15 Day Book Blogger Challenge | Day 1

15-Day-ChallengeI’ve seen this challenge, originated at Good Books and Good Wine, making the rounds on a few of my favorite blogs, and it looked fun, so I thought I’d give it a shot! I’ll be taking this one slow, so my answers will be spread out over the course of a few weeks.


Make 15 book related confessions.


    1. I judge a book by its cover. But you know you do it, too.
    2. I actually love using an ereader. Of course nothing will ever compare to flipping tactile pages in a book, but the convenience of being able to whip out my ereader in a waiting room or on a plane and choose from a selection of over a hundred books is just amazing to me.
    3. I’m a messy reader. Cracked spines, coffee-stained pages, . Sorry—you’re gonna find that on my bookshelf. Life’s too short and books are too good to not read while you’re stuffing your face.
    4. For that very reason, I won’t read an autographed copy. Because I’m so messy, I’m terrified of messing it up and if it’s autographed, it’s special to me.
    5. I have to read in silence. I can’t focus if I can hear the tv in the background, and I have this irrational thing about listening to music, because when I hear whatever song is playing again, I’ll associate it with what I was reading the last time I heard it. Does that make sense?
    6. I am a book hoarder. “But what if I want to read it again?” Self, you’re never gonna read that book again. Get rid of it. Donate it. Get. It. Away. Make room for other books on your overflowing bookshelf.
    7. I can’t read in the car. Or spend too much time looking at my phone. Motion sickness, man. You can imagine how difficult this makes road trips.
    8. I struggle to read epic fantasy. This includes the Lord of the Rings trilogy. And Game of Thrones. And Eragon. Dense writing and lengthy tomes… I just haven’t been able to make it work with an epic fantasy yet! I’ve been wanting to try LotR again soon, though, so maybe this will change!
    9. I also struggle to read romance. Even in books that aren’t specifically romance, but have a romantic sub-plot, unless it’s done in a way that doesn’t make me roll my eyes.
    10. I have never listened to an audio book. I don’t know why, really. It just feels like cheating! I’ve read some great audio book reviews since I started book blogging, though, and I’ve heard they’re great to listen to while working out, so maybe this will change soon, too!
    11. I’ve only met one author—Maureen Johnson. That was at LeakyCon 2011. I hadn’t read anything by her at the time, but now that I have, I’m super glad I at least got her autograph! I literally bumped into John Green during LeakyCon, too, but he was talking to someone and I didn’t want to bother him.
    12. I haven’t read many classics. In fact, I don’t think I’ve read any so-called classic books. I’m actively working to change this, though, because I feel supremely uncultured.
    13. I have a habit of trying to read too many books at a time. I can keep up with five storylines at once, right? I just get so excited about books, guys.
    14. I am now incapable of buying a book without first checking it out on GoodReads. I like knowing what other book reviewers thought!
    15. I feel bad for people who don’t love Harry Potter. Let me clarify. I feel bad for people who don’t love a book/series the way I love Harry Potter.

Care to recommend an audio book, romance, or epic fantasy that you think can change my mind?

I’d love to hear your suggestions!


  • Reply Kelley (Another Novel Read) September 25, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    I also enjoy the convenience of an ereader, even though I usually don’t have mine with me (maybe one of these days I’ll learn to keep it in my purse); at least I have the Kindle app on my phone!

    I am most definitely NOT a book hoarder. I’ve cleared out SO many books from my shelves that I knew I was never gonna read again, and I didn’t feel bad about it at all. I only keep the ones I really love (and actually MIGHT read again).

    Road trips: audiobooks! Yes, yes? :D

    I totally understand about epic fantasy. Even though I did read all the way through The Wheel of Time and the Eragon series… whew! It takes work, which is a big reason I haven’t started another series like that yet. It’s such a commitment.

    How was your meeting with Maureen Johnson? I met her at Teen Book Con this year. I hadn’t read anything by her yet, but I was getting my new copy of The Name of the Star signed. I had been really looking forward to meeting her because she’s so quirky and amusing online. In reality, she and I had quite an… awkward conversation.

    Also: screw classics. :P Okay, not really, but I certainly don’t go out of my way to read them because I just don’t really like them. Shrug to classics. For me, anyway.
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    • Samantha Claire
      Reply Samantha Claire September 25, 2013 at 3:49 PM

      My ereader is a Kobo Mini, which is nearly as small as my phone, so when I’m not reading eARCs, it generally lives in my purse (Though, admittedly, I have an LG Optimus G Pro, and it’s a pretty big phone.).

      I’m working on my book-hoarding ways. :P I was worried “becoming” a book blogger would add to the horrible clutter that already plagues my bookshelf, but I’ve really mostly been reading eARCs and borrowing ebooks from the library, so it isn’t so bad!

      I’ve never listened to an audiobook before. That’s a good idea!

      I read The Hobbit, and I’ve read the first Eragon book, but… that’s it so far. It is a big commitment!

      It was an incredibly quick meeting, so I couldn’t really tell you what it was like to really meet her, but she seemed nice enough. My friend asked her to sign a salt shaker, though, and that definitely caught her attention, so she took a picture of it. :P

      And… classics. I’m glad someone feels the same way I do! I’m sure someday a classic will capture my interest, but I haven’t come across it yet.
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  • Reply Charlotte @ Gypsy Reviews September 26, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    Ha, who doesn’t judge a book by its cover? I too love how convenient an ereader is though I will always love reading physical books more. I am very careful with my books, a single crease and I’ll try to get it fixed xD I absolutely adore epic fantasy but I can see why it can be hard to get into for some. Ooo classics, I hadn’t read a lot either until I suddenly wanted to read some Jane Austen haha and bam! I started reading some. UHM YES IF YOU DON’T LOVE HP I CAN’T UNDERSTAND.
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    • Samantha Claire
      Reply Samantha Claire October 1, 2013 at 8:12 AM

      I have a friend who is SUCH a Jane Austen fan, and I know I should read some soon… we’ll see. I’m sure it’s inevitable!

      And I’m with you 100%, Charlotte! HP is my childhood. <3
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  • Reply Hazel @ Stay Bookish September 26, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    I really want to do one of these challenges too! Maybe sometime. I’m a book hoarder too! I just bought ten books two weeks ago, and I bought 5 more yesterday so that makes 15 in less than a month…. Anyway, I’m with you on epic fantasy. I love the GoT TV series and my cousin is nagging me to read the books but I just can’t. However, I’m a romance junkie! (I don’t deny it!) I like collecting classics but I’ve only ever read a few of them. It gets really hard to enjoy those sometimes. They’re so tiring to read compared to YA. Aaand number 14! I come to the bookstore armed with my phone or my tablet and internet connection. If I find books i want to buy, I’ll have to use them to check goodreads first. I don’t read reviews though, I mostly just check the ratings. :)
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    • Samantha Claire
      Reply Samantha Claire October 1, 2013 at 8:10 AM

      You should, Hazel! It was a lot of fun.

      I’ve never seen the GoT tv series (mostly because I said I wouldn’t allow myself to until I’d read at least the first book), but I’ve heard so many fantastic things!

      I know what you mean about classics. In general, the way we speak today is so different from the way many classics are written that it can almost feel like trying to read in another language!

      Looks like we have a lot of these confessions in common! :P
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  • Reply Ashley September 27, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    I am a book hoarder, too. My friend Erica is actually working with me on it, because it is REALLY getting out of control. It isn’t pretty. BUT REALLY ONE DAY I MAY READ THEM. And let’s be real, anyone who says they don’t judge a book by it’s cover is totally lying. Because it’s human nature.

    Also, give audiobooks a chance. To be fair, you have to find the right narrator. The wrong one can make the best book suck, but if done right, audiobooks are amazing. My only problem with them is, they often read too slow for me.
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    • Samantha Claire
      Reply Samantha Claire October 1, 2013 at 8:07 AM

      Hi Ashley! I actually got rid of a lot of books just a few days ago–it felt good! Now I’ve got room on my shelves for new goodies. :)

      I will give audiobooks a chance, I promise! It’s next on my to-try list (…before epic fantasy and classics).
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