Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. I thought this would be a fun way to share a condensed version of potential rambles and thoughts that I have.
This Week’s Theme:
Things Book Bloggers Say
and their Subtext
So I don’t know about you but its perhaps a rite of passage to use some of these one-liners in your reading/blogging career because they say so much with so little. We obviously mean no harm with these common phrases but one has to wonder if there’s some underlying meaning in them. Or maybe I’m reading too much these words (no, I refuse to believe that).
Just as a note: even if you have used these phrases, I’m making fun of myself more than I’m poking fun at you or the community. Self-inflicted satire, you know? But you probably are guilty for some of these–admit it.
Credit goes to Josephine @ Word Revel for talking through my crazy with me for this weeks prompt.
The Subtext in Common Sayings
“I hope you enjoy it…”
“I can’t wait to hear your thoughts…”
…like it? we’re best friends; dislike it? you’re dead to me. Or if I haven’t read it: YOU ARE MY GUINEA PIG. (But we’re all mostly somewhere in the middle, yeah?)
“I really wanted to like this book…”
…but I didn’t, so this is my fail-safe comment to protect me from passive aggressive rage due to unpopular opinions.
“Aw, sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy it…”
…BUT WHY AM I APOLOGIZING TO THIS PERSON THO??
“I haven’t heard of this before but it’s now on my TBR…”
…my mental TBR [for now] and nothing concrete. (Because not everyone has Goodreads opened at the ready 24/7.) Then I will forget about it until the next time I see this and then I can say:
“I’ve been meaning to read…”
…but fuck TBR piles, mood reading, commitments, zero funds, life, and other factors.
“I need to read this before the film comes out…”
…because I’m a book purist. Otherwise, you’re like me and tell yourself you should but you obviously know you won’t. A white lie indeed.
“I need this now.”
…just me (no one else). I needed this yesterday, actually.
“I’m in a book slump/book hangover…”
…and woe is fucking me — YOU DON’T UNDERSTANNNNNND. NO ONE UNDERSTANDSSSS.
“Wtf did I just read?”
…I mean it’s a book, but…what? Did I even read the same book as everyone else?
“OMG [NAME] IS MY BOOK BF/GF/SO”
…and I would totally homewreck this ship. Maybe–yes. No, I can’t. But they’re still my book BF/GF/SO CAPSLOCKISBROKEN.
“I ship [them]…”
…MY LIFE IS NOTHING WITHOUT THE COMMUNION OF THESE TWO FICTITIOUS INDIVIDUALS.
I’m sure there are PLENTY more but these are the few I’ve used numerous times or have seen the most of. So that’s that. But subtext or not, I’m awesome, you’re awesome, we’re all still awesome.
Think I’m missing some? Leave me a comment!
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