Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.
This week we’re sharing our top ten bookish confessions.
1) I hated “A Wrinkle In Time” and couldn’t finish reading it. This resulted in me never reading anything by Madelein L’Engle.
2) I also hated and couldn’t finish “Midnight’s Children” and as a result have not tried to read anything else by Salman Rushdie, despite him being one of the greatest writers of our age omg.
3) The book I’m most afraid of being judged for for hating is “Sarah’s Key” by Tatiana de Rosnay. Part of this book – the part about little Jewish girl Sarah who locks her brother in a secret cupboard to hide him from Nazi soldiers, expecting to return to free him soon – is heartbreakingly good. The rest – a modern-day parallel story about an American journalist investigating Sarah’s story and struggling with her marriage to a Frenchman – is a big boring pile of cliche, preachy, poorly-characterized crap. Guys, did you know the Nazis were bad?! And that Frenchmen are unfaithful womanizers?? Ugh. And yet everyone I’ve talked to adores it.
4) It took me until just this past year to read “Ender’s Game,” and I’ve yet to read anything by Asimov, Clarke, or Philip K. Dick. Sorry, Bradbury is just my golden-age sci-fi homeboy.
5) I came close to physically destroying “Mumbo Jumbo” by Ishmael Reed because I hated it and the class I had to read it for so much. Ultimately I decided getting a few bucks back from the college bookstore would be a better revenge.
6) I have an extremely hard time getting rid of books. This isn’t really a confession, and it’s definitely not unique, but even books I didn’t really enjoy don’t leave my shelves. I’m convinced that someday I’ll give them a second chance and that I’ll regret it if I get rid of my copy because mine is obviously the only copy in existence and if I get rid of it I’ll never find one again.
7) It took me until well into college to accept the idea of writing in the margins of books. I only did it in used books that previous students had already marked up, and today, if I see a line I like, I either write it down somewhere else or underline it with very fine pencil.
What about you? What are your secret bookish sins?