Top Ten Tuesday: I Just Can’t Quit You

Posted October 6, 2015 by meezcarrie in Top Ten Tuesday / 127 Comments


*Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog linkup hosted by The Broke and the Bookish*

This week, on Top Ten Tuesday, we’re talking about ten bookish things we want to quit.  But let’s face it.  We won’t.  We would much rather be reading than doing silly things like breaking bookish bad habits. After all, reading never harmed anything other than idiocy so we’re probably pretty safe.

These first three are kinda similar…

still check out more books


more from netgalley


cant resist a good sale

(Curse you, Amazon One-Click.)


tiny iphone screen

Rumor has it that for my birthday (coming up at the end of October), I’m getting one of the new Kindle tablets.


No more squinting at my iPhone screen!

kindle fire


new book at 11

Yeah… it’s probably still going to be there in the morning.



read instead of clean

Please tell me I’m not the only one that starts out with good intentions and then gets distracted by the book you’re trying to put in its rightful place.

Today I’m totally going to clean my house or at least cook – ooo! Look! A book!



judging a book

Bookfession time. I’m kind-of a cover snob.

And I just finished one of the best books I’ve ever read – but if it hadn’t been for review, I might not have read it.

Just because the cover seemed kinda weak to me.

Really do need to stop this one.


defending a beloved bookSometimes, it’s ok to just let it go.


teacher glare

But in my defense… he really should know better by now.

For a while, he wanted to invent some sort of “I’m Reading” notification flag that would stick in the audio port of my phone, but since the newer models moved the audio port, he decided this was no longer a viable solution.

(See proposed illustration below.)

notification flag proposal





What are some bookish habits you need/want to quit?

Can’t come up with any? Check out my Book Nerd Problems board on Pinterest for some inspiration/sympathy ๐Ÿ™‚

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127 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: I Just Can’t Quit You

  1. I’m really bad about checking out tons of books from the library when I own a bunch I haven’t read yet. But I’m such a mood reader…and at least the library doesn’t cost money!

  2. I really loved your post and so many of these apply to me! My son gets the annoyed teenager, “What?” when he interrupts my reading time. Poor guy… just wants to show me what he’s done on Disney Infinity. Meanwhile, I’m too busy trying to figure out who the killer is. #BookwormProblems

  3. I completely relate to no. 5 and no. 7!!! Haha. This is a so-good-to-be-true list! Like it a lot!

    Congratulations on your new Kindle reader, and happy birthday!

  4. WOW, 1,2,3 and 7 are so me! I feel the pain of having too many books to read but the joy of finding a good book is too hard to resist, lol. And yay to you getting a new reading tablet! that should make reading easier (and make you stay up longer too) ๐Ÿ™‚ Great post!

  5. The housework one used to be an issue for me too, until I discovered ALL the audiobooks. My library has a ton of digital content, so I just download, pop my earbuds in and go to town. The only chore I can’t do while listening is vacuuming (I probably could if I turned the sound all the way up, but I don’t want to lose my hearing).

  6. Amanda

    #5 and #7 I can totally agree with. I, sadly, often judge books by their covers and I am also, quite sadly, frequently starting books rather late in the night when I have to get up to teach little humans in the morning. Such a sad state to be in.
    Thanks for sharing your great list!

  7. I really should learn not to start a new book at 11 p.m. That’s what happened when I read The Martian. I thought I could read a chapter or two before bed, and the next thing I new it was 2 a.m. My TTT

  8. I agree with so many of these!

    Reading on tiny phone screens is so bad but I can’t help it. And my TBR is a never ending list and I really need to stop adding books to it until I’ve made a decent dent in it.

    Thanks for visiting my post ๐Ÿ™‚

    • our poor TBRs… and most Top Ten Tuesday weeks don’t help those either lol. At least this week’s might not be so bad ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. OMG some of these could have been added to my list and now it seems so silly I had a brain freeze and couldn’t think of them. Yes! Always more books, which is my reasoning for immortal life being a positive.

    • The brain freeze always happens to me with top ten Tuesdays lol. I inevitably find tons of books or etc on other posts that I completely forgot to include on mine!

  10. I’m forever starting books before I get ready for bed, and before I know it, it’s nearly midnight. I’m trying really hard not to request books on Netgalley, but I’ll go on there ‘just for a look’ and the next thing I know, I’m hitting request on about 7 titles!

  11. Is #10 a picture of my bookcase? How did you break into my house without me noticing? ๐Ÿ˜› Seriously, it’s a great list and I can relate to you on almost ALL of these! I’ll even admit to #8 because how dare anyone not like “Of Mice and Men!”

  12. kgriffin3227

    I can relate to all of these! Great list! I have GOT to keep myself off Netgalley, but I’m just drawn there somehow. My TBR list is literally over 500 books. I’ll never be able to read all of those, yet I keep adding more and I can’t bring myself to purge my list. It’s crazy! Here’s my TTT. Happy reading and Happy Birthday! Watch out, the Kindle only made things worse for me, TBR-wise, lol.

  13. Karen Blue

    Yes to this whole this! I love my kindle. The great news for me (and you too soon) is that most books have a text to speech option. I put in my headphones and get cleaning while I listen to books. Yea, the monotone voice is a bit hard to get used to at first, but I was determined to multitask.

  14. I am always reading ebooks on my iPhone and it’s just so discouraging. I have an
    e-reader, I just never really use it. Cause it’s no longer mine *sigh*

  15. Yes Yes Yes to all of these. I totally should clean more. Ooops. I do audiobooks to try and help with this and still not so much. MY TBR is crazy yet I request more, borrow more, buy more. Covers are my thing so yeah I judge. Not sure how many I would be able to quit though!! Great list!

  16. Oh my, do I ever agree with number 5. Sometimes reading helps me forget about worries so I can sleep. Other nights, though … well the alarm clock still goes off at the same &@%!# time.

  17. Amazon one-click was a terrible idea. NetGalley too. They make it too easy. I hope you do get a Kindle. It’s so much nicer than reading off your phone. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s only taken me a few years to realize when I’m close to finishing a book, it’d be wise to lock myself in the bathroom if I’m home with my family until I’m done. Settle in on the side of the tub and finish my book in peace. LOL No one has to know the difference. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. This post made me laugh out loud – I can relate to so many of these. The Amazon One-Click has only continued to encourage my book hoarding habits. My local library branch holds booksales a few times a year where every book costs either 50 cents or a dollar. Despite the fact that my shelves (and my Kindle, metaphorically) are literally overflowing with books, I can’t help but to go to these sales and come back home with 20 more books minimum – all despite the fact, as you said, that I already have more books in my TBR list than I could ever feasibly read.

    • YES! Our library is getting ready to plan one of those sales too — my husband and I were planning our strategy today. It’s just sad lol

  19. I’m guilty of almost all of these! I always start books WAY to late at night! I also hate reading books on my iPod, but i don’t have a Kindle so I have to deal with it. I always choose reading over cleaning too! Thanks for visiting my TTT!

  20. I trying to be more picky with the books I request from NetGalley because it is so easy to go overboard. I’m a sucker for a pretty cover too, but that’s only the first phase of attraction, I won’t read it unless it sounds interesting.

  21. I’m a HUGE book cover snob. I think I keep embracing it which just fuels my whole judging-a-book-by-its-cover disposition. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  22. Ahahaha! Yes, on all of those! I’m so very guilty of using reading as an excuse not to clean, or do yard work, or tackle any of the DIY and craft projects that are piling up. And for the record, I love that “I’m Reading” flag. I need something like that for when I’m listening to audiobooks, and co-workers interrupt me without realizing it’s vitally important that I pause first, so I don’t miss anything.

  23. I agree with all of these points except #4 and #8. #4 because I cannot read a book of off a screen I just hate it and I just don’t really mind if someone doesn’t like one of my favorites it’s my opinion that matters ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I especially agree with your first three points, I keep adding books to my TBR even though I still have soooooo many to rad already. I feel ya. ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. The first three! I get such anxiety from all of the books on my bookcases, yet I also have 100 books to read on NetGalley (100! How did I get so out of control?! Why do they keep accepting my requests?!) AND I work in a library, so all of the books from there too! It’s impossible. Great list though ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. I think I can relate to every single one of these! I always seem to start books late at night, and then end up reading until the early hours which makes me tired and grumpy for work the nest day!
    Luckily my boyfriend hasn’t witnessed my bookish wrath yet as I mostly read in the morning because I wake up super early and he is always still snoring his head off. But my family have all witnessed it, I have nearly thrown my book at them on occasion (until I realised that I would loose my page if I did throw it!)
    I have been in a lot of passionate discussions about books with people who have different opinions then me. It can get a bit scary, but I am not one to back down!
    And lastly, my shelves are so unorganised! I really do need to make them look prettier and at the moment there literally are books just shoved on them!
    Great list, I really enjoyed reading it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Great list, I can understand them all, but some times I start reading at 3 am, a time when most people wonder what are the meaning of their existence I’m reading my night off. And I’m working out on my teacher glare, it works on my friends but not my parents. Why can’t they never understand, I don’t know.

  27. Ah, yes. The bookshelf thing. I finally had to get another because my books where three deep in some places and I couldn’t get one without half the shelf falling. And Amazon One-Click is probably part of the reason why I’m a poor high schooler. The other reason is living five minutes from a Barnes and Noble.

    Thanks for stopping by Writing on a Vintage Typewriter!

  28. I can definitely relate with 5 and 6 but not with number 10. I love my bookshelves to be sort of a mess. Messy bookshelves look like they’re being used and that’s definitely a good thing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Bwahahaha I am the same way. I have so many books on my physical shelves that they don’t even fit but do I ever say no to a book sale, freebie, used bookstore, or public library? nope and I never will! I STILL read books on my phone, even though I have a Nook, iPad, and computer that I can read on. Bookworm problems. LOL!

  30. #1 and #7 are exactly the same for me! I must admit to judging books by their covers very frequently. I feel like the image does bury itself in your mind while you’re reading; it’s like a signal of how you should feel while you’re reading it. If it’s colourful you’re supposed to feel happy, if it’s sombre and dark you’re supposed to feel depressed… at least that’s my theory. ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. spidersilksnowflakes

    haha fantastic list! I agree with so many of them. I’m definitely guilty of reading instead of cleaning/studying and getting more books from the library when I have a huge pile of e-galleys to read lol

    – Kritika @ Snowflakes & Spider silk

  32. Goodreads means that we all have TBR piles longer than our lifespans…it’s a problem, that’s for sure.
    And many a time have I started a book at 11pm…and finished it at 6/7am…
    In fact, one time the author yelled at me for doing that…she was online when I announced I was starting the book, and she was awake and back online when I finished it…and she was all “Cassie, please tell me you’ve been to bed” and I was all “Umm…no…”
    And I also constantly charge in with full intentions of sorting my bookshelf but just end up rereading Raven Boys…it’s usually Raven Boys…sometimes it’s something else, but it’s usually Raven Boys.

  33. Molly's Book Nook

    Yes, curse you, amazing one-click! Why do they have to make it so easy! And I definitely give my husband the side-eye when he tries to interrupt me. Usually I just hold one finger up to silence him so I can finish the sentence! haha, he gets it.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  34. Thanks for stopping by my TTT earlier. I seriously try not to have more books in my possession than I can feasibly read in a year. But that doesn’t stop me from adding them to my Goodreads to-read shelf. I DO periodically go through that list and remove books I don’t think I’ll ever get to and ones that have pretty low ratings.

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  35. Liza @ Reading with ABC

    I’m guilty of reading late (or not knowing when to stop!) and then I”m like a zombie the next day. Why is it that people insist on talking to a reader while they’re reading? I just don’t get it ๐Ÿ™

  36. Lol, I love this list! I definitely agree with many of them! ๐Ÿ˜€ My shelves look like that bottom one too. There are just too many books! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  37. For #6, audiobooks! I say…like I do that myself. I know they’re there, and they’re just waiting for me to listen to them while I do other things like chores but I somehow still end up reading in a comfy chair ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    I hope you enjoy your rumoured birthday kindle tablet. Best things ever (I don’t know how you can read on your iPhone, don’t you get cramp from turning the page every 2 seconds? D: )

    Love your list (and the graphics, especially #9…which is a really good idea!)

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