Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Top Ten Blogging Confessions

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks topic are your top ten blogging confessions. Let's do this!

1. It's easier for me to write a review for a book I hated as oppose to a book I love. Maybe it's because emotions are high, but I always feel like when it comes to a book I dislike, the words just flow naturally together. As for books I love, my reviews seem to be a blur of adjectives and verbs. "I loved it!", "I devoured it!", "I was completely absorbed in the story.", etc. Fangirling is inevitable.

2. I often feel overwhelmed by ARCs. Hear me out before you judge! I absolutely love receiving them and am beyond grateful whenever a publisher sends me ARCs I either requested or randomly received. The only thing is, I tend to buy a lot of books as well and end up not finding the time to read them. Do you know how many books I have on my shelves that I haven't read yet? Too many. I mean, I still haven't read MOCKINGJAY yet, and part one of the movie comes out in November. *hangs head in shame*

3. For me, taking a break from blogging is often a must. As you all know, blogging is very time consuming. During the months leading up to my wedding, I tried very hard to keep up with my blog but simply couldn't find the time. In the end, I ended up taking a month off mainly because of time, but also because I didn't want to have another thing to worry about or commit to on top of everything else. I usually only take a week or two off a year, but this past spring was a little different.

4. Sometimes, I don't review books I bought and read for fun. This has only happened to a handful of books, but it doesn't make me any less guilty. Whenever I read a review book, I bust out the sticky notes and mark quotes I love or things I didn't like or things I thought were important in general. It's basically the way I read required books in high school and college, and it sometimes makes whatever I'm reading less enjoyable. So, whenever I read a book I bought for fun and loved, I sometimes don't post a review on my blog. I do end up gushing about it on Twitter or Goodreads, and not reviewing it on my blog makes me a bad blogger, especially when I adore the author, but can't I just have something to myself? Something I can just enjoy and not feel forced to work on?

5. I delete review requests from people who don't take the time to read my review policy. Honestly, I don't do it to be cruel or mean or to say I'm too good for this. That's not how I function. If someone isn't going to take the time to read my review policy, why should I take the time to read and review their book? Also, my name isn't "Addicted 2 Novels". It's Lena. It's also not Leanba or Anna or Lebron James. It's Lena. The least someone can do is get my name right.

6. I hate recommending books to my good blogging friends. I love more things than I hate, and my friends sometimes hate the things I love. They're judging me... eek! No, I know they're not judging me, but it's so hard to recommend a book to someone who reads as much as you do. THE PRESSURE! I just can't.

7. BEA scares me. It totally does! The only reasons I would go to BEA are for the people and the parties. I'm always jealous of the parties everyone goes to, but what if I don't get invited to them? Half the reason I want to go is gone. Also, I've seen photos of how incredibly hectic it is, and I've also heard horror stories involving biting, pushing, and shoving. I'm 5 feet tall. If you push me, I'll fall, and who will be there to save me?

8. I suck at posting reviews on time. I try so hard to post reviews the week of the release and fail more than I'd like to admit. Do you know how many drafts I have saved on my blog? Too many my friends. Too, too many.

9. I get annoyed whenever people rate books on Goodreads they haven't read yet. Can someone please explain this to me? I don't care if it's one star or five. If someone hasn't read a book yet, they shouldn't rate or judge it. Didn't like the previous book in a series? What does that have to do with the current/next book? Love every book an author has written? That's great, but why do people give a book five stars before the author is even done writing it? Calm your pits, people!

10. My nickname should be "Sucks At Leaving Comments". I do, and I hate myself for it. I keep telling myself I'll be better at leaving comments on other people's blogs, but I still stink at it. Ack!

There you half it, folks! What are some of your blogging confessions?


  1. I'm right there with you with books I hated being easier to review than ones I loved. I don't know if it's because I have more to talk about because I'll start nitpicking every little thing I disliked or what, but I can only fangirl/gush for so long before I start repeating myself - or saying the same thing in every review.

  2. I agree, it's much easier for me to review a book I hated than a book I loved! I also like reading for fun once in awhile. I use to review EVERY SINGLE BOOK I READ and it sucked the joy out of reading and it's much better now that I only review my review books :)

    Kyra @ Blog of a Bookaholic

  3. #1, #2, #3, #4, #6, #9.. Okay, so basically all of them! I get scared every time I recommend a book or someone tells me that they added a book to their TBR because they read your review. All I want is for them to love it, and what if they don't? I also love getting to read books early, but I'm so far behind on them that it's not even funny. My NG approval ratio is pathetic. But I'm working hard to bump it up. :)

    Holly @ Part of that World

  4. Baaaahaha! I totally don't get the GR ratings when the person hasn't read the book. Makes no sense!! I also get annoyed when people address us as "Lost in Literature" in an email, rather than using our names. So not cool. Great confessions, Lena! :)

  5. I hate writing reviews for books I love. It's a big old ramble fest that doesn't really say anything. lol

    I also hate when people buy books I've loved. I feel like it's my fault they wasted money if they don't like it.

    And pssh! you would do fine at BEA. Ignoring the Saturday Book Con - it was run really well this year.

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