08 July 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #11

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and is a chance for everyone to get to know fellow bloggers and share lists. I love lists. Every week is a different list.

This week is Top Ten Blogging Confessions.

I've done one like this before, but let's see how it turns out this time. I have a lot of confessions I need to make. I am a bad book blogger.

  • I abuse my books.
    All of them. Even the special signed ones. My copy of Candy by Kevin Brooks is falling apart it's been read so much, and it was one of my first ever signed books.
  • I sometimes read crap books just so I can rage review them.
    RAWR. Because it feels so good to just let it all out and rip a book to shreds sometimes. And anything I read after is always going to be wonderful.
  • Sometimes I bitch even when I like a book.
    Some of my reviews for 4 and 5 star reads are AWFUL. I guess I was just PMSing and took it out on the book.
  • I'm bad at reading what I'm supposed to.
    I easily have over 200 review copies/ARCs/giveaway wins sitting unread and yet I buy even more books every week. I do get round to them eventually...
  • My NetGalley ratio is appalling.
    Seriously, it makes me feel sick. I once had it up to 90% but then I got click happy and it's been below 40% ever since. I'm trying to read one a week but every time I up-date it I request more.
  • I'm addicted to Goodreads.
    It's the first site I go on when I get up and the last site I check before bed. I've got the app to blame for that.
  • I can't cope when Goodreads goes down.
    Seriously, I get all shaky and nervous and keep refreshing the page again and again. Then I go and vent a little on Twitter and refresh some more.
  • I spend more time on Goodreads and blogs than reading.
    I spend more time reading what other people think about books than reading the books themselves.
  • I get sad when I'm lonely.
    I always get sad when I comment on 100+ blogs and posts and reviews and only get two or three back in return. I know that those 100+ other people aren't all going to comment back, but it'd be nice if more of them did.
  • I'm bad at commenting back myself.
    So yeah, a little bit of double standards. But I spend so much time on Bloglovin' visiting everyone that I forget who might have visited me. I've even scheduled in a little while on a Sunday for me to comment back to everyone now.

What are your blogging confessions?

40 comments:

  1. I hate when goodreads goes down, I spend all the time refreshing the page till it comes back. Over capacity is the worst.

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    1. I get especially nervous when Alice isn't there.
      IS IT REALLY BROKEN?!

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  2. I'm the same with Goodreads...sometimes I start reading a book before bed, and when I wake up the next morning I kick myself because I forgot to add it to the 'currently reading' shelf before sleeping...because I'm pedantic like that.

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  3. I love Goodreads! Without it, I'd probably never organize my bookshelves, like what I've already read, what I want to read, my favorites, etc. I wish my NetGalley ratio reaches 90% and above one day... LOL :) Thanks for stopping by my TTT :)

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  4. Goodreads is addictive! I get paranoid over my Netgalley ratio too, I try to keep it as high as possible but I get click happy too! Great list :)

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  5. For awhile I was doing much better with my NetGalley ratio then I requested a whole bunch of books so it lowered again, but I'm determined to get it back up!

    I also love GoodReads!!! This is really the first year I've been super diligent about using it to keep track of all my books and dates read and such.

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  7. I do the same thing with four and five star reviews! I find that I have to pick out my biggest peeves and focus on those. Otherwise I feel like no one else is going to be able to understand how I arrived at a five star rating!

    Here are my Confessions!

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  8. I know what you mean about terrible books, sometimes you just need to get it all off your chest, I've written a few reviews like that recently.
    Thanks for visiting my TTT post :)

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  9. Hahaha 'Rage-review'. I can relate! I have to say something bad about the books I rate 5 stars just so I stop the authors getting big heads :)

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  10. I'm definitely addicted to Goodreads as well! I love messing around with my tags and organizing my shelves of books, and then just looking up reviews of books that I want to read next.
    I also definitely rip some aspects of my 4 and 5 star books apart as well, but I think it's a good thing. A book can be great and still have aspects that I don't like and I think it just shows that we are paying attention and not reading blindly even though we like a book!

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  11. I can't even think about how bad my NetGalley ratio is. I usually have those books for months. I think I have at least 50 or more folks I owe reviews to, but literally about 600 books I want to read. Scary.

    Thanks for visiting The Book Connection.

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  12. Yes, my Netgalley ratio isn't as good as it should be. I've decided that I've got to stay away - what I didn't realise (because i'm a maniac) is that your invitations are also included in your stats! I thought it was just the books you've actually requested!!! So, yeah, need to work on those reviews.
    Lynn :D

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  13. Gosh, I've pretty much given up on my NetGalley ratio...I barely have time to read books that are already out, let alone ARCs. I won't worry about it too much, though.

    But yes, I love Goodreads, too! So addicting!!!

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  14. Amazing post! I love Goodreads too! It's the first place I go to look for anything book or author related.
    Happy reading!

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    1. I'll be in Waterstones, browsing the shelves, and I nip out my kindle and check Goodreads before I buy!

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  16. Silly google! Anyway, As I was saying... I wish I had more friends on Goodreads so that I could be addicted to it, but alas! My feed is quite barren.

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    1. I follow loads of people, and groups are so addictive. I'm a member of loads of groups and a mod on two so I'm always finding new people.

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  17. Fantastic confessions. I find myself nodding along with a lot of them... except the abusing of the books. I definitely don't do that ;-)

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  18. I spend a ton of time on Goodreads and other blogs too! It's like adding books to my TBR gives me more pleasure than actually reading them.

    But hey at least my Netgalley ratio is 70-something% now! I'm way too picky with ARCs haha.

    AND YES TO RANT/RAGE REVIEWS. I'll definitely be looking forward to your reviews later now that I know. I'm such a bad person lol

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  19. I spend more time reading what other people think about books then doing the actual reading for myself too! Or at least, I used to. I've been finding it hard to keep up with my favorite bloggers these days. I'm taking a more relaxed approach to blogging, but I do try to visit at least once or twice on a weekly basis. I don't think I could keep up with 100+ blogs though. You're amazing! I follow the unspoken "comment for a comment" system, as best as I can, especially with the memes. It helps me connect with new bloggers, and I totally dig it. :)

    It was nice getting to know you a bit, Cora!

    P.s. Don't feel lonely. The internet is a big place! You just have to find the right people to find a connection with. :)

    Marlene @ The Flyleaf Review

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  20. Hah My Netgalley ratio is nonexistent, which is also why I have stopped using it..l don't get anything anyway! And I HATE when Goodreads is down. I don't know what to do with myself!

    Thanks for stoppin' by! Have a great week!

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  21. Ha, I love your list! So funny and true at the same time.

    My NetGalley ratio is also terrible. I think it may be hovering around 20% at this point, and I've stopped even trying to make it better... (eek!)

    I also have given sort of half-hearted reviews to truly wonderful books - and I feel bad now, but at the time, that was all I could do. I chalk it up to expectations vs. reality... and just being a grumpy-pants in general. *grin*

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  22. I love your list, especially about you being negative about books you've rated 4 and 5 stars. I am exactly the same, I love a book, but I still attempt to find faults. Then people point it our how negative you're being so I have to try and justify why I love it so much and saying I just do doesn't seem like a valid response.

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  23. Totally agree about being bad at reading what I'm supposed to and having an awful NetGalley ratio (which I'm trying to be better about). It's not my fault, though, because. Reasons. And stuff. Don't judge!

    Thanks for stopping by Mark My Reviews!

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  24. THE GOODREADS ONE! Seriously, I pretty much freak out when the site goes down. And you don't even want to know my NG approval ratio. When I first got it, I went crazy! Now I'm still making up for that. Oh, and the rant and ragey negative reviews. I love writing them too. So, yeah, all of these should be on my list too (except #1, because my books are precious to me and I can't stand to even dog-ear pages).

    Thanks for stopping by Part of that World! :)

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  25. These are fabulous! First of all, YES to the Goodreads one. I cannot function without Goodreads! And, if you want to feel better, my Netgalley ratio is ZERO. 0. I "won" approval for one book, but the publisher states that they don't want reviews posted until a month before release soooo... since it is my only "approval"... I am stuck at zero until August. Which really makes me mad, because now I know I can't request anything else until that review is posted.

    And I totally get stuck in the Blogs/Goodreads vortex! I will realize it is like, 3am and I haven't even started what I needed to do! Too many awesome blogs, too little time.

    Oh- I have read a couple of awful books (ie, Fifty Shades), just so I could feel justified in harshly judging it ;)

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  26. Goodreads is the best!! At the end of last year, though, it locked me out of my account and created a new one. Oh. my. god. I can't even begin to explain how much I panicked. I WAS IN TEARS. I have hundreds of reviews on there and I was completely locked out! But I emailed them and their help support service was so so brilliant (and fast) which has just given me another reason to love Goodreads to pieces. (Although it did make me back up all my reviews elsewhere. Hehe.)
    Thanks for stopping by @ Notebook Sisters!

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  27. I actually had to give up on NetGalley, I got excited and requested way too many books before it all got too much! I'm the same with ARCs/won books too, I have an ever growing pile of them by my bed that I never get around to reading! Great list :)
    My TTT

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  28. Oh my goodness yes - my books are falling apart as well! My Harry Potters are the worst: too much reading has led to covers falling off all over the place. And keep writing those rage reviews - some of us love reading them!

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  29. We're like total opposites, I have trouble labeling the bad in books and I can only write the good. I feel horrible if I trash the book.

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  30. Goodreads is addicting! I spend so much more time on there now than I do facebook! I can't stop updating my status as I read!

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  31. I'm SO bad at reading what I'm supposed to! I always seem to leave review books to the last minute and then struggle to read them before they're released/ I have a tour stop... It's difficult reading something specific when you're in the mood for something else!

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  32. Fellow goodreads addict - I'm on it more than facebook, if that says anything! I'm trying to read more blogs randomly instead of just on days with memes (like today), so I'll probably end up spending more time on blogs than reading too.

    - Kritika @ Snowflakes & Spider Silk

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  33. Great post. I'm the same with when Goodreads is down. I get very upset and check their twitter to make sure it's not just me who is experiencing problems logging on. And I feel too that I spend way more time fixing my blog or reading others than I do reading

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  34. I also keep refreshing when Goodreads is down more so because nearly always when it goes down I was doing something on it and for me too that is the first and last site I visit every day. For some of my 4 or 5 star ratings I do the same as you but I'm worse because when I put all my thoughts into a review and they are kind of bad than I'm going lower my rating. :)

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  35. haha, I'm glad I'm not alone at being addicted to Goodreads! I'm not so much a fan of the app though; I find it lacking in many respects. But the actual site is great :)

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  36. Oh I am with you on the not commenting back thing. I do try to comment back on people's blogs who have taken the time to comment on mine (like now). Admittedly, I do forget sometimes, or get too busy, or do it late (again, like now. Crazy week sorry.) But I make the effort, and I often wish other people would make the same kind of effort. After all, blogging is about getting to know people and sharing stuff. How's that ever supposed to happen when people don't make an effort?

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  37. I totally understand the Goodreads addiction. I freaking love that page. I too have the app. I had people looking at me very oddly when I was in Barnes & Noble this week using the scan function to add books to my list. :)

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Thank you so much for your comment.

If you've left a link back to your own blog, expect a visit from me very soon - I spend pretty much all day reading blogs and taking part in bookish discussions!