Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish confessions

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday asks us to share our bookish confessions. What book-related guilty secrets do you have? Here are ten of mine, in no particular order:

1. In general, I always use a bookmark to save my place, but sometimes I rest the book face down or dog-ear a page if I’m in a hurry.

2. I crack the spines of my books. By the time I’m done with a paperback, there’s a row of ridged vertical lines down the spine from where I’ve held the book open a bit too vigorously.

3. I read in the bathroom if I’m going to be a few minutes. Otherwise it’s time I’m not getting back!

4. I love used books, but I’ll only buy them if they’re in pristine condition. I want my books to look pretty!

5. I still haven’t read The Hunger Games, and I’m not sure that I ever will.

6. Some of my books actually belong to my mother. My copy of Jane Eyre? Hers. Those Nancy Drew editions from the 1950s? My aunt’s, which apparently my mom stole from her once upon a time! To be fair, my mom was storing these books in cardboard boxes in the attic, so it’s not like she’s missing them.

7. When I go into a bookstore, I often take pictures of books that look interesting and then track them down at the library later. I’ve gotten to the point where I hardly ever pay full price for a book. (I do purchase books in bookstores sometimes, though. I don’t want all the brick-and-mortar bookstores to go out of business!)

8. I’m extremely reluctant to lend my books to anyone. If I do, I write the person’s name and what (s)he’s borrowed on a list, so that I can hound the person if (s)he takes too long in giving it back!

9. I often eat while I’m reading, and sometimes I leave greasy fingerprints in my books — or, worse, the library’s books.

10. Sometimes I judge people for what they’re reading on the subway. Of course, I’m sure they’re doing the same to me….

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26 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish confessions

  1. Bookseller Cate says:

    I’m guilty of these, except #2 (too many of the books I read are borrowed from work and must remain pristine), #5 (though I’m in the same place re: Fifty Shades of Grey), and #7 (but only because I can log on the work computer and place a reserve immediately).

    • Christina says:

      Looking at some other people’s answers, I’ve concluded that we bibliophiles share many of the same dirty secrets. 🙂 And I have no interest in Fifty Shades of Grey either, so you’re definitely not alone there!

  2. Michelle says:

    Don’t feel bad, I haven’t read The Hunger Games either 🙂
    And I do the picture thing too!! Otherwise I’ll forget what book it is… there’s probably an app for that (or there should be!)

    My TTT

  3. Bibliophile says:

    Great list.
    Your no. 2 = my no. 1. Yet it infuriates me when people dogear.
    No.3. I keep a book in the bathroom at all times.
    No. 5. Ditto.
    No. 8. I only lend to 3 people, all of whom treat my books with respect and return them promptly.
    No. 9. I do this too, but lately I have been using a ereader and leaving greasy fingerprints on that instead. At least it’s easier to clean.

    • Christina says:

      I’ve definitely found that just because a person is your friend doesn’t mean (s)he’ll treat your books with respect! I can never lend a book to my brother again; he loses them.

    • Christina says:

      I really do try not to crack spines! I just want to open the book far enough to actually see the inside! I’m sure there’s a happy medium that I’m missing somehow.

  4. Li @ rulethewaves.net says:

    I know what you mean with #5, I don’t think I will get around to The Hunger Games.

    Re: #7, I used to jot the titles down on my iPod or notebook but the GoodReads app on my phone has a nifty barcode scan that lets you look the book up so now I use that to add to my want-to-read pile and sift through it later =D It’s like they know our habits or something! (the makers of GoodReads I mean xD)

    I also do #3 sometimes xD

    Great list!

    • Christina says:

      I always carry a notebook in my purse, and I used to use that to write down titles that looked interesting. But I have now embraced the digital age. 🙂 Not on Goodreads, though…I’m a LibraryThing person myself.

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