I came across April from Good Books, Good Wine’s Challenge post yesterday and thought – I haven’t done something like this in a really long time. Since you have noticed I’m trying to broaden my horizons — this would be just perfect. If you would like to participate, April will have a sign-up on each of her posts for the 15 day stretch — just go check out her blog. This is the link to day 1.

Day 1: Make 15 book-related confessions.

  • 1. I’m a complete ADD reader, I will have about 5 books going at once. I usually have two audiobooks, 2 paperpacks (1 in my purse and 1 hiding somewhere) and 1 eBook that I’m currently reading.
  • 2. Because of my ridiculous reading habits I usually only mark 3 as currently reading on Goodreads, I’m embarrassed.
  • 3. My reading has slowed down considerably in the last 6 months, most likely because of all the work that is book related. I’m only reading maybe 1 or 2 books a week.
  • 4. Because of the ridiculous slow time it takes me to read, I’m DNFing books left and right, I have no patience for something I’m not into right away. I used to power through those first 50 pages, not anymore.
  • 5. DNFing a book leads to mountains and mountains of GUILT.
  • 6. I DO judge a book by it’s cover, I rarely read anything that hides behind a bad cover
  • 7. I am terrible about book care, I read everywhere, I shove the book in my purse, it rolls around in my car, I read in the tub, I read while I eat. It tends to play havoc on the cleanliness of the book. I’m sometimes embarrassed when I lend out a “slightly” read book to friends. Does it have a spaghetti spot in it???
  • 8.  Sometimes when I read a really good book I forget that it’s fiction, I caught myself telling a story one time — “I know this girl who had to deal with that…” it was a character from a book. I felt like a lunatic.
  • 9. When someone tells me they don’t like to read I am very judgmental. In my estimation their IQ has dropped about 15 points.
  • 10. I have a secret goal of finding the most perfect book that I will someday pitch to a big movie studio and become instantly famous by association and make it to the red carpet just so I can meet Ryan Reynolds. (Add that to #8 in my yes she is delusional category)
  • 11. I secretly really like Love Triangles and usually root for the bad guy.
  • 12. Even though I know I shouldn’t, I do tend to give books in the Romance genre a pass for plot faults.  I just love ’em cause they have some romance in them.
  • 13. Nora Roberts was really the one that introduced me to the Paranormal Romance genre…without her I would probably still be reading Science Fiction, Fantasy, Spy and Crime novels.
  • 14. I joined the military because of my obsession with Spy novels as a teen. Well that was one of the reasons. Since leaving the Air Force, I haven’t read one Spy novel – even though my dad keeps giving them to me.
  • 15. I have a dust phobia — and books collect a lot of dust, so when I view my book shelf I have conflicting feelings of awe and panic. I think it might have to be more then my dust OCD – it might also be the fact that my TBR now takes up 5 portions of the shelf. But, it is a lot to do with dust/clutter – which puts my panic into overdrive. I’ve gotten better since I’ve had my daughter, you can’t be that OCD with a messy child around — but it still makes my stomach churn.

Okay, now that you all are looking at me as if I’m that lady from delusional, cray-cray land — these are my confessions. Come back tomorrow, where I confess about my bedtime reading habits.

Rachel Rivera