Confessions of a Reader

Posted May 4, 2012 by Michael @ Knowledge Lost in Literature / 6 Comments

While most people know my story, I wasn’t much of a reader until a few years ago when something clicked and I started reading and wanting to read almost everything in sight. I’ve been playing catch up with everyone else for the past few years. While I claim to be a bibliophile, I’ve still got a lot to catch up on. My name is Michael and these are by reading confessions:

I haven’t borrowed a book from the library in about a year While I love libraries and my local librarians are awesome people, I think I like books too much to borrow them. I don’t think I would want to return them. Plus I’m now more of an e-reader and still waiting for a digital local library.

Short story collections often bore me: While it’s great to read some quick stories, when reading a whole book full of short stories – especially on the one topic – it often gets boring and becomes a struggle. I think the fact that I read it straight through instead of a little at a time is my main problem.

I still groan at the thought of reading some genres: While I do try to keep an open mind to new and recommended book, I tend to avoid or put off reading some genres. I’m not sure if this is simply because I haven’t experienced enough good books in these genres but fantasy, magic realism, romance and paranormal romance novels never seem appealing.

Large books often scare me:  I will try to read them but I don’t like the idea of investing in a long story when I can read two or three books instead. I’ve written a post previously about this same issue.

I’ve never read Jane Austin:  I probably should. I know she is one of the most famous writers but I have so many other books to read and none of her books really interest me.

I read literary books with the hope to look cool: Even though I’ve realised that I’ve enjoyed most of them. My main motivations for reading books like 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer, A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan and The Shipping News by Annie Proulx in an effort to look more like a literary elitist.

I rarely complete a book series: I can only think of two book series that I’ve read completely through, most of the time I read one of the books just to test the series out and move onto more interesting novels. I haven’t finished The Hunger Game series and I only read the first two books from the Song of Ice and Fire series to keep in front of the Game of Thrones TV series.

Audiobooks have replaced my music in the car and while I do work or exercise. I like being able to listen through a novel during those times where I’m doing mundane tasks. I often have an audiobook and an ebook on the go at the same time. It’s surprisingly easy to read two books at the same times if one of them is an audiobook.

I’m addicted to Goodreads: This is an effect of my reading and a need to keep a record of all the books I’ve read and want to read. I’m now part of a few groups on Goodreads and spend most of my work day on the site.

I own multiple copies of Frankenstein and even a few other books. I love Frankenstein and I need more copies of it, so I can have a copy of the book in every part of the house. Most multiple copies of books are by accident but when it comes to Frankenstein it was intentional.

I’m sure I can keep going with my confessions but I think I will stop with those ten. I would love to know what you would confess about your reading habits.

6 responses to “Confessions of a Reader

  1. Mish

    Great post Michael! I have to agree with you on Jane Austin (uninterested), large books (scare me but I still buy them) and short stories (frustrating and boring).

    Love Audio books at the moment. My travel time to and from work is a 1 & half hour drive, so Audio books come in handy and I fell relaxed at the start of the day. And yes, it’s the only way I can read two books at once 🙂

    The genre I groan and/or cautious about is the biographies and memoir. I really must like the person I’m reading about or a recommendation by a friend. I just don’t seem to have any luck, and I find most of boring and repetitive.

  2. Casey Camilleri

    I’ve never read Jane Austin either. Gotta add that to my reading bucket list as well. GoodReads is one of the best inventions ever. Thanks for a few recommendations. I’ve added The Shipping News to my list now.

  3. I’m right there with you on many of these. While I love the idea of a library as a place to hang out – (my local university just installed a coffeeshop in theirs – woo hoo!) I don’t check out too many books, unless I”m unsure about them. I prefer to own, mark-up with notes, re-read, mark up with more notes,etc.

    Large books frighten me too. I’ve had The Brothers K on my shelf for nearly 2 years. I look at it, flip through it, long to read it, but ultimately just let it sit there and collect dust. BUT I recently bought Dostoyevsky’s Notes from Underground, a much slimmer volume, so I’m hoping that this will give me the introduction to him that I need to feel equipped to take the plunge with the longer book.

    I have read Jane Austin, but she’s a once a year gal for me, best taken in small doses. I can appreciate her, but I prefer books of the harshly realistic and less happily ever after variety.

    • Thanks for you comments Nicki. I’m not sure how I feel about marking my books 😛 I much prefer to use a notepad. As for Fyodor Dostoyevsky, I loved Notes from the Underground so much that I’ve made myself read some more of his books; Currently I’m making my way through Crime and Punishment. I hate having so many large books on my TBR but I’m forcing myself to try and read them.

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