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What Kind of Reader Are You??
to confess, when I really get into a book, that is to say when the author
captures me and I immerse myself into the world he/she has created some
strange things happen.
I become totally oblivious to the world around me. A full fledged
zombie apocalypse could be occurring outside my window and
I'd be none the wiser. My family has often become furious with me because they
call my name or speak to me and it falls on deaf ears. What they don't realize
is this; I am no longer in my body! What they see is only the shell of me as my
mind has traveled into the book itself and its words embrace me. Image my soul swirling out of my body and gliding into the book..yep! Exactly!
I am however subject to outbursts and will
sometimes reemerge into this world shouting - Oh my gawd! and No, no, no! Occasionally I turn the air blue with naughty mommy words.
All of which could be followed by fits of giggles, tears and cries of outrage.
I have yelled at characters and at authors as if somehow they can hear my cries
and change the words written beneath my fingers. My family is
completely unfazed by my outlandish behavior and have all been
subject to my high speed ramblings about what is happening and what the book is
doing to me. I actually think that if they hear these
insistent mumbling that they have learned to back away slowly! I have
cried so horribly that both my son and hubby have looked at me in
incomprehensible fear. Their eyes dart from me to each other as they
seek some understanding of how to deal with this woman crying over fictional
characters like her best friend died. They cannot fathom a book effecting
anyone this way, but these characters and the world for a time become real to
me and I give a little of myself to them.
When I close the book my metamorphosis isn't always
complete. I have been known to adapt some of the speech and terminology of the
characters or time period from which I have just emerged. Some of
these side effects last a few days and some I still use today. This and my daily use of quotes from Doctor Who have plainly classified me as a Nerd or Geek. I happily wear the badge with honor!
To me all of these strange behaviors are welcome side effects of
my bookish addiction. I have always said that I am addict. I am
always chasing that high I get from a really good book.
Because I become so engaged when reading, I prefer to read at home or in my car on my lunch break. It always feels like there are intruders when
I try to read among strangers. Now I will do it. My love of
reading will not allow me to sit idly anywhere when I could be reading, but I
am never fully able to let myself go and slip into the book.
So what kind of reader are you? Do you become completely lost within'
the pages? Will you frantically try to explain what you are reading to others?
Do you shout at the characters in hopes they will listen? Have
you telepathically or verbally tried to change what's happening by
shouting at the author? Or are you the type who reads silently and hold all
your remarks in? Have you ever finished a book and found yourself quoting
things or using certain speech throughout the day? Please tell me I am not
~confessions of a book addict
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