Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Are you all ready to know of my evil ways? This week's Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is bookish confessions, and I have quite a few.
1. I dog-ear pages. If I want to remember where something is, I dog-ear the page. Guilty as charged. I will say, though, that I don't do it to books that do not belong to me.
2. I write in and highlight books. What better way to remember the quotes that I love? I love picking a book up off the shelf and turning to the highlighted pages in order to revisit some of my favorite passages.
3. I take the book jacket off hardcovers. I can't stand to have those extra loose pages flapping around -- they tend to get torn when I leave them on.
4. I don't mind watching the movie before I read the book. *GASP* I feel like this is my most shocking book confession. Honestly, reading the book first frequently makes me hate the movie, but watching the movie first usually makes me appreciate the book even more. I like being able to enjoy both adaptations instead of just one.
5. Sometimes, I like the movie more than the book. For the most part I like the detail and depth that is available in books. However, sometimes it is translated much better to movie form. Some examples I can think of right now are Slumdog Millionaire and Sarah's Key. I also really didn't like the fifth Harry Potter book, but the movie adaptation is my favorite.
6. I like having used books. I like seeing people's old highlights or their names written in the front covers. I've never found a book with a beautiful inscription but it is on my bucket list.
7. I don't mind having battered and bruised books. I like my books to look well-loved. My husband came home from boot camp having water-damaged one of my books, and I didn't even care (as long as it is still readable, of course). Now, whenever we see that book, we will remember that it went to boot camp with my husband and will bring that entire host of memories with it.
8. I sometimes read the last sentence on the last page. I never used to do that -- absolutely deplored the idea of it -- but for some unknown reason, lately I've found myself turning to the last page and doing that. I kind of like it, because while it gives away something, it is usually in a way that I am not realizing or expecting.
9. If a book has a lame plot, I might still like it. If it has lame characters, I won't be able to tolerate it. Characters are way more important to me than plot. I can take a slow plot any day.
10. I am notoriously awful at returning borrowed books. There is only one book I can think of that I never returned, because I fell out of touch with the person from whom I borrowed it. However, I just returned seven books to my sister-in-law that I borrowed almost two years ago. Shameful.