I started publishing The Thursday Thirteen a few months ago. I enjoy listing posts, and I love the number 13. I also like alliteration. This week, since the Monster is back to its bookish ways, I thought I’d share a few confessions about reading.
1. I have to read things in a sequence. If there’s a Book 1, then I must read it before I read Book 2. This even goes for books that could theoretically stand-alone.
2. I think you can learn a lot about a person by what they’re reading. But I think you can learn even more about a person (and what they think of others) from the books they give as presents.
3. I also have a very difficult time not finishing a book. If I start it, I have to know what happens.
4. My favorite book when I was a wee tot was a Golden Book, Where’s Goldie.
5. I have a really difficult time reading more than one book at a time. I have always had that problem, even when I was in school. It meant studying had to be carefully scheduled. Now it’s not so bad—I just devour one and move on to another.
6. I absolutely judge books by their covers.
7. I read every single part of a book—the dedication, epigram, introduction, copy, epilogue, acknowledgments, author bio, appendices–if it’s in there, I’m reading it. Unless it’s a reading club guide. Then probably not.
8. Books rarely make me cry or laugh aloud. That’s not to say that I don’t get emotional when I’m reading, because I do. I just don’t tend to manifest those emotions.
9. I’ve had a crush on more than one book character in my lifetime. But none of them have been Mr. Darcy or Edward Cullen.
10. If I were a dragon, I would hoard books.
11. I’ve had to learn to like nonfiction, but I now have a serious appreciation for it. I don’t read biographies often, but I do enjoy books on culture and memoirs.
12. I think children’s literature is some of the most powerful and important literature being published.
13. I enjoyed the time I spent picking apart, analyzing, and writing about books as a grad student. I think it made both my reading and writing skills far sharper than they otherwise might’ve been. That said, I don’t miss required reading.