My 7 Bookish & Reading Confessions

  1. 90% of the time, I read on the train. I’ve mentioned this before, but, for those of you who don’t know, my commute to work takes 2+ hours every day. The train ride takes an hour, which means I get two hours of reading time every day. And, to be honest, I think I would’ve quit my job a long time ago if I didn’t have that time to read… Anyway, since I read a lot during my commute I rarely read when I’m home. Sometimes I read during the weekend but only when it’s a really good book I can’t wait to finish. If it’s not, I take the weekend to relax and catch up on my TV shows, watch a movie, and go to the gym.
  2. Sometimes, I dog-ear my page. I know, I know. A lot of people absolutely can’t stand the idea of it so if that’s you, please don’t yell at me 😀 In my defence, I only do it when I’ve lost my bookmark and I know I’m not going to remember where I stopped. And I really hate trying to find my pages, so yeah…

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    (Also, I smooth the page out when I’ve found my bookmark. I promise)
  3. I don’t have an e-reader so I read digital copies on my laptop. A book blogger who doesn’t have an e-reader?? Weird, right? The truth is I never liked the idea of reading ebooks until recently (when I started getting approved for e-ARCs). So far, I’ve read ebooks on my computer (which is also convenient because I can read during my lunch break and no one even notices) but I have to admit I’m thinking of buying one because 1) I wouldn’t have to bring my book with me anymore (those things can be heavy, you know!) 2) ebooks are cheaper than physical ones and 3) if I’ve finished reading one book, I can start on another right away!

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    I love this movie and him. Mostly him
  4. I hate spoilers…unless I go looking for them myself. So, here’s the thing. I really don’t appreciate people spoiling a book / movie / TV show for me BUT sometimes, I’ll go looking for spoilers myself. This usually happens when I’m really invested in a book and I CAN’T WAIT to find out if my favourite character makes it to the end of the book, my OTP stays together, etc. So, yeah, sometimes I skip to the end and look for signs that everything will be okay.source
  5. I buy all my books. Look, I really wish I lived in an English speaking country where I could go to the library or go to secondhand book shops…but I don’t.giphy (10)Buying books is literally the ONLY WAY for me to be able to read books that aren’t 5+ years old. Does this mean I spend a lot of money on books? Yes. Do I regret it? No. Books are life.
  6. Sometimes I lie about having read a book. I know, I know. Lying is bad and you shouldn’t do it, but I can’t help myself sometimes. I just don’t want to be “that girl/blogger” who hasn’t read this or that book. It’s stupid, I know.

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    Other unrelated confession: I kind of like Kim. She’s not all bad.
  7. I’m kind of a hypocrite when it comes to “read whatever you want”. I’m all for reading whatever you want and I HATE IT when people look down on me for reading YA BUT…I have to admit I sometimes judge people for liking a particular book. Yes, I’m talking about the people who’ve read Fifty Shades of Grey and loved it. Obviously, I don’t tell them, and I know I shouldn’t judge but I just…can’t. I’m sorry.

What are some of your reading and bookish confessions? Let me know in the comments!

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31 thoughts on “My 7 Bookish & Reading Confessions

  1. Pfew, I only read the first Fifty Shades and didn’t like it :-). I read on the train too but doesn’t anyone ever try to talk to you? I have that ‘problem’ sometimes and try to not instigate any talks and friendships but there are some people who still want to talk to me :-). Great confessions! I also have to buy most books, same as you :-(. Now I get some review copies from time to time and I feel like the luckiest person in the world when that happens 🙂

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    • It’s only happened to me once. I take the train very early though so half of the people on there are trying to sleep 😀
      Wow, that’s great! I’m definitely jealous 😉

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  2. BRAVE,

    I dog ear pages sometimes too! Or just try and remember the page XD That sucks you don’t have a library but do try and get an e-reader. I am in love with my kindle! YOU LOOK FOR SPOILERS AND LIE ABOUT BOOKS YOU’ve read. Lauren, I don’t know if we can be friends anymore. Sometimes I do judge but I just try and be nice and all ❤

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  3. The train is an awesome place to read. My round trip commute to work is 3 hours, and I use that time to read. It helps keep my mind off of how long my commute is. I love my eReader for many of the reasons you mentioned. I actually have a Paperwhite and a Fire (I won the Fire in a giveaway). The Fire is good for reading ePubs or PDFs. I hate spoilers too. One of the biggest reasons why I will not read a book after seeing an adaptation is because I already know what happened. I need that mystery to keep me curious. Fun post!

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  4. I love this post!!! I don’t know how you read on a train (I’ve tried but I get so motion sick!!), but I guess that makes the hour commute go a lot faster. Also, my older brother reads e-books on his laptop all the time. He actually prefers it to e-readers (I probably would too but I honestly can’t remember the last time I read an e-book, sooooo). And I’m the exact same way about spoilers!! I hate when people just give them out, but then if I want something to be spoiled I’ll actively go searching for spoilers (and sometimes get more than I bargained for!)

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    • I used to get motion sick really badly too but I’ve “trained” myself not to be 😀 And, yes, it makes the hour pass a lot more quickly. I would be so bored without my books.
      That’s true. Sometimes I’m looking for a specific spoiler but then I end up spoiling just about everything haha 😀

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  5. Hahaha this is a great post – I do most of these things too… when I read paperback books, I used to read the first page and then the very last page and then read the rest of the book… I know, it’s so bad, takes all the mystery away, and ruins the book this and that but my need to know if my hero and heroine will make it or not was greater than keeping the mystery… now I read most my books on my ereader and it’s too much work to go back and forth lol so I read the book as it should be read

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      • Totally hahaha I also read on my commute to work on the train and sometimes dug ear pages of a paperback and really not like myself for doing it but I totally agree about not wanting to loose my spot on a book and I do have a gold fish memory so… I also sometimes lie about haven’t read or not read a book, specially if I actually read it and didn’t like it at all – so when someone recommends that book, I’ll just say ‘oh sounds nice, I’ll check it out’ 🤦‍♀️🤷‍♀️ It’s what it is… hahaha

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  6. It’s so hard not to judge people for what they’re reading, but I try to keep from it! Well, actually — you can judge, as long as you don’t shame. Ya know? 😛 NOOOOOOO DOGEARINGGGGGGG. And ahahha, I’m with you on not having an e-reader! I haven’t read an eBook in a… LONG time. (And that was on my dad’s Kindle.) I got a new phone now, so I could perhaps read eBooks on my phone? I’m not sure tho. 😛 Great post!

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    • Yes, definitely. Anyone can read whatever tehy like but, yeah, not judging is hard. Also, what they don’t know won’t hurt them.
      I could do that too but the screen isn’t that big and I imagine my battery would be dead in record time 😀

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  7. Don’t worry I don’t own an e-reader either 😛 I do have the Kindle app on my phone to read ebooks sent to me by authors, or when I find free books on Amazon, but I don’t really like reading books digitally so I’m not planning on getting an e-reader either.

    As someone living in The Netherlands I feel your pain 😫 Why can’t we have libraries like in America, the UK and Australia 😢 I envy those people so much

    And ooohhh my goodness I really don’t want to judge people and I’m all for people reading what they want but,,, Fifty Shades of Grey is a very good example of books I’ll judge. As long as we don’t tell them it’s all good though right? 😛

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    • Yes! I get so jealous too. They don’t know how lucky they are to have a library full of English books, or a book store 😀

      Me neither but I can’t help myself. And you’re totally right. What they don’t know won’t hurt them 😉

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  8. I love reading on the train! I do it all the time, my commute is 2+ hours as well so it’s perfect for reading 😀
    I never dog-ear but I don’t really mind other people doing it, I mean, they’re your books, so why not?
    Also, you’ve just gained another follower! I’m happy to have found your blog 🙂

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  9. Such a lovely post – I can relate to a lot of these. I read on the train a lot as well when I’m working – now I’m on holidays so I can read whenever I want, but otherwise I am mostly reading on the train and using the weekends to catch up on blogging and tv shows as well 🙂 I didn’t have an e-reader either, but quickly invested in one because it is so useful for e-ARCs and also for books in general. My love for physical copies knows no bounds, but the e-reader is very useful when going away 🙂

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  10. I dogear my pages too 🙈 it’s just convenient when I want to remember something and don’t have any sticky tabs, haha. It also doesn’t really bother me either. I mean I’d never do it to a book that wasn’t my own, but like when it’s my own book ehhh I don’t care. I live in a small town in Australia and we have literally no book stores (or a good library) so I’m always buying ebooks and would be 100% lost without my Kindle, haha.

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    • It doesn’t bother me either. Like you said, it’s convenient sometimes 😀
      Aaah, yes, I hate not having a library or good (secondhand?) book shops around. It would save me a lot of money I think 🙂

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  11. Hi Lauren!
    I like this post 🙂 reading about these confessions make me smile and I can relate to some of these!
    I also buy all of my books. I used to borrow from the library, but I am terrible at returning books, and then the fines start racking up! I buy some of my books used though 🙂
    I also dog ear books haha…. I am less reluctant to do this with books that I buy used vs new (my excuse is that they are not in pristine condition anyway haha)
    Thanks for sharing!

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  12. I’m impressed you don’t get motion sick from reading on the train. It’s the only reason I never read in the car on long road trips. Granted, I’ve never been on a train before so I’m not sure if the motion sickness level is the same compared to a car…? For instance, I don’t get motion sick when reading on a plane.

    #3 are all really good points for getting an e-reader. I’ve been leaning towards getting one myself… mainly because you can buy such cute covers for them nowadays – accessories! 🐻

    #5 that really sucks you don’t have a library where they actually have good YA books to read! But even though I do have a library that has AMAZING selection I still prefer buying my books because I hate the time limit libraries give you for borrowing items… it stresses me out and makes me less likely to read it. Which makes zero sense, but that’s how my brain works!

    #7 I’m pretty sure we’ve all experienced this at least once – your example of 50 Shades is a perfect one. I have friends who’ve enjoyed it and I’m just like…. NO. ^^’

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    • I used to get motion sickness on the train while reading but I trained myself not to be 😀

      The time limit is definitely a downside to borrowing books. And I’d probably still buy the books I really loved / have beautiful covers.

      Definitely. What’s funny is that I judge myself too. Like, I remember loving all the Twilight books and wanting a boyfriend like Edward and just– *cringe* I’m happy I know better now.

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