Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: My picks for 'Bookish Confessions'.


I can just tell already that this is going to be one of those topics that I think I have loads for, and then struggle to actually think of them! Hooray, my favourite kind! Truthfully I have a fair few that I can think of, so I hope I make ten.

1) I have so many books still to read.

Now lots of people will say this is a bit of a cop-out confession. Every reader has a ton of books left to read in the world! But what I mean is most of the books on my shelves have not actually been read, and I find that appalling! On top of those, I can't seem to be bothered to sort through my Goodreads TBR list so I've got 800+ on there! Oh man, I think I'm in a lot of trouble...

2) I am very untidy with my books.

When it comes to my dream Library, I think of books neatly sorted into section and alphabetically ordered. For some reason though, I just can't seem to put this idea into practice in my own room. Books are everywhere: shelves, window sills, the floor, desks. And what's worse is there is no rhyme or reason to their order, they are just put there. I'm so ashamed...

3) I'm a tad judgmental about what people read.

Oh man, this is probably the worst one! I'm one of those people who says people should be reading and it doesn't matter what. But in reality, I don't like Chick Lit, Romance or Erotica books all that much and I find myself inwardly groaning if people read them. When the 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' fad started I had a minor meltdown.

4) There are a lot of books that I haven't read, that I really should have done by now.

There are so many authors that I've of course heard of, but haven't actually read any of there work. J.R.R. Tolkien, Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Dickens, to name but a few. A lot of them are classics of their genre and I really ought to have got through these books. Alas, I haven't.

5) I am so bad at prioritising books for this blog.

There are so many times that I have had to rejig a book reading order and put off reading books that I've wanted to read for ages in order to do so. Here is a prime example: I'm currently reading 'The Silent History' by Eli Horowitz but I'm going to have to temporarily abandon it. Why? Because my sister is going to give back 'Lord Of The Flies' on Friday so I need to read that, and I have a Blog Tour post going up on Saturday, so 'Moonfall: Tales From The Levant' needs to become a priority. I will go back to it though!

6) I don't stop reading books, even if I hate them.

Some people would say this is a good thing I suppose, but I can definitely see the drawbacks. It is extremely time consuming and very rarely do I totally change my opinion of the book. I still end up not liking it and giving it a bad review. I don't want to change this policy, I like seeing things through to the end.

7) I have a panic attack if the covers don't match.

I am obsessed with matching covers and buying books that have covers I like. In the past I have spent more money on the book in order to get the cover I want, which is actually really stupid when I think about it. I have point blank refused to buy a book right in front of me too, if it doesn't match other covers from the series. The worst one is probably if I borrow or receive books as gifts, I feel the teeniest bit of disappointment if they aren't the right cover.

8) I do not make use of my local library.

I really should too because I'd probably get a fair amount of the books free, and when I have used the library in the past, I've always been good at turning them in on time. I can just never be bothered to walk all the way there so I always buy, borrow or win/request books. Man, I'm terrible!

9) I really don't like writing bad reviews.

Book reviews stress me out sometimes. If I'm reading and not enjoying a book I find myself desperately searching for good things to focus on. This is especially the case if I know the Author will see my review, I really stress out about it! I do end up writing my thoughts most of the time, but I really do heavily highlight the good as well.

10) I get so mad if a book I love is given a terrible review by someone.

Of course everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But I get really angry if I read someone's review, normally on Goodreads, about a book I loved and they hated. A lot of the time they are overly negative, sarcastic and it especially irks me if I can see they totally missed something or didn't get it. I always have an urge to write a sarcastic response pointing out everything they are missing, but I don't. Because I would hate it if someone did that to me!

That was actually really difficult, I can't believe I got through it! I really enjoyed this week's topic, and can't wait to see what everyone else has written.