August 28, 2012

TTT: Mea Culpa

Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic at The Broke and the Bookish is:

Top Ten Bookish Confessions

Initially, I didn't think I could even come up with this many, but once I got going...hoo boy! I don't dog ear pages, I don't read smutty romance, and I certainly don't fold back the covers on paperbacks (ah!), but I am guilty as charged on the following counts:

Confession #1
I have what skirts the edge of an addiction to buying books. I can’t walk into a bookstore without feeling the need to buy something. Never mind clicking on The Book Depository...Even worse, I have to restrain myself from buying more copies of Jane Eyre (my favourite classic). I already own at least four copies of it. 

Confession #2
There are some seriously popular authors whose works I really can’t figure out what the fuss is all about. Honestly, I cannot be the only one who thinks that their books are boring/pretentious/been-done/and so on.

Confession #3
I detest, nay loooooathe, when publishers change the covers on books in a series. Like freaking hate it. I’m a little OCD when it comes to my series’ matching. I get a little twitchy when I look at my bookshelves and see a lumpy-looking row of a mismatched series. Gah!

Confession #4
I happen to like the YA covers with pictures of girls in pretty dresses. My life is completely devoid of occasions to don similar apparel, so I feel like I’m living vicariously through the cover models. I like the frou frou. So there.

Confession #5
I once ripped a book apart at the seams (not proud of doing this), but I just sincerely hated Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad SO much and the coursework that followed this loathsome book, that it brought on a sort of violent reaction against it. Again, not proud of this.

Confession #6
I still have the Twilight series on my bookshelf. Next confession…

Confession #7
I’m still a little bit embarrassed to tell people that I read and write YA. I’m hoping to get over this sometime in the near future. I'm also hoping they will stop letting their faces tell me what they really think about my choice in reading/writing material.

Confession #8
I have more than one e-reader (a Kobo and a Kindle), and I choose to use them only when I’m traveling or too impatient to wait for a book. E-readers are inferior in my opinion. And despite having certain books in e-book format, I will sometimes turn around and purchase books in actual paper book format (it feels more real that way).

Confession #9
Despite what authors say about the cost of e-books (and despite being a writer myself), I still think it’s ridiculous to pay as much (sometimes more!) for digital books as those I can hold in my hands and have on my shelf. Plus, you can’t put a price on the smell of real books. Maybe if e-books came with that scent I might change my mind.

Confession #10
Library books are kind of like a last resort for me. This might have something to do with the time that I borrowed Stephen King's The Stand from the library and some of the pages were stuck together with what I can only assume was snot. I think the clever individual who put it there thought they were adding to the experience. I suppose it was kind of appropriate given the whole Captain Tripps virus and whatnot. Still...ewwww.

How about you? Any bookish skeletons in your closet?


  1. I can understand #6 if you are like I am about getting rid of books (i.e., I don't--ever... even ones I don't like, or won't ever read again). If I had the TWILIGHT series (which I don't), and I hated it (not saying you do), it would still be on my shelf.

    As for #3... *sigh*. And not just when publishers change the covers, but when you start a series, and you can't continue the series with the same cover design because that was an old edition. I'm currently collecting Terry Pratchett's DISCWORLD series. My brother bought me the first two books from the UK, the covers of which are wonderful pieces of fantasy art that, apparently, continued for a number of books into the series. However, those are not available in the US, so I had to change cover designs for the rest. Except for the third book (EQUAL RITES), which is an oversized paperback, and I haven't seen it any other way! It makes me cringe, but there's not much I can do about it. :-\

  2. Re: #8: I have an eReader (Kobo) and I never use it. I packed almost an entire suitcase with books for my trip (okay-not really, but close). I love my print books!
    But I also way prefer paperbacks to hardcovers, which probably makes me even weirder.

  3. Yeah, sometimes library books are disgusting. I remember being on a committee where I had to borrow a bunch of children's books and oh my goodness the disgusting things inside, I consistently said out loud to an imaginary patron "books are not tissues!"

    I also hate when the covers change for series.

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  4. Probably my biggest confession is the sheer number of books we own--somewhere in the scary ballpark of 3500-4000, many of which are not properly shelved yet. Our house is basically a very unorganized library, although we do have a list of all our book titles. A more embarrassing confession would be that I cried my fool head off when reading certain parts of the Harry Potter series and the Hunger Games trilogy to my son, which he found morbidly fascinating. (Thanks a lot J.K. & Suzanne!) Hmmm, I could also confess that my husband has read further in the Anne of Green Gables series than I have, even though I'm a redheaded female. Maybe that should be his confession actually. How about the fact that I detested Wuthering Heights and wanted to smack Heathcliff? Wow. I could probably go on all day :)

  5. I'm like you on #1, #3, #4, #6, and #9.
    LOL, I don't remember the last time I borrowed a book from the library, but it was at least 12 years ago or more!

  6. Yaay I'm not the only one who loves covers with pretty dresses on them! :D
    LOL you're #5 is so funny! I've definitely had some instances where I wanted to do that to a book... but I had to return it to the school so I didn't.
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  7. I'm addicted to book buying, too, and I totally feel you on the whole real books > ebooks.

    I may or may not be guilty of #6 as well. But come on. They aren't well-written, but obviously there is something there or they wouldn't be so obnoxiously popular!

    I think my main book-related sin is that I have some pretty wide and embarrassing gaps in my reading. My English BA failed me in so many ways. Worse--I keep wanting to remedy it, but then I pick up an exciting new YA instead, lol.

  8. 1, 3, 4, and 9 for sure. I've slowly but surely warmed up to my Kindle, especially as I've gotten into Netgalley. It definitely came in handy when I was commuting; I won't need it so much any more. But I do stalk Amazon's monthly deals, and I've bought a handful of books that I was sort of on the cusp about--so I do like that. I'm willing to give most things a shot for $3 or less.

    And I would HAPPILY set Heart of Darkness on fire. I'm afraid of fire. But I would overcome it just for that. Maybe the most painful paper I've ever written was my HS senior essay, which was in the 10-12 page region, I think, and was about HoD and The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky (silly me, thinking that because I liked Crime and Punishment, I would want to write a paper on a different one of his books.) I would light them both on fire, actually. I mean, just my own personal copies. Like I wouldn't CALL for them to be burned or anything. But just quietly, in my backyard, to roast marshmallows over.

    (Oh: and as for #6--my students took care of that for me my first year of teaching, by stealing/losing the entire series within two months. But here's my confession: I bought and read the final two books on my HONEYMOON--I was waiting for them to come out in paperback, and for some reason, they were in paperback in Ireland! And I had watched the first movie on the plane on the way over...yeah, I devoured them. I actually do still have the nice collector's edition of the first one, because my sister gave it to me for my birthday or Christmas one year, and it was a really sweet, thoughtful gift at the time.)

  9. I love the pretty dresses on the covers of YA novels for pretty much the same reason as you do. I also hated Heart of Darkness and if any book ever deserved to get it's seams ripped out it's Heart of Darkness.

  10. Random question: does Amazon charge taxes when you buy an ebook? I have a lot of issues with my Kobo (mostly cost and selection) that I seem to just keep buying print.

  11. I feel you on #5. I had to read it in high school and I know I fell asleep while reading that book too many times to count. I also don't read many library books. It is probably a bad thing but I just don't go to the library. Maybe I will change that next summer.

  12. I don't see anything wrong with Twilight being on the shelf. My bookshelf contains the saga as well as the entire Maximum Ride series, Percy Jackson, House of Night, and various Ellen Hopkins novels. I apologize for nothing. :)

    And #2? AMEN, sister!

  13. "There are some seriously popular authors whose works I really can’t figure out what the fuss is all about. Honestly, I cannot be the only one who thinks that their books are boring/pretentious/been-done/and so on." YES! I'm glad I'm not the only person who feels this way. Thank you for admitting it and making me feel less alone in my befuddlement.

    And yeah... I'm a total book-buying junkie too. Who needs the library when you've got The Book Depository? ;)

  14. If somebody makes a face at you when you tell them you write YA, why not ask, "What have you written lately?"

    Let's say they actually HAVE written something other than a grocery list, then maybe that can open up the conversation about writing for different audiences.

    I'm still shy to tell anyone at work and outside of my immediate friends and family that I'm working on a book at all. I think I don't feel like I can admit I'm a writer if I'm not published (which is stupid, I know). Last year at a book conference someone asked which school I represented, since it was an event largely attended by teachers and librarians. I told her I was a writer, and she started scanning the merchandise table as she asked me which book I wrote. When I told her I was unpublished, it was like she couldn't decide whether to turn her nose up or feed me scraps like I was a lost puppy. I ended up laughing which I guess is the best response.


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