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:
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
I still have the Twilight series on my bookshelf. Next confession…
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.
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).
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.
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?