Top Ten Tuesday #2

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Click here to read more and join!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday list is: Top ten posts on your blog that give the best picture of you — both as a reader and a person. As a blogger who’s nearly reached 60 posts (3 more posts to go!), I considered opting out this week. I’m just beginning to collect a decent post number and establish a sense of routine here at midnight coffee monster. And, for honesty’s sake, the idea of people possibly browsing through older, yuckier posts unnerves me.  (You mean people do this already? Oh.)

By all intents and purposes, this blog is my personal e-space largely dedicated to books. As such, I occasionally but appropriately post book banter. Whether I want to discuss my current hoard (and there is always a hoard), mourn the end of favorite stories, or share excitement for upcoming books, these posts represent my every day. When I come home or when a free hour finds me, I look forward to an abundance of literature.

But from an abundance of literature choices arise, and I’m one of those people who find difficulty in deciding. I start one book, read 20 or so pages, and allow a different book to distract me. I try to keep monogamous relationships, but I’m easily a cheat. It doesn’t help, then, that I constantly look for new reads and make library requests. I won’t say how many items I have, but there are 13 on hold, an extra 2 pages of unavailable items, and my TBR list remains a gargantuan monster. (If it weren’t for libraries, I’d drown in a debt so large that would take five lifetimes to pay off.)

Hence: I love memes for their interesting prompts and allowing me to discuss past reads.

Library Loot (co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader) is among my top favorite and most frequently abused memes. Books pictured in this particular loot post show my favorite haul since doing the meme — for one: ever since I met THG’s end, I can’t get enough of YA dystopia. (I’m still working my way through this pile, too… 2 books to read!)

I admit that I’m lax with WWW Wednesdays (hosted by Should Be Reading), but I enjoy it just the same. Because I can’t review all the books I read, WWW Wednesdays give me an opportunity to share thoughts about recent and current reads. From this (and other memes, such as Recommend A…), it’s easy to gather my tastes.

I like to keep genre and style varied, as I believe diverse interests beat a narrow one! I’m open to new experiences, though I of course have preferences. As such, I enjoy participating in fun reading challenges, as they help push me to read books I’ve waited too long to start. Additionally, I get to discover new wonders and better define my inclination toward certain styles, genres, stories…

And what kind of “book blog” would midnight coffee monster be without book reviews?

Things I’m willing to do to grab the first copy of Hartman’s Dracomachia… I’d even snatch a draft if I could. Where the rich fantasy found in Seraphina pleasantly surprised and left me eager for more, Shadow & Bone equally excelled; albeit, it is fantasy though much more light. (I also confess that I fell for the Darkling. When I forced myself to take reading breaks, I considered the Darkling’s future role — both as a Grisha leader and a love interest, and whether he was “evil” or “good.” I knew where he would land, but I tried to convince myself otherwise. Damn you, Bardugo.)

I cannot say that Gray’s Ostrich Boys will ever become a favorite read, as the experience left me disappointed. I do, however, love a good coming of age story.

…Then moments present themselves in which nothing book-related has a home:

(I advise everyone to never take me too seriously. I exaggerate often and enjoy poking fun at life and myself. Reading, however, is serious business.)

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6 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #2

  1. Yeah, I have 19 holds, 27 books checked out, and a huge list of books I want to read. One downside of people knowing I like to read is the constant steam of recommendations. Poor me :)

    • There should be an Avid Reads Anonymous support group — a place for those who don’t know when enough books are enough. I don’t know about you, but I’m glad I at least stick with library books. From what I hear, my aunt (a crazy-mad reader) has stacks of unread books but continues buying anyway! Then again… she doesn’t experience due-date pressure.

  2. Even before I read your post, I knew that you’d include Seraphina in your post :P. Lol *virtual high fives* for being obsessive over books lol. I really like your Books in Translation challenge, it seems interesting. Maybe I’ll consider doing it next year. Oh and I love the neighbour hate lol! It literally made me laugh out loud!

    • You can bet on more Seraphina talk in future TTT posts! I’m almost betting that I’ll be blabbing away about Hartman’s book until the sequel comes out (super excited!!) — much to the annoyance of others around me, ha ha.

      I think it’s fun, and hopefully I’ll get to review a translated book this year! I know I’ve read enough to be at the conversationalist level. Mostly by reading poetry books, though, and I never really review poetry.

      Ha ha, glad to amuse you! :D My neighbor was horrible! Such a weird guy… Several neighbors smoke around here, which bothered him. He would never confront the smokers, though, and take it out on me instead! He did some other odd things, too, but he finally moved.

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