Top Ten Tuesday: Blogging and Reading Confessions

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Blogging and Reading Confessions

01. I don’t read every day. I usually read on my lunch break at work, and sometimes at night, but on my days off, I often don’t read. Instead I spend time with my husband, catch up with TV, work in my garden, play on the internet (this includes but is not limited to blogging), watch baseball on TV. I might also read, but I might not.

02. I feel like the black sheep of the blogging community a lot. I regularly don’t like or am not interested in books that are widely loved. For example (and this is just one example of many), I’m not interested in fairytale retellings. That’s probably because I’m not fond of fairytales in the first place, but so many bloggers go crazy over fairytale retellings and I’m just like

If I’m attracted to a book, say by it’s cover or something, and I discover that it’s a fairytale retelling, it’s 99% likely that I’m no longer interested.

03. I prefer ebooks to physical books, but when I do read physical books, I don’t keep most of them after I’ve read them. I’m also in the middle of purging books I own but will never read. Don’t get me wrong, I own lots and lots of books. I’m just trying to limit the clutter of physical copies from now on. I’ll always have keepers, but I need to make the amount more manageable.

04. I try to always read a series in the same format. If I get the ebook for the first book, I want to read the rest on my Kindle too. If it’s an audiobook, I’ll listen to the audio of the rest of the series. Same with paperbacks. I try to avoid hardcovers. I won’t turn down the “wrong” format or a hardcover if an author or publisher wants to send me one, or if I win a giveaway, but I won’t buy them either, unless I have absolutely no choice.

05. I rarely visit bookstores. I’ve bought most of my books online for years. I talked about this in April. There aren’t any indie stores here, just a Barnes & Noble. I’ve actually been back to B&N two or three times since that time, mostly because they sent me coupons around Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and the 4th of July. I’m hoping there are some back to school coupons coming up in August, and then there’s Labor Day and Halloween and…Coupons, B&N, coupons! That’s how to get me back into your store.

06. All those clickbait articles about why adults shouldn’t read YA that get the (YA) blogging community up in arms? They don’t bother me. I don’t care what some stranger on the internet thinks about my reading choices.

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07. I love checking my stats. I know everyone says that stats don’t matter, but I can’t help it. I love numbers and of course I’m happier when they’re going up, but I love checking them even when they don’t. I have no idea (and no interest in) what anyone else’s stats are. I don’t compare my blog to bigger blogs, or smaller ones. I just like to compare my own stats and follower numbers to my earlier ones.

08. I wish I wrote a review for every book I read. I’m trying to start doing that, but sometimes I just don’t feel like blogging and I let it slide and before I know it, two, three, four weeks have gone by. Then I don’t remember much about the book and I find it impossible to write a review. I’m not much of a rereader, but there are two books that I wish so much that I had written a review on that I’m thinking of rereading them just so I can write those reviews. I have the paperback of one and I can probably get by with skimming and flipping through until I find points to write about. The other is on my Kindle, which would make it harder to do that with. It’s only out in hardcover for now (see #4), so I might have to wait a few months and buy the paperback then.

09. I don’t go to the library. I wish I had access to a good, convenient library, but I don’t. The library supported by my property tax dollars is in an out-of-the-way town that I have been to twice in the more than ten years that I’ve lived here. It also has limited hours because it’s a small library in a small town. I live just outside a different town and drive by its library daily, but I would have to pay over $100 a year to get a card there because my property taxes don’t support it. Granted, I spend way more than that on books I buy, but if I paid the fee, I would feel obligated to read as many books as I could and I’m afraid it wouldn’t be fun anymore.

10. I’m never satisfied with my blog, the content or the design. I wish I was a better writer and that I had better graphics skills.

Jenna

Comments

  1. The article doesn’t bother me either because, who cares? I tend to check my following more than my stats 🙂 Great list!
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  2. I am totally with you on number 6, I don’t get why people get all up in arms over it. I am just like who cares, I read what I read and I don’t see reason to get angry at people who think otherwise. I mean it’s the internet, there are always people who are going to say things like that and their site probably get’s a lot of trafic thanks to it.
    I am not sure whether I prefer e-books over paperbacks, but I do read a lot more e-books lately then paperbacks. They are just so convenient. I also avoid hardcovers usually, although I own some of Kelley Armstrong her books in hardcopy as the paperbacks won’t be released until a year later. And I also prefer to own a series in the same format. I have a few series with mis matched covers or formats and I get annoyed when i think about it.
    I also don’t like fairytale retellings, I keep convincing myself to try one, but so far I haven’t.
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    • There are a few authors I used to buy in hardcover, but I don’t anymore. I’m not saying never, but usually I’ll buy the ebook and if I just have to have a copy to keep I’ll buy the paperback when it’s out. I don’t like their weight, the dust jackets, or anything about them.
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  3. I don’t end up writing reviews on all the books that I read but that is mainly because I always seem to fall behind. I might start off really good at the beginning of the year but then I start to slack off and it just gets worse from there 🙂 I also don’t care what other people think about what I read. As long as I like what I am reading, then that is all that really matters 🙂 Great post!
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    • Yes, I fall behind too. I have about 6 that I need to review right now. I should start forcing myself to write a review as soon as I finish a book, before starting another one. It doesn’t help that I’m always reading multiple books though.
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  4. #1 is totally me. I pretty much do the same thing. I watch so much TV sometimes I think I should blog about it too. But I already add in movies and video games so I try to just leave it at that. I am shocked you don’t like fairytale retellings. I am obsessed with them!!! I like your blog design to be honest. I think it’s appealing. It sucks you don’t have a closer library or a better library to use. I read so many bloggers saying they don’t have a great library. Mine is amazing and I didn’t realize it till I started blogging.
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