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Top 10 Tuesday: Bookish Confessions

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl is hosting another week of Top Ten Tuesday. I enjoy participating each week for a couple reasons. I'm a compulsive list maker and love a good list. And, I love a connection with other readers as I wander their book blogs. This week's prompt is a Halloween "freebie", meaning I get to choose the theme. Hmmm. Something spooky? Something terrifying? No, I think I'm going with BOOKISH CONFESSIONS. Here goes.

Here are some of my secret (and not so secret) bookish confessions:

1 - I'm a skimmer. I skim all the time, especially if the descriptions get too long or detailed or boring or angst-filled, I skim. Sometimes that's to my detriment and I have to go back a few paragraphs when I realize I missed something important. But I still do it.

2 - I don't like classics. Sorry. I've tried MANY and struggled all the way through a couple but mostly, I just don't enjoy the writing style of the true classics.

3 - I don't enjoy romance novels. I've tried and tried over the years. They do nothing for me. I find myself a little surprised at how many book blogs are almost exclusively romance focused. Clearly I'm in the minority about not enjoying them. Luckily there are other genres for me. :)

4 - I've been known to read at traffic lights. I'm one of those lucky people that can pick up a book, immediately find my place and be back in the story - I can read as little as a paragraph or a page or two. I read during commercials on the rare occasion we can't fast forward through them. I can read anywhere and in pretty small snippets of time. I love that about me! :)

5 - I feel like I'm maybe too generous with my rating stars sometimes and also that I'm a bit inconsistent. My ratings are somewhat based on the feeling I have at the end of the book.

6 - I do NOT like books that don't use quotation marks. They serve a very specific and helpful purpose and I've never understood what point the author is trying to make by not using them. Any ideas on that?

7 - I always use a bookmark. Always. No folded edges or crinkled pages for me.

8 - I often don't get the 'deeper' meaning in books. I don't know if it's because I never took an English Literature class in college to learn how to analyze books, or if I'm just oblivious, but I miss themes or connections that other readers seem to make. Sometimes that makes me feel ...... unobservant or something. But, I have other reasons I like or don't like a book.

9 - I love coming across a new word or two in a book. BUT, I do not like the use of 50 cent words just to impress - they need to be appropriate to the dialog or tone of the book.

10. Final confession: Hi. My name is Terrie and I'm a list-a-holic! I'm fanatical about keeping lists of all types, but specifically about books - what I've read, what I want to read, what I'd recommend, books by theme, by author, by page count. You name it, I can find a list I've made that tracks it. I swear I spend as much time tending my lists as I do writing reviews or posts for the blog! But, I'm not giving them up!

How many of my confessions resonate with you? Do we share a few traits? Probably.

I'm looking forward to seeing what direction all you other bloggers go with this freebie week.

Welcome to Bookshelf Journeys.

It's my goal to provide real reviews of the books I read without totally rehashing every plot. I'll never spoil a story by giving away a plot twist! Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest and will discover a new book or author to add to YOUR TBR list.  Take a moment to explore, read a couple reviews, and let me know what you think.


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The review ratings are based on a 5 star  (1/2 stars sometimes) system with a 3 being an average read for me. I hope you find that helpful. Knowing, of course, that all opinions are just that - my opinion!  Let me know if you agree or disagree - I'd love to hear from you.

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