January 19, 2021
I couldn’t find my motivation for the Top Ten Tuesday topic today because I’ve already made a Winter TBR, so I’m going rogue with my own Top Ten Tuesday post (and I’m sure it’s been a topic in the past that I haven’t addressed….so a “make up” post?).
In three and one half years, I’ve never written a Bookish Confessions post. I’ve enjoyed many similar posts, so I think this week is the time to offer mine to the bookish blogging community!
I’ve Never Read Harry Potter!
I guess I need to list this one first and get it over with: I’ve never read Harry Potter!
I’m a picky reader.
I’ve developed into a picky reader…or I guess I should say I KNOW what I like and this has led to a rewarding and rich reading life! I like realistic fiction, historical fiction, brave characters, thoughtful and substantial themes, inspirational biographies/memoirs, sweet middle-grade reads, novels in verse, thoughtful women’s fiction (not chick lit), and complicated family drama. If I stick with these genres and categories, I usually do not have an unsatisfactory reading experience.
I’ve Become a Shameless DNFer!
The main reasons for DNFing include
* excessive profanity or graphic violence
* slow to engage me
* paranormal or occult content
* feelings of dread rather than joy (upon picking up the book)
* poorly written
“So many books, so little time.” ~Frank Zappa
“Reading good books, ruins you for enjoying bad ones.” ~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
See my related post here: My Love/Hate Relationship With DNF
Sometimes I Peek at the Last Chapter!
I know some readers who would NEVER peek at the last chapter. EVER.
Yet, at times (especially if the book is too stressful and my anxiety interferes with my enjoyment) I will skim the last chapter (mainly, to see if my beloved main character lives!). Sometimes if I am contemplating a DNF, I will read the last chapter before I abandon it to see if anything in that chapter engages me enough to return to reading. Usually if I do DNF a book, I will still read the last chapter for closure.
I Don’t Enjoy Chick Lit!
I prefer thoughtful, substantial themes. I have found that Elin Hilderbrand rarely offers what I prefer in chick lit. Whereas, I’ve been engaged with Katherine Center’s work. I’m not exactly adverse to chick lit (evidence=I read more chick lit in 2020 under lockdown than ever before), but I enjoy chick lit that has some snappy writing and meaningful themes. It’s always tricky to note what I don’t enjoy because it may be your absolute favorite! Reading is a personal experience, and I think each person should find what suits her or him. There’s no judgement here! I want you to find what’s most enjoyable for you!
If I’m Forced to Choose, I Choose Plot-driven Stories.
Although I appreciate well-drawn characters (hello Ove!) and admire authors like Anne Tyler that can make regular people doing ordinary things extraordinarily interesting, if I’m forced to choose one or the other, I choose plot-driven rather than character-driven stories every time. Actually, in a perfect world, I prefer a BALANCE of plot-driven and character-driven. For me, these are the best stories.
I Am An Obnoxious Bookworm in Real Life!
If I were to meet you, my first question would be “What are you reading?” Or “What is the best book you’ve read this year?” “Who is your favorite literary character?’ “What is your favorite genre?” Or some variation of these questions. I can turn any conversation into one about books and reading. You’ve been warned!
I Fall Hard For Hopeful Endings!
This is why I adore Middle Grade where themes of hope are an unwritten rule! This is why I read more romance and romcom in 2020 than is typical for me….my pandemic brain needed the HEA.
I Have Never Subscribed to BOTM or to a Book Box.
I would probably subscribe to BOTM (Book of the Month) if I still bought physical books, but I’ve gone almost entirely digital. Regarding book boxes, maybe I’m a control freak, or maybe I just know what I like to read and I don’t like to be surprised!
Thrillers, True Crime, and Crime Fiction Give Me Nightmares!
Real life is scary enough and I have decided not to read scary books. Some readers can read these genres without ill effects. Not me. It’s interesting, though, that I can usually read very difficult WW11 historical fiction without it affecting my sleep.
How about you? Do you have a bookish confession?
Happy Reading Book Buddies!
“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke
“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes
“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text
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