Bookish Confessions pt. 1

Hello again honeybees! This blog post comes from the first bookish confession, and admittedly I’m not sure how many of these I have. These are not to be confused with my Unpopular Opinions posts, which I’ll be continuing soon.

These are just things within the bookish realm that I don’t talk about or don’t want to talk about for fear of being ostracized.

Okay, deep breaths for this first one.

I’m Afraid I’ll Never Find A Book I Love More Than Ari and Dante

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz is 100% my favorite book of all time. I read it in 2017 and it’s been my favorite book since. My list of faves is very small and I haven’t added to it in a long time. I’m very afraid that I’ll never find another favorite again. Only the deepest of problems on this page, am I right?

I Order At Least Half My Books Off Amazon

I’m such a champion of bookstores, especially independently owned and operated bookstores. My city had six bookstores a few years ago and now there’s only one struggling indie. Plus, I’m a full time student in a low income family. I love books but they are so expensive. With Prime and two day free shipping, how could I resist?

I Constantly Check The Remaining Pages/ Time in A Book

Sometime when I started blogging, reading became more of a race than a “journey.” Now it’s just a habit to check the remaining pages/time left in a chapter or the book. I know some people would say that that’s the mark of a bad book, but I do it with my 4-5 star books too.

Once I’m Done With A Good Book, I Give It A Hug

Can somebody say “weird”? Am I the only one that does this? Like, I’ve been holding this precious book in my hands for hours and now that it’s over and my heart is either broken or made whole again, I need to hold it close to me and be with it for just a second longer. And that, my friends, is how you know it was an A+ book. I’ve only hugged two books this year, and if I write a review saying that I “loved it so much that I gave it hug”, you know it is real.

I’ve Only Read One Hardcover Book This Year

Floppy paperbacks for the win! I don’t know when my aversion to hardcovers started, but it got full steam this year. Besides briefly reading Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them in July and DNFing a hardcover in June, I haven’t picked up the bulky hardcovers in 2019.

I’m Pretty Selective With My Goodreads Friends

I’m really exposing myself here but yes, it’s true, I’m not shy to reject a request. If we don’t have similar interests and you don’t write even the shortest reviews every few months, I probably won’t follow you. I get a lot of recommendations from Goodreads and I want friends on there who will give me their honest and detailed opinions on books that I’m interested in reading!

Shameless plug: If you’re reading interests are similar to mine (I read all sub genres in YA/NA and the occasional Adult romance or historical fiction) and you sometimes write reviews, add me on Goodreads! I’m always looking for more people to follow and interact with on there.

Reviews? I Skim Them

Yikes! Is this against some blogger etiquette or something? Probably. I very rarely read every word of a review and usually just skim things in bold or look at the person’s rating. However, I do really love reviews (writing them, skimming them, using them to add to my TBR) so please bloggers, never stop posting them!

If you’re curious which reviews I do read in full, they’re usually the really organized ones like those featured on Kelly @ Another Book In The Wall or really engaging/visual reviews like those on Jenacidebybibliophile ‘s blog (love those gifs!)

I Hype Up Latinx Books But Don’t Read Them

I felt attacked immediately after writing that but sadly it’s true. I have tons on my TBR and I plan on prioritizing them in the coming months, years, etc, but lately they’ve been collecting dust on my shelves. It’s depressing because there are so many amazing Latinx books coming out this year! We’ve honestly been blessed and I’m over here reading the most non diverse novels like they’re going out of print.

That’s it for today’s post! What are some of your bookish confessions? Do you agree/disagree with any of mine? And if you have a recommendation similar to Ari and Dante, I’m all ears.

Thanks for reading! For more bookish content, follow me on Goodreads, Instagram, and Twitter. See you in the next post. Love, Destiny

19 thoughts on “Bookish Confessions pt. 1

  1. charlottealiciaa says:

    I relate to so many of these. I literally scour the entire internet to find the cheapest deal on a book, even if it takes an hour just looking for one book. Student life. And I’m forever looking at how much I’ve read vs how much I’ve got left. It’s a habit I need to try and stop! Really enjoyed this post, can’t wait for part 2!

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  2. alittlehazebookblog says:

    Ari and Dante is love!!!! That book is so gorgeous, I can definitely understand how you love it so much. I read the inexplicable logic by the same author soon after I read Ari and Dante and it just wasn’t as good. Sadness!!
    I totally skim reviews too btw. I try to read as many as I can between Goodreads and blogging because I adore reading people’s differing opinions. But sometimes I do just take key pointers from the reviews because i just don’t have the time to read everything everyone says. It’s sad but I do my best to spread the love around :))) great post Destiny

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    • Destiny, MyHoneyReads says:

      I actually loved The Inexplicable Logic of My Life but I understand that it’s not for everyone. And I hate knowing too much before going to a book, or hearing others’ opinions on something before I’m able to form my own opinion on it, so I shy away from doing in depth readings of reviews. Thanks for reading!

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  3. cierrascynosure says:

    I CONSTANTLY check how much progress I’ve made in a book and how much more I have left to go! I even do math to see how far I need to read until I hit % milestones (25%, 50%, 75%, etc 😂😂)

    I skim reviews too unless it’s a book I’ve been interested in reading or have read before myself. Those hook me! For reviews of books I haven’t read, I pay attention to bolded stuff, pictures, and gifs too.

    Loved this post!!

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  4. Zoe's Library says:

    I relate so much on the thing about being afraid you won’t find a new favorite book. I feel like there are some books that I’ve loved so much that I’ll never be able to find a new one that lives up… but all I can do is keep trying! Although, considering I do the hug thing too… I have hugged quite a few books this year, so it’s not too bad!

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      • Zoe's Library says:

        Yes!! Finishishing a good book feels like finishing a wonderful conversation with a good friend that you’re not going to see in a while, so hugs are necessary. I’m reading one now that I’ve already hugged. I think this one is gonna be a new favorite, too! (The book is Harry’s Trees by Jon Cohen)

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  5. Melanie (TBR and Beyond) says:

    Aww now I want to go hug my books, I feel like I’ve let them all down in some way!

    I completely check how far I am in the book all the time. I just like seeing my progress – it makes me feel productive or something. I have no idea. I thought I was the only weirdo that did that, even when they love the book.

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  6. Emma @ AFCTL says:

    Ahhhh all of these points are so relatable!
    I feel so bad sometimes for ordering via book depository, but sometimes the book is nearly 30% cheaper than what is in my independent book stores! I am a students so I can’t afford all the books I want from the shops near me.

    ARI AND DANTE CAN’T BE BEAT I SWEAR! I loved them so much and I keep rereading because I want them back!
    – Emma 🙂

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  7. Kelly | Another Book in the Wall says:

    Awwwww, oh my gosh, I’m so flattered that you like to read my reviews, Destiny! *blushes* ❤ I hug my books too! They deserve to be squeezed, being the precious works that they are! And I totally feel you about the Ari and Dante dilemma! I haven't read the book yet (*feels the shame*) but that's how I am with The Book Thief! There are just no other books that can compare!

    Great post, Destiny! ❤

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