Top Ten Bookish Blogging Confessions
I tried to keep this week about blogging confessions, but kept straying towards bookish-related blogging confessions, which I suppose makes more sense. I’ve always wanted to do a “confessions” series of posts (fits nicely with my blog theme, right?) but I haven’t managed to get round to it yet, it takes some planning. So, without further ado, I bring you my Top Ten Bookish Blogging Confessions… be prepared for all the gifs.
1. I went a little ARC crazy when I was first approved on NetGalley: When I started blogging I used NetGalley to find my next reads, and for a while that worked really well. Then, because of blogging, I discovered all these amazing books that are already published and out there that I had missed out on, so I started playing catch-up. That was still working OK until exam season hit, so now I have a little bit of a backlog to get through. I decided to start with a clean slate, so anything I book-in or request now is already scheduled, and when my exams are over I’ll start allocating more time to the ones I missed.
2. I buy books at a quicker rate than I can read: I think a lot of book-lovers are guilty of this. I bought a “normal” amount of books when I was younger, you know – I’d buy them at the rate I could read them – but even then I heard a chorus of: “Why do you need to own them? Why can’t you borrow them from the library?”, “You’ll never read them again you know.“, “They take up so much space, where are you going to put them all?” But you guys, you guys are enablers! Since I’ve started blogging I genuinely care less about what other people think of me and my book-buying. Sometimes I try to put myself on a book-buying ban, which might work for 3-4 weeks before I give in. It’s all about the books, I spot a deal/bargain/sale and I’m on it.
3. I’m an extroverted introvert: People who know me would probably seriously question this and declare me an extrovert through and through, but that just isn’t the case. I’m very much a mix of both. Extrovert personality traits include being sociable, practical, good conversationalists, outgoing, confident, and being able to show affection. Introverted personality traits include individuals who prefer to be in the company of very few people, they are prone to thinking, analyzing psyche, brooding about the future, being idealistic and less social. I’d say I’m smack in the middle, though only people close to me tend to see my introverted side. You might wonder what this has to do with blogging (and reading) – I have to try and keep a balance. If I stay my extroverted self for too long I can start to feel drained and dissatisfied, so I go back into my introverted shell for a while and recover (sit in, read books, blog, close the world out). Equally, if I stay in my introverted bubble for too long it can become a bit dull and depressing and I need to burst out again.
4. I can get really frustrated with complicated over-analysis of a book: I think this is part of the reason I’ve avoided the Classics for so long. Typically, the Classics tend to have more “book snob” readers than most genres and they love to deeply critique everything. I’ve done that, I’ve studied English Literature, and that’s fine, but it’s not the only way to read. When I’m not studying a text I read as a hobby, I read to escape, to unplug, unwind etc. I don’t want to over-think dramatic irony or symbolism. I tried to find a post I read a few weeks ago, the blog contacted multiple authors and asked them to provide a response to an analysis of their book, the best example was the analysis of blue curtains, and how they reflected the harsh and cold relationships in the story, while serving as a reminder of clear blue skies and more optimistic times. When the author read this they replied, “No, it means the curtains were fucking blue”.
5. I love reading books about things that don’t happen in real life: I suppose this fits in well with the fact I love the escapism that comes with reading. My sister prefers a good dose of reality in her books and sometimes I do too, I really like NA, YA, contemporaries and “issues” books, but I also spend a lot of time reading about plenty of things that just don’t happen in real life. I love dystopians and paranormal reads (though I’m still petrified of high fantasy), I love books and series where there is amazing world-building (Harry Potter, The Mortal Instruments, The Hunger Games), and just sometimes I wish some elements of these books were true.
6. I can’t really read more than one book at a time: I’ve tried. I know some people who do this and they think it helps them read more efficiently. I start out with maybe two or three books, and I try to make sure they’re very different so I don’t get any plot points confused. But usually, one of them ends up being amazing and I get drawn in to reading it until it’s finished, or one gets heavy and complicated and I put it down until I’ve finished the others so I can give it my undivided attention. The only time this works for me is if I’m reading for fun and reading a textbook or studying at the same time. In that case I use reading to procrastinate 😀 I’d like to be a multi-reader but for now I’m book-monogamous.
7. I’d really, really like more time to reread: Before blogging I used to reread my favourites more often. Now, because there are so many new and brilliant books being released that I’m actually aware of, I’m finding my rereading is taking a hit. I’ve recently reread the entire Mortal Instruments series and I’m currently on book 6. According to Goodreads the reread took me just over a month (I also read two other books in that time, and *tried* to study). I argue with myself over reading new books (because I already own so many and my TBR is HUGE) and rereading favourites. It’s a never-ending mess of confusion.
8. I’d LOVE to find the time to write more original content/discussions or even participate in more discussion memes: This blogging caper is a lot harder than it looks. I feel like I’m starting to get into my groove with it a little more and I have a ton of ideas for posts I’d like to write. Sometimes it’s easier to participate in a meme or discussion tag than generating the whole post as a standalone, and I tend to wait for that to happen (like with this confessions post), but there are stand-alones I want to write, it’s just hard to find the time. If I spend too much time blogging, I get no reading done. Or I end up in that introverted bubble I talked about earlier and have to go out and be sociable for a while instead. I’ve started scheduling over this exam period, and it seems to be working well, so I’m going to try and keep that up to see if it affords me the extra time to write thoughtful posts. Quality over quantity and all that jazz.
9. Sometimes I question why I read and wonder what else I “should” be doing: Again, this probably goes back to my introvert/extrovert internal battle. Sometimes, I’m in love with books and reading, and imaginations and characters, and authors and covers and all that good stuff. And sometimes, I question the amount of time I spend reading/blogging/reviewing etc. when I could be doing something that others might consider “more productive” with my time. I’m not exactly going to start mountaineering or ice skating as a hobby, but I could be doing more of those “social” things that I sometimes crave, or I could spend more time on my career or freelancing, or even just cleaning and decorating – something that would be useful and productive in my real life. Anything really, except sitting still reading about a world that doesn’t exist and people I’ll never meet for 3 hours straight… But then I love it, so why question it?!
10. I’m going to end this post in true Book Geek fashion. “The pen is mightier than the sword”. I think words can be very powerful, they can be life-changing.
There are so, so many more bookish and blogging related confessions I could share – I may need to make this a regular feature. Are there any of my confessions you can relate to? Or do you have some I haven’t mentioned at all? Link me up to your TTT post!