Monday, September 15, 2014

Confess Your Novel Sins

by Megan S.


We say we love books.  And we do, but we rarely ever treat them right.  We crack their spines, we drop them in the tub, we use them in art projects, we cover their margins in hastily scribbled down notes that have nothing to do with the story, we spill food on their pages. 

Why, it's downright sinful the way we mistreat our books.

by Bob AuBuchon




You're not like that, you say?  You simply adore your books and would never, ever do wrong by them?  I think the lady doth protest too much.  Don't worry, we're all friends here.  We won't judge.

I'll tell you mine if you tell me yours.  I often read the last page of a book before I'm halfway through to see if I'm right about a plot twist. Yes, I confess.  I hate waiting to find out if my hunches are correct.  So I cheat.  I try to only read the very last one, but sometimes I do skim a few pages prior if I can't easily find my answer.

How about you?  Do you lust after books based solely on their covers?  Have a glut of paperbacks you've never read?  Greedily devour a whole series in a week?  Are you too lazy to finish the story you promised a friend you'd read?  Do you go in to a geek rage when a complete fool says something harsh about a favorite tome?  Turn green with envy when someone else gets an advanced copy of a novel you've been waiting for and you don't?  Take an inordinate amount of pride in your collection?

So, 'fess up. What's your novel sin?


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8 comments:

  1. I also read the last page..I can't help myself. Rarely does it give away the book, but once in a while I'm screwed. Sometimes it's how I decide to buy a book or not.

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    1. Isn't it surprising how little reading the last page spoils? I've only regretted once in a while.

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  2. I totally buy books based on the cover if the synopsis sounds interesting.

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    1. Ha! I had your love of book covers in mind when I mentioned it :D

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  3. I read the brand-new fifth Song of Ice and Fire hardback while wearing cheap navy blue nail polish that left navy blue streaks on every page I brushed the wrong way. Once I realized what was going on, I was too lazy to get up and find the nail polish remover, so I just tried to hold it gingerly with my fingertips. That didn't work terribly well. Poor book.

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    1. That's happened to me before! Although, God knows when the last I wore nail polish. My nails are so bendy that it chips right off.

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  4. Hmm, well I have to say, I wouldn't call any of these things sins or guilty pleasures or anything of the sort because let's all just enjoy our books the way we enjoy our books, right?

    But in the spirit of the question, I would say I...hmm..I am def heavily influencey by covers, but often not wrongly as they are a language in themselves and when a publisher is speaking it right, I will interpret it correctly as well. That being said, it means I unfairly dont read books I might like because I find the covers too hideous. *Shrugs.* What can you do. Visual impressions are important to me.

    www.bookpunks.com

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    1. Not to worry. This was only tongue-in-cheek!

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