Monday, July 8, 2013
I came across this awesome idea on Good Books and Good Wine. The 15 Day Book Blogging Challenge. April came up with these awesome bookish excersises to get our creative juices flowing, to remind us why we blog in the first place and for fun!
I've been so busy lately and I've been out of town so I feel that my blog has been seriously lacking. Truth be told, it's been hard to get back in the swing of things. When I saw this Challenge, it lit that blogging flame again. The nice thing is, you don't have to do all 15 challenges. Just do what you can. You also may want to visit the other participating blogs and see what they have to say.
For complete details please visit the starting post HERE.
15 Book Related Confessions:
1. I judge people by what they read (but I've gotten better). People who gush over books that I find silly or ridiculous - I feel like I can't have conversations with them. I know it's mean and awful, but I feel like there are so many other better books out there. I met a woman who did like one of the offending books and she expressed that she doesn't like to talk about those kinds of books specifically because of people like me. She said that she enjoyed the book and she doesn't want to have to apologize for it. Touche. And let's be honest, the people who have read War and Peace and all those literary classics that I can't discuss coherently probably think the same thing about me.
2. I judge books by their covers. If it looks too romancy or just boring, I probably won't pick it up to even see what it's about.
3. I always try to check out what people are reading on the bus, subway, airplanes, cafes, etc. to the point where I'll try to squint and read a sentence or two.
4. In the above situation I desperately always want to discuss what they are reading and contemplate how to strike up a conversation about the book without seeming like a lunatic.
5. I often feel like a reading failure because I haven't read a lot of books that my blogger friends are so familiar with. I still have no clue what the Black Dagger Brotherhood is and it took me forever to read the first of the Cat and Bones and FaeFever series.
6. Pertaining to the above, I often feel when I finally do get to said books that everyone has gone ga-ga over, I don't love them like everyone else. Too high expectations?
7. I dislike series. Maybe that's another reason I haven't read many of the above mentioned. I don't mind cliffhangers to a point, but when they get frustrating I get annoyed. I feel cheated and I feel that author is just trying to get me to buy the next book. (Disclaimer: I know that this isn't really the case. Sometimes it's just the vision the author has and sometimes it's the editor/publisher.)
8. I don't usually mind when a main character dies. I think it adds depth and realism. Maybe it's the type of books I've always read where no one is "safe." (Thanks Stephen King.) Sometimes when a main character, or any character for that matter, lives through a hail of bullets it doesn't ring true. Death of a main character adds a bit of that dark tragedy that reflects real life.
9. I've never read anything by Lovecraft! (Ducks.)
10. I try to rope my friends into participating in my blog. I've succeeded with one, but I'm always asking my buddies to do a guest post or if they're reading something I suggest they write a review. One reason is to have more content because I feel like my blog always needs more. Another reason is just to have more points of view. And finally, because I want to get them as hooked as I am.
11. Even though my favorite books are Horror, I feel poorly read in that genre. There are just so many other books that distract me. Then when I read a good Horror blog or cull through Goodreads groups, I realize all the authors and books that I need to read up on.
12. I love physical books. The smell, the cover, the feel of the pages. I think Joe Hill mentioned that a physical book is "the whole package." (Just to clarify I do read e-books too.)
13. Although I have read Romance in the past, I will probably never read another book where the main goal is a relationship again. Just not interested.
14. If a book is hyped too much I become resistant. I don't want to read it because it couldn't possibly be as good as the masses have said.
15. I don't look at authors as sex symbols. I think they're rock stars, but my favorite authors are just too transcendent and too high on a pedestal to think of in "that way."
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Posted by Midnyte Reader at 8:25 PM