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Day One is all about bookish confessions. Some of them are really awful, so please don't hold them against me...
1. I'm not well-read. I like to think I am, but I'm really not. I feel overwhelmed by the long lists of the Best Books In the History of Ever because I've only ever read a small fraction of them.
2. When people try to tell me that Harry Potter is a Christ figure, it really bothers me. I mean, I enjoyed Harry Potter as much as the next kid, but think about it. Hormonal, sometimes-annoying teenager vs. All-wise, all-knowing Savior of the world. Um? No. Go read Narnia.
3. I read all the Twilight books. And I liked them. (Of course, this was back when they were first coming out and I was actually a teenager.) Then I discovered that the people I respected most wanted to beat Stephenie Meyer over the skull with her own shin-bone, and I decided to hate her. Here's the thing...I won't likely read Twilight again, and if I do I'm sure it will be accompanied by much eye-rolling...but even when I liked it, I never said it was great literature. Who did?
4. Whenever I have spare time at the library, I always pick up one or two extra books that I know I'm not going to read. But I feel like I would read them if I had endless time, so I take them home anyway.
5. Characters that are too good often bother me. Like that kid in A Wrinkle in Time. That kid annoyed me. (Also, I didn't like A Wrinkle in Time.)
6. I like my books to look well-used (unless they're an extra pretty edition that's meant to look nice on a shelf). So I don't spare them when I read them.
7. I used to be 100% on the book side in the Book vs. Movie Debate, but since I married an official "movie person," I can't pick a side anymore. Now if I like the book, I'll almost always like the movie.
8. I'm totally behind the times on modern-day authors. I have no idea who the best ones are. I don't keep up with what books get awards and such, although I would like to. (Do you have a good method for keeping up with bookish news?)
9. I'm extremely opinionated here on the blog, and I'm not afraid to describe how much I loathe a book, but in real life, I never say I don't like a book if it comes up in conversation. Not even in a polite way. I just nod and smile and don't say anything. (At least you know I'm not a jerk in real life.)
10. I don't read very fast. I learned how to speed read recently, so I've been trying to do that more often, but I still find it difficult to keep reading if I don't get every single detail.
11. I really want to love ebooks, but I just can't. I know the world's moving forward and I should embrace it...but paper books feel so much more "real" to me.
12. If I'd never heard the idea of having crushes on characters in books, I would never think of it myself. I never become involved enough in a book to actually imagine our worlds crossing. I feel cold-hearted just saying that, but I just can't imagine myself dating a fictional character.
13. I very rarely buy books (I'm a library addict). My bookshelves are pathetically naked compared to most book lovers'.
14. When I have to buy books for my English classes, I almost never sell them back, even though economically I probably should. It just breaks my heart to sell back an anthology that has all my annotations and heck, might be useful someday.
15. When I have to choose between much-needed housework and reading, reading always wins. Hands down.