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….
26 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish confessions”
I do something similar to your number 7- Amazon has a “remember me” app that will send me the info if I take a picture of it.
Cool! There really is an app for everything nowadays, isn’t there?
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).
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!
I also do number 10!
It’s definitely an easy habit to fall into!
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!)
Haha, and if you look at comment #1 on this post, I believe there IS an app for that!
I’m a bit judgey as well, it’s horrible and I try not to but I can’t help it. And I totally eat while reading as well… It’s so NICE, and it saves time.
Yeah, I’m trying to rein in that judge-y tendency as well. But I’ll be sad when everyone has an e-reader and I therefore can’t see what they’re reading!
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.
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.
Yes to no.7…. *blushes*
Haha, no need to be ashamed of it! Apparently we are not alone.
I do number 7 too! Or I’ll take a picture and look it up on my e-reader later. I’ve also been known to buy it on my ereader in the store, if it’s a really good price.
From what I gather, this is pretty normal. And it makes sense, when a lot of e-books are much cheaper than their paperback counterparts!
I’ve never read The Hunger Games, either. I’m not a fan of dystopian novels.
Also, I sometimes leave grease marks in library books, too.
I’m with you on the dystopian novels. I mean, I don’t mind them, but they seem to be EVERYWHERE now!
I read in the bathroom too, haha. I hate cracking spines! 😦 Hurts my heart when I see those books.
My top 10 Tuesday.
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.
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
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.
Taking pictures of books – hey that’s a good idea. I may have to try that. Guilty of the greasy fingerprints sometimes too. And oh yeah I’ve stolen books from my mom.
I figure it’s not really stealing if it’s from family! 🙂
I do number 10 and have my own version of number 9 – splashing soup on books!
Hmm, yes, liquids are even more treacherous than solids when it comes to books!