Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and created by Jamie.
OH, I couldn't help myself but to participate in this one: Bookish Confessions.
1. Ever since the invention of the GoodReads Reading Challenge, I find myself a very, very depressed reader.
Don't you just despise that little graphic in the corner of your blog, mocking you, pointing at you, taunting you "YOU'RE 4 BOOKS BEHIND, JEN!" That's exactly how it makes me feel. Like a failure of a reader. But, Goodreads, something came up this week, I SWEAR. You don't have to belittle me and flaunt my shortcomings! Just like an abusive boyfriend or an overbearing parent, Goodreads fails to be uplifting when you're falling slightly short.
2. Speaking of Goodreads, I'm pretty obsessed with updating my reading status.
Maybe it's the sense of validation I get from seeing that I'm making progress, but there's something so fulfilling about tracking how far into this or that book I am.
3. I skim block paragraphs in lackluster books.
If a book is boring the heck out of me, you'd better believe that my eyes totally glaze over those long, torturous descriptions.
4. I am intrigued by low star ratings.
For whatever reason, I think I can find something magical in a book that everyone else missed. I'm more likely to read a book that has critical reviews than one that has a bunch of glowing reviews and is world-renouned. I cheer for the underdog, what can I say?
5. I cannot read books with the dust jackets on.
My reasoning for this is threefold: I don't want them to get damaged. I don't like that they're flip floppy when I'm trying to turn the pages and it falls off and I'm all "FFFUUUUU." And I don't particularly like people seeing the covers of books I'm reading in public. NO, I will not give you an explanation and how rude of you to ask when I'm clearly reading, thanks. No one likes those conversations.
6. Five star books are few and far between these days.
Maybe my standards are just impossibly high. Maybe books these days aren't as good as they were back in 2008 when I started vigorously reading again. Maybe it's because I'm always challenging myself with those low-starred books. But for a book to deserve those five stars, I need to feel that book IN MY SOUL. I need to daydream about it when I'm not reading it and I need to miss it when it's finished.
7. I sometimes buy an entire series of books without reading the first.
Not only does this take up space on my shelf, but there's no guarantee that I'll like the books. LOOKING AT YOU, BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD.
8. Sometimes I just don't feel like reading.
And so I envelop myself in other obsessions. Ahem, True Blood. Eric Northman. AHEM.
9. I dream cast all my favorite books.
I have to pick a celebrity to represent those characters that I love. Sometimes, if a character is really vivid, I come up with my own picture of them, like with Irial from the Wicked Lovely series. But mostly, I'm unoriginal and pick a pretty face that already exists to be the star.
case in point: nathan adrian = elder from across the universe
10. I am queen of the DNF.
Even if it's a book I'm sort of enjoying, if it's not fitting the exact mood I'm in, I stop. Ain't no time for that.