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….