Top Ten Tuesday (42)

28 Aug

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookish Confessions

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It’s awesome. Every Tuesday, the lovely folks over at The Broke and the Bookish post a top ten list topic so that book lovers like you and me can pour over our shelves and make our own lists. You can check out all the other Top Ten Tuesday‘s on their site!


Bookish confessions. Don’t we all have some? I feel like I’m going to love this TTT because it will make me feel less alone in my weirdness, and that, friends, is always a plus.

I have a bookmarking system

So, I have one bookmark that is basically my “number 1 book I am reading right now” bookmark. Whatever book (and obviously this cannot apply to ebooks) it’s in, that’s the book I’m focusing my attention on. Then, I have a secondary bookmark, and then–in dire situations–a tertiary bookmark. Yes. I know. ANAL x infinity. But wait. It gets worse.

I MUST complete series

I don’t mean that I must always read a whole series once I start, although that would be nice, as long as I actually liked the first book. No, I mean that once I buy a book in a series, I have to buy them all. I cannot stand having books on my shelves in series that aren’t complete, so once that first purchase is made it’s a given that I’m going to be buying more books.

I am a compulsive rereader

If a year ever passes when I don’t reread any books, something is wrong with me. I’ve reread 6 books so far this year, and am always wanting to reread more.  I think about books I’ve read and loved all the time, and I’ve reread books this year for the third and fourth times. No lie, there are books that I reread EVERY. YEAR. I can’t even say that they are all generally mind-blowingly good. It’s just that they are to me.

I read ahead to the ends of books more often than I admit

So this, I know, is a big faux pas. Really? I do it pretty often. If I’m particularly worried or curious or just can’t read fast enough for my own satisfaction, I’ll give a little peek to the end. Just a little one, and just a part. I’ll never read the whole last chapter or anything. But yeah. My name is Amy, and I am a skipper.

I get incredibly disappointed when the Acknowledgments are short

Friends, I read the acknowledgments of every book ever. Always. If an author’s acknowledgments are only a paragraph long, I’m legit bummed.

My own personal shelving system consists of…CHAOS. NEVERENDING CHAOS

Psh. You’d think that as a librarian I’d have a little better control over my own collection. Alas. Instead I have unmitigated clutter and disaster. It’s really very bad. There’s a very good, true reason that this blog is called “Tripping Over Books.”

If a book I’m reading has poems or song lyrics written in it, I generally skim

Generally speaking, this applies to original stuff, not lyrics to actual songs or poems. Worst offender of this? The Lord of the Rings books. I don’t think I read one single song that Tolkein wrote in those books. Skipped right over them. Biggest exception? The Sky Is Everywhere. I read all the poems in that book over and over again.

The number of classics I’ve read is really and truly abysmal

I’ve never read any Dickens whatsoever. Same with F. Scott Fitzgerald. I’ve never read Moby Dick, The Grapes of Wrath, Catch-22, or Fahrenheit 451. I read The Catcher in the Rye but hated it. I can’t say that I have any real interest in reading On The Road. I’ve always meant to read Little Women and the Anne of Green Gables books, but I have a hard time getting into them because I’ve seen the movies already. I HAVE read and enjoyed some Hemingway, and I’ve read most of Shakespeare’s plays. The classics, guys. The bane of my reading life.

I sometimes get lost while reading action sequences

Does this only ever happen to me? I’ll be reading along, totally following what’s happening and then the ACTION starts and people are running and throwing punches and CHAOS CHAOS everywhere and all of a sudden, I’m finding the need to reread pages and am all, “Wait. How did that person get over here?” or “Oh my God I have no idea what just happened.” This is particularly bad during actual fight sequences. I can hardly picture them. It gets to be so bad sometimes that I wind up saying to myself, “Ok, so this person fought this person and this person won/lost. You have the gist. Moving on.”

I have a horrible retention rate when it comes to remembering things about books I have read in the past 

This is very bad, friends. It’s not that I don’t pay attention when I read; the opposite, in fact. When I’m reading, I’m FOCUSED, usually. But something about the number of books I read coupled with the absolute lack of a break between books causes me to retain very little in the way of any kind of detail. The only books this doesn’t happen with are books that I’ve reread more than once.

I’m always on the lookout for mentions of characters’ birthdays and look up their astrological signs

OMG, I totally do the “so, what’s your sign?” cheesiness while reading. This is a bad one, right? SO WEIRD! But, there it is. I do it. If I know that real time in a book is October, and someone mentions a character’s birthday being two months before, I’ll be like, “hmm, I wonder if they’re a Leo or a Virgo. They seem more like a Leo to me.” And I’ll try and PUZZLE IT OUT. I know. Also, bonus points to characters who share my astrological sign (Virgo). I ALWAYS notice that shizz. Unfortunately it gets me people like Bella Swan. You can’t win ’em all, guys.


17 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday (42)”

  1. barefoot_med_student August 28, 2012 at 7:16 am #

    You have some awesome confessions. I’m terrible with classics (it’s one of my confessions too) and I also skim over poems and songs (that wasn’t one of my confessions though) and I also skimmed over songs in The Hobbit.
    Love to hear that somebody else loves acknowledgments too by the way. If I manage to write a book one day, I will spend a loooot of time on that.

  2. Quinn August 28, 2012 at 8:18 am #

    I read ahead too! Often! Glad to hear other people do that too. I re-read a lot too. My mother doesn’t understand why I like to re-read books, but there are some that were just so fun, that I want to re-read. Often the ones I re-read aren’t necessarily my five star books.

  3. Anya @ On Starships and Dragonwings August 28, 2012 at 8:35 am #

    Here’s mine:

    My shelves are chaos too! At least my read shelves are. I try to keep my to-read shelf in order from what is next to what is newest so that I don’t neglect review books, but I don’t think I ever have all my series in order on the rest >.>

  4. Karen@Candid Diversions August 28, 2012 at 8:41 am #

    Totally agree about the action sequences. I’m not sure if I just start skimming to get past or what but I trust myself to fill in the blanks based on the context.

    And I definitely skim, too. Song lyrics, poems, really bad dialogue…

  5. dreams and swords August 28, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    Your list is so funny! i love it. I dont have many of the same confessions, but i love the way you worded them.

  6. Elizabeth August 28, 2012 at 9:53 am #

    I also have a horrible retention rate for books from the past… I’m always astonished when I see people talking– in detail– about books they read as children. The good part about this, though, is if I reread, it is almost like reading the story for the first time, as I never remember the twists!

  7. April Books & Wine August 28, 2012 at 10:24 am #

    I totally read ahead when I have anxiety about the fate of a character. Nothing crazy, just a few paragraphs for confirmation.

    I get confused during action sequences as well and tend to read them fast just to get them over with.

  8. Brittany August 28, 2012 at 10:57 am #

    GREAT confessions – I have to agree with a lot of them!! And so many I was surprised by! No way I could ever force myself to finish a series if I didn’t like it!
    I skim over lyrics/quotes as well – I did read all the poems in The Sky Is Everywhere too though! I just finished a book that started each chapter with a quote. It was annoying! I felt like it was so unnecessary.
    I get lost reading action scenes too! I get so excited that I skip around. Oops.
    And I’m terrible with the classics too! I read what I had to in high school and now I have next to zero interest to read any more.

  9. Cecelia August 28, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    Ooooh – great confessions!

    I’m with you on the chaotic bookshelf organization, compulsive rereading (there’s a book I’ve read 25 times. no joke.), and skimming song lyrics or poems in a novel.

    Thanks for sharing!

  10. stuckinva August 28, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    I used to be a serial rereader…and if I started rereading a series, I had to read every book that I owned in that series. Now, however, if I reread as much as I used to…I’d never get through my TBR pile!

  11. Candice August 28, 2012 at 1:45 pm #

    Okay, I CANNOT read ahead. But I’ve noticed that so many people do it! I love being surprised, scared, whatever. Not judging, just saying 🙂

    I always feel ashamed that I haven’t read many classics, especially since I’ve been blogging, but I just can’t get into them. Not that they aren’t good or that the stories aren’t phenomenal, they just aren’t for me. Although I will say I did love reading Little Women (except I never read the last chapter… weirdo me). I also can’t remember for the life of me what happens in some books. I’m not talking months. I’m talking like maybe 24 hours after I finish. I’ll sit to write a review and think “uh… wait. what was this book about? Vampires? Dragons? Oh wait, it was contemporary. Duh!”

    Great confessions!

  12. Alyssa August 28, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

    Your bookmarking system actually makes a lot of sense….I might have to start doing this (since now I pretty much use whatever is laying around..including tufts of cat hair..)

    I also re-read books A LOT. Particularly Juliet Marillier and Harry Potter books…then I get mad because there are sooo manyyyy books that I want to read and I am missing out!! I also skim ahead and sometimes accidentally ruin things for myself – Totally did this with Mockingjay btw..Sometimes when I think someone is going to be killed off, I skim ahead to see if they are having a convo later in the book LOL

    Finally ::hugs you:: I HAVE READ BARELY ANY CLASSICS TOO!! Oh this makes me feel so much better, I thought I was sucking as a reader/blogger/librarian/ENGLISH MAJOR!! 😀

  13. Jessica August 28, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

    Im so guilty of these two:
    The number of classics I’ve read is really and truly abysmal – I find classics kind of boring…

    I sometimes get lost while reading action sequences – this is when I really appreciate movie adaptations… I get characters confused in huge action scenes

  14. Alexa Loves Books (@alexalovesbooks) August 29, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    I absolutely LOVE your bookmarking system. It sounds seriously legit, and I think it’s very smart! I would do that… but I always lose my bookmarks, lol.

    Also, ditto on acknowledgements – I LOVE seeing those pages and it always makes me sad when it’s like a paragraph long. It’s fun to see who the author wants to thank and who had an impact on the book!

    Classics are the same for me. I think I’ve read almost all of Shakespeare, a couple of Dickens and some Austen. I really should remedy this. WE should remedy this. I feel like having someone reading a classic at the same time could help tremendously.

    And last (I swear!), I have retention problems when reading too. I tend to forget/mix up characters a lot, haha.

  15. Stephanie @ Read in a Single Sitting September 4, 2012 at 7:03 pm #

    I can’t stand reading fight scenes. Like you, I end up getting utterly lost! I find this happens to me all the time in really fast-moving YA. Clearly my ailing brain can’t keep up.

    I’m slowly catching up the classics, too. Just saying, you have to read Anne of Green Gables. I avoided them for the longest time as a kid, but now I’m so glad that I took the time to read them. Fitzgerald is wonderful, too–try Tender is the Night.

  16. reutreads September 9, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    Uch, Bella Swan joined the Virgo Club? BLECH. Still – intelligent, overcritical perfectionists FTW!


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