After a short hiatus, I am joining up with Top Ten Tuesday at The Broke and the Bookish again. This week we discuss our top (or should I say bottom) ten bookish confessions.
I’m not really into the whole “must-feel-guilty-about-something” way of life, so I wasn’t 100% sure if this list would really accomplish anything, but here goes.
1. I told the librarian it wasn’t me – well, it wasn’t me who coloured the pages of the library books, it was my then-baby brother… but I was scared of being shouted at (I was only eight years old) and told her that the books were like that before I took them out.
2. I don’t like old books – these days it seems all the cool bookworms like the smell of an old book… but it makes me sneeze and gives my fingers this dry feeling like writing on a blackboard all day. I love the LOOK of an old book, but the smell… not.
3. I read in the dark and I’m sure that’s partly to blame for my broken eyes. You know the typical little girl reading by flashlight under the covers? I did that. Even these days I sometimes read by moonlight. It feels romantic and stuff, okay?
4. I have never read any Jane Austen – she is on my TBR list just about every year and I keep promising I’ll read her. But my innate fears of verbosity and failed expectations deter me.
5. Nor have I read The Great Gatsby, Catcher in the Rye, The Picture of Dorian Grey… I know I should. I have at least recently read Dracula and Frankenstein, so I’m getting there.
6. I quote from books I haven’t read – this feels like fraud, but sometimes in a heated debate I just can’t help the odd Gatsby reference.
7. I found Anne of Green Gables to be a little boring – it was not part of my childhood, but the blogging community waxes lyrical about the girl, so I finally read it earlier this semester. It was cute… but not all that. I suppose it really is a children’s novel, so I’ll still read it to my kids one day.
8. I don’t write or underline in books – I always think it’s so cool to read somebody’s annotations, and that it would make my reading more insightful if I underlined/highlighted etc. Yet I don’t do it. I think I’m lazy, or afraid that I’ll reveal my own ignorance. And I like a clean book.
9. Sometimes I’m a judge-y hypocrite – I like to believe that I’m a nice, non-judgmental person, but sometimes I catch myself seeing someone reading a comic book, or a steamy trashy novel and I can actually feel my nose turning skywards. This in spite of the fact that I am not exactly the most cultured reader myself. I do manage to check myself. I do not like being judgmental!
10. I’m a sucker for freebies. I’m a poor student, ‘kay? I love ARCs (although I never ever ask for them, so they come along in drips and drabs) and the library is my castle. Speaking of which, can somebody explain to me why libraries are good but piracy is bad? I totally get that piracy is evil, but since libraries allow a single copy to be read by hundreds, don’t they inherently “steal” from authors as well?