1. I have never read a book by Jane Austen.
I throw this one out a lot as a bookish confession because it seems to surprise people, either because Jane Austen is popular in general or because I read a lot of classics and these seem like obvious ones I should have covered. However, while I have seen many movie adaptations, I have yet to read any of Austen’s books.
2. Even though I majored in English literature, I basically avoided reading modern American books.
I like British literature, and I particularly like older British literature. The distribution requirements for the English major at my college were designed in a way that assumed most students like more modern literature and had to be forced to read Shakespeare, Milton, Chaucer, etc. So I took one course for “post-1900 American literature” that actually included mostly books from the 1800s. It was also “Environmental Literature,” so while it was interesting, it didn’t really cover books in the American canon.
3. I saw the movie for The Fellowship of the Ring before reading the book.
This may be surprising because I am obsessed with Tolkien, but my love for his work started with seeing the first movie (on DVD, not even in theatres!). I then went on to read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings before seeing the next two movies.
4. I don’t think Twilight is that bad.
I read Twilight purely because a friend was begging me, and it was easier to give in and get it over with than to fight it. This was before the massive “Twilight is the worst thing ever backlash,” when the book was kind of still just gaining popularity. I thought I wouldn’t like it, but mostly because I don’t like a lot of contemporary/paranormal romance books in general. I was right that it wasn’t my thing, and I never read more than book 1, but Twilight really isn’t the worst thing I have ever read. I don’t fully understand the hate.
5. I have actually read everything I was assigned to read in school.
I suppose this is a “good” confession, but I often feel alone in that I have read everything I was ever asked to read in school, both in undergrad and grad school. This sometimes involved reading three books or more a week, along with other readings. In grad school, I think I missed the memo because apparently the secret is to do just enough work you can talk about a text as if you had read it, and I was putting in way more time than everyone else. Also, studies suggest that, in any give college class, less than half the students will actually have read the assigned homework.