Top Ten Tuesday topic is all about Bookish Confessions, so I get to open up my closet and take out all the bookish skeletons. Here are all the (not so) super secrets about my reading life...
1. I don't own an e-reader... - I can't say I haven't been occasionally tempted, but I'd still rather hold a paper book in my hands than read yet more off of a screen. I already spend far too much of my life staring at screens. Also, see #3, I have no need of some other way to acquire more books.
2. ...or a library card. - I haven't checked a book out of a library since I graduated from college 6 years ago. I hate library bindings with their crinkly covers and having a deadline for reading. I also just like owning books even if they're used, and really, a hefty part of my collection is used. I support my local library by buying not borrowing. ;-) I'm a library book sale hound!
3. My physical TBR pile is hovering around a thousand - Yes, really. Will I read them all? Will I even attempt to read them all? I don't know. Will I ever be able to successfully stop acquiring books I might not read for years? All sources point to no.
4. The shelves are double stacked, and I hate it. - But perish the thought of having to get rid of some of my babies!
5. I never read The Taming of the Shrew or A Tale of Two Cities. - Sorry, Mrs. Steiner, I did totally copy my summer reading journal off of my best friend, and badly, at that. Thanks for not failing me out of 11th grade Honors' English.
6. I think I may be the slowest reader on the planet, if not the slowest, then at least the most distractable. - Most good book bloggers have read as many books as I've read this year by January, or February at the latest. I work too much, have too many social occasions, and am a little bit too in love with my iPhone and my computer. Plus, I just read really slow, much to my chagrin.
7. I'm a book monagamist. - I can't read two books at a time. When I attempt it, I feel like I never actually finish any books, and I never seem to be able to get really absorbed in any of them. I'm much more satisfied with my reading when I'm reading one book at a time and can be totally invested in it.
8. Blogging (and working, too!) killed the chunkster lover in me. - I used to really love a good chunkster, but you know what a slow reading book blogger reading a chunkster is? A boring book blogger. For example, see this summer's posts while I've been reading The Stand. It's not exactly a pretty picture. Plus, now that circumstances demand that I be a full-time working, functional adult, a good portion of my reading time takes place on lunch break. Hauling a massive chunkster back and forth to work = major pain. This is perhaps one argument that could persuade me to change #1.
9. I'm an eater reader. - I eat while I read. We live in the age of multi-tasking, right? I'm so, so careful not to make a mess, but er, every once in a great while, the fact that I eat while I read, um, shows in the pages. #shame
10. I stole my middle school library's copy of Bridge to Terabithia. - Okay, I didn't steal it. I lost it, really couldn't find it anywhere, and paid for it. Later I did find it, and read it again, and cried again. If I was going to lose/steal a book from the library, this was a great "choice."
So, any bookish secrets you'd like to confess?