So, April over at Good Books and Good Wine is doing this awesome thing, friends, where she’s set up 15 different prompts/challenges related to books and blogging. We answer, link up, chat with everyone about their answers, and then move on to the next one. Sounds AWESOME. There’s no set dates to start, and I don’t think you need to do all 15 right in a row, but I’ll definitely be participating because I love ALL OF THE THINGS about this.
The prompt for day one of the 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge is coming up with 15 bookish confessions. I think I’ve got this one in the bag, but let’s see how we do! In the meantime, everyone should head on over there and check out the other mini challenges April’s got going!
Here we go!
I’m a librarian by training, but my shelves are NOT organized alphabetically
I know. I feel like I’m failing at librarianship. If it helps, they ARE organized in a way that makes TOTAL sense to my brain; I’m almost always able to find whatever book I’m looking for on my shelves, or in one of the seriously ridiculous piles on my floor.
That’s because they’re organized by series or author
See? There’s a method! I’m reaching critical mass, however. For example, Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series and Marie Lu’s Legend series are next to each other (hilariously, this IS sort of alphabetical, except Meyer is sandwiched between LaFevers and Lu, and they’re all next to Cashore on one side and Perkins on the other), but the shelf is full. No room for the next books in those series. YET.
Also, my series are in order from right to left, ALWAYS, so they’re in the opposite direction of how most Western cultures read.
Favorites in the front! (My shelves are two rows deep)
I reread constantly, so I like to have my favorite favorites in a place where I can reach them easily, whether I want to reread the entire book or just grab it and flip to a scene or passage (usually it’s the kissing scenes) I particularly loved. Only one book I own has actual stickies in it marking quotes or passages I like to revisit: Jodi Lynn Anderson‘s TIGER LILY. Everything else, I just flip until I find what I’m looking for.
I have a bookmark system that tells me my primary and secondary reads
There is also a tertiary bookmark, but I don’t often have three print copies going at once unless I’m doing a readalong or something more drawn out. My primary bookmark was a gift from my old boss’s business trip to India, and my secondary bookmark is this woven wood/raffia-looking stuff.
I can’t buy one book in a series and not buy all the rest
CANNOT DO THIS EVER. Once I buy one book in a series, there’s no question about my buying the rest, so if I buy book one, I’m locked in for them all. Two exceptions: I still haven’t purchased REQUIEM by Lauren Oliver out of sheer protest, and I don’t have all the Elizabeth Peters Amelia Peabody books because there’s, like, 20 of them. Ain’t nobody got room for that!
I’ve never finished reading LITTLE WOMEN, the book whose characters my sister and I were named after
That’s right. I was named after Amy March and my sister was named after Laurie, the boy next door whom she eventually marries. It was my mother’s favorite book growing up; she even gave me a gorgeous hardcover for Christmas the year I turned 10. I HAVE, however, seen the movie.
I often check out between 8 and 10 library books at a time, but I rarely read them all
I feel so bad about this. Especially because I will renew, renew, renew until I can’t anymore and STILL manage to not read half the books I check out. My eyes are bigger than my bookish stomach when I go the library, friends.
I’ve never read anything by: Charles Dickens, John Steinbeck, or F. Scott Fitzgerald, and I couldn’t finish ANNA KARENINA
In my defense, I have TRIED to read books by these authors and so many others but I just couldn’t hack it. I made it about 350 pages into ANNA KARENINA before I put it down. Didn’t help that I knew the ending going in.
My favorite Shakespeare play is A Midsummer Night’s Dream
SIGH. I do love Shakespeare. I took a class on his works in college and it was one of my favorites, if also one of my hardest. This play is my favorite because it’s just so magical.
The reason I think gingers are hot is because of Jamie Fraser from the Outlander series
BOOM. If you follow me on Twitter, you might know that Starz is making this series into a TV show airing next year and they just cast Jamie Fraser and THEY HAVE DONE WELL. I love this series so much.
I get a little cringey when my book covers don’t match
I know, I know. I just have to suck it up. I can’t blame publishers for doing whatever they think is the best way to sell more books. This is just my bookish OCD kicking in. This is especially bad when I like the original cover better than the redesign, which nearly always happens.
I used to steal books from my library when I was little
SHHH! DON’T RAT ME OUT, OK??
Nearly any expendable cash I have goes towards buying books
This is also the reason why I have so many piles of books. I keep buying them without weeding and so I’m running out of room. It’s a LEGIT problem. But buying books is how I treat myself. It’s what I splurge on. It’s nigh impossible for me to stop, although I can curb myself if I need to.
I don’t like reading about zombies, but I have no problem reading about ghosts
I’ve read exactly ONE book about zombies: Courtney Summers‘ THIS IS NOT A TEST and I liked it. But I haven’t been drawn to any other zombie books since. I just have no interest at all. When it comes to ghosts or any OTHER paranormal creature, though, I’m all in.
I’m obsessed with A Song of Ice and Fire, but I constantly need to refresh my memory
I even have an app on my phone. There’s SO MUCH going on and so many different people and places that things run together on me sometimes. Don’t misunderstand me, though: I LOVE THIS. I love having to look stuff up and get caught in a Game of Thrones nerd sesh.