Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Confessions. 08.28.2012

My Top Ten Bookish Confessions!


By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

I grew up as a Catholic and even though I converted religiously later on, I’m quite familiar with the sacrament of confession. And so, (insert deep breath here)—here are my top ten bookish confessions:


1. In Grade One, I was put into a special phonetics class on account of my difficulty in reading and writing.

I was jarred and called names. It was then that I vowed to myself to become the best English-speaking and English-writing student in my class. This promise led to my lifelong passion for books and my eventual study as a Creative Writing and English lit. major in university—and a career as an editor.


2. I owe the success of my penmanship largely to my father who literally sat me down everyday at the dinner table and made me practice writing out the alphabet both in uppercase, lowercase, and cursive—even when I much preferred being outside to ride my Big Wheel.

My Big Wheel. I rode this EVERY DAY. Oh, yes I did!


3. As an English lit. major in university, I actually dropped my Shakespeare course on account that I was failing terribly.


4. I had never heard of the genre Steampunk until recently.

From: Photo: Rebeca Saray.


5. I’m actually really frugal—okay, CHEAP—when it comes to buying books. I scrounge clearance sections, visit used book stores, peruse thrift shops, and will jump at a garage sale any day if it means I can get a great book at dirt cheap prices. I will, however, spend big bucks on a book if it means I get to meet the author in person and be privileged enough to get my book signed.


6. Yes, I do judge books by their covers. (Not solely…but, I do.)



7. I DESPISE it when someone reads a copy of one of my books in my collection and folds a page to keep his/her place instead of using a bookmark. I hate dog-eared books!!! Care people. We must use care and respect for the written word and the printed page. Just thinking about it gives me goosebumps. Very angry goosebumps.


8. Forgive me, but as much as I adore Margaret Atwood as a writer (she is one of my favourites and has been for a long time), I do get somewhat frustrated and exhausted at the instantaneous worship that surrounds her as a writer and her work. She’s a wonderful Canadian writer—-but so are many others. Let’s share the literary love. There’s more than enough of it to go around.

“Oh my God, IT’S Margaret Atwood!!”


9. I know what kind of books I enjoy reading. And a part of my decision-making in choosing a book to borrow, buy, or read has a lot to do with…and here goes…I’m going to have to say it…the publisher. I won’t ever swear off a book or a publisher, but I tend to gravitate more towards books by publishers that I know and trust in terms of generating books that I’ve loved. An example of this is McClelland & Stewart and Random House of Canada.


10. Okay, this confession is a little strange. I know it is. But, forgive me. Because of its “uniqueness,”—and well, my own quirky personality—I’ve decided to include it on my confessional list:

I don’t like reading a book unless I’m wearing my favourite sterling silver rings. One on each hand to be exact. I’ll have to put them on first before I can comfortably settle down and begin reading. Please don’t judge me harshly! It’s a meticulous habit that I’ve had for years! And now, my secret is out!


Thanks to The Broke and the Bookish for providing such great ideas for this Top Ten Tuesday meme.


C’mon…fess up! What are your top ten book confessions?


Zara Alexis


4 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Confessions. 08.28.2012”

  1. Dear, dear Zara!
    Greetings from Finland! You know, my friend, you are so inspirational and you certainly have learned to use your English!!! I just love to read your entries! Just got an idea, if you give your books to someone to read and they tend to fold the pages…why don’t you put bookmark inside the book when you give it and tell them to use those?! Maybe it could help you with this problem…Can’t promise you it would, but maybe…just maybe… 🙂
    Keep up the good work!

  2. Oh, Pirja! You are just the best! I owe you a letter in the mail and applaud you for your patience. I’m not as great as a penpal as I thought I’d be! But you will receive something!! Take care, my friend. Can you believe summer is almost over?!? Write to you soon!—And thanks so much for your comment. It just made me smile. 😀

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