Confessions of a book blogger…


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.  The theme this week is : ‘Top Ten Blogging Confessions’ 

  1. I’m a bit ruthless with my books.  I don’t loving look after them – they are literally stacked about the place.  Plus – I confess to cracking the spines!  Sorry, that sounds so harsh but I hate it when a book can barely be opened!
  2. I buy far too many books to realistically read – unless my house becomes marooned and I stop collecting titles I will never catch up!
  3. I’m not a completist – if I don’t like a book I won’t carry on reading it.  I need to work on this – particularly review copies.
  4. Book covers are my thing – I admit that certain covers would definitely put me off picking up a book.  This is bad too.
  5. I read 50 Shades of Grey!!  I won’t say I liked it (because I didn’t – but I buckled under pressure).  Is there no end to my bad book reading.
  6. If somebody is reading a book – I will try any method possible to find out what they’re reading – shameless rubber necking for example.
  7. My organisation is terrible!  I’m a shambles.  I frequently find that I have the same book more than once.  Or I order books from the library and they all come in together.
  8. My classical book reading has gone down hill badly – I do have a challenge to read 50 in 5 years and I really need to work harder at it.
  9. I also need to work on my review book ratio – no more requesting until I’ve improved it dramatically!
  10. The first step to recovery is admittance – Okay, I have a problem, I’m a book addict!  

33 Responses to “Confessions of a book blogger…”

  1. cleopatralovesbooks

    Brilliant confessions – I share many of these particularly the buying too many books!

    • lynnsbooks

      Well you have to buy so many – because you don’t want to miss anything!
      Lynn 😀

  2. lipsyy

    hahahaha number 6…yesss!

  3. acuriousgal

    I’m a sucker for a great book cover too…doesn’t it feel better now that you confessed?!👍👍🙋🙋

    • lynnsbooks

      Yes! I’m sure I’ve missed plenty of good books through with my irrational dislikes!
      Lynn 😀

  4. Cora @ Tea Party Princess

    Great confessions! I’m a book abuser myself – cracked spines, bent pages, creased covers… And I have every on of Ian Rankin’s books. Twice. Because I keep forgetting that I have them.
    Cora @ Tea Party Princess

    • lynnsbooks

      Haha! I’m glad I’m not alone buying books more than once!
      Lynn 😀

  5. Nathan

    Oh yes to number six! I simply MUST know what the book is and i I have read it

    • lynnsbooks

      I could develop a neck ache or a migraine through eye strain trying to check out what others are reading! Unfortunately, I’m probably not as subtle about it as I think.
      Lynn 😀

  6. nrlymrtl

    I too have far more books than I could ever read and they are all over the place and not treated like polished treasure. There are some books that I have totally worn the cover off of because I have read the book so many times.

    I buckled under pressure and read City of Bones. Sigh…..

    • lynnsbooks

      I buckled also with the Cassandra Clare books (and yes, I read more than one!)
      Lynn 😀

  7. Tabitha (Not Yet Read)

    Dude you totally don’t have a problem! I admit I am just as bad with doubling up on books. Now I use the goodreads shelves to keep track of what books I have in my personal library and at home. Only books that I don’t have are on the wishlist shelf and everything else I have a copy of, have had, read, and gotten rid of etc. Though I need to update the wishlist books and move some over to ‘to read’ I’m bad at that. But I buy WAY LESS books then I used to.

    Personally I used to be a completionist and being a review blogger has now changed that. I still rarely ever let a book go unfinished but I realized I’m going to promise myself that I will do so more and more now and then just list reasons why I don’t want to continue.

    SPINE CRACKER! *hiss* I am a cover whore! If the cover is bad I won’t want to read it – it totally steals my fervor. Also I will buy books for their cover alone. And I rubber neck too! I just HAVE to know what that other person is reading.

    • lynnsbooks

      Hahah, you’re a cover whore and I’m a book tart!! One of my friends is totally OCD about covers – if she orders a book and it arrives with just the slightest fault – nope, it’s going back! I absolutely have to get better at finishing review books! I don’t feel I can review a book if I’ve not read it so it’s a catch 22.
      Lynn 😀

  8. Genki Jason

    Haha, you’ve got book addiction problems 😀

    So have I glances over at multiple stacks of books

    I should start clearing the deck soon. It’s rare for me to re-read a book and, much like yourself, I’m no longer a completionist. That written, I haven’t read a classic in a loooong time. They’ve been around for a while so they’ll keep 😉

    • lynnsbooks

      This is true – they’re classics right? So I can read them whenever. I really do need to get rid of a lot of books. I just hate doing it!
      Lynn 😀

  9. Mogsy

    My own confession: I’m a mess with my books too! A lot of people have really intricate sorting systems like how they shelve their books by author, title, genre, color, whatever but me? I’m like, um, wherever that sucker fits, lol. My shelf is just crammed, with random stacks or with books behind books. Interestingly though, just because I’m messy doesn’t mean I’m all that disorganized…I do actually remember every single book I own and I never double up unless I do it purposely (for example, sometimes I like having multiple formats of the same book).

    And I read 50 Shades of Grey too, lol. I wasn’t in love with it either, but I honestly don’t think it’s as bad as everyone says it is – and that’s my other confession, haha.

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, my shelves are a mess but there’s a certain sort of organisation there really – only I understand it but then there’s only me that will be reading them! I do double up by accident but also sometimes deliberately – but that’s more when I buy a huge book I also buy for the kindle as it’s easier to read.
      50 Shades – my biggest problem was the girl – she got on my last friggin nerve! I can’t remember why – I can’t even remember her name but…she was just so wishy washy!
      Lynn 😀

  10. Grace

    I love your giant pile of books. 🙂

    I always wish that my own books were more organized, or that someone comes up with a way to scan your shelves/piles to find the book you’re looking for at any given moment. CTRL+F for real life, please!

    • lynnsbooks

      ha – that is a good idea – I bet somebody could develop an app for that!
      Lynn 😀

  11. cherylmahoney

    Well, none of these confessions are TOO bad! 🙂 I’m definitely a rubbernecker to see what other people are reading, and I do crack spines sometimes…not deliberately, it just happens sometimes!

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, the spines do crack without help sometimes but at others – for example the Game of Thrones books – mmm, well, I was practically reading it with my teeth gritted because the pages were so tightly bound – I cracked that one I have to admit!
      Lynn 😀

  12. jessicabookworm

    If it makes you feel better I break the spines on books too, I love a book to lie flat on my lap, and I’m not even ashamed of it 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      yay – I’m in a club of two! Have you even noticed with American books that the pages are much nicer paper and they tend to lie flatter for some reason. I wonder why? I wish outs were the same!
      Lynn 😀

  13. anotherafterthought

    After reading your comment about bad book reading… you should definitely consider starting up a challenge for that. Obviously what qualifies for “bad” is pretty subjective in itself, but I’m sure people (hopefully) would have a chuckle at the thought of being challenged to read x number of bad books over time. Or maybe only I find this funny haha.

    joey via. thoughts and afterthoughts

    • lynnsbooks

      haha, that’s a challenge that is doomed to failure! Although, I suppose you could call it the bad book confession challenge – make everyone one confess if they’ve read something cheesy – particularly for holiday reads!
      Lynn 😀

  14. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    I definitely want to know what other people are reading. Although most of the time its nothing I would pick out. Then I feel lonely. Until I come online 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      Well, I don’t know about you, but if anyone asks me what I’m reading and I say it’s fantasy/sci fi – they usually glaze over! (So very few people read it in your everyday circle!) I guess that’s a similar experience to when I see what people are reading when I’m out and about – like you, it’s very rare that I would also want to read it, but, it doesn’t stop the curiosity!
      Lynn 😀

  15. Wendleberry

    I don’t get the aversion to spine cracking. I like it when a book looks read, looks loved. Perfect looking books should only be for new books fresh from the bookshop!

    • lynnsbooks

      I suppose I can see why some people don’t like it but personally I want to read the book in comfort and I don’t mind my books having a lived in look.
      Lynn 😀

  16. Melanie C (@MelTimeBlog)

    Aside from number 8 (a classic book to me is High Fidelity!), it’s like reading about myself!! I don’t want my books to look new, I want them to look well read and loved whilst in retirement on my bookcase. Too many books? Yep, that’s me. I read 1 or 2 books a week and buy 5+ and every few months Mr M buys me *another* new bookcase and slots it somewhere into the house (praise be for spare bedrooms!). My book/review ratio is terrible (netgalley say they like 80%, mine is 14%!!) … and if a book has an awful (in my opinion!) cover, I won’t be reading it, thanks all the same 😉 Great minds!! x

    • lynnsbooks

      I need to buy more bookcases – or get my own Mr M to do so (well it would be Mr P in this case)!! Book covers are a definite ‘thing’ for me. Some of them are just such turn offs!
      I just can’t turn my ratio around on Netgalley – I think partly it’s a historical thing – that moment when you first sign up and realise that you can request a book! Then you request a few books that really you’re not sure about and then of course you don’t really fancy reading them. Now, I’m much more selective about what books I want to review but there’s no getting around those first few requests – I don’t like reviewing a book if I don’t finish it so it’s a conundrum because I really don’t want to spend my precious little free time reading something I’m not enjoying!
      Lynn 😀

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