Top Ten Bookish Confessions

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we feature top ten books or book related stuff according to each week’s topic.

I think this week’s topic is self-explanatory and get ready for the good, the bad, and the downright horrifyingly honest confessions I’ve got to spill. Okay, so I might be exaggerating but… oh well, enjoy!

Top 10 Bookish Confessions:

1. I sometimes fall asleep while reading.
Being prone to this, it honestly makes me feel bad because I feel like I’m not living up to the name of booknerds. Why? I feel like I’m disrespecting the book I’m reading (especially since I review nearly all the books I read) and not giving it a fair chance to capture my attention. But some days on the long train rides to and from school… my eyes just need to obey gravity and… fall… asleep…

2. I’m a library book hoarder.
Normal book hoarders hoard old books that they can’t bear to throw away. But me? I borrow a crazy number of library books even though I know I’ll probably just return them all because I can’t finish them before the due date (something I won’t ever go pass unless the situation is desperate, I don’t like paying fines). This makes me feel like an awful and selfish idiot because I’m denying others the chance to try out a bunch of amazing books but at the same time, I can’t stop.

3. Paperbacks are ‘inferior’ in my eyes.
Okay, I’m not trying to say paperbacks are bad, just that I’ll pick a hardcover edition any day. Hardcovers just seem more… regal? And they give off the whole “I can pass this on to my future generations and they’ll forever remember my book-loving legacy” kind of vibe. While paperbacks are so… ordinary.

4. I’m a hypocrite.
Fine, so everyone on earth are hypocrites at some point of time in life but what I mean here is that while I’m always insanely excited to meet others who read, if I find out we don’t have books in common (mainly YA books for me), I kind of go “booo” internally. Not that I would ever tell this to people’s faces—because that’s just rude. It’s not something I do on purpose. More of an automatic feeling of disappointment that borderlines annoyance. Not at the person, just at fate. So those who I know in real life and are reading this, I really mean no offence!

5. Babbling about books is my social comfort blanket.
What does this mean? Whenever I’m nervous or sense an oncoming awkward silence, I start babbling about books. Not just in a conversational way—no, it has to be crazy fangirl style. I don’t know why I do this. This probably happens because books seem to be the thing that defines me most as one of the first things people learn about me is I’m crazy about a few hundred pieces of printed paper stuck together. Since I know the topic so well… it means I won’t ever come off stupid, right? Though I do know this bores plenty of non-readers so… sorry?

6. I’m proud to be a booknerd.
I know plenty of booknerds are proud to be called that too but I’m raising this point because currently, being labelled a booknerd currently still comes with stigmas such as socially impaired, tasteless clothing, and bring too smart. How does this relate to being proud to be a booknerd? I guess it’s how hilariously surprised some people seem when I tell them I love reading straight after going off about nail polish, shoes, hot guys and makeup. I’ve gotta admit, breaking stereotypes is pretty fun.

7. I judge people by the books they read.
This is a bad habit I’m trying to kick. Because reading and loving the Twilight Saga/50 Shades of Gray trilogy/angel books with weak protagonists doesn’t make a person not nice. And nice people should be treated nicely. Now my brain just needs to get the memo.

8. I judge books by their cover. And I don’t plan to stop.
This is one form of judgement I love to dish out. Being a very visual person, the cover of a book matters a lot to me. Not that I won’t read ugly books, I’ll just be less inclined to. But then again, when a gorgeous novel contains puke-worthy, earthworm guts insides… I go through this irate phase where I feel horrifyingly cheated on by the cover… and occasionally need to tamper down the urge to burn those books.

9. I buy books… but don’t read them.
Well, I do end up reading them but it takes forever. Somehow, once I get my own copy of some books, the excitement I felt to read them dies. Weirdly, I become more inclined to read library books I’ve borrowed. Most likely because a) I’m terrified of bringing my own books out and damaging them, and b) the due date set by the library makes library books seem more… urgent.

10. I hate my slow reading speed.
Submerged in a world of crazy fast readers (most reviewers I’ve come across seem to have supersonic reading speed), I’m like a snail. My reading speed? Anywhere between 40-60 pages per hour. And I take an average of 5 days to finish a book. It might be faster than your average human being—or not, I’ve got no idea, actually—but I constantly feel I’m not reading as fast and as efficiently as a blogger/reviewer should be. Though I’m slowly growing to accept that I will never be able to speed-read and that it’s okay if I don’t.

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Top Ten Books On Adelena’s Summer TBR List

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we feature top ten books or book related stuff according to each week’s topic.

Like the rest of my seasonal TBR lists, I’ll be featuring books published in that particular timeframe that I’m excited for instead of the actual ones I’ll be reading (because I can’t ever stick to a reading schedule for long). Summer this year spans from 21 June to 21 September so all the books listed will be the ones (currently set) to be released between then!

Top 10 Books On My Summer TBR List:

Heir of Fire On the Fence Dissonance Midnight Thief The Kiss of Deception The Infinite Sea In the End Of Metal and Wishes The Jewel
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1. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (09/02)
I don’t think this one came as a surprise. And thankfully, I’ve already preordered my copy, now September just needs to quickly arrive!

2. On the Fence by Kasie West (07/01)
This year, I’ve read all of Kasie West’s published books and I would read anything she writes now. I’m sure On the Fence will be yet another adorable and swoon-worthy contemporary!

3. Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke (07/22)
The synopsis of this novel is awesome but the truth is, I would read Dissonance based on that beautiful cover alone.

4. Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne (07/08)
I’ve recently featured this in one of my WoW posts and literally can’t wait to read it! I have its prequel novella, Poison Dance, on my Kindle and will be reading it soon in preparation for Midnight Thief. So keep an eye out for that upcoming review!

5. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson (07/15)
Another high fantasy novel I’ve featured in my WoW posts! Although I’m not thrilled about the love triangle the synopsis seems to be hinting at, I can never turn down a high fantasy novel, especially one with such a gorgeous cover.

6. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey (09/16)
I have plenty of questions after finishing The 5th Wave but personally, the most pressing one is WHAT HAPPENS TO EVAN? Yes, I’ve got some priority issues.

7. In the End by Demitria Lunetta (06/24)
So In the After ended pree-tty intensely. Where will Amy go from there? Just a few more days until we find out but the suspense has been killing since finishing the first book.

8. Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine (08/05)
I’ve yet to read a good YA novel involving ghosts but I sure hope this one will change that! Plus that cover! I love the colours used.

9. The Jewel by Amy Ewing (09/02)
The number of high fantasy novels being released this summer is drowning me in joy and this is one of them. Can you feel my impatience radiating off the screen?

10. Untitled (All Our Yesterdays #2) by Cristin Terrill (08/14)
There’s yet to be a title (let alone a cover!) for this sequel but according to Goodreads, it’s set to be released this August. I have  my doubts about that but a girl can hope… Because after reading All Our Yesterdays, I would be insane not to be desperately needing this sequel.
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AHHHH! All the amazing books to be released this summer! I cannot handle my emotions right now. However, I do find it a little disappointing that no summery beach reads (except for On the Fence) made it onto my list. Oh well, I’ve never been that big of a beach read fan either. As you could probably tell, I’m more of a high fantasy, sci-fi, dystopia sort of girl. ;)

What books are you looking forward to this summer?

Adelena

Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far in 2014

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we feature top ten books or book related stuff according to each week’s topic.

This week’s topic’s pretty straightforward so without further ado…

Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year:

Champion Crown of Midnight Cress All Our Yesterdays Crash Into You The Diviners The Winner's Curse The Distance Between Us Split Second Fangirl

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1. Champion by Marie Lu
My heart still hurts whenever I think about the ending even thought it’s been months since I’ve finished this. Definitely one of the best bittersweet conclusions I’ve ever read! :’)

2. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Like Champion, the ending of this book was crippling. But us fans are still gonna suffer for another 4 books in this series! Not that we’re complaining. It’s an honor to cry and hurt over anything written by Sarah J. Maas!

3. Cress by Marissa Meyer
The Lunar Chronicles just keeps getting better with each book and I swear, Cress had everything a perfect book needs. Now, just let me nurse my broken feels until Winter comes.

4. All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
Definitely one of the best time-traveling books I’ve read. Although I almost DNF this at the very start, continuing was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Because this was packed with so much feels I was hungover.

5. Crash Into You by Katie McGarry
This one took me by surprise and was an emotional roller coaster I could not get off!

6. The Diviners by Libba Bray
Such a unique read and even though its size had been pretty daunting, it’s 600 pages of breathtaking everything!

7. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
This one definitely lived up to its hype! Completely beautiful, lyrical and the romance. Guys, the ROMANCE. If you don’t swoon over it, you’re an emotionless rock.

8. The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
The perfect short, cute and nicely touching romance novel you’re looking for this summer. Seriously.

9. Split Second by Kasie West
What I liked least about this book was that it’s the last book of the duology. Everything else? Flawless.

10. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
This is the first book I’ve read that made me feel as if I had been living the story and not just reading it. Obviously, it was a shoo-in for my favorites list!
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That’s it for me! It’s been a pretty good year so far, reading-wise, since there are only about 2 books I genuinely disliked while a whole bunch has made it onto my favorites list. If you’re wondering which books I’ve read so far, do check out my 2014 Goodreads Reading Challenge!

Which books are the best you’ve read so far this year?

Adelena