10 Bookish Confessions (ft. using my cats tail as a bookmark)

Let’s face it: we’ve all got secrets.

Today, I’m sharing 10 of my bookish confessions (I suppose, technically they’re not secrets – but I can guarantee you don’t know all of them). So grab a cup of tea and a scone – it’s sharing time!  

text graphic that says the listI NEVER USE BOOKMARKS

I have what feels like 135 actual bookmarks – ones with magnets, others with my name, copious amounts with cute cat pictures and even more that have a book quote or reference on – but do I use any of them? Nope.

I haven’t used a ‘proper’ bookmark in years. I’m more likely to use a scrap piece of paper or my cats tail as a bookmark (and hope he doesn’t move while I refill my teacup).

I SEEM INCAPABLE OF PRONOUNCING CHARACTERS NAMES CORRECTLY

(This happens A LOT when I’m reading fantasy books.) Unless the character’s name is Lucy or Peter or Olivia or Neo or something easy: I’m likely to pronounce it incorrectly.

Not because I want to pronounce it incorrectly, of course – but rather because when a character is introduced I’m so immersed in the story that I don’t stop to think: how would I say this out loud? Instead, I say the name in my head however I want to and then dub that character with that (probably incorrect) name FOREVER.

from above set of booksI READ MORE EBOOKS THAN PHYSICAL BOOKS

I’ve always been a firm: PHYSICAL BOOKS ARE BETTER bookworm, but since getting a fulltime job it’s easier for me to read digital books on my morning commute than carry one or two novels around wherever I go.

And, more than that, I don’t go book shopping as much as I used to. (It’s just so much easier to clickedly click my screen and read books on my phone…)

I PUT OFF READING HYPED BOOKS

The hype scares me. Honestly.

I HATE REORGANISING MY SHELVES

(More specifically, I dislike the hours of work required to rearrange them.) It’s a lot of work moving 250+ books around, you know? And it takes so long. And then comes the crisis of: how do I want them arranged? By author? By colour? Alphabetically?

It’s bad enough that I remove 20 books every weekend for bookstagram pictures.

I DON’T DNF BOOKSgirl in panda onsie reading book on bed

I need to complete all the books I start. I think I’m allergic to DNF-ing books (did/do-not-finish). Seriously. In my 18 years of life, I’ve only set aside 2 books without finishing them.

And one time, I DNF a book because I got scared (so I really don’t think it counts).

I JUDGE BOOKS BY THEIR COVERS ALL.THE.TIME

I used to feel guilty about this, but there are too many books in the world. If the book cover doesn’t catch my attention (and, admittedly, the title) I’m probably going to walk right by without reading the blurb.

There are exceptions to this though: if it’s an author I love, I’ll (at the very least) read the blurb and if a blogger/reader I trust has sworn it’s stellar, I may give it a chance too.

I ONLY READ ONE BOOK AT A TIME

The only time I’ve ever broken this is when I had set reading at school.

I like fully immersing myself in a world, and find it easier to keep all the facts straight when I’ve only got one book on my mind.

I’VE STARTED READING MORE ADULT FANTASY

(And it’s so great! How have I stayed oblivious for so long?!)

IF YOU’RE READING IN PUBLIC, I’M 100% TRYING TO SEE THE COVER

I can’t help it! I’m inquisitive and, more than that, I like knowing if I’ve read the book too.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going to talk to you about that book if I have read it (I don’t do things like that) but I like knowing anyway.

I’M A BOOK SNOB

This is the only one on the list that I’m ashamed to admit.

I don’t like second-hand books. There, I said it.

I know that there’s nothing wrong with them. I know that this is how a whole lot of people read as much as they do. I know brand new books can be expensive but I just really, really like them.


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Are you on board with any of these? Do you have a different confession you’d like to share? Tell me all the things!

5 Responses

  1. Life is too short for bad books. There are so many good books out there that if a book does not grab me int the first 2- 3 chapters I have to put it down for something more entertaining. Snob 🙂

  2. Thanks for stopping by, Omphile!
    I’ve heard about your online book community and am so glad to e-meet you.

    That’s a good system! Reading to the 50th page at least gives you a clear indication if you like/don’t like a book. And oh my gosh, free bookmarks are the best! *throws confetti*

  3. Those stand-in bookmarks sound great to me, honestly.
    I’ve personally witnessed you using your Kobo as a bookmark and I must say, it’s hilarious AND practical.

  4. I love bookmarks. So I collect freebie ones from Bridge Books, anywhere really. I don’t finish books sometimes so I have a few books I’ve DNF’d. I read a book to the 50th page and decide if it’s worth my time. Lol – it’s bad – I know… *hides*

  5. I love bookmarks and use them all the time except when I lose my current one, usually dropped off and under the bed. Then I use anything to hand – a tissue (not used) a slip of paper with a very important telephone number on it, which gets lost once I’ve retrieved said bookmark or a comb. I’ve even used my kobo (less expensive version of kindle).

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