Reading Confessions

I read this on The Melodramatic Confessions of Carla Louise & I knew I had to fill it out myself!

1. Have you ever damaged a book?

Never on purpose, but some of my older Garfield books (don’t judge me) have torn pages that I later fixed with clear packing tape.  & I’ve had some of my bright red nail polish rub off on some pages before; so, no, never on purpose, but, yes, on accident.

2. Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?

NEVER!  That’s just rude on so many levels.  It irks me when I borrow a book from the library & someone has written, highlighted, or otherwise damaged the interior.

3. How long does it take you to read a book?

That’s a tough question to answer, because there are just so many factors.  I usually only read before I go to bed for about an hour, so it depends on how tired I am.  I also don’t always like the book in the beginning (or middle, or end), so I might be less inclined to read it & more inclined to just go to bed.  Then there’s the length – longer books, obviously, take longer to read.

Going by my Goodreads.com reviews, which track when I listed a book as “started” & “finished,” I would say it could take anywhere from 2 weeks to a month.  But, if I were to read more & watch TV less, I would definitely be done faster.  (That was a “duh” statement, I know.)

4. Books that you haven’t finished?

There are a few, certainly, but I try to plod on & finish every book I start.  True Survival Stories by Anthony Masters might be one of the last books I didn’t actually finish, but that was about 500 books ago.  Yes, I keep a list of books I’ve read & what I thought of them (in short-hand)… don’t judge!

5. Hyped/Popular books that you don’t like?

I thought that 50 Shades of Grey was horrific.  I read about 1/3 of a page before I put it in a pile to be donated.  I thought it was terribly written, grammatically flawed, & showed BDSM/D/s in such a flawed, incorrect, & defamatory light that it makes its participants unsure of how to tell a consentual lifestyle from an abusive relationship.  I think our society is worse off for those books having been written.

6. Is there a book you wouldn’t tell anyone you were reading?

Absolutely not.  In fact, I show everyone on FB what I’m reading through my Goodreads account.

7. How many books do you own?

I don’t think I can even count that high.  I have at least 100+ books that I haven’t read yet, separated into different categories (i.e. fiction, historical/psychological, religious, The Western Canon) on a shelf, then another 50+ in the basement that I’ve already read, & several thousand in Kindle version to be read.  However, I think I’ll always prefer actual books to Kindle/e-reader books; I love to see the progress I’ve made, feel the book in my hands, &, yes, the smell of books.

8. Are you a fast reader or a slow reader?

I would say that I’m a pretty slow reader.  I have ADHD, which means I get easily distracted while I’m reading.  I’ll get through an entire paragraph only to realize that I didn’t comprehend any of it because my mind was wandering.  Also, since I only read for about an hour before bed, it does take me a while to read an entire book.  I really should dedicate more time to reading versus TV.

9. Do you like to buddy read?

I’m not sure what this means, so I’m going to make some assumptions.  I used to like reading books out loud with an ex of mine, so if that’s what “buddy read” means, then, yes, but it has to be with a special person.  That’s something I feel is almost intimate.  If it means when you & a buddy read the same book, then discuss it… it could be a good thing; but that sounds more like “book club” than “buddy read.”

10. Do you read better in your head or out loud?

I read better out loud, only because it forces me to really concentrate on what I’m reading.  However, I very rarely do this because… well… it seems weird to do when I’m alone!

11. If you were only allowed to own one book, what would it be and why?

I couldn’t possibly answer this…I have far too many books that I either rate as “really like” or “loved.”  It’s an awful future to even imagine in my world!! *curls up in a sad lil ball*

I tag:

No one, since this is my first post & I have no followers.  This is a complete & utter act of blatant navel-gazing.

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12 thoughts on “Reading Confessions

    1. Always a pleasure to meet a fellow reader. I find there are so few of us nowadays… unless you count Kindle. What are your thoughts on Kindle vs. paper books?

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      1. I’ve always loved paper books. I’ve used my iPad for my textbooks, but I don’t think I will ever use a mobile device for pleasure books. I love the paper ones too much!

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      2. I’m with you on that one. I have thousands of Kindle books saved on my external hard-drive, but I just can’t give up “the real thing.”

        I love the feel of a book in my hands, I love seeing my progress as I read more & more, &, yes, I love the smell of books. Old books, new books… I just love the smell.

        I do feel a little bit bad about the environmental impact, though.

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  1. How cool. Unfortunately, I have damaged a borrowed book. I was mortified and couldn’t give it back. So I had to buy a new one. 😦

    Anyway I just read your lovely post on the Melodramatic Confessions. I look forward to more of your posts. Following you now 😉

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    1. I think we’ve all damaged a book at one point or another. I used to wear bright red nail polish & it would end up rubbing off on the pages, which irks me every time I see it. But, of course, that’s on my own books. I can only imagine how I would feel if I damaged a borrowed book; I completely empathize with you. I think you did what I would do in that situation & replaced what you damaged… but not without feeling awful.

      Oh wow!! I didn’t expect such a response so quickly!! I really do need to reblog that post to my own page, & I guess I have to get to work on writing something worth reading. 😉

      I’m very new to WordPress, so forgive me any future muck-ups! 😀

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      1. I have no idea how I missed your comment. I blame being new to WordPress. Although, I’m coming up on my 1 year anniversary in a couple of months, so I should probably drop that one. XD

        Regardless, I wanted to say you’re most welcome. & you rock. 🙂

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