Every reader has their quirks – whether it’s reading while standing on one’s head, atop an elephant, in the pool, or at 3am. While we may be proud of our impressive reading-while-simultaneously-doing-yoga skills (or something of the like), I think we’ve all picked up a few habits we’re not overly fond of… at least I hope I’m not the only one?
I figured we should start with the good – maybe you won’t judge me too harshly for the remainder of this post if I start by presenting myself in a positive light. Then again, my theory could very well backfire…
- I like to keep my books in pristine condition (aka, no spine cracking, no folding page corners to mark my place, no haphazardly tossing around paperback books, etc.). For some strange reason, I love the resulting never-been-read appearance of the books. If you would like to hear more on this topic, apparate over to my Folding Down Page Corners vs. Using a Bookmark post (and kudos to anyone who understands this reference!).
- For as long as I can remember, I have always removed the dust covers of hardback books while reading them. I found that the dust jackets tended to damage easily, so problem solved!
- In the ongoing debate of physical books vs. ebooks, I’m a firm advocate of physical books. I still don’t find electronic readers 100% trustworthy. I always carry a fear in the back of my mind that all of my ebooks will magically disappear one day and never return. In the case of a physical book, I can be assured that it won’t grow legs and walk away of its own accord.
- Although most people don’t agree with me on this one, I prefer paperbacks to hardbacks, for a variety of reasons. Primarily, paperbacks are much more portable – they can easily be thrown in one’s purse (or backpack, bag, personal belongings, knapsack…I think you get the idea) and pulled out at one’s convenience. Another driving factor is the significant price difference. Unfortunately, my lack of unlimited funds severely restricts the money I can devote to books, so I may as well try to stretch this amount as far as possible.
- I’m not overly fond of lending my books to others due to my obsession with keeping them in good condition. I’m reluctant to lend out books unless I’m confident that they’ll be in good hands.
- I tend to get a little carried away while placing books on hold at the library. And, of course, all of these books become available at the exact same time, leading to me checking out twelve or thirteen books simultaneously, which never ends well.
- When I lose interest in a particular book, I tend to set it aside for a long period of time, reading other books in the interim. When I finally decide to return to said book, I can’t remember a single plot point and end up rereading it.
- I often allow my mood while reading to dictate my overall opinion of the book, which significantly influences the number of stars it receives and the tone of the review.
- I secretly find it much easier to write scathing reviews than complimentary ones – don’t ask me why! Perhaps it’s because I can sense a rant coming on…
- I’m an extremely indecisive person, which seems to get on everybody’s nerves (honestly, is it really that pertinent that I make the decision between Italian food and Mexican food?). Unfortunately, this indecisiveness also carries over to my reading – I struggle when choosing…
- my next read
- the number of stars to assign to a book (yes, there is a ginormous difference between three stars and four stars!)
- how to arrange my bookshelf
- team Will or team Jem
- this list could honestly go on and on, but I’ll spare you the misery
- I’m notorious for borrowing a book from a friend, setting it aside, and picking it up three months later, much to my friends’ annoyance. And no, sorry, pestering me on a weekly basis will not convince me to start reading it.
- I’ve saved my most serious issue for last…my obsessive book buying habits. It’s become a serious problem over the past several years – I just can’t say no! Would anyone like to participate in book-buying-therapy with me?
I’m sure I’m not alone with my peculiar bookish habits! What are some of yours?