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I'll buy a book I know nothing about simply because the cover is pretty. Some of these end up being amazing. Some of these end up as shelf decoration. And I'll definitely pass up a book if the cover puts me off.
I am pretty careless, generally, as a human. I LOVE books in pristine condition, but I'm a messy person and books fall down and I tend to cram things into my bag and I lose dust jackets and... argh. NOT SO PRISTINE ANYMORE. Plus, I read in the back all the time, and books + water + steam + careless Gillian = OOPS.
I was a huuuuge Twilight fan. I'm a Twilight hipster who read it before it was a huge thing, really, and I binge-read it and was completely obsessed with it for a whole summer as a teenager. COMPLETELY obsessed. I had a t-shirt with Edward's face on it. Yes, I have pictured. NO, YOU CAN'T SEE THEM.
this post.) But there ARE some classics that have definitely defeated me...
That book is long, y’all. And there are so many characters that just didn’t need to be there. Tom Bombadil? Yeah, there’s a reason he was cut from the movies. THE FONT WAS SO TINY AND THE BOOK WAS SO HUGE AND IT WAS SUNNY OUTSIDE AND I WAS YOUNG AND FULL OF ENERGY and I just couldn't I'm sorry
I will buy all the books in a series I haven't finished just so they can look better on my shelves. I will buy an entire series if I vaguely think I'll like it or plan to get to it or if it just looks super pretty. These are not always wise investments. I also must confess to being a book shopoholic and an impulse buyer. I am the Becky Bloomwood of books.
It is reeeeeally hard for me to give up on series. Even if I full on HATED book one or two, I will totally go on because I just WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS. I'm terrible.
This is definitely the biggest flaw on the list, but it's also something I am definitely good at controlling and never let it cross into resentment (you know, usually). I mean, it's human to see someone get an ARC of a book you want and feel a twinge of jealousy, or see people going to an even on the other side of the country you'd sell your own body parts to attend. It's easy in this community to let that get out of hand, but I wouldn't be human if I didn't stroke the screen when a fellow blogger instagrams a pretty shiny book and mumur to myself, "Waaaaaaaants". (YES, THIS IS NORMAL.)
Other dirty little blogging secrets: My Netgalley feedback ratio is HORRIFIC, I kinda dislike leaving comments on other blogs ONLY because I get so stressed out about what to SAY, I pretty much NEVER schedule my posts ahead, I have been behind on my TBR since birth.