Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme for list-loving bloggers that is hosted by the fabulous team over at The Broke and the Bookish. Every week, readers compile a list of their favorite books, authors, or other literature-related things that fall under a certain category.
One of the major definitive traits in my personality is my obsession with order and perfectionism. I am the kind of person who will stand up in the middle of class to wipe that forgotten patch of an Expo-inscribed letter off the white board and who refuses to let her bed go unmade, and this mindset naturally carries over to bookish things. So, when I saw this topic in the annals of past Top Ten Tuesday topics, I realized it would be the perfect pick for today's rewind. Some of these may be abnormal and some may be common, but they are all parts of my reading experience that will most likely never go away.
1. When I start reading a book, I mark it as "currently reading" on Goodreads right away. When I finish it, I indicate that as soon as possible. I cannot help myself. My shelves cannot lie.
2. I hate repeated words, and if I see an author using one word in a density that I deem too high, I will physically flick the page in a subtle rage.
3. I perform a preliminary process before starting a book. This includes reading the synopsis, dedication, and author bio.
4. Dog-ears are one of my biggest pet peeves, and I always try to smooth them out to the best of my ability when I spot them in library books. It is never quite the same, though, which is why you should never fold the pages of a borrowed book.
5. I have to take the dust jackets off before reading hardbacks I own. They are so slippery and setting them to the side helps preserve their pristine prettiness.
6. I get way more excited about reviewing books with attractive covers because they make my blog look nice when they are the top post.
7. Likewise, if I am not fond of a book's cover, I usually read it at home rather than take it to school. To me, novels are like accessories in a way.
8. Books on my nightstand cannot be crooked. Ever.
9. I get slightly annoyed when pages that mark the beginnings of new chapters are not numbered.
10. I take the avoidance of spoilers to a whole new level, exercising caution in reading reviews of books I have not read unless I trust the blogger and never fully forgiving someone who tells me anything about the plot of a novel I am reading. This also means I rarely reread because I never enjoy stories nearly as much when I know how they end.
My crazy bookish compulsions may sound insane, but do you have any like them? Do they overlap with mine? And are you as all-around OCD as I am? Let me know; I would love to hear about your habits.
Go on… Make me feel less crazy.