#1 I buy books that I’ve already read: I bought almost all the paperbacks on my shelf after I’d already read them as eBooks or from the library. I already know I love them, I love to re-read books and that way, I know I’m not wasting money or space! I love to collect books, it’s almost an obsession; I have no idea why.
#2 I hate movie adaptations on principle: Okay, I do have my reasons. Some of it is based on bad, bad experience. Mainly though, most people I know haven’t read the books or worse, don’t know the films are actually adaptations. It’s tremendously irritating.
#3 If a book really bores me, I leave it halfway through: Put it on hold, so to say. Though I don’t usually skim, there are books that I was just too bored to finish reading. But there have been quite a few novels that I left halfway through – went back, finished reading and liked, years later. I will eventually get back to all of them.
#4 I have read very few classics: Embarrassingly few. But, hey, I have already started to cure that.
#5 I like “spoilers”: I know this is weird and I haven’t ever met anyone else who likes spoilers! It may be because I grew up with a sister who’d tell me the plot of every single book I was about to read in painful detail and I got used to it. I usually read the plot or a brief summary before I start reading the book. It doesn’t spoil the fun, either, I just keep anticipating the time when what is supposed to happen, does happen.
#6 I buy all my books online: So, most people do these days I guess. I like roaming around in book stores. I just I don’t like people watching when I am selecting books, or impatiently fluttering about if I am spoiled for choice. Buying books is a long process I best do on my own!
#7 I used to break spines, bend cover flaps, tear book pages or spill coffee on them: The key term here is ‘used to’, I reformed. I never wrote in or dog-eared books, though, just saying!
#8 My Harry Potter books are a mess: It’s only because I read them all the time. The first doesn’t have a few pages – the second is missing – all the pages have come out of the third and fourth and the pages from the fourth book are actually not even in order – the fifth book doesn’t have a cover – the sixth has a slightly broken spine. I never got around to buying the seven book.
#9 Sometimes, I lie about not having read books. This is only when I will feel too awkward to discuss them with someone or I read them so long ago that I don’t remember them well enough. This includes The Fellowship of the Ring, non-fiction belonging to my sister, and some guilty pleasure reads like poetry or bizarre Clive-Barkeresque fiction.
#10 I judge people by the books they read. But come on, be honest, we all do. Well, don’t we?
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