Bookish Confessions


I am linking up with April for the Book Blogger Challenge. Day 1 was 15 book-related confessions, and I’m a few days late, but here are my confessions:

  1. I think, if I made a pie chart of all the times I’ve cried in my life, the slice for those incidents caused by books would probably be the largest. Probably. Just from sheer number of times it’s happened over the years, not the intensity of any one time. I can get really attached to characters I love.
  2. I am a double-stacker on my bookshelves, out of necessity. So many books, never enough shelves.
  3. I never dog-ear a book if I can help it. I use a bookmark or scrap of paper.
  4. I do not own an e-reader. I much, much, much prefer a real physical book with actual pages. I do have the Kindle app on my phone, but I rarely use it.
  5. It’s not unusual for me to read an entire book in a single evening. It’s also not unusual, when that happens, for that book to be some subspecies of the romance genre.
  6. One of the worst feelings is when you get hooked on a series, only to realize the next book you need is not even published yet. But I need to know what happens!!
  7. Free books are always great, but I must come across as having different taste than I do (somehow?) because gifts from friends and gift swappers are usually off. Not that I won’t try something new, but it definitely gets shuffled to the bottom of the to-read list (which is miles long).
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    Extra confession: I have yet to read any of these, and I got them after Christmas…
    I blame the huge TBR pile

  9. Right now I have 7 books out from the library, and 3 on hold. This is also not unusual. (I love my local library!) Also, what I choose to read next from my to-read list is largely determined by whether my library has it. I would quickly go bankrupt if I had to buy every book I wanted to read.
  10. That’s why, when I get a gift card to somewhere like Amazon or Barnes & Noble? Hell yes! Best gift ever.
  11. I have an actual published book out in the world. You can find it here. It’s poetry.
  12. When I exercise my god complex by playing Sims 3, the trait I most often assign to my sims is Bookworm.
  13. I love designing book covers. I’ve had the chance to do 3 covers for novels as a freelancer (you can see them here, here and here), and I want to do more.
  14. If I lend you a book, that’s exactly what it is – a lease. I expect it back. If I meant for you to keep it, you’d know, because it’d be wrapped like a gift.
  15. I usually have multiple books going at once. Which one I pick up to read depends on what mood I’m in. Because there is a mood difference between Victorian steampunk with werewolves in the style of Jane Austen, and modern day urban fantasy with angels and demons, and epic adventure in a made-up world with magic, despite what an outsider may think. 😛
  16. Lately I’ve been trying to find & buy books I remember loving as a kid, usually folk tales with beautiful illustrations. I get such a happy rush out of this, and imagine sharing them with my future kids. Two of my hardest-to-find-but-best-loved: The Fire-Bird and The Weaving of a Dream.

Also, today (day 4) the prompt was ‘What’s the last book you flung across the room?’ and my answer to that is a horrified gasp. Throw a book?! Never. Even if I hate it. I might slam it shut in disgust, but books never get thrown. Also, a good chunk of the books I read are from the library, so, you know, I don’t want to damage their property and get fined and stuff. So no dramatic book-throwing around here.

How about you? Any book confessions, pet peeves, guilty habits?


  1. My bookcase doesn’t hold all my books. There are about 3 rows on 3 of the shelves, two on the top shelf (hardcovers mostly) and a whole other bookcase filled with occult books, and then stacks of them all on the floor, and some in a spare room (my animorphs novels) and a few kicking around in the bedroom. And some on my mom’s bookcase. I have soooo many books (500+ easily) and although I have a Nook (it was gift) I love having the physical things, even if they are slowly overtaking my apartment.

    Also, your book covers are awesome!

    1. Thanks! 🙂

      And yeah, I have managed to get all of the books I own onto shelves by cramming and double-stacking. Just barely. My library books kind of spread out helter skelter wherever there’s space in the living room, though.

  2. I agree!! Physical copies are always better then ebooks =D The feeling of holding a physical copy and enjoying the cover cannot be captured in electronic form.

    Oooh you designed 3 different book covers ^_^ That must of been awesome!!!

    1. Yes, exactly!! E-books seem like a poor substitute for a real book, even if they are (arguably) more convenient.

      Cover design is one of my favorite things to do! I would love to do more.

  3. This blog post has inspired me for a theme for my 24 Hour Zine this year. I’ll send you a copy.

    I double stack my books too and I still don’t have room for all of them. I have a heap of my books at my friend Nik’s house in a chest since I had nowhere to put them at the time.

    If I ever had the money to build my own home I’d have a library room complete with wall to wall bookshelves, a comfy chair and a desk. I’d probably never want to leave that room.

    I don’t own an ereader though I do want one as a bunch of the authors I enjoy publish primarily in ebook format (erotica/erotic romance etc).

    I’ve been a member of BookCrossing since 2006-ish. I met my best friend at a BookCrossing convention in Wellington in 2007.

    1. Glad to be of help! I’m guessing a 24 Hour Zine is one you write/put together in just a day? Sounds interesting. 🙂

      Oh my goodness, I would love to have a library in my house! I don’t know if we’ll ever have a place big enough to devote a whole room to that, but it’d be awesome. I’d settle for a secret room behind a sliding bookcase, too.

      I’m not familiar with BookCrossing, but will check it out.