Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Confessions

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (click the image to visit them) who pick a different topic each week.

This week the theme is: Top Ten Bookish Confessions


1. Covers: I judge books wayyy too harshly by their covers, even though it means I sometimes miss out on awesome books, the Rainbow Rowell books for example.

2. I’m not a member of my local library because it’s really quite rubbish, which makes me sad.

3. Spine-breaker: I’m a NOT fan of dog-earring pages, but I really love a good creased spine. I like my books to look well- loved.

4. Weird book reading system: When I start reading a book, I have to read the intro (if there is one) and the dedication/about author first. Then I read the first chapter. Then I flick to end and read the acknowledgements and make a note of the page count before carrying on with the book. Is that weird? It took me ages to realise that I do that.

5. Sunday Madness: I try to get up mega early on Sundays just to get in some extra reading time. Even if I know I’ll start the working week being tired, I tend to get up earlier on a Sunday than a weekday. I also try not to make any plans on that day. It’s the day of rest, after all. Sorry, friends.

6. Lies: The last point is followed closely by…when I say I’m busy, I sometimes mean I need to read my book. Alone. When I say sometimes, I mean a lot of the time.

7. Book Crushes: Because I read a lot of YA, I end up crushing on characters that are way too young for me. But they’re fictional…so it’s OK, right? I’m still 17 inside OK! (IF THAT)

8. Time Wasters: When I see people on public transport/waiting rooms/in queues looking really bored and frustrated, I always wonder why they don’t carry a book with them. So much wasted time!!

9. Hype: When there’s too much hype surrounding a book it really puts me off. That’s probably why I never read Harry Potter, and why it took me about a year to read The Hunger Games after it came out.

10. Buying Books: I buy most of my books from either Amazon, charity shops or carboot sales. I’d like to support local bookstores more, but finances don’t often allow it. 😦

What are your bookish confessions?

Author: lipsyy

Creative Writing graduate. A Northerner in London. I probably love books a bit too much. Also enjoy vampires, unicorns, man love, tennis & can't get enough of trashy teen novels. I find myself thinking 'What Would Buffy Do?' way too frequently. HIYA!

21 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Confessions”

  1. I’m the same with buying books. I buy all of mine new and used from the amazon marketplace so I’m recycling other people’s unwanted books (hello £2.81 for a hardcover in perfect condition worth £15.99+!), doesn’t help that UK libraries are rubbish and we have no independent bookshops in liverpool (pretty much just one and then Waterstones.)

    1. Yeah it really sucks doesn’t it. I hate that the very few independent book shops around me are so expensive, and that my library is really rubbish. I haven’t been for a few years, maybe I should check it out again in case it’s improved.

      I didn’t realise you’re in Liverpool, I used to go shopping there all the time – don’t recall any good bookshops though! Rubbish!

      1. I have one independant book shop near me, in town on London Road called Henry Bohns? The are independent and they do used editions, specialising in gorgeousness- they are actually quite cheap! But that is all we really have for independent bookshops here apart from News from Nowhere on Bold St.

        Awh that’s cool! 🙂 It sucks that all we really have for bookshops now is Waterstones.

        I’ve recently subscribed to our libraries for the first time in 10 years because A. I’m broke and B. they told me if they don’t have a book you want, you can request it and they will actually buy a copy for people to read!

  2. I like that you’ve discovered your own book reading mantra! I admit, and I forgot this when posting, I used to look at the last few pages – so bad! I don’t do that any more! To be honest it doesn’t help, if you read something you don’t like it puts you off reading the book entirely and yet what you’ve read could be misleading or taken out of context! Glad I’ve got over that little habit.
    Also, I have to admit that I do use libraries quite a bit. I must be lucky – I use Stockport and Manchester’s libraries and I’ve had all sorts of books from them in the past few years. I really do need to organise myself better though.
    Lynn 😀

  3. Great list! And I agree with a lot of them! I judge books by covers too (I think we all do??) and I’ve had the opposite happen too, where it’s a stunning cover and the content was the let-down. I am a member of my local library, but that’s mostly so I can “borrow” eBooks, I very rarely actually go to it, which is a shame, and I’ve said I would so many times. Now I say I will when my TBR gets down (which could take quite a while)… I LOVE breaking spines. I break all the spines. Usually a good crack at the mid-way point. I’ve started understanding the hype monster more, and tend to avoid the books until it dies down so my expectations aren’t super high. I guess with HP you can’t do that because the hype is constant and has been for 10+ years. I would still HIGHLY recommend them, they are my favourite books ever (there’s some more hype for you), I’m not sure what I’d make of them if I was reading them for the first time now. To me they’ll always be faultless. I grew up with the series and read them as they were released… Do it though! It’s HP! I buy my books from a variety of places, both online and actual stores, but I always seem to buy either books from discount stores or wait until there is a sale/offer/discount code to purchase. And I check prices online before buying too to make sure I’m getting it from the best place. Part of me feels guilty for tracking down the best deal and part of me uses that to minimise the guilt from buying so many books… I wish I could go to an independent more often, but there aren’t many of them and they’re usually too dear. I try to shop in physical stores rather than Amazon to at least support them and try to keep them open. When I was younger I didn’t care so much, but now I’m older and understand the repercussions I try to do buy with more of a conscious.

    1. Yes! Another spine-breaker! 🙂 I really wish I could support bookshops more, it makes me sad at how difficult that is sometimes.

  4. Yes to all of these. Well except the Sunday thing. When I have Sunday off work that’s my sleep in time.

    I also feel creepy having book crushes on book boys because I’m 32 and if I had gotten knocked up in high school I’d have a kid the same age as the book characters!

    1. I know right!? I’m 30 and some of these protagonists are like 16…that’s not cool when you actually think about it! But you never really think about them being that age when reading, you just get swept away….right? 🙂

  5. Dog-earing my books is one of my worst habits! I do the top to bookmark and bottom as a page reminder for quotes I love.

    Book crushes… Sigh. I asked myself yesterday if I simply had an immature mind. I swoon for so many characters way too young for me. I do think it’s okay though, as I would never actually attempt a relationship with someone so young.

    Great confessions! Here’s our TTT!

  6. Hyped books are scary! Especially if it’s a popular book that will be published soon. I always get very excited when I hear about it, but when I see everyone rating it 5 stars I get scared it will be disappointing and I lose that excitement a little. Spine-breaker *cringes* That’s something I will never do with my books :p


  7. I identify a lot with number seven, although I’m on the young side of adulthood, so I don’t feel thaaaaat creepy. I love dog earring pages, though. I have my own system for it. Top one fold is quote that I love, bottom is where I’ve left of, and top fold twice is a word that I don’t know or some other note to myself.

  8. On number 4 – I used to make myself read the introduction before starting the main book until I found that too many of them contain spoilers, especially if you’re reading the “classics”. I save them for the end now!

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