Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the awesome and wonderful people over at The Broke and The Bookish
Today’s topic is Blogging Confessions – Most of these apply to both Erin and me – there is one there at the bottom that is all me…
We shouldn’t because we get so many books, but sometimes we can’t help it… especially when it’s a book we’re dying to read and we start seeing pictures of other bloggers getting that title that we’ve been dying to get our hands on. Then it makes us start questioning why we didn’t get it and it snowballs into a huge wall of ‘what am I doing wrong that that publisher NEVER sends me anything?’ I don’t even really read book haul posts anymore for just this reason. I’m pretty sure this will never go away!
There are very few books that I dislike … sure, I don’t care for some titles, but the list of books where I question the sanity of those involved in publishing something is very tiny. That said, when I see someone reading a book that I despised with every fiber of my being I tend to get irrationally angry. I can’t help it. Admittedly. the same can be said for the books I love when someone gives it a horrible rating.
We have library cards – our library is less than 2 miles away from our house. Yet I rarely go and check books out. Instead you’ll find me at my local bookstore buying books. I know I should be better about this, but I’m not sure I ever will be. There’s just something about owning the book and knowing it will always be on your bookshelf if you ever need or want it.
We worry about a lot of things. As you can imagine this causes great amounts of stress for us. Will people like our reviews? Will people visit our blog? Will people still follow us after a giveaway is done? Will the author hate what I wrote about their book? Will the publisher never send us anything again? Holy crap look at the ginormous pile of books we have to read and write reviews for… While running a blog is absolutely fun and rewarding, there are tons of things that end up causing stress for us.
This is sort of a continuation of the confession above – We absolutely worry about how our reviews will be received. We aren’t out to offend anyone… nor are we out to stroke egos. We simply want to share our opinions of the books that we read and while that may sound simple enough, there is some stress involved with putting your opinion out there for the world to see.
Sometimes we just want to read read read and not worry about all the reviews we have to write. I know for me (Jaime) I don’t always feel like writing up my review for a book. I just want to move right on to the next one, and so I do. I’m getting better about not pressuring myself to have a review written immediately.
I wish I could comment on all the blogs I visit. I really do. I have to say this – please don’t think I’m not reading your posts because I do – I read them in my email and on my phone – neither are conducive to leaving a comment… On the other side of that, I really wish we had more discussion on my posts – I know I’m such a hypocrite right? *sigh*
Sometimes I just don’t feel like writing a funny review, or digging through my thousands of gifs to make something different and fun… sometimes for top ten tuesdays, I just want to write my thoughts down instead of making graphics or thinking of a new way to present our lists… Sometimes I just don’t feel like being creative!
Even though we are lucky enough to get tons of books from publishers, we still go a little crazy on the book buying front. And it’s really hard to give up the books we do have – this is why we have 9 completely full bookshelves in our house.
This is a Jaime only confession – I’ve been known to read the end of books just to know what happens before I get to the end. I can’t help it, it’s a sickness. I’m not patient enough at times.. (*cough Allegiant cough*)
So what are your confessions – Do we share any? Let us know in the comments – we’d love to hear from you!