Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s subject is confession! Technically the theme this week is “Blogging Confessions,” but I’ve mixed in a few confessions that have to do with books in general. I’m sorry to say it was very easy to come up with this list. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. These are my Top Ten Bookish & Blogging Confessions:
1. I never purchase e-books for my Kindle. I love my Kindle, but I have to confess I only use it for review books that I get from NetGalley and Edelweiss. Given the choice, I will always pick up a physical book when I read for pleasure. Therefore, all those “Kindle Deals” posts that so many bloggers write? They are completely lost on me, and I never bother to read them.
2. I rarely visit the library. I don’t think I’ve ever turned library books in on time, therefore I’ve racked up lots of overdue book fees over the years. I used to take my kids when they were little, but I have such an extensive library at home, that there really isn’t any point. But I don’t mean to knock libraries at all. I have many fond memories of childhood library experiences. They just aren’t part of my life right now.
3. Many of the books I own, I’ve never read. That confession may sound shocking, but I actually own nearly three thousand books. I used to be a big-time book collector, before I had kids and stopped working, and I often bought every new fiction release that interested me, even if I knew I’d maybe never get around to reading it. Of course I’ve read many of my books, but let’s just say that if I was told I could never buy another book again, I would still have enough reading material to last me the rest of my life.
4. When I do buy books, especially hardcovers, I will only buy them if they are first printings/first editions. My old book collecting ways have never left me, even if I’m not quite the collector I used to be. The first thing I do when I pick up a book in the store is to look on the publishing page at the number line to make sure it’s a first printing. I have even been known to return books purchased from Amazon if they weren’t first printings.
5. I read Twilight before it got popular. And guess what? I loved it. I heard about Twilight in Publishers Weekly and put it on my must-buy list, so I read it fairly soon after it was published in 2005. Back then there was no stigma surrounding the book (and no franchise yet either!), so no one was yet making fun of its sparkly vampires and inept heroine. I’m sorry it’s become so tainted by bloggers and the internet in general, because it really is a good story.
6. I always stop and stare when I see someone reading in public. My curiosity can never be quenched when it comes to strangers reading. I always feel a connection to anyone with a book in their hands, and if I see you reading at a cafe table or on a park bench, I’ll surreptitiously try to see what book you’re reading, without looking obvious, of course! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to bite my tongue to keep from asking people what they’re reading.
7. I’ve been lying for years about reading all the Jane Austen books. In fact, I’ve never read any Jane Austen from start to finish! I’m not sure why, because I suspect I’ll love them. Pride and Prejudice is one of my all-time favorite movies, so I really should give the book a try sometime.
8. Going to book signings and meeting authors in person terrifies me. I always feel as if I will say the wrong thing to them, or worse, not be able to speak intelligently at all. I’ve met many authors over the years, and you’d think it would get easier over time. But even now, I feel a little flutter of fear in my heart as I approach the front of the line.
9. I find it incredibly hard to write bad reviews, especially if I have some kind of relationship with the author (Twitter, email, etc.). In those cases, I tend to stress the good parts of the book over the bad. I know it may not be 100% honest, but it is the kinder way to go, and I’m not ashamed.
10. Most of my friends have no idea that I’m a book blogger. When I first started blogging, I thought the obvious way to get new followers was to target my Facebook friends. But when I started telling them about my blog, I was underwhelmed by the response. After that, I kept my mouth shut and I came up with other ways to spread the word. Every once in a while I tell someone about my blog, and they give me a look like I’m from another planet! Not even my coworkers know I have a blog…
Wow, I feel so much better after confessing! How about you? Do you share any of these quirks with me, or do you have others you’d like to tell me about??