Monday, July 7, 2014

TTT: Blogging Confessions - July 8th

Blogging Confessions

1. I dog-ear library books (Though never my own books). The way I justify it is that when I get a library book that's worn, I know that it has a lot of history. Maybe other people loved it as much as I will. And when I come to a page that's dog-eared, I read extra carefully to see what someone might have wanted to remember from that page, what struck them and made them want to keep that page.

2. I have done literally no networking. I don't comment on other people's blogs. I only follow bloggers on twitter, I never engage or discuss with them. Mostly because I don't know how to get my blog out there, but also because I always feel strange inserting my opinions or thoughts onto someone else's space (Even though I know it makes my day when someone comments on a review I've written, whether they agree or disagree).

3. Sometimes I cheat and let myself not review a book I didn't like. I just don't like talking about a book I'm not passionate about in either direction. I can write rant reviews, and enjoy doing so (See my review for The One by Kiera Cass). But when a book was just okay, but didn't sway me either direction, or I just felt a sort of vague dislike, most of the time I'll just not review it because of meh feelings.

4. I genuinely don't like most contemporary books that I read or they just don't interest me in the slightest (with a few notable exceptions). I get the appeal for everyone, and I wish I could connect with and enjoy them as much as other people, but I just don't. But at least I know that about myself, right?

5. I get VERY protective of fantasy, particularly fantasy that I love or that I know is highly praised and probably excellent. I know hardly anyone in my real life who loves the genre as much as I do, so discussing it in public can get a little embarrassing. You wouldn't believe how many times I get something along the lines of, "How can you enjoy that though? It's so unrealistic and silly." Then I go all rage monster, but I think I hide it pretty well... Hopefully.

6. I love straight-up historical fiction, but I don't read nearly enough of it. I always say I need to get on that, but I'm serious this time. I really need to get on that.

7. I don't typically search out stand-alone books. If a book I want to read is a stand-alone, that's fine. But I definitely prefer series, because you spend so much time with the characters, and the stories are typically very wide and broad. I just love that feeling of starting a new series, you know?

8. I don't know that this is a confession, but I'm going to say it anyway because you and me, reader, I feel like we're having a real heart-to-heart here.
I want to be a writer when I grow up. Thus far I've written two novels (neither of which are up to snuff, but I'm definitely getting better). I'm also interested in going into the publishing industry for a career.


  1. #1 is my biggest problem. I do it with my own books sometimes too. I been trying o break out of that habit but it doesn't seem like I can! D:

    Amber @ The Book Bratz
    My Top Ten Tuesday

  2. Ooh your confession about liking series more is interesting! I prefer standalone at the moment, just because I'm SO behind with my series.

  3. My favourite historical author is Elizabeth Chadwick - loved her for over 10 years! Who's your favourite?
    Love your list :)
    Cora @ Tea Party Princess

  4. I dislike reviewing books that I feel meh towards, but sometimes I have to and it's always so hard knowing what to say!

    I like standalones but I also love a good series! There's a lot of standalones I've read and upon finishing it I really wish it were part of a series.

    Great list!

    Kyra @ Blog of a Bookaholic
    My TTT Post!

  5. +JMJ+

    I treat library books with less care than my own books, too. I know that it should be the opposite, but I do it without thinking! =P

  6. 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 are all ones I share with you. Contemporaries simply aren't my thing. I do enjoy some of them when I actually take the time to check them out, but I so rarely get to urge to read them to begin with. To me reading is about escaping from reality and I simply can't fully escape in a contemporary. I'm fiercely protective of the fantasy genre too and get really defensive if anyone bashes it in front of me. I love historicals too but I feel like I don't read enough of the genre. And like you I ALWAYS say I need to get on that but it never pans out. And yeah I won't NOT read a book if it's a standalone by any means but I much prefer series' just get so invested after spending all that time with a story and it's characters! Oh and yeah I want to be a writer too. I'm grown up though but I still say when I grow up haha

    PS- didn't know you were on Twitter. Added you :)

    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews