28 August 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Confessions

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. I heart lists! 


This week: Top Ten Bookish Confessions

1) I am a reformed dog-earer. Even library books (*runs*).

2) I crack spines. Almost compulsively. I'm proud of myself when I can make it through a book WITHOUT cracking the spine.

3) I don't like hardcovers. They scuff too easily, they're heavy and I can't crack the spines (see above).

4) I eat while reading. And drink. I'm in serious awe of people who DON'T eat or drink while reading.

5) I spend more on books than on clothes and shoes added together.

6) I've skipped social events in order to finish a book (and probably had more fun reading, but that's another story!)

7) I hate sharing my books - I've received too many back in terrible condition!

8) I use Collectorz software to catalog my books - and I tag them not just by genre, but cover colour and location (this takes HOURS).

9) I have 1534 books on my owned-to-read list.

10) I have four e-readers - a Sony, a Cybook, an iPod (Kindle) and a tablet.

So, I'm guessing no one wants to share books with me anymore? ;-).  Now, give me at least one of your Bookish Confessions - it can't get much worse than mine!

30 comments:

  1. I'm speechless (yet I can still type). First of all I'm IGNORING the book abuse you're indulging in (I think I can hear a book whimpering which spine you just broke). Secondly I can relax and not feel strange about owning two eReaders (a Kindle as of lately, and my trusty Aluratek for all those epubs). Thirdly, I shall never feel like a book hoarder again for "only" owning about 370 (give or take a few) books on my TBR piles ... I mean ... 1.534 unread books!?!? That's baaad!! :-D

    One of my own bookish confessions?
    You usually won't be able to tell I've read a book as I treat it with so much care it looks like new. I've been getting funny looks because of that "habit" especially seeing how I sometimes have to squint to read the words near the spine just so I won't accidentally break it.

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    1. I KNEW you would be upset about my book abuse ;-)

      I tried to read one without cracking the spine but I was concentrating so much on NOT doing it that I couldn't focus on the book!

      I've got an image in my head now of you putting your face as close as possible to a big thick book trying to read the words near the spine!

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    2. I'm so glad there is someone else out there who does not like to crack spines at all. I think squinting can become a fine art. Perhaps we could convince publishers to leave a wider margin in the centre :)

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  2. Have you tried All My Books program instead of Collectorz Book Collector?
    That's what I am using for my collection

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  3. This so is my list. I have the same bad habits :-) so no, you are NOT alone

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    1. Haha that makes me feel better. I always regret it when the spines are all crinkly on the shelves but I can't help it!

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  4. I eat and drink while reading too! I mean what else is there to do!? That's valuable reading time. :) Great list!
    My Confessions

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  5. Sometimes I mix up an experience I've had with something I've read in a book. Oops. Don't think I'm crazy now. But, I just feel like I've lived the story and it becomes mine. I have a hard time separating out reality from fiction.

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    1. I have a habit of going to bed after reading and imagining the rest of the story - or if I'm not liking the book, re-writing it in my head!

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  6. You have a crazy amount of books, but at least it is cataloged! I don't like to eat or drink while I read, because I might not stop lol. I actually prefer some hardcovers, just because it's easier to lay flat on a table. I'm sure you're not the only one who does all fo these :)

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    1. I'm sure there are many secret reader-eaters out there...I'll find 'em ;-)

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  7. I hate loaning books as well.

    I am sorta obsessed with keeping my book jackets in perfect condition going so far as to store them separately in boxes under paper. Not every book but I have a few that I want to preserve.

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    1. Despite my spine-cracking habit, I hate creased front covers. I'm always upset when one gets accidentally scuffed!

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  8. I love you, you make my TBR of 500ish seem tiny! Does that mean I can buy more books?

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  9. How do you eat while reading? What if you get to a really amazing part and you end up dropping food down yourself because you missed your mouth?! :)

    And I, too, am not very book-generous. I prefer my books not leave the house without parental (i.e., me) supervision. :)

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    1. LOL @ parental supervision.

      I'm an expert one handed-eater. Only steak is my downfall - so I cut it all up at the beginning of the meal!

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  10. hahahaha I defiantly eat/drink whule reading. :D

    I skip prologues *ducks*

    http://www.caroleraesramblings.com/2012/08/top-ten-tuesday-i-confess.html

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  11. Wow but that's some TBR pile. And I've also done number 6. What's worse my friends totally know what I'm up to. :)

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    1. My boyfriend always tells me off - but sometimes book characters are much better company!

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  12. Wow, these are some great confessions, lady! Now, it doesn't phase me that you've skipped social events to sit back and read (I do this on occassion as well --- let's call it a "mental health day") but the fact that you have THAT many owned-to read books just astounds me. Where do you keep them all?!

    So you want a bookish confession? Here's a terrible one: I have an awful tendency to flip to and read the last page of a brand new book, first. I don't know why I do it (some terrible compulsion, I know) and I hate ruining surprises. It's like a bad habit that I just can't break. :(

    http://foiltheplot.blogspot.com

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    1. I have piles of books everywhere, I'm in permanent danger of being smothered in a book landslide!

      Oh, I used to read the last page ALL THE TIME - I eventually broke myself of the habit, but still sometimes I flip to the last page, under the pretense of 'checking the page number'.

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  13. There was a brief phase in middle school or high school where I really liked to dog ear or to crack spines, mostly because I hated bookmarks, so if dogearing wasn't happening then I just left the book upside down. NOT GOOD. I did, however, dog-ear a page with a quote last week while I was reading. It was from the library and some pages had already been dogeared, so I thought WHY NOT.

    Paperbacks are better, but I would NEVER loan one of mine to you. Which isn't really a huge issue since you live in freaking Europe.

    Oh yeah. Definitely more on books that clothing.

    I've definitely also canceled plans to read. Turned down plans for tonight so that I can read, in fact.

    WHO ARE YOU TO TALK ABOUT BOOKS IN TERRIBLE CONDITION? o_o

    What is Collectorz? I could use a fifth way to catalog my books. lol.

    You win. I need more books. Obviously.

    I'll trade you my old Kindle for something. Lol. You have ALL of the readers.

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    1. Dog-earing is a habit I broke by buying myself loads of pretty bookmarks. Next habit to break is the spine (pun intended).

      I HATE borrowing books from people because I'm so scared of ruining their books! I'd end up reading them in white gloves and turning the pages with tweezers whilst sitting in a sterile room. And not a single word would sink into my brain.

      Collectorz is a collection database software thingy. Coz ya know, spreadsheets, Goodreads and Shelfari just wasn't enough - some weekends I spend more time 'organizing' than reading.

      I'm already pondering another ereader. Why not, more ebook storage space ;-)

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  14. Whoever doesn't eat while reading is wasting precious reading time!!!! And I commend you for cataloging your books...I only do so on goodreads!

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  15. 7) I hate sharing my books - I've received too many back in terrible condition!

    THIS. I once loaned out a Jodi Picoult (whom I ADORE) book to a friend from work. Not only did I never get it back, but I saw it a few months later laying in the floor of her car, looking beat up. GRRRr.

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  16. Ah - a fellow book abuser lol :D Kindred spirits ;) Except I think I'm far worse than you (see my number 6 lol!)

    Number 6 is also true for me - and I feel much better knowing I'm not the only person like that. I tend to hate large social gatherings and most times I find myself wishing I'd stayed at home, or thinking about the book I'm reading whilst out. *shame*

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  17. Wow...I'm picky about who I let borrow my books, but I actually have a running list of who's borrowing which books from me and which books I've borrowed from which people. I didn't even think to put this on my list. I used to purposely crack the spine of my text books for college, but no way do I do to my babies. I can't believe you're over 1500 in your owned books that are TBR. Good grief! Good luck with that.

    Check out my TTT.

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

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  18. I have been feeling guilty because I own a Sony and want a Kindle but you have four so that gives me hope.

    I am an unintentional spine cracker. I wish I knew how to not crack the spine.

    I also skip intros, prefaces, etc. I just like the story part. I will read author's notes and acknowledgements though.

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