As always happens, Tuesday has rolled around yet again. This week, the ladies of The Broke and the Bookish have asked us to list our deepest, darkest secrets. It’s time to hit the book blogging confessional! I’m a little nervous, kids. I hope y’all still like me at the end!
1. I rarely read author interviews. I feel like I ought to have some interest in author interviews, but I really don’t. They always turn into long discussions of the writing process and I just get kind of bored. I want to read author interviews that ask the things I’m interested in… Weird, stupid, hypothetical beauty pageant type questions are more my style. Explain to me what animal you’d be and why, and I’ll totally read your interview.
2. I normally don’t enjoy award-winning books. Pulitzer, Nobel, Man Booker… I often haven’t read anything on the short lists for these prizes. I am a story gal, pure and simple. Language alone is not enough to hold my attention. I feel like a book failure for admitting this, but me and literary fiction have a tempestuous relationship.
3. I’m terrible at commenting on other blogs. LIFE, you guys. It just keeps happening regardless of whether or not I’m commenting on other blogs. Much of the time it’s all I can do to read and put together my own posts, but then I feel like a grade A jerkface because so many other bloggers are so awesome at commenting on MY blog. Other bloggers who read more and work more and have children to take care of. I have no excuse and ALL THE GUILT.
4. I’m bad at keeping tabs on publishers. You guys, it would be a rare thing indeed if I could tell you who published most of the books I read. I pay no attention, unless I’m trying to track something specific down. (I know that Rainbow Rowell is with St. Martin’s Press and that Emma Donoghue is with Little Brown, & Co. and that’s only because I begged for ARCs of their latest books. I’d know Diana Gabaldon’s publishing company too, if they bothered with ARCs.)
5. Hey, jealousy! I get jealous. I see other bloggers talking about having free reign over entire publisher catalogs and getting all kinds of traffic and I get a bit green. Then I remember that I’m too lazy to pay attention to who publishes what, and that I can’t be bothered to make much of an effort, and it all makes sense. I’m REALLY GOOD at mediocrity. Wahoo!
6. I intentionally avoid blogging about controversial topics. I know that tackling controversy is a great way to generate traffic, but I just can’t bring myself to do it. I have opinions on plenty of things, but I have no desire to get into fights on the internet. Is Amazon the devil? Did Goodreads ruin a cool platform with censorship? Should adults be embarrassed to read YA? My answers are no, maybe, and sometimes, though not necessarily in that order. If you were to meet me in person, I wouldn’t discuss politics or religion with you either. Well. Maybe I would, but probably only if I had an idea where you stood on the issues. I don’t like conflict, okay?
7. I’m terribly suspicious. I’m not deluded enough to think that I’m a big important blogger. That said, sometimes I’ll be approached to join an event or promote something that sounds a little shady. I will often consult with a circle of blog pals to see if the things I’m being approached to participate in are on the up and up.
8. I tried and failed to read The Lord of the Rings. I’m pretty ashamed that I didn’t enjoy these books. They mean SO MUCH to SO MANY PEOPLE and have been crazy influential. I made it through The Hobbit (review) and The Fellowship of the Ring (review) before giving up the ship. Now I only attempt a few pages if I’m having trouble sleeping…
9. I really value my regular readers. That doesn’t sound like a confession, it just sounds obvious, but seriously. If I’ve seen you around and commenting for a while, I get attached. Sometimes I have more physical books on my shelves than I need. Sometimes I get something cool and want to share it. Sometimes I send people presents just because I like them. (Although ALL THE TIME I send EVERYONE BOOKMARKS if they want them. You want a sweet Words for Worms bookmark? Email me your address!)
10. I don’t pay much attention to cover art. All due respect to my favorite #coverhos, I don’t usually get very excited about book covers. I do most of my reading digitally, so the cover art isn’t really part of the experience for me. I like pretty things, so I don’t mind reading the occasional post showing people’s favorite book covers, but the idea of a “cover reveal” is beyond me.
Anybody out there want to join me in bookish or blogging confessions? Please?
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