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Okay, so I was planning to share my ten favorite dystopias with you in a top ten list today for the last Tuesday of Dystopian August, but, you know what, I don't feel like it right now. Also, I really love the topic of today's top ten list, so I'm doing that instead. Deal with it!
1. I haven't read a book that wasn't for review in months and months. I mean, I did get to read a couple of older ones during Dystopian August which was cool, but otherwise not really. I cannot tell you how long it's been since I went to the library, perused the shelves, and checked stuff out.
2. Dystopias generally don't turn out to be my favorites. I figured I needed a confession about dystopias, because, well, duh, right? Anyway, you're probably going 'what the hell, why do dystopian August then?' which I totally get. Here's the thing. I do LOVE reading dystopias and I get HELLA excited every time I hear about a new one. However, I definitely think my average rating for that genre is much lower than fantasy or historical fiction. I'm really picky about them.
3. I am a retelling whore. Seriously, if you base your book on another book, play, movie, etc, I'm going to want to read it. That's just fact. Do you know how many fairy tale retellings there are? I WANT TO READ THEM ALL. Ditto Jane Austen. Heck, I HATED Frankenstein, and I get super excited when I hear about retellings of that. One of my least favorite books is Heart of Darkness and I'd probably still be desperate to get my hands on an ARC of a retelling of that.
4. I used to think audiobooks didn't count as reading. Even when that was the case, I felt like a complete ass for thinking that, but I TOTALLY did. I am now, however, determined to love them. They are so handy for chores! Also, they take longer than reading a book the regular way, so, if anything, they're more work.
5. I read books I know I'm not going to like knowingly. Yeah, yeah, no wonder my ratings are so low. Well, I blame the publishers for having such pretty covers. Also, if you slap the dystopian, post-apocalyptic or retelling label on something, I'm probably going to read it, even if all of the reviewers I trust say the book is basically a turd wrapped in vomit. I am not proud of this.
6. If you don't like to read, I probably won't be friends with you. This may be harsh, but it's totes true. If I'm having a nice conversation with someone and they say they don't like to read, it's basically like the music scratches to a stop in my head. So not cool. Also, I'm pretty sure I could never date someone who didn't read, and I'm talking at least 20 books a year. AT LEAST.
7. One of my pet peeves is people saying they don't have time to read. Sure, there are probably some folks out there that are SO BUSY they legit DON'T have time, but there are way more people who make that claim than people who have no free time. It's not that you don't have time, it's that you don't really think reading is as important as watching tv or whatever, but you don't want to come out and say that. Just own up. You can make time for reading if it's something you love.
8. My mom's taking me for a bookish shopping spree for my birthday. Y'all, I am SO PUMPED about this. As the majority of my birthday presents, my mom is going to take me around to a bunch of local Goodwills and my favorite used bookstore and let me get ALL THE THINGS I WANT. *revels*
9. I don't buy many new books. I can since you all preparing to tar and feather me for being a reviewer who wants physical copies for free but won't spend money on the industry. Well, sorry. Actually, I buy more new books now than I did before I started blogging. I just have always been a really cheap person, the kind that will wait to find a nice quality copy at a used bookstore than going to B&N. I could buy one book for $20 or 10. I just can't choose one book over ten. Sorry. My personal new book purchases are pretty much exclusively limited to getting free shipping on Amazon.
10. I have maxed out my library card. In 2008, I discovered manga when I was interning at a library in Indiana. When I came home, I decided I needed to try every single manga available in my library system here. So I put pretty much all of them on hold at once. For about a month, I perpetually had the maximum number of books checked out, which is 75 items btws. When I brought things back to get my holds, I had to go to the librarians and beg them to check them in immediately.