Though you may be terrified to admit it, we all have deep, dirty secrets we’d rather not share with others … No, not those! I’m talking about book shaming, the latest way to reveal things you might have denied otherwise. What started as a way for librarians to confess their naughtiest book sins is now a way for everyone else to get those literary-related secrets off their chests. Here’s how you can contribute to the newest way to share the fact that yes, you are nerd enough to admit your book shames:

1. Write down your secret:

This is the hardest part, often because there are just so many! Did you never return a library book, but say you did? Or get orange Cheetos all over a friends favorite book, then blame it on someone else? What about those times you said you read a book, but lied? Now is your chance to let those secrets out. Putting pen to paper here is very cathartic – your literary side will feel much better afterwards.

2. Place the paper in front of your face:

What makes this even better? Anonymity! Telling these secrets without having to show your face means you can really dig deep. It’s guilt-free, and much like secretly reading those books with titles you would rather not share with others, no one has to know.

3. Take a photo:

This is the easiest part, and pretty self-explanatory: once the paper with your secret written on it is placed in front of your face, simply snap a quick photo. Place the image online for all to see, and then go back to restful nights where you’re not haunted by the ghost of books past.

Vox staffers get things started with their very own book shames. See below for all the juicy details.

"I'm envious of my roommate, an elementary education major, because she gets to read children's books for homework."

“I’m envious of my roommate, an elementary education major, because she gets to read children’s books for homework.”

"I have seen every Harry Potter and Twilight movie, but I have not read any of the books."

“I have seen every Harry Potter and Twilight movie, but I have not read any of the books.”

I never read Don Quixote (I'm a Spanish major)."

“I never read Don Quixote (I’m a Spanish major).”

 

"I've never finished a book assigned to me for class!"

“I’ve never finished a book assigned to me for class!”

"I read 'On the Road' because I thought I needed to read Kerouac ... and I HATED it.

“I read ‘On the Road’ because I thought I needed to read Kerouac … and I HATED it.”

"I underline my favorite lines in books (and then reread them later)."

“I underline my favorite lines in books (and then reread them later).”

"I made my mother write my 'Tale of Two Cities' paper because I found it utterly boring ...

“I made my mother write my ‘Tale of Two Cities’ paper because I found it utterly boring …”

"If I could read Harry Potter every day, I'd be the happiest person alive."

“If I could read Harry Potter every day, I’d be the happiest person alive.”

"I can't STAND Shakespeare."

“I can’t STAND Shakespeare.”

"I have never finished Huck Finn (even though I've had to read it twice for school).

“I have never finished Huck Finn (even though I’ve had to read it twice for school).”

 

"I wrote a book review on a book I didn't finish."

“I wrote a book review on a book I didn’t finish.”

"I only buy books from Barnes & Noble."

“I only buy books from Barnes & Noble.”

Have a book-related secret you need to share? Send Vox a picture at Vox@missouri.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

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