top ten tuesday: book blogger confessions

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, a fun way to get yourself thinking and sharing about books and bookish things.

July 8: Top ten book blogger confessions

We all have dirty little secrets, I suppose…!

1. I actually like to see the movie version…
… AFTER I read the book, naturally. It doesn’t really bother me or screw up my previous reading experience. Of course, if I accidentally already saw the movie before I knew it was a book first, I end up with pretty much zero desire to read the book, no matter how great it’s supposed to be.

2. I have a post schedule but I can just barely keep to it.
It’s just a list in the notes app on my iPad. I am constantly futzing with it because I either take longer or quicker with a book than I expect to, things come up and I don’t have time to post, or I just flat-out change my mind and decide against posting whatever I had down for that day.

3. I get afraid of falling into meme- and review-only posts ruts.
I hope I’m not boring anyone! But on the other hand…

4. …I blog first and foremost for myself, just for the fun of it.
Yep, I don’t really pay too close attention to stats and the numbers game. Readers and followers are a wonderful and welcome bonus! I get a little ping of joy whenever I see that I have a comment, and try my best to respond to all of them.

5. Speaking of comments, I’m not awesome about commenting on other blogs.
I try and I want to, but I get distracted or I only have a minute to peruse quick before I have to do something else. And I’ve been largely off the computer on the weekends lately (which, confession, while I’m at it: has been AMAZING! You should all try it).

6. I feel like I’m a year behind other book bloggers…
I wish I could keep up with all the latest books that are out. I went on a bit of a retail therapy bender last year and I have a good handful of 2013 releases I still have to read.

7. …but I’m not really interested in ARCs or galleys much.
Once in a blue moon I’ll win an ARC in a giveaway contest online, which is awesome, but then I end up feeling pressure to readitrightnowandpostimmediatelyomg!!! and I just can’t commit to that kind of schedule.

8. I sign up for annual challenges knowing full well I’ll fail.
TBR Pile Challenge and Eclectic Reader. Failed last year, already know I’ll fail this year. It’s a good way to cull through old books though, right? If you can’t even be bothered with it in a challenge after a YEAR, maybe it’s time to release into the universe?

9. I don’t particularly like e-reading, but I keep buying ebooks.
Damn you, daily deal! $1.99! I could do a whole challenge on my ebook collection alone.

10. I’m not sure I’d read as much if I didn’t have the blog.
I never thought about it much before blogging—how many books I read in a year, what I was reading, what was new out there, got excited about discussing what I was reading. Once I started the blog it became really fun to “compete” against myself, to read more than I did last year, see how to diversify my reading, try new formats (ebook, audio), etc. I make a lot of time to read, and I wonder if I would do that if I didn’t have this space to track and share.

So how about it, I can’t be alone here, right? Bueller?

versatile blogger award

Let’s face it, I haven’t had the best summer. Well, I’ve had great moments, but overall, not my most favorite summer ever. Moving and missing my husband for eight weeks really brought me down. But I have one more good moment to add to my road trips to Colorado and Wisconsin, meeting my bestie’s newborn son, and covering the performing arts scene in KC this summer: I was nominated for a Versatile Blogger Award! Thank you so much  for the nomination, K. E. Page at! It is so wonderful and reassuring to know that there are people out there who enjoy hanging out at my little slice of the internet. 😀

The award’s rules:

  1. Display the Award Certificate on your blog.
  2. Announce your win with a post. Post a link back to your nominator as a “thank you” for the nomination.
  3. Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers.
  4. Drop them a comment to tip them off after you have linked them in the post.
  5. Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

My nominations, in no particular order:

  1. Sarah Says Read
  2. The Relentless Reader
  3. Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity
  4. Love at First Book
  5. JulzReads
  6. Fourth Street Review
  7. Words for Worms
  8. Between the Covers
  9. Teresa’s Reading Corner
  10. River City Reading
  11. Roof Beam Reader
  12. The Misfortune of Knowing
  13. Lost Generation Reader
  14. Book’d Out
  15. Word Hits
  16. (bonus!) The Book Wheel

Lastly, my seven things about myself:

  • I am a classical double bass player and principal bass for three community orchestras in the Kansas City metro. Can’t wait for the new season to start in a few weeks!!
  • I have my bachelor and master’s degrees in music composition. Met my husband (a much better composer!) in our graduate program, when we were both assigned as directors of the new music ensemble.
  • I have a fascination with Mafia culture. In fact I think I’m due to start another watch-through of The Sopranos soon (and I basically lose my mind when The Simpsons or Futurama do a Mafia-themed episode. Fat Tony!? The Don Bot!? FAVORITE EPISODES.)
  • I love my Green Bay Packers, and my family has season tickets! I always get dibs the “Cold Game,” which is basically the closest game to Christmas Day. Brrr!
  • I’m a writer and editor for, reviewing classical, jazz, new music, world, and a little musical theater for the online arts journal. Just hit my 100th article this summer!
  • Every time I go on a road trip to visit Wisconsin, I bring back a case of my favorite Wisconsin beers, cheese curds, and other goodies you can’t get here in KC.
  • As for reading, I’m ambitious… I currently have 50 books on my bookshelves waiting, sitting unread, 10 ebooks on my iPad unread right now, and four audiobooks borrowed from the library on my iPod. EEK! I better get back in that good reading groove I had going before all this moving nonsense this summer.

Thanks again for the nomination; I’ll keep on keepin’ on here at! 🙂