As I have the time and inclination, and the encouragement from some of my followers/ readers, to branch out from just posting reviews I thought I would try and take part in the weekly “Top Ten Tuesdays” meme which is initiated by The Broke and the Bookish blog.
This week’s theme is Top Ten Book Blogging Confessions so here goes…
- I do feel like book blogging is a little bit of a vanity project and can’t believe that people actually care what I think about books I’ve read, and I worry that it makes me sound a bit pretentious and self-indulgent. But I get a lot of likes, hits and some comments so I guess it can’t be that bad!
- Until I set up my blog myself, I had no real idea what an active community of book bloggers there was out there. Its great to be a part of but at the same time frustrating because it reminds me how many amazing books there are out there and how I’m never going to get to read them all!
- I have a love-hate relationship with my Kindle. I didn’t want one, I held out for a long time and then I just gave in and realised it was easier, especially when I discovered NetGalley. While I’m using it though I look at my shelves longingly…
- I love looking at the stats on my blog dashboard. Especially seeing the random places I have had hits from like Mauritius, Panama, Brazil, Pakistan… fantastic!
- I have, once, had my review retweeted by the author of the book. Whilst this was exciting, I felt a little bit bad as it wasn’t the greatest review as I found the book a bit too ‘chick-lit’ for me.
- I’m probably going to turn a lot of readers off me here but I’m a bit of a book snob when it comes to young adult fiction. I really don’t like most of it, especially the more romance orientated stuff, and it baffles me how many grown ups (mostly women) get such a kick out of it. Saying that, I did/ do really love the Hunger Games trilogy.
- I don’t like giving up on books and haven’t done that once since I started my blog/ challenge. But the problem with that is that I feel really resentful that I am reading something I am not enjoying just to get through it when there are so many other brilliant things I could be reading. However, I don’t think its fair to review a book you haven’t seen through to the end. You never know, it could surprise you.
- I’m getting a bit worried about my memory. Up until the age of about 21 I would probably be able to tell you in minute detail every character, plot twist and even the odd great line from every book, TV show and film I’d ever seen. These days when I put a book down and start to write my review I sometimes have to pick it up again to check I’ve got something right. Its one of the reasons I started the blog, to remember what the books I’ve read are actually about.
- I ABSOLUTELY HATE IT when people say “Oh, I don’t have time to do all that reading” or something to that effect. It feels like they are judging me, as if I haven’t got a life or enough responsibilities. If I said what was in my head they would know I am judging them right back, thinking “Well, I bet you have time to sit in front of the TV all night though, no?”
- I’ve found this pretty hard as I’ve tried to stick to blog related confessions rather than just reading related confessions. It feels very long… wonder if anyone bothers to read it?! (Guess I’ll have to check my stats later!)