I have been challenged with the task of sharing my top 5 bad reading habits by fellow blogger @ginasbookshelf.
Taking my feelings out on my Boyfriend
Let me explain. When I am immersed in a book I get irritated easily by the smallest thing. For example how a character behaves or reacts to certain situations throughout a book can set me off. Whether it’s because their actions change the course of the story so my theories are wrong or they’ve just been absolute morons, if something I don’t like happens I’m probably going to end up in one of my moods. This will result in me slamming my book down, taking a huff and stropping at my boyfriend. It has got to the point where he knows the signs of my mood changing and he thinks it is hilarious.
Folding page corners
This is pretty self explanatory. I don’t do it regularly but when I’m out and about and I cannot find something to use as a bookmark, I will fold the corner of my page down. Once I’ve done it I instantly regret it. I tend to do it most often when I have lost track of time on the Metro. I’ll be so engrossed in a book that I will nearly miss my stop and before the doors close on me I’ll jump up and run. When this happens there will be no time for me to search for an old Metro pass or bookmark in my bag.
This is a skill I learnt whilst I was at university and although it can be pretty useful it has become a bad habit. When I get to a part of book that is dragging I tend to speed over it. Additionally, I skim read an awful lot whilst reading a duel perspective novels. If I cannot find a connection with a certain character or I find them annoying, my concentration dwindles and I skim through the chapters so I can get to the parts I enjoy. There is nothing worse than reading a story from the point of view of someone you dislike.
Reading the end of a book before officially DNTing it
I was told a while ago by a close friend that I should stop forcing myself to complete books I’m not enjoying and focus on reading books that I like. Before DNTing a book I do skip through to the end to see what happens. I can admit this is probably not the best habit to have pick up. I always keep the unfinished books for a while just in case I want to give it another chance in the future but by reading the last chapter to two I know where the story is heading and it can ruin it.
Putting a book down to start an anticipated new release
It doesn’t matter what books I am reading if one of my most anticipated releases comes out I will stop reading one of my current reads so I can start the new one. I usually read two books at a time (one book for home and one book for my travels) and the book that I substitute will be the one I am enjoying the least. I hate this habit and I have always wanted to break it but I just can’t seem to do it. I get too excited and I’m clearly not a patient person when it comes to books. I will pick the book back up…eventually. I think that I currently have three half finished books on my to be read shelf.
Thank you for the tag Gina!
This was so much fun to think about. Maybe it’s time to start breaking some of these bad habits.