Top Ten Tuesday (6): Bookish Confessions
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic. I’m a huge fan of lists, so this meme is right up my alley!
This week’s topic is Top Ten Bookish Confessions (Anything! You dog ear, you hated a book but said you loved it, you have $500 library fines…anything goes!). I think mine fall a little more under Bookish Habits rather than confessions, because I don’t think I have any dirty secrets like library fines or saying I loved a book when I hated it…
So here they are, my Top Ten Bookish Confessions, Sort Of (and these are in no particular order)(also, sorry for the really long post–I’m very wordy):
Hello, My Name is Andrea and I’m Spoiler-Phobic (Hi, Andrea…)
If you’re a regular reader of The Overstuffed Bookcase, then you can probably skip this one because you’ve heard it before. I HATE spoilers. And yes, I am Spoiler-Phobic. I’m actually kind of scared to read reviews sometimes because I’m worried I’ll read a spoiler. And I think it’s gotten almost out of hand. I will still read reviews on certain blogs because I know they don’t include spoilers, but with bloggers I don’t really know very well, I’m a bit iffy when it comes to reading their reviews. So basically I’ve gotten to the point now where I’ll read a review if I know there aren’t going to be spoilers, or if I know I won’t be reading that book anytime soon. That way I can forget any spoilers by the time I read the book. I even started a new feature recently on my blog that kind of goes hand in hand with my Spoiler-Phobia: Blind Reads.
Page Number Awareness
No, this isn’t like Stranger Awareness or Breast Cancer Awareness Month–it’s this OCD thing I do where I have to find out how many pages are in a book and then figure out (and write down) how many pages I’d need to read to be at 1/8, 1/4, 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, AND 3/4 of the way through (yes, I write down ALL of those). Then it’s like a little party when I surpass one of those. I’m a very slow reader (see below) so knowing how far I am in a book and how far I have to go makes me realize how much time I need to finish a book. It can also give me major motivation.
I am a SUPER slow reader. When I’m really focused on reading, I can only read about 40 pages an hour. But most of the time my mind wanders, or my phone goes off, or I need to get up and get a drink or use the bathroom, or my hubs or son need something (BTW, a very Happy Birthday to both my hubs and son today! Yep, my son was born on my husband’s birthday!). Plus, I don’t have a whole lot of time in the day to read–only when my son is napping or after he goes to bed at night, and that’s also the time when I do blogging things, or spend time with my husband, or anything else that I need to do when my son is sleeping. So it’s really bad that I read so slowly since I already have so little time to read. But, I’m really working on it. I need to find a nice balance between blogging/commenting and reading, because it seems like I’m always really behind on one or the other. Also, it’s really hard for me to read more than one book at a time, so this might make me a slower reader, too.
So I’m a Little OCD
My books are all in alphabetical order on my shelves. Well, except for my ever-growing TBR piles that I hope to get to soon. A few of my friends separate the books that they haven’t read from the books that they have read, and one friend can’t believe that I have all my unread books mixed in with the regular ones. But I just don’t think I can break mine up. And I do not know how people organize theirs in other ways, like by color or whatever, or if they don’t have them organized at all. How can you find anything if they’re not alphabetical?
Speaking of My Shelves
I currently have so many books on my physical shelves that I haven’t read that I had to make a new shelf on Goodreads called “Own TBR”, that way I can find them easily. Some people might say that’s a perfect reason to organize my physical shelf by read or unread, but I’m still just not sold. Alphabetical works, people! But anyway, my “Own TBR” shelf currently has over 100 books on it, and that shelf does NOT include books for review. (That picture is my new blog button–it may need some tweaking. But that’s one of my bookcases in the background, and my TBR piles…)
It’s Like I’m in School Again
Seriously. I take so many notes while I’m reading. It started with my book club, before I had my blog. Because we’d all have so many things to say about the book we were reading for book club and I would want to remember certain things, so I started writing notes. Then when I started my blog it was just a natural thing to start taking notes on ALL the books I read. This may be a large reason for my slow reading, but I do think it helps tremendously when it comes to writing reviews. All my thoughts are written down already, and I either write down complete quotes or write the page number so it’s easy for me to find those great quotes again. I also write theories down as I go, especially for books with mysteries. It’s just a fun thing to do. And as long as the book is well-written and keeps me somewhat in suspense, it doesn’t bother me if my theories were correct or if they were wrong.
Keeping it New-ish
I never dog-ear my books, or write in them. And the only time I don’t care about a broken spine is if it’s a used paperback. So no worries if you let me borrow your book–it will come back to you in the same condition it was in when you gave it to me. And I don’t care if you gave me a book that’s falling apart–if I’m borrowing a book I take even more care with it than if it was mine.
Still a Bit Unsure of the DNF
Until last year, I would never have even thought of not finishing a book. I mean, in school I’d do it all the time, but reading for pleasure? Heck, no! You gotta trudge through that until the very end, even if it’s killing you! But after being in book club for a few years and then after starting a blog, I’m definitely realizing that I really shouldn’t be wasting my time on books I’m not enjoying. There are too many other books out there to read (and tons of them are on my TBR list!). I feel really bad because I didn’t finish a book club pick recently, and it was my first ever book for book club that I didn’t finish. But I did give it a fighting chance–I got to over 100 pages, which also happened to be around 25% of the book. I’ve decided recently that 25% is my new DNF cutoff. If I’m just not feeling it at all at a quarter of the way through the book, I don’t think I need to spend any more time on it. I still hate doing that, but with all the books I own and want to read, it’s kind of necessary, especially since I’m such a slow reader.
Peace and Quiet
It’s really hard for me to read with music playing. I end up just singing along and paying attention to the songs, so that doesn’t help my already slooowww reading. When I was in school, I loved to study with music playing, and I can do my blog stuff (writing posts, commenting, etc.) with music in the background but I just can’t read and listen to music.
My Dark Days
Here’s kind of a more confession-ish answer. I refer the years 1991-2002 to be my “Dark Days” because I (gasp!) didn’t read then. I LOVED reading when I was a kid but then we moved when I was 11 and suddenly all I cared about was being cool and apparently at my school at that time, reading wasn’t cool. Of course, now I know it’s the coolest! :D So during those years I read for school but I really didn’t read much for pleasure. I read a few things here and there but I just didn’t do much reading. Then came Harry Potter, and I was thrust back into the world of reading. I read more and more each year, and while I still don’t read a whole lot of books each year by most bloggers’ standards, I read more now than I ever have, and I’m loving it more than ever as well!
Sorry for such a long post! If you read all that, you are awesome. So what are your Bookish Confessions/Habits? Let me know, or leave a link to your TTT in the comments, and I’ll stop by your blog!
Oh, and check out my upcoming His Dark Materials Readalong with Jessie from The Daily Bookmark! We’d love for you to join us!