Top Ten Bookish Confessions

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature from The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s top ten is Bookish Confessions; it’s time for those deep dark secrets to come out.

Here are some of my bookish confessions:

1. Sometimes I can’t get inspired to write book reviews and would just rather read more books (I’m currently 8 reviews behind)

2. I am a tad behind in my NetGalley reads and to catch up would probably need to read only NG books for the rest of the year.

3. I also need to catch up on several last-in-a-series books – I haven’t read the last Hex Hall, Shine, Graceling Realm, Nightshade, or Paranormalcy. I’m in series-ending denial maybe?

4. Even though I have a lot of books at home that I haven’t read yet, that doesn’t stop me from checking out books from the library. Unfortunately I don’t always get a chance to finish my library books before they are due, even though I renew them the maximum number of times.

5. I can’t put down a book in the middle of a chapter. And I have to finish every book I start (so I’m very choosy about the books I read)

6. My pet peeve is very slow paced audiobook narrators. Sometimes I have to speed up the reading speed up to 2x on the audible app to get through the book.

7. I still have not read the Harry Potter series. Sigh. My daughter says I should devote one month to reading them all. Part of me feels that I’ve spoiled the experience by watching the movies first and now I can’t go back. Silly I know.

8. It sometimes makes me anxious to loan out my books because I don’t always get them back or they come back in bad condition.

9. I own the e-book, hardcover, and audiobook versions of some of my favorite books. I don’t know how that happens, but I’m prepared for any favorite-book-reading emergency.

10. My husband would like me to add that I’ll never be able to finish all the books I own. Ha!

So glad I could get that off my chest! Do you have any bookish confessions?


40 thoughts on “Top Ten Bookish Confessions

  1. I’m right there with you on the series thing. Except it’s usually middle books for me. I still haven’t read Insurgent and Matched. I need to read Endlessly as well. I have a hard time making room for non-review books. Which is bad…Anyway, I like to stop reading at the end of a chapter too. It has to be dire for me to put a book down before that.
    Great confessions, Lucy!

  2. Hahaha, so many of these are also true for me. I need to finish the Graceling, Hex Hall, and Paranormalcy series finishers, I still check out stuff from the library, I am really behind on reviews because I’ve just wanted to read lately and not blog, and I don’t think I’ll ever really catch up on NG. I’ll probably just give up on them and wait til release date.

    I cannot believe you haven’t read the HP series. THAT is one juicy confession:) About your husband’s comment–maybe you could! That is, if you refused to acquire any more. I always like to reassure myself. Say I have at least 30 more years to live, conservatively. If I read even 100 books a year (I usually read around 150), I will have read THREE THOUSAND more books by the time I die. Crazy, right? I’m already at 1070-something. In a decade, we’ll probably be complaining about not having enough to read. Oh wait, who am I kidding? That could never happen.

    1. Lucy says:

      I do feel a lot of shame about not reading HP and want to read them, but that will put me even more behind in my other reading.

      You are throwing around some scary book statistics, Flannery! Definitely something to think about – wow! Yeah, I wonder what we’ll be reading in a decade, but you’re right we probably won’t be complaining about not having enough to read πŸ™‚

  3. What?!?! You’ve not read Harry Potter?! There are no words. That’s so sad. You are missing out. I promise that watching the films has not ruined the series for you. I’ve never read writing so good and the descriptions are amazing. So much of the books are not in the films either. The books are just too big to fit it all in. Drop all your books and NG reads and get to HP immediately! The audiobooks are AMAZING too! Jim Dale is my fav narrator ever and I am in awe of what he’s done with the audio for HP. Brilliant!

    1. Lucy says:

      Thanks for the encouragement about reading HP, Mary. I agree that audiobooks will probably work best and I’ve heard Jim Dale is fantastic. I’m more excited to read them now!

  4. Adina says:

    Read Harry Potter, the books are just so much better. πŸ™‚

  5. bookgoonie says:

    I love to loan out my books, but it also makes me crazy for the same reasons. It drives me mad to have to stop in the middle of a chapter….why I love shirt chapters.

  6. Are we the same person? Seriously, I just nodded my head at all of these confessions except the HP one. I also have my favorite books in multiple formats. I still borrow books from the library even though I have shelves of unread books. My netgalley account is terrifying.

    1. Lucy says:

      Terrifying- that’s a good word for it, but sadly it doesn’t stop me from requesting more NG books. I’m glad you can relate to some of my bookish quirks! Thanks for making me feel better.

  7. bookchilla says:

    i’m with you on 1,2, and 10. πŸ™‚ HP books are better than the movies.

  8. Kelsey says:

    You haven’t read Harry Potter? I read the first few but I never got to 6 and 7 of the series, so it’s okay. I think other people haven’t read it either.
    I like to stop reading at the end of a chapter too, it’s so much easier than having to stop suddenly.
    I wish you luck trying to get everything read, you never know, you may prove him wrong!

  9. Brittany says:

    I love your confessions! And I’m sure you’re sick of hearing it, but totally read Harry Potter! I seriously don’t think you’ll be disappointed πŸ™‚
    I’m SO far behind with Netgalley… yet I keep requesting.
    I just realized the other day that I have a serious fear that I’ll drop dead the next day and look at all those books I never read. I freaked myself out lol.
    And I agree, I hate stopping in the middle of a chapter! Even if I’m falling asleep, I really try to finish!

    1. Lucy says:

      That is a scary thought, Brittany! Between you and Flannery I have a serious fear now of dying without reading all my books!
      Last night I was getting tired and made myself read through to the end of the chapter, I’m glad you can relate.
      I’m scared the NetGalley police are going to see this post and ban me from requesting anymore…it’s an addiction πŸ™‚

      1. Brittany says:

        Ah, I’m sorry I brought it up!!
        Seriously… I’m so bad with NetGalley! I just love the hard copies of books so much more that I neglect all my ebooks. OH well. I’m working on it! πŸ™‚

  10. I didn’t know you could make an Audible recording go faster! I’m going to have to check that out. I’m with you on series-ending books. I also tend to put those off until I can’t stand it anymore. And for the love of all things muggle, you must read the HP series. The movies were fabulous, but they are nothing compared to the books.

    1. Lucy says:

      The Audible app is my new best friend, Andrea! I wish I could listen to all my audiobooks on the app – there are some cool tricks with it.
      I promise to read HP, and I think there’s even a read-a-long starting in Sept. Maybe that’s just the encouragement I need πŸ™‚

  11. Elizabeth says:

    I’m almost never up-to-date with my reviews either. The bad thing is I probably never will be because I tend to forget all my thoughts and plot details when I move on to another book!

    1. Lucy says:

      That’s true Elizabeth, it gets harder the longer you wait. I’m glad you can relate to my confession πŸ™‚

  12. I’m with you on 1 and 4! I’m trying desperately to get caught up on reviews, but new books keep calling to me.

    1. Lucy says:

      Maybe that’s it…there’s just too many good new books out now to stop reading!

  13. Candice says:

    Cracks me up that your husband jumped in there! I really REALLY need to catch up on NetGalley myself; I think most people are though, which makes me feel much better! This week’s topic has been so soul-cleansing! haha

    1. Lucy says:

      It really is soul-cleansing! I could have kept going too. It’s nice to see that many have us have similar confessions πŸ™‚

  14. fishgirl182 says:

    i do most of these things, too, except for the harry potter part (get on that!). i go to the library all the time and check out books that i can’t finish in time. i think it kind of fills that need to buy books when i don’t have money and the library sometimes has really great books. and i definitely only loan out books to people that i know will take care of them. everyone else can just go buy a copy themselves.

    thanks for sharing your bookish confessions, lucy!

    1. Lucy says:

      That’s true, Thuy- you can get the new-book rush at the library without spending a dime! We are lucky to have a well-stocked library πŸ™‚

  15. I’m not sure I want to confess! πŸ˜‰ A few here:
    1.I don’t loan out my books except to one friend who has the same anal-retentive reading rules that I do. (She even puts my books in a big plastic ziplock bag when she returns them.)
    2. I’m a bit of a germaphobe so I don’t borrow books from the library unless they are newish (meaning only 1 -3 ppl have read them before me – because you NEVER know where they put there books…) or in Kindle format – or if the book is in amazingly pristine (non-stained) condition.
    3. I keep buying books even though I have a huge stack of ones I haven’t read yet.
    4. I have put books down without finishing them – I usually try to give a book about 5 chapters before giving up one it.
    5. My husband and I are both avid readers and we have stacks of books all round the house.
    6. I read several books at once – one fiction, one nonfiction, and one poetry – alternating between them during a reading session.
    7. If I don’t have a chance to read at least a little every day, I get very very out of sorts!

    1. Lucy says:

      Thanks for sharing your bookish confessions, Deb!
      1. Those are the kinds of friends I need.
      2. That’s a good one- some of the books at the library do look a little sketchy. Many times I’ll be the first one to check out a book because I have a hold on it before it hits the library so I can relate.
      3. I think you’re in good company there πŸ™‚
      4. That’s a good rule to follow
      5. Nice to have someone that understands in the house!
      6. I didn’t know that about you, very cool. I need to shake up the genres now and then too.
      7. Totally!

  16. I do the same thing at the library all the time. Sometimes it is just bad luck when all my holds come in at once, then the TBR pile just gets out of control. And I also suffer from feeling less than inspired for book reviews, especially if I just want to read other books instead.

    1. Lucy says:

      I’m glad you can relate to review fatigue. And isn’t it funny how all the library holds come in at once?

  17. Okay, I have the EXACT same list you do, with one exception: I don’t always finish books I’m not into. I kept nodding in agreement as I read all your points, especially the getting anxious about not having books returned part and slow audiobook readers! I swear they only take up half as many discs (and be half as expensive) if some of these narrators just spoke at normal speed, hah.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

    1. Lucy says:

      Wendy, one thing I’m learning today is that I need to follow your lead and give up on books that I’m not into. There’s just too many other books out there! Seriously agree with you about audiobook narrators. When I can, I preview the audiobook first now to see if the narrator is a good fit or not. I’m glad you can relate to my bookish quirks πŸ™‚

  18. Gone Pecan says:

    great list! i waited until the last Harry Potter was out before i watched the movies or read any of the books. the books are sooo great, but I have to admit, they didn’t really pick up until about book 4. but the good thing is that the first three are comparatively short. πŸ™‚ i also have the same problem with series. if all the books aren’t out, I would rather wait anyway. ~dixie

  19. BermudaOnion says:

    I’m with you on number one! You only read books you can finish in one sitting? For me right now, that’d be picture books.

    1. Lucy says:

      No no no, I just need to read to the end of the chapter, not the whole book. I wish I could read books in one sitting, but it is actually the rare occasion that I can do that. Glad you can relate to #1, though you’re really good at staying on top of reviews!

  20. Snap for numbers 1, 2 and 4 πŸ˜€ How funny! I’ve been very guilty of number 1 for much of this year in fact! Woops πŸ™

    Here are my bookish confessions!

  21. Vyki says:

    I really wish my library would up the renewal limits, it only allows one renewal! And sometimes that just isn’t enough. I completely agree with #5! If you don’t like slow narrators, watch out for Starters by Lissa Price. This one is the slowest I have listened to so far. I watched half of the Harry Potter series before I ever started the books and I loved them both, so my vote is that you still read them πŸ™‚ Great list, here’s mine:

    1. Lucy says:

      I belong to three different libraries, and one of them allows you to renew twice as long as there are no other holds outstanding. I definitely abuse that privilege!

      Thanks for the tip about the Starters audiobook! I read the book and guess that was a good decision.

      I’m glad to hear you recommend HP even for someone who watched the movies first. I’ll get on that soon πŸ™‚

  22. VeganYANerds says:

    Great list, hun!

    I was saying yes to so many like this one “Sometimes I can’t get inspired to write book reviews and would just rather read more books” – I so know that feeling! And I have pretty much stopped lending books (other than to other trusted bloggers) because I’ve had regular friends return them and they’re falling apart πŸ™

  23. Tammy Sparks says:

    I have to agree with you on #1 and #8. I too sometimes dread writing reviews! Which is so funny, because that’s what our blogs are supposed to be about, right? Sometimes I dread it because the book was awful and I can’t imagine what I’m going to say, and sometimes I don’t take very good notes while I’m reading it, and when I go to write the review, I realize I’m going to have to re-skim the entire book to come up with something that sounds intelligent!

    And I have one friend in particular that has ruined a book of mine, so she’s on my “do not loan” list:)

    Great and fun list Lucy!

  24. susanbright says:

    Love your list. I too can’t stand to put a book down in the middle of a chapter which gets me into trouble sometimes! Just one more chapter I tell myself….an hour later……

    Also can’t stand when someone messes up my books….. bends down pages etc!

  25. readaholic31 says:

    I can totally relate to some of your confessions! Like I already had 4 books of my own on my to read pile plus one borrowed from my mum but did that stop me from buying two more on a special offer yesterday? Eh, no! I have no willpower AT ALL when it comes to books! Plus the sight of someone bending covers back or turning over corners fills me with horror and rage!

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