15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 1

July 9, 2013 Challenges 6

The 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge is hosted by Good Books and Good Wine. The first challenge on the list: Make 15 Book Related Confessions.

So here are mine, in no particular order:

1. In love triangles that include the MC, the friend she’s known for years and the new guy, I almost always root for the friend. So far, there’s only ever been one exception to that.

2. I’m a big fan of trilogies.

3. I used to judge books by their covers, but I’m trying really hard not to. From entering so many giveaways lately, and from the short time I’ve been blogging, I’ve received/heard of books that I otherwise might not have read based on their covers, and I’m really glad I have the opportunity to read them now.

4. If I buy the first book in a series in hardcover, I have to have them all in hardcover – it’s just the way I stack the books on my shelves. But if book one is paperback, then I don’t care what format I buy the others in. If I’m being totally honest, I prefer all hardcover.

5. I’m still not a huge fan of eBooks. Recently, I’ve bought a LOT of books, and I’m running out of room, so I’m starting to see the sense in it, but I’m stubborn and I really don’t want to jump on the bandwagon yet. I do have an iPad with a Kindle app, though, and I did recently buy three eBooks…

6. I’m really not into silly love stories. I don’t mind romance as part of a book, but I can’t really stand books that revolve around romance. It needs more substance than that for me, some kind of major conflict, drama, horror elements, something.

7. When I was younger, I made the mistake of trying to tell some classmates (we were doing group work) that I liked to read and write books about aliens, ghosts, and vampires — Needless to say, I got made fun of. Despite being involved on Twitter, Goodreads, and now with blogging, I still get embarrassed when people ask me/see what I’m reading. The humiliation has been hard to shake

8. When buying books, I’m insanely anal about making sure the book is in PERFECT condition. I’ll pick up and examine every single copy to make sure I’m getting the best one. When reading the book jacket, I’m careful not to crack the spine AT ALL. It’ll happen eventually, but I don’t want it to happen until I’ve started reading it.

9. I won’t pay full price for a book. Especially from Barnes & Noble. I’ll wait until I have coupons, and I usually shop online. I love the Strand in NYC, but I don’t get there often.

10. I have a bookcase headboard where I keep my TBR pile. I have three distinct piles that I separate the TBR pile into: “Immediate Reads,” “Once I’m done with Immediate Reads,” and “Whenever I get to it.” And I get upset when the three piles overflow into each other – that means I’m WAY behind and need to catch up, ASAP.

11. I had the privilege of going to books signings for Stephenie Meyer (Twilight) and Cecily Von Ziegesar (Gossip Girl) before anyone really knew who they were, so the crowds were smaller and the signings more personal. Both were incredible experiences that I will treasure forever.

12. I AM a Twilight fan. I bought Twilight the first week it was released, before it got so popular. When people ask me if I’m a fan, sometimes I still feel embarrassed to say yes. I try not to, I try to be proud of my reading choices, but sometimes insecurities rear their ugly head (See confession #7).

13. Even if I don’t enjoy a book, I’ll finish it. I’ve only not finished maybe 3 or 4 books in my entire life, and I feel too guilty when I don’t finish a book, so I just try not to do it.

14. I feel guilty when I get rid of books. I try to give them to the library, but then I regret it after. I also feel guilty when I buy new books, despite having so many I still haven’t read. Especially when I think about the books I gave to the library. I could have read those, but instead I bought new ones… Immense guilt.

15. I live SO CLOSE to NYC, yet almost never get there. And I haven’t been to nearly enough signings, despite so many of them being in NYC. I need to correct this, because I love meeting and interacting with authors.

Wow, those were hard to write, some more than others. So what are your book confessions? Share them with me in the comments section!

6 Responses to “15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 1”

    • Meredith

      It’s so fun! I’d love to finish it, but I just haven’t had time.

      Haha, agreed. I’m definitely trying to work on NOT being a cover snob. I’ve discovered some great books through blogging that, otherwise, I would have passed over because of the cover. I would have missed out on so many amazing books!

  1. Jessica@ReviewsAbound

    This looks fun! May do this sometime.

    I am the same way with so many of these, esp 3, 5, 8, 14, and ESPECIALLY 15!

    I’m not sure how far outside NYC you are, but I always feel that way. And it’s like people expect that I’ve been to many because there are so many opportunities. (Also, relating to another one of your points, I went to Strand for the first time this summer, and ughh, so much love!)

    If we ever get an opportunity, we should try to meet up!

    • Meredith

      I never finished doing this, but it was really fun! It landed in the middle of my switch from Blogger to WordPress :\ One day, I hope to go back and finish the days I missed!!!

      Right? I know NYC has a LOT of great events, but it just isn’t always as easy as people seem to think it is to get there. I wish I could! So many amazing authors sign in NYC!

      Definitely! That would be awesome :)

      • Jessica

        Yeah, sorry about that. I didn’t realize until way after I commented. :P

        Mhmm! And I don’t know about you, but it’s actually quite expensive to get to the city if I’m going by train. And then there’s just the commute and all. (And school. :P)

        • Meredith

          No worries!

          Yup. My parents and I drive in a lot. And that’s gas, the bridge tolls (GW) and then parking. And parking is so expensive sometimes! :\

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