Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where I’ll post my top ten book choices (in no particular order) based on certain themes. If you would also like to participate, find out the rules by clicking here.
1. I always judge a book by its cover.
If the cover is unattractive, I won’t even pick it up unless it is recommended to me by a friend or fellow blogger. I know it’s horrible, but that’s just the way it is.
2. I skip ahead while reading.
If I have a favorite character, I usually find myself skimming through a couple chapters to read more passages or dialogue specifically revolved around him/her. This has become a problem because I end up having to go back and read the other, less interesting parts anyway, and I no longer have anything to look forward to for the next three or four chapters because I already know what’s going to happen.
3. I’m a slow reader.
You’d think as much as I read that I’d have slowly developed my speed in reading. It takes me two to three times longer to read a book than the average book blogger, especially because of work and school. The fastest novel I’ve ever read was a book from the Hunger Games series. I finished it in three days and that was with stopping only to eat, use the restroom, and rest my eyes. So why did I start a book blog? Because I felt like it of course.
4. I haven’t read any Harry Potter books.
The only things I know about Harry Potter are what I learned from the movies. I feel like everyone but me has read the books, but I have a sort of good excuse. I didn’t hear about Harry Potter until after the fifth book was released. (I lived in Okinawa, Japan before then, and apparently it’s a hole in the ground as far as modern day literature is concerned.) By the time I found out about the popular series, the first couple of books were already too childish for my reading level, and I just couldn’t get into them. So in the end, I decided to deal with feeling totally left out and wait for the movie to come to theatres.
5. Book hype brings books ruin.
Overhype can cause one of two things to occur. Either I purchase a book because of the hype and end up disappointed since my expectations were too high, or I read and enjoy a book, the hype starts, and I begin to form disdain towards it. An example of the latter would be the Twilight series. I was one of the first people in my school to read these books. At the time, I had nothing against the series. They were a decent read, and I enjoyed myself enough to give them a three star rating. I would never have paid for the books, but I’d recommend anyone check them out at the library. That was before the hype. Once the series became overwhelmingly popular, I found myself despising it. The books weren’t that good. There are plenty other authors in the world that are much more deserving of that kind of praise. I just want to grab all those overzealous fans and scream:
6. I spend too much time on my blog.
I just recently created this blog in May, and I didn’t realize what I was getting myself into. Don’t get me wrong, I love blogging. But my whole days are starting to consist of going to work and posting on my blog. Whatever free time I have left then becomes devoted to reading for my blog. I barely have time to write for my own novels anymore. I need to stop bitting off more than I can chew and start creating blog posts earlier then the day before they’re due.
7. I pay attention to numbers.
I say I only blog for myself and that my follower count doesn’t matter, but the truth is I get so incredibly happy every time my phone dings because I have a new follower. It makes me smile and laugh and want to share it with the whole world. I love it!
8. My mother’s harassing my blog.
It’s true. In fact, one of the main reasons I have my blog set so that I have to manually approve each comment is so that I can purposely NOT approve hers. I love my mother, but she needs to learn how to comment without sounding so…motherly.
9. I’m a copy-cat.
Right before I started my blog, I began looking for and following other book bloggers with the sole purpose of copying them. I’ve always believed that the most effective way to truly succeed is to find someone who’s already accomplished that goal and to replicate what he or she did. Because of this belief, I basically used other blogs as templates/examples on how my blog should look and what I should include.
10. I suck at technology.
And I am not exaggerating. It took me forever to figure out how to customize the CSS coding for the theme I’m currently using. And I’m still not so sure I’m happy with it. In fact, I’m considering changing it once I transfer to wordpress.org. I’ve been wanting to make an original banner and my own button for a week now but have no idea where to even start. How do you guys do it? Do you guys have a specific program you use? Not to mention, I just found out how to use gifs today in this post. And I think I may have went a little overboard. Opps.
Do you have any bookish/blogging confessions you’d like to share. Leave a comment below.