read the blur just before I read a book, but if I’m reading reviews on someone’s blog? I just look at the book cover and go, “Hmm, I think I want to read this.”
|I basically decided to read these off covers alone.|
9. Basically I’m a huge cover judger.
While I love getting ARCs because it’s my dream-come-true, it makes me so sad that often times they have fake covers. Like Searching for Sky (which I reviewed yesterday) came with a picture of a palm tree and beach on the front and totally uninspired me to read the book. THAT’S NOT LOGICAL. (Of course I always read them and usually love them, I’m just saying: covers are my one-true-love.)
|These are sad little ARC covers. Their goodness is definitely inside, not out.|
10. I read books so I can say “I’ve read them”.
I don’t mean classics. Even I can’t fool my brain into eating classics (I don’t know why, but they just don’t make sense to me). I mean, if a book was or is famous, I read it. For instance, I had to try Harry Potter to say that I’d read it. Same with City of Bones and The Program and Twilight and Alice in Zombieland. I basically need to try EVERY BOOK EVER so I can say I have. But also, I usually end up liking the books anyway, like City of Bones and Harry Potter.
It’s an exhausting life goal. But hey, so is World Domination, and I’m still actively pursuing that, too.
Cait is a deep mysterious pit of evil secrets. You should see what else she’s hiding in her devious little mind. (Actually, don’t. Because then they won’t be secrets anymore and her masterminding villainy will be spoiled.) Currently, she’s reading THE PROGRAM and simultaneously plotting two books to write. Soon she’ll have to pick between two of her kids. Who gets written first?