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Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This week…confessions!


Oh! Bookish confessions. Here they are:
  1.  I… own a Kindle. It was a gift! I know from the many articles about Amazon vs. Hatchette that this is a sign of my moral decay or something, but sometimes I like getting an e-book on my TBR for $2.99. I also get books, new and used, from a variety of sources including my library and independent bookstores, so I don’t feel all that bad.
  2.  I have a very hard time writing reviews for books I liked but didn’t absolutely love. The hardest reviews are for those 3-4 star books that are entertaining and don’t have specific flaws, but I just didn’t feel that spark. Finding something interesting to say feels like pulling out my own teeth.
  3.   I’m really bad at remembering character names, especially in YA novels. I’ll remember plot details, my general impression, even specific lines. It’s names that escape me. I don’t know why this is.
  4. I love reading other people’s blogs and need to be better at commenting consistently.
  5. The blogging community seems very focused on new releases, due to ARCS, promotion, etc, and it does influence my own reading. I don’t read many backlist titles anymore, there’s so many exciting things coming out! 
  6.   Related, I own too many unread books. I should set up a system and read the older books on my shelves before obtaining any new ones.
  7. I’m very much a mood reader, which is why I don’t request many e-galleys or sign up for tours. I do have a spreadsheet of TBR titles/read books to review that I draw from, but I’m afraid too much pressure will take the fun out of it all.
  8. I’ve been reading this book, My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs, almost every night for a month at the rate of a couple of pages per night. I love it but it’s acting like a sleep aid.
  9. I wish I was better at listening to audiobooks as I’d consume more stories that way. However I’ve found I’m extremely particular. Narrative non-fiction works the best, or non-stylized first person fiction. For example I loved The Martian but found the We Were Liars audiobook unbearable.
  10. I need to get better at balancing blog/reading time. Working on the blog takes time I would spend reading, and vice versa. Basically I need to schedule more posts ahead of time to achieve this balance.

That's it for me! What are some of your confessions? 

10 comments:

Jazmen Greene said...

I have way too many unread books. I'm looking at them as a type and shaking my head. Great list!

Ula @ Blog of Erised said...

I don't feel bad for owning a Kindle. I like to enjoy free and cheap books, which has nothing to do with Amazon - Hachette business. You can still support other authors on it, like Indie and self-pub over there.
I tend to forget about my old books too because so many new ones are coming. Not to mention I have a lot of catching up to do as I didn't read much during high school.
And as for audiobooks, I never even tried one. Not sure I'd be a fan...

JaimeLH said...

I don't feel bad either. We shouldn't! It's a convenient reading device.
The TBR list is always growing...

I like audiobooks in theory but I have a hard time finding ones I can stick with until the end. They're good for multitasking. Maybe worth a try.

JaimeLH said...

It's the curse of the book blogger. Always too many books to read.

Ula @ Blog of Erised said...

Yes I could settle for audiobooks while doing house chores. :D Might try it sometimes.

Sunny Duvall said...

I love that first picture! But I have a hard time with "lukewarm" books as well because you didn't really dislike it, but there was no love either! Great list!

Elizabeth @ Book YAbber said...

Number 4 is something I have to work on too. OHHH! I love number 8 - I totally just added that to my TBR list. I love reading non-fiction and that book sounds right up my alley! Great list!! Also, thanks for that awesome recommendation. Furthermore, I love the 30 Rock gif and strip. That's a great show! (I love Kenneth!)

JaimeLH said...

Great! I hope you enjoy the book, I find it really fascinating.
30 Rock is probably one of my favorite shows of all time.

JaimeLH said...

Thanks! It's from 30 Rock.
I find it hard not to be repetitive when it comes to lukewarm books. I want to say, well I moderately recommend this...

Aylee said...

Number 2 definitely, I know what you mean. Middle-ground books are the hardest to write reviews for. Also number 5! I need to get better at reading backlist titles.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Top 10 Tuesday: Book and Blogging Confessions

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This week…confessions!


Oh! Bookish confessions. Here they are:
  1.  I… own a Kindle. It was a gift! I know from the many articles about Amazon vs. Hatchette that this is a sign of my moral decay or something, but sometimes I like getting an e-book on my TBR for $2.99. I also get books, new and used, from a variety of sources including my library and independent bookstores, so I don’t feel all that bad.
  2.  I have a very hard time writing reviews for books I liked but didn’t absolutely love. The hardest reviews are for those 3-4 star books that are entertaining and don’t have specific flaws, but I just didn’t feel that spark. Finding something interesting to say feels like pulling out my own teeth.
  3.   I’m really bad at remembering character names, especially in YA novels. I’ll remember plot details, my general impression, even specific lines. It’s names that escape me. I don’t know why this is.
  4. I love reading other people’s blogs and need to be better at commenting consistently.
  5. The blogging community seems very focused on new releases, due to ARCS, promotion, etc, and it does influence my own reading. I don’t read many backlist titles anymore, there’s so many exciting things coming out! 
  6.   Related, I own too many unread books. I should set up a system and read the older books on my shelves before obtaining any new ones.
  7. I’m very much a mood reader, which is why I don’t request many e-galleys or sign up for tours. I do have a spreadsheet of TBR titles/read books to review that I draw from, but I’m afraid too much pressure will take the fun out of it all.
  8. I’ve been reading this book, My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs, almost every night for a month at the rate of a couple of pages per night. I love it but it’s acting like a sleep aid.
  9. I wish I was better at listening to audiobooks as I’d consume more stories that way. However I’ve found I’m extremely particular. Narrative non-fiction works the best, or non-stylized first person fiction. For example I loved The Martian but found the We Were Liars audiobook unbearable.
  10. I need to get better at balancing blog/reading time. Working on the blog takes time I would spend reading, and vice versa. Basically I need to schedule more posts ahead of time to achieve this balance.

That's it for me! What are some of your confessions? 

10 comments:

  1. I have way too many unread books. I'm looking at them as a type and shaking my head. Great list!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Ula @ Blog of ErisedJuly 8, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    I don't feel bad for owning a Kindle. I like to enjoy free and cheap books, which has nothing to do with Amazon - Hachette business. You can still support other authors on it, like Indie and self-pub over there.
    I tend to forget about my old books too because so many new ones are coming. Not to mention I have a lot of catching up to do as I didn't read much during high school.
    And as for audiobooks, I never even tried one. Not sure I'd be a fan...

    ReplyDelete
  3. I don't feel bad either. We shouldn't! It's a convenient reading device.
    The TBR list is always growing...

    I like audiobooks in theory but I have a hard time finding ones I can stick with until the end. They're good for multitasking. Maybe worth a try.

    ReplyDelete
  4. It's the curse of the book blogger. Always too many books to read.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Ula @ Blog of ErisedJuly 8, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Yes I could settle for audiobooks while doing house chores. :D Might try it sometimes.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I love that first picture! But I have a hard time with "lukewarm" books as well because you didn't really dislike it, but there was no love either! Great list!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Number 4 is something I have to work on too. OHHH! I love number 8 - I totally just added that to my TBR list. I love reading non-fiction and that book sounds right up my alley! Great list!! Also, thanks for that awesome recommendation. Furthermore, I love the 30 Rock gif and strip. That's a great show! (I love Kenneth!)

    ReplyDelete
  8. Great! I hope you enjoy the book, I find it really fascinating.
    30 Rock is probably one of my favorite shows of all time.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Thanks! It's from 30 Rock.
    I find it hard not to be repetitive when it comes to lukewarm books. I want to say, well I moderately recommend this...

    ReplyDelete
  10. Number 2 definitely, I know what you mean. Middle-ground books are the hardest to write reviews for. Also number 5! I need to get better at reading backlist titles.

    ReplyDelete

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