Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists! Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of the bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.
This week’s topic is a freebie, so I chose ‘Top Ten Bookish Confessions. Here are my confessions.
1. I haven’t read that many ‘Classics’. I don’t understand how people can say you’ve never read a proper book if you haven’t read War and Peace or Anna Karenina. I have read Little Women, The Secret Garden, A Little Prince, A Quiet American, A Christmas Carol, Winnie The Pooh and A House at Pooh Corner – all of which I consider to be classics, and indeed some of them are classified as classics. I just couldn’t get into Jane Eyre, although I’d like to try it again one day now that I am older. I couldn’t stand Tolkien’s writing style, so I haven’t read the Lord of the Rings past the first chapter of The Fellowship Of The Ring. There are some other classic on my ‘should eventually get around to reading one day’ list.
2. I laughed the whole way through the Twilight saga, except for when I wanted to strangle Bella & Edward. I just found the whole thing ridiculously amusing and as a fan of the vampire genre these books just made me crack up. Sorry Twilight fans.
3. I love books, no matter what media they are. Hardcover, paperback, ebook, audiobook, large print – you name the book format, if it’s a genre I like I’ll give it a go. I have about half of my physical library in e-book format for easy travelling, and have all my J.D. Robb and some Nora Roberts as audiobooks. I am also slowly buying up the Harry Potter books as audio books from Pottermore.
4. As much as I love reading books, I equally enjoy being read to. I loved having someone read to me as a child, even if I was perfectly capable of reading the book myself. A favourite memory of mine is having my grade 6 teacher sit the class down and read us Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and then Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. Even though I’d read both books quite a few times myself, having it read to me was a different experience. My grade 6 teacher was good at changing his voice just slightly for each character and I remember being amazed that even the boys were sitting still and listening.
5. I get really badly car sick reading. Which makes me so sad, but since I have discovered audiobooks, I am a lot less sad. In part because of number 4 above, but also, I can now ‘read’ in the car without the whole wanting to vomit deal.
6. My books are arranged alphabetically by author, then chronologically by series/date written. Yes, I am that person. God help you if you mess up the order of my books. I haven’t done this to the bookshelf in the hallway, because it’s got everyone’s books on it, but the ones on there that are mine, are organised correctly. If I was half as organised with the rest of my life, my room would be ridiculously clean.
7. I avoid breaking the spines of books. If it naturally happen whilst reading a paperback, then it’s fine, but I never deliberately break the spine of a novel. It literally gives me that same sensation as you get when some runs fingernails down a blackboard when I see someone running their fist/hand down the centre of an open paperback to break the spine. I want to take the book away from them and say ‘No books for you! Bad person!”
8. I sometimes can’t bring myself to read the last book of a series, especially if I thought the previous book ended in a good place for the series. In particular I haven’t read book 6 of the Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher because I am too afraid of what he is going to do to the characters and how much he is going to shake things up. I have all of the feels when it comes to series sometimes. Bah!
9. I am a serial re-reader. I love to re-read favourites. It’s like revisiting old friends who you haven’t seen for a while. It’s also something I like to do if I am feeling a bit restless between books. Just as a palate cleanser, I suppose.
10. I have more books on my TBR list than I will ever read. I think. I will always give the first book of a series a try, and if I don’t like it, that series gets taken off the list. But as soon as I either finish a book/series or DNF one or whatever, there are another 5 or so waiting to take each place. I’d desperately love a time-turner like Hermione had, just to get enough time to read all the books I want to.