To all my fellow Canadians, and anyone else celebrating Thanksgiving today (and this past weekend) HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I hope that you were able to find lots to be Thankful for and that you were able to share this time with your loved ones!
Since today is Monday, whether a holiday or not, that means it's time for another 10 Book Confessions, and today I welcome to the blog, Annabelle Blume! She's new to me, and I must say, by the covers, and her confessions, I'm going to be adding her books to my ever growing To Read Pile!
Please give a great big welcome to Annabelle as she confesses!
1. I’m a book hoarder.
It’s kind of true. I currently only have one teeny-tiny 3-shelf book case, but it’s packed. Two rows deep and then stacked on top of each other and falling off edges. I did that in less than a year. The thing is, this is the first time in my life when I’ve had the ability to buy books almost as often as I want. I grew up on the lower end of the socio-economic scale so I had only four books, the first four books in The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice, as a teenager. All my reading was done on school books and library books. This is a really neat time for me as I always dreamed about having full-wall book cases.
2. I buy books “for when the kids will need them in high school”.
I have no idea how high school reading actually works now, but back in my day (get off my lawn) the schools actually had books for you. Now, best as I can discern, each student is supposed to buy EVERY book they are going to read that year. That’s some crazy talk to me. So, I am trying to get a jump on it now and buying as many classics as I can. Yes, I’m aware this is more justification for my book hoarding. Hush now.
3. I talk about characters as if they are real people.
My characters as well as the characters I read. I know I’m not the only one who does this. ‘Fess up!
4. I’m always rooting for the wrong guy.
And boy do I. In Stephanie Lawton’s Want, I was all about Dave. With Tiffany Reizs’ The Siren, I was all about Wes. And when I read Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, I didn’t want Katniss to pick either guy!
5. I scrutinize dedications and acknowledgments.
I’m always looking for the hidden meaning, the code, the secret language. Those long, transparent acknowledgments: Snooze fest. There’s nothing to find there. I’m all about having that one-sentence look into the author’s truest self.
6. I reread Catcher in the Rye recently. To make sure I still HATED IT.
I freaking HATED that book in high school. I figured, to be fair, I would read it again to make sure it wasn’t just my teenage self talking. I mean, it has been twenty years, and I do love Salinger’s Nine Stories, so it only made sense. Verdict? Still hated it.
7. Chick-Lit is awesome (even if its name sucks).
Horribly offensive name aside, I don’t know why the publishing industry says Chick Lit is dead. It feels like forever since I’ve come across a fun, feel good series like the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella. Has the world become such that only the angst-ridden or erotically-driven stories are able to capture our collective attention? Bring it back, I say.
8. I loved Twilight, too.
I did, and I am not ashamed to admit it. Though, I was Team Jacob (see confession No.4) and not because of Taylor Lautner but because I really thought Edward was a SOB. Discontent with the love triangle aside, I loved it. I’m not sure I would feel the same now, as I read it many years ago before writing my own books was even on my radar. I suspect I would have a different opinion of its story arc, character arc, and all around level of prose, but I refuse to go back and shatter what was a very fun, happy, exciting phenomena to be a part of.
9. The only palatable book-to-movie adaptation is the 2009 Dorian Gray.
Because BEN BARNES!
10. I don’t share books well.
Okay, fine, I don’t share books at all. I will buy a copy of a book for someone before I lend them mine. I’ve lost too many books over the years. I just can’t do it. My cousin currently has a book of mine that I left with her because it was so fantastic I needed her to read it now now NOW, but she doesn’t share books well either, so I know she’ll get it back to me. Right, Kym. RIGHT?
Annabelle Blume is the author of Frozen Heart, and its sequel, Melted Tears (Book 2 in the Outlier Chronicles) that is, when she's not checking homework or begrudgingly cooking dinner. Wife, mother, and creator of alternate worlds, Annabelle has a penchant for that which is outside the norm. She's also the author/personality of The Bombshell Mommy at Vitacost.com.