Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Book Blogger Confessions - Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. Today we're talking about some of my book blogger confessions! I wasn't entirely sure what to post about these, since I've only been blogging for about 8 months, but Jamie included one of her past posts and I managed to come up with a few things. 

no. 1 - My most difficult type of posts to write...
Believe it or not, reviews are not the most difficult type of posts to write for me! If I can sit down and organize my thoughts then writing reviews is actually a really great way to think back on the book. For me, the hardest types of posts are monthly book hauls and my monthly what I'm looking forward to posts. While I love all the different sorts of posts I have on the blog, these are less my thoughts and more formatting and including books of interest.

no. 2 - Lending out books...
I lend out books. If I know I can replace them and they aren't super sentimental. Why am I so choosy about what books to lend out? Well... bad lending experiences. So, I'll lend out a book, but I don't borrow many.

no. 3 - Dogearing? Not me!
I don't dogear my books and I try to avoid them getting scratched, dented, or anything of that sort. Cracked spines and dented books are not my favorite, but I do have a few more worn books and I don't mind too much. I'm not overly picky, but I try to avoid damaging my books and I take good care of them.

no. 4 - I'm not picky about having matching hardcovers!
This is just a practicality issue. I'm not going to buy all hardcovers or all paperbacks if a series is still coming out; I'll just get whatever's coming unless I really love the covers. For the most part, paperbacks are some of my favorite books to read- they fit easily into bags and purses, flip easily, and aren't as bulky. I love hardcovers as well, but for the most part I'm ok if a series has paperbacks and hardcovers on my shelf. Also, if I have a book from the series in e-book version, I'm not likely to pick it up in physical form even if I have the other books in book form. I just want to save my money for getting other books I want to read instead of multiple copies of one!

no. 5 - Cover changes...
I could write a whole series of discussion posts on cover changes, and I'll almost certainly end up writing one about cover changes in general. There are cover changes I love, cover changes I hate, but whenever I hear about a cover change I'm always interested to see what's going on!

no. 6 - Blogging read-a-thons, events...
These are a few of my favorite things! My all time favorite that I've participated in thus far is the Book Blogger Love-A-Thon that's hosted by Alexa Loves Books and Katelyn of Tales of Books and Bands. But there are plenty of blogging events I've done and loved so far, so hopefully I'll find a way to showcase some awesome blogging events that I've participated in on the blog so you can join them too!

no.  7 - Library...
This is one Jamie had on her list, and I have to say I'm the same. I am terrible at going to the library, checking out books, having them back on time, having overdue books... The works! 

no. 8 - Book buying
Alright, book blogging has changed the way I buy books. My book buying was nowhere near as ridiculous as it can be nowadays, but I'm not the sort to go on book buying bans and I am a little picky about getting the nicest, less damaged copy of a book at the bookstore. If I'm going to be paying for the book, then I want to make sure I get a nice copy of it! 

no. 9 - Hype...
Oh I have an idea for a discussion post on hype and books, so you can expect this coming up lately. Suffice it to say that hype and I have never had much in common. Most series that people completely adore I end up disliking (I'll mention some specific ones in the post), and lately a book I've heard mixed or bad things about I end up loving, while one that has a ton of hype will disappoint me. Why? I have no idea, but while I do enjoy some hyped books, a lot of the times I don't go along with the hype.

Believe it or not, I can't think of a 10... so if you have any book blogger quirks or confessions, let me know! If you participated in this week's Top Ten Tuesday, link your post in the comments or let me know what yours were! Thank you for stopping by!

From the paper world,


  1. I hate the horrible, mean hype monster!!! I get so excited for a book because everybody and their mom loved it and then I end up either hating it or just feeling meh about it. It's soooo disappointing. It sucks!

    1. Hype can definitely lead to letdowns. For me, normally the opposite is true- what a lot of people are loving I'll either just like or not like very much, and I like the underrated or generally disliked. I have no idea why. Yes, it sounds like we have the same problem! Hype :(

  2. I don't go to the library - like, ever - unless I'm studying. I just haven't checked out any books in over a year... I guess I just haven't had any problems finding books to buy. As far as buying goes, I'm with you! Although, I do prefer to buy as many as I can at library book sales. I totally agree with number nine. Some of the most hyped books are so disappointing.

    Here are my Confessions!

    1. I completely agree with you, and I will definitely have to check out those sales! Also, I like rereading either a part or a whole of a book, whether it's a refresher for the next book in the series or because I miss the world/characters, so checking them out from the library doesn't work. Hype can cause me some problems too. Thanks for linking your TTT and for stopping by!

  3. My confession is I had a library card but now I don't. Opps! Maybe I'll redeem that.

  4. +JMJ+

    I'm also suspicious of hype . . . but I have found "anti-hype" to be a friend. That is, I wait until the hype dies down and the critical reviews start piling up. And then I read the negative reviews, which usually tell me exactly what I want to know about the book. You see, I've found that there are certain things I like to read that really drive others up the wall--and when I see enough reviewers going crazy over it, that's actually a good sign for me! LOL!

    1. It's good that you know what works for you in a book or not! I'm still figuring that out, but it sounds like you have a good system down to figure out what books you might want to read. I try to stay away from reviews, just look at a star rating, because then I'm either mildly spoiled or I'll just be waiting for whatever's discussed/hinted at in the review to happen in the book. Thanks for stopping by, and that's a creative way to look at hype!


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