Dirty Little Reading Secrets

The other day, I saw a post where someone shared some of her dirty little reading secrets, and I thought it was a great idea. I have about a million dirty little reading secrets. I thought I’d share a few with you today.

There were many school assigned books I didn’t finish and have no desire to ever finish. I never finished Walden or Paradise Lost. If a piece of writing didn’t do anything for me, or I had a lot of other work I had to finish first, I’d skim it or read a summary.

I don’t read any books by Nicholas Sparks anymore because someone always dies. I just can’t handle it these days. It’s become something he’s known for, and I don’t always feel like reading a sad book. Now if you can tell me one of his books remains death free, I will be happy to read it.

I have the inability to go to the library to return books and not come out with a whole stack of new books. It’s actually really bad. I try to “cleanse” myself of library books because I have stacks of them sitting around the house, but I always come back with more….

I didn’t like Sense and Sensibility or Lord of the Flies for that matter. Those were two of my least favorite books I had to read. I just didn’t understand the appeal. I tried reading Sense and Sensibility again, but it just didn’t work out.

I really don’t understand what all the hype about Twilight is all about. Please do not hate on me all you Twilight fans. But I just don’t get the appeal of a sparkly vampire who stares at someone while she sleeps. It’s just creepy. I have read the first book which I thought was boring until pretty much the end. I just don’t get it.

I hate reading a book only to find out that it’s part of a series and not the first one. This is a pretty big pet peeve of mine and one I should be more conscious of. It’s happened too many times.

I’ve stopped reading books because I think the author has completely ruined the characters. The most notable is Voyager where Diana Gabaldon completely ruined Jamie for me. And I LOVED Jamie and didn’t think it was possible for him to be ruined. I stand corrected. I couldn’t finish that book because I thought he did something so out of character that I couldn’t handle it.

It annoys me when covers of books don’t match the characters’ descriptions. I read a book recently where the male lead had a mustache. His mustache was mentioned often enough in the book that the cover artist had to have picked up on it. The man on the cover most definitely did not have a mustache.

So those are a few of my dirty little reading secrets. Do you have any of your own? I encourage you to share them with us!

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3 thoughts on “Dirty Little Reading Secrets

  1. My biggest reading secret is that I’ve never actually finished reading Little Women. Ok, this is not because I don’t love the story! I’ve practically got the movie memorized and I love the first half of the book. The problem is when I get too close to the part where (SPOILER ALERT!) Beth dies. I don’t know if it is subconscious or what, but I stop reading and, by the time I pick the book back up, it’s been too long and I have to start all over again.

    This is also my mother’s biggest disappointment in me… 🙂

    • Don’t worry. I haven’t finished it either. I actually read it, saw the movie and was so surprised when Beth died. That’s when I realized the version I had read was very much abridged! One day though…. Hopefully…

  2. I have always loved to read as long as it was what I wanted to read. I couldn’t stand most books I was forced to read in school. I had to read “To Kill a Mockingbird” every year and never learned to enjoy it. Sorry. Also I tried to read “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand for a scholarship. I suffered through it and finally quit reading it without about 10 pages to go. Just could not do it!

    Fun topic!

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