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!