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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.
Thanks for sharing this, Emily. I'm going to do it, too. I'm with you about reading over housework. And I do the same with bringing home books from the library that I know I have no time to read or are not on my reading priority list. But it's just nice to take them home for a few weeks and look through them.ReplyDelete
That's great! I hope you enjoy it. I think I just like to know that I have the option to read it, just in case. :)Delete
You didn't like A Wrinkle in Time? Sacrelige! Off with your head.ReplyDelete
On speed reading: speed reading was meant to be a strategy for business folks who had a lot of reports to get through. Speed reading works for material that is familiar, not too complex, and doesn't have a lot of new words or complexity. It is *not* for enjoying literature. Fast is not a virtue, unless you are a computer.
I'm not very good at modern authors either, so I can't help you there.
I know...one of my more horrible confessions. Maybe someday I'll enjoy it.Delete
I don't speed-read good literature (well, hardly ever, unless I haven't had time to read something for school--and then, I do it reluctantly), but practicing speed-reading actually makes my leisure reading speed faster. That's why I haven't been practicing--because I have to read a book I don't really care about. Plus, it teaches me to control my eyes and thoughts when I read, so I can keep myself from constantly going back to review things when I don't need to, even in the best books.
Looks like s fun meme! Might consider trying it myself.ReplyDelete
Most of the modern books I read, I learn about from Entertainment Weekly.
Aaahahhaha, I have never even *heard* Harry Potter being compared to a Christ figure... does that happen for real?? (and I mean, not as a joke)ReplyDelete
I'm also with you on crushing on fictional characters. It's not that I don't get immersed enough in a good book... I just don't get the whole crushing on a fake person someone created.
Yes, it does! I've heard multiple people say it, and they act like it's this marvelous secret of literature that they've figured out. Some people are so obsessed that they just read way too into it.Delete
Yes, exactly! I feel like people will think that I didn't like the book enough, or didn't care about the characters or something...but it just never made sense to me.
I can see that Harry's willingness to die, and also that he "dies" and then comes back could lead to his being called a Christ figure. Not nearly as good an analogy as Gandalf as a Christ figure, but I can see how that reading could kind of work.Delete
I can see why they say it, it just bothers me. If someone mentioned it simply as a possible reading, I would be fine; it's just that certain people I know seem to think that it somehow makes HP equal to scripture or something.Delete
Lol! Well, yeah, then those people have problems.Delete
I'm not fond of modern fiction writers either (#8). I try to hold off reading living novelists as long as possible. If they sound interesting a put them on a list to watch. If they win a Nobel Prize then I actually start thinking about reading them. It keeps the modern fiction list pretty short, but then I prefer classics anyway!ReplyDelete
That sounds like a good way to go, actually! Maybe I'll start doing that.Delete