Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Top Ten Bookish Confessions from TB&TB Gang


Top Ten Bookish Confessions
Everyone has at least one bookish confession (and in my case I have six). Join us in spilling our deepest held secrets around one of our most beloved pastimes. Everyone has a bookish confession. What's yours? If you have one feel free to share it, if not feel free to commiserate with ours -Julia


1. Jana's Confession: Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer was being released, and for some reason I totally forgot to order a copy of it. You know those times... you HAD to have the book YESTERDAY. I ordered it the day it came out, but it was going to take a week to arrive. So I went out on a hunt across all the bookstores of my town trying to find it for a reasonable price. I'd just have an extra copy, right? No biggie. So, I walked into the very last bookstore, and there it was again for the same price I'd seen everywhere: $10 more than I paid on Amazon. I could not handle the idea of paying that much. But I bought it anyway, and read it immediately... because I HAD to, you know? Patience is sometime non-existent in the book world. A week later, the Amazon copy showed up at my house. Wanna know what I did with it? I returned it to the local bookstore! I felt really bad, but at least I didn't return the already read one, right?

2. Bridget's Confession: Mine is similar to Jana's, but a slightly different form of book-OCD...I had bought a paperback copy of The Hunger Games at my college bookstore in March of my senior year after hearing quite a bit about it. I LOVED it, but Catching Fire and Mockingjay were both still only available in hardcover, and I can't deal with having inconsistencies in series on my bookshelf, so I decided I'd just wait until they came out in paperback. (I'm also not a big library person, so that wasn't really an option for me.) But finally, I got too impatient, and bought myself a boxed set of the trilogy, even though it was expensive. I ended up mailing my paperback copy of The Hunger Games to my cousin who hadn't read it yet, and told him he could keep it since I had my boxed set...I'm slightly ashamed but not really.

3. Julia's Confession: Oh gosh, this is hard to admit. I sometimes judge people when I find out they like certain books. I am the essence of a hypocrite considering the last book I reviewed on here (and the first one in fact) had a shiny naked man chest on it. You think because of all the harping I do about how people judge romance novels unfairly and that there are totally some well written ones that I wouldn't judge people for having their own form of cracktastic entertainment... or even not cracktastic really. It is actually something I am actively working on to change, because really. A book is anything to any one.

4. Julia's Confession: Normally, I don't buy a lot of books (well pre-Nook and stupid .99 sales...), but put my at a library booksale or a Half Priced Books and I leave with a cart. I try to stick to my rule of "Only buy books you think you are going to reread", but a fever takes hold of me and I usually end up with more books than I have room for.

5. Julia's Confession: I read a lot (duh), but often I read the same word so many times that it slips into my vernacular though I've never heard anyone actually say it before. This leads to a lot of scenarios where I look like an ass because I couldn't go to dictionary.com and hear the guy from the spelling bee say the word. Not only that you look like you were trying to be pretentious but completely failed. I usually don't notice it until someone (who I must assume has a masters in linguistics), says "Wait, you mean ...?" Some notables that stick out in my memory for me pronouncing them wrong regularly and have to unlearn it are 'assuage' and 'nefarious'.

6. Julia's Confession: I can't spell to save my life. I don't think that would be too much of a problem, but that and my very many notable grammar fails on this blog have made for some fun egg on the face moments. Not only that, though, I have been known to rip a book apart for not being good with basic grammar rules. I just need to move to Hypocrite Island.


7. Julia's Confession: Sometimes I skim. Like if I am reading a book I am just not that into and I want to know how the plot will end... but other times (like yesterday when reading Storm of Swords*) it's because its a long book and I want to keep moving, or its a fight scene that I can't picture, or I just want to read the witty repartee between the leads. Sometimes it has caught up to me and I am forced to go back and be like "Wait what just happened?" but other times, I just don't care.


8. Julia's Confession: Back in August of 2010 (Lordy that was two year ago), I wrote a Top Ten Tuesday of Books I can't Believe I Have Never Read.... yeah. I still have not read any of them. *hides*

9. Jamie's Confession # 1: I have never read Harry Potter. Never. I don't know why. It somehow passed me when it first came out because I was far too into makeup and boys than wizards and magic at the time but then I always just said, "Oh, I'll get around to it."

10. Jamie's Confession #2: I dog ear book pages. That's right. I commit that sin. But only if it is my own copy. I'd never  do it to a borrowed copy. But sometimes I just can't HELP it. I'll read passages and I just HAVE to be able to find them later because they were so swoonworthy or they jabbed the hell out of my heart and unfortunately I don't always have my quote notebook or a zillion pieces of paper to mark the spots.

All right, that's more than I can handle. I am going to go hide from the lynch mob! If you have one share it in the comments. If you share ours lets us know! And finally, if you had enough gumption to share all ten and care to link, we would care to read! - Julia



64 comments :

  1. I've already a few confessions from other bloggers and glad I am not alone. This may be my most favorite Top Ten yet.

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  2. these are great I totally judge people by their books and jamie I'm worse than you, I dogear books only if they are library copies shameful I know!


    Marissa
    here's my my bookish confessions

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  3. Jamie, I totally dog ear pages too! My husband is completely ashamed of me :p

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  4. Don't you fret, Julia...I judge people based on certain book choices, as well! I think my favorite confession here is Bridget's, because I can't stand inconsistencies on my bookshelf, either! I have Stephen King's short story collections in paperback because i like to re-read them often, but his epic behemoth novels have to be in hardcover format, with book jackets. I'm glad to know my quirks are not mine alone! Thanks for the great list prompt this week, guys!

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    1. Ahhhh I have SO MANY Stephen King books and they're all inconsistent and it drives me NUTS. One day when I have a lot of money (haha, right) I'm going to get all hardcover first editions. Or at least I'm going to try. ;)

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  5. I do 3-5, and I actually included 9 on my list independently of this. With 3 especially, I try to fight it every time I catch myself doing it, but I guess it's hard to be completely non judgmental.

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  6. Love #1 because yeah I've ordered books too and then ended up too impatient to wait and bought them locally instead!

    And yeah I should also be on Hypocrite Island for how I can judge people for books they read! Working on that...

    Love these confessions!

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  7. Jamie, I have never read Harry Potter either! And Julia, I do the same thing.

    Great confessions. Good to know one is not alone!

    -Marybeth P.

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  8. I felt so guilty after writing mine, but at least I'm not alone!

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  9. I totally do #7, learning a word from reading and then mispronouncing it! When I was a kid, my sisters made fun of me for "char-RACK-ter-ist-ics" and "tho-ROW-ly" (thoroughly). You'd think I'd learn, but the other day I discovered I'd been saying "manga" wrong. I didn't even remember that I'd never heard it pronounced!

    Great confessions... made me feel not so alone in being a bookish goof. :)

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  10. I do numbers 5 and 7 way too often :-). Both are on my list too.

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  11. No. 7: Julia, there is no shame in skimming. Some books just contain too much filler.

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  12. Oh my word... sometimes I skim too. When I read 1Q84 especially - that book was waaaay too long and boring.

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  13. I love Jana's confession...it totally sounds like something I would do. :) I judge people on what books they like too! And Jamie, READ HARRY POTTER!

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  14. not where some fun anyone! If you want to see mine are welcome to watch them on my blog

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  15. Jana, your confession is too funny. I love it!

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  16. Trying to think what a proper "penance" for all these bookish "sins" might be... Something like, "Read two plays by Shakespeare and donate five used books to a reading program" :-)

    Actually these seem rather tame compared to mine. :-D

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  17. Never read Harry Potter :| :o I'm seriously shocked. What are you waiting for!? Those books are awesome. I re-read them almost every year and if I could, I would read them constantly :p

    My top 10 Tuesday.

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  18. This made me feel better about a lot of my bookish behavior! Julia, don't worry. I am totally judgmental about books people like too. Ever since Zach really utterly called me out on it, I've been trying to not be so bad. Also, GOOD IDEA about not buying a book you don't think you'd ever reread. I might need to start doing that, because seriously!

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  19. I feel so much better getting those off my chest ;-)

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  20. This was a fun one! I actually have a lot of trouble skimming. This is my excuse for never reading my husband's favorite book. Moby Dick.

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  21. 3, 5, 7, and 10. I commit those, too. I apparently commit a lot of book no-nos.

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  22. Great list! I'm sure I do some of those things too. Talking about forgetting to buy books- I completely forgot the release date for Nevermore by James Patterson. I was reminded by a friend on Facebook. *facepalm* I still haven't gotten it.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Shelby @ Gobs and Gobs of Books
    http://gobsandgobsofbooks.blogspot.com/2012/08/top-ten-bookish-confessions.html

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  23. You haven't read Harry Potter!
    :P

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  24. I'm notorious for mispronouncing words because They look different. Mine are even more embarrassing because mine are words I'd heard before. Chaos and Epitome.

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  25. Read Harry Potter, oh my gosh lol. I only like 1-4, for which I am universally despised by all my friends and acquaintances.

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  26. Awesome, my blog is pretty new so this is a good opportunity to air my literary dirty laundry. Ha!

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    1. VERY good opportunity for such things!

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  27. Re: 10. Jamie's Confession #2

    This inexcusable. Please turn in your library card, reviewer badge, and your poor, defenseless books.

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  28. This was such a great topic this week, I've had reading so many!

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  29. I've had fun, that's what I mean :)

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  30. Um, i accidentally posted on last week's post. Ha! newbie here. :)

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  31. This was a fun list...until I realized what a snob I am ;)

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  32. Great question, if maybe slightly embarassing! I don't know whether my link worked, but here it is again in case it didn't:
    http://universeinwords.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/top-ten-bookish-confessions.html
    Thanks for hosting :)
    Juli @ Universe in WOrds

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  33. This was a GREAT topic for a TTT, and I actually had to limit myself to only ten confessions! I can really commiserate with Julia's confession #5. My boyfriend only just recently corrected my pronunciation of "banal"--who knows how long I've been saying that one incorrectly!

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  34. My first time participating, it was fun!

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  35. I'm with Quixotic Magpie - this was my first time participating, and I had a great time coming up with my confessions. Thanks for hosting!

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  36. Confession 9: OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Yes, I am aware I just used caps lock + too many exclamation marks, but seriously Jamie? Go read Harry Potter right now! You won't regret it, I promise.

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  37. this is brilliant! i love all of these confessions. omg dog earing pages? i shudder.

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  38. This was a super fun Teaser Tuesday topic. I loved writing out my bookish confessions. Jana, I've never done that but I've been sorely tempted.

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  39. Nice confessions! I thought this was a hard one this week until I got some ideas from others posts =D

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  40. I'm totally guilty of reading the last page of a brand new book. I don't know why I do it (some sick compulsion, probably), but I do. I hate having surprises ruined. I can't even tell you how incredibly difficult it was for me NOT to do this when I read The Hunger Games series, but I managed to hold-off and I was SO glad that I did.

    This was a great topic to post on, ladies! I love it! Keep up the great work.

    http://foiltheplot.blogspot.com

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    1. We are like the complete opposite. This sends me into twitches! I absolutely cannot know what happens before it happens. I compulsively read books as soon as they come out so I don't get spoiled. Well maybe more so with movies now that HP is done... I've even been known to get mad knowing that there is a theater down the hall witnessing the midnight showing 1 minute before I am! Luckily I have mellowed out a bit... :)

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  41. This is my first Top Ten list and I had a great time thinking of them! I thought I'd have trouble coming up with 9, but I ended up with 11. Now off to check out some of the other responses.

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  42. Great confessions! Bridget, I totally get it on #2 because I did the EXACT same thing! And Julia, I had to listen to cherubic to know how it was pronounced so I didn't make a goofus in front of myself in my creative writing class because I used the word in a story and wasn't sure how to pronounce it, lol. It wasn't what I expected.

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  43. Um...for some reason your Mister Linky is not letting me add my link. It keeps saying I need something ahead of it and then it doesn't like what I type in the second one. I'm going to leave my link here since I can't enter it there:

    http://fangirlsview.blogspot.com/2012/08/top-ten-tuesday-my-top-ten-bookish.html

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  44. I love it! I seriously can't spell either. It's embarrassing. (that's a word spellcheck had to help me with, just fyi) :)
    I've also done posts about books I really need to get around to reading. And then I never read them. I don't think I'll ever make it to The Book Thief.

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    1. You and me both on the 'embarrassing' problem ;)

      (Yay! Puns!)

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  45. I've had so much fun reading these! I particularly love how many of us end up with gigantic library fans because we never take the books back lol :D

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  46. I can relate to a few of these. Especially the binging on bargain books and judging people by their books... Two things I really need to stop.
    This was a really fun topic!

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  47. I think we all have a few guilty secrets or two when it comes to books! I can relate to many of your confessions, the only exceptions being vocabulary and spelling and Harry Potter (JAMIE YOU NEED TO READ IT!).

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  48. This took a lot of thinking to make it to ten...and, once there, I could have kept going!

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  49. I can totally relate to some of these confessions, especially #2! When it comes to series, I prefer to have all of the books in one form: paperback or hardcover. Having a mixture of both throws off the balance! =D

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  50. Awesome topic! #5 happens ALL the time. My family moved from a different country to Canada so I basically have the biggest vocabulary of all of them based on growing up here and the crazy amounts of books I read. I end up knowing so many 'big' words but then I end up saying them wrong and usually, the people that notice are teachers (especially English teachers :p).

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  51. Done deal! I didn't want to read anyone else's before I did mine because I wanted them all to be original confessions right from my own brain! Now I'm about to go through some of the others.

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  52. Number 5 and 7 are so me. And I dog-ear my books when I have no other choice, but it tears me up inside. :) Great post!

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  53. I love this. I was afraid I wasn't going to have ten. Then I started listing and had to cut it down from 16.

    I think not being able to spell is fairly common. I get judged for it all the time because I have a degree in Creative Writing and Literature but I knew so many professors who would abbreviate words because they couldn't spell them.

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  54. It kind of disturbed me how quickly I was able to do this! It's embarrassing how easy it was to think of ten. Oh well, at least we can all be terrible people together! ;)

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  55. I am participating a day late. This is the first time actually posting one on my blog- before I have only done a couple video responses. But I've been in a bloggy mood lately.

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  56. Great confessions!

    I have a few books in my collection that I wish "matched" each other -- I see the hardcovers in bookstores, but just can't justify buying another copy!

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  57. Oh, yay! Another skimmer. I skim when things aren't interesting enough and sometime when I'm eager to know what is going to happen. I had to give up on Pandemonium and listen to the audiobook so I would stop reading ahead.

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  58. What a great idea! Linking my book now

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