Top Ten Tuesdays: Top Ten Bookish Confessions

This is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten Bookish Confessions… which should prove interesting ;-) .

Mary

1. Staying up until 3 or 4 am to finish a book!

2. Bugging my friends and family with facts pulled from whatever book I’m reading at the time. (Right now its a biography of Ataturk… Its getting pretty annoying)

3. Turning down the pages of library books to mark passages. Sorry fellow patrons!

4. I read while walking. A lot. Including crossing streets and climbing stairs. And I recently almost ate it when I wouldn’t put a book down to get on/off a moving sidewalk. Oops!

5. Buying books. I have too many! Im a huge library fan too (see number 3), but kindle’s instant-gratification is too often my undoing!

Elizabeth

I should say that Mary wrote hers before I did, and all but number 2 also apply to me… Especially numbers 1 (!!!), 4, and 5.  Of course I bug my family and friends with random facts all the time that don’t necessarily come from my reading, so that one might apply after all.

6. Addiction to free kindle books. I know, I know, most of them are free for a reason. But despite that, some of them are really entertaining. I’ll admit that sometimes I’m laughing at the mistakes or the plot, but if I don’t like it, who cares? It was free. I often find first books in a series for free about when the second book is coming out. And yes, sometimes I actually buy other books in the series if I like the first free one. So kudos to that marketing strategy. However, this leaves me with a million books on my kindle, only half of which I’ve read (because I tend to go on downloading binges and then I don’t always open some of the free books due to the sheer number and distractions).

7. If I read a word before I’ve heard it, it can lead to funny pronunciations. For instance, I pronounced the pavilion for years because of the Nancy Drew book Secret of the Golden Pavilion.  Plus, I, at least, do not use the word pavilion very often, so it took my mother years to figure out what I was saying and correct me. Subtle was another hard one for me thanks to The Subtle Knife.

8. If a book stresses me out too much, I skip ahead and read the ending before reading the rest of the book. In general, the books I read have happy endings, and I know that. But sometimes I just need a bit more reassurance/I need to check. If I know the ending, the conflict won’t completely stress me out, and I won’t bite my fingernails down to nubs.

9. I never seem to be able to return library books on time. I have no idea why, but it just never seems to happen. I’m probably subconsciously rebelling against parting with them or something of that ilk. I have two due today, so wish me luck!

10. I keep losing my kindle. I’m only on number 2, and the first one broke… However, number 2 is missing, and it’s not the first time I’ve mislaid it. This time I think it might be permanently lost. Thank goodness I can read my kindle books on my phone, which I can call if I lose it. Unfortunately, this means that I’m constantly running out of battery on my phone because I spend so much time reading on it…