My Good Reading Habits Tag

Hi, everyone! I apologize for the the fact that the latest posts have been reviews and now a tag, but, to be fair, I’ve been reading a better amount of books lately, and reviews need to be shared πŸ˜› Besides, I’m not currently home, and so I had to schedule something quick! I’ll come back home tomorrow and everything will go back to normal, hopefully (this also explains why I haven’t been as active).

The My Good Reading Habits tag seemed to be perfect to write quickly, but I soon found out how awful it is to come up with your own good reading habits (I even had to look back on many posts to get ideas). I managed to find six though, and I would call that a victory! *pats own back* I’d like to thank Alexandra @ Whimsy Pages for tagging me! πŸ˜€

THE RULES:

1 – List some of your good reading habits.
2 – Tag the person who tagged you.
3 – Pingback to the original post byΒ Ally Writes Things.
4 – Nominate some of your blogging friends.

1 – Never Dog-earned a page

Unlike Alexandra, I’m not the “neatest” reader. Obviously, I like to keep my books in good condition. I’m careful when eating/drinking near them, I carry them on a specific bag only for them and I try to be careful with spines, but I don’t lose my mind anymore if I break a spine or accidentally rip a page. It’s fine, it happens. I’ve never written in book pages, unless it was for classes, and I use sticky tabs to highlight my favourite parts (I’d actually like to try annotating my books, though).

However, I’ve never dog-eared a page. It’s something that does bother me and I’d rather use my phone to keep the book open if I can’t find a bookmark nearby.

2 – Not Owning Duplicates

Mostly, because I’m a broke college student. I wouldn’t lie and say I wouldn’t love to own that Harry Potter special Slytherin edition or the illustrated books, or other similar editions for other books, but it’s something I don’t see the need to spend money on. Especially having so little to spend on non-school books in the first place. I’d rather spend it on books I haven’t read. And honestly, would I really, really need that duplicated copy? Even if I take a lot of bookstagram pictures and re-read it often … I don’t think it’s worth the money.

3 – write my reviews asap

I’ve finished Radio Silence a few days ago and haven’t gotten around to write my review yet, but that’s one book on a very tiny list of exceptions. I’m proud I’m pretty good at keeping up with my reviews and I usually write it as soon as I finish the book, if possible, and if not, within 2-3 days.

4 – keeping my TBR small

Now, that’s not a really good time to talk about this! I currently have 4 physical books and 20 ebooks on my TBR. A total of 24 is great, compared with most of the book community, but until a few weeks ago, it was under 10! I went “crazy” recently with the ebooks. But I’m usually great at keeping my TBR manageable.

5 – Know What I like

I’m usually very selective with what I read. I do research beforehand, just to be extra sure.

Sometimes, I do get it wrong, yes, because not everyone enjoys the same book equally! And other times I get it wrong because of the hype! That’s the case with Shatter Me: months ago, I decided I wouldn’t read it because I didn’t think it would be my type. It just got published in Portugal though and everyone’s loving it, so I decided to give it a try and I ended up not liking it (didn’t hate it, it was 3 stars, but it was super boring).

On a overall note, I enjoy most of the books I read.

6 – DNF-ing

This is something I’ve been working on and been getting better and better!

At times, I refuse to DNF books because I’m super close to the end and that’d be a waste for the Goodreads challenge anyway, so I finish it. Besides, I might want to write a review on the things I didn’t enjoy and I can give feedback of the entire book.

But if I’ve read half of a book and it’s completely unbearable, I just let it go. Or if I can’t get into it right away. If I find I’m not in the mood for it right now, I don’t always DNF it (for example, with The Priory of the Orange Tree, I gave up on it for now, but didn’t classify as DNF because I do want to give it another try and had only read 100 pages). Life is too short to read bad books!


And those are my good reading habits! I now tag

Sophie @ Blame Chocolate | Arin @ Tomes of our Lives | Jessica @ The Awkward Book Blogger | Lais @ The Bookish Skies

🐠 What are your good reading habits?

🐠 Do we have any habits in common?

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27 thoughts on “My Good Reading Habits Tag

  1. Marie says:

    Ahh this is such a fun post, I loved reading it πŸ™‚ I feel like I also kind of manage my TBR …. okay-ish? I get overwhelmed when I have too many books to read at a time and I like to keep my physical and digital TBR low, so it feels manageable. I admire the fact that you can write your reviews so quickly, I ALWAYS procrastinate writing them way too much haha. πŸ™‚

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    • Marta says:

      Thank you so much, Marie, I’m really happy you enjoyed it! I’d love to see your good reading habits too πŸ˜›
      I’ve never liked to see many books on my TBR shelf because then I never know where to start reading and that’s when it gets hard to control my anxiety. Too many books, not nearly enough time! And anxiety is the same reason I don’t often procrastinate reviews – I feel I /have/ to write them, and the fact I haven’t yet done so for Radio Silence is killing me!! I’m just a high functioning mess, basically xD

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  2. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate says:

    Oh this is such a neat post! You’ve done very well hahaha
    I never dog-ear pages anymore, but I might have done so in the past. I don’t own duplicates either, except if they’re gifts. As for the rest, I have failed miserably ^^’
    Thanks so much for tagging me, Marta! ❀

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    • Marta says:

      It’s alright, I bet there are many other good reading habits you can come up with! I couldn’t relate to many of Alexandra’s either. I recommend going back some posts to get some inspo haha
      Now that I am thinking about it, I think I might have dog-eared one book. It was a poetry book given to me by the author and I didn’t have my sticky tabs with me … But that’s the only one!!
      You’re very welcome, I can’t wait to see what your good reading habits are ❀

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  3. Jessica says:

    You seem to have a lot more control when it comes to choosing what to read. My TBR is out of control right now, and it’s kind of frightening to look at. Also, I have trouble writing book reviews right after I finish a book (because I’m lazy and don’t want to get out of bed to grab my laptop), and that’s something I need to work on…
    Thanks for the tag! ❀

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    • Marta says:

      I really, really try to keep it low for the sake of my mental well being. When I’m reading too many books at the same time (I’d say three or four) or when I go crazy and suddenly my TBR is giant, I really can’t think about anything other than that. Right now, I think I have nearly 30 books there and for someone who usually keeps it around 10, I’m not doing that well. Probably need to do some cleaning (or read faster!). I prefer to write reviews as soon as I finish so I can get the task out of my way. Or else I’ll procrastinate forever and never get it done and anxiety will kick in. I’m a high functioning mess, basically xD
      Thank you so much for reading, Jessica! I can’t wait to see your answers πŸ˜€

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  4. Olivia @ Purely Olivia says:

    Wow, I love this post so much! I usually focus on bad reading habits, so it’s such a nice and positive change to read about good habits.☺️

    Ahh, I’m sorry to say that I…dog ear pages all the time??πŸ™ˆIf I don’t have a bookmark then I just find it’s all too convenient, and I’m scared if I just try to memorize the page number then I’ll lose my spot and accidentally spoil something for myself, lol. I feel like this makes me an odd bookworm because dog earing really doesn’t bother me?!

    That’s awesome that you know your reading tastes and stick with them! I need to work on knowing what I want to read a lot more, I think that will help with me not liking vs. liking books, haha.

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    • Marta says:

      Other people dog-earing their books doesn’t bother me at all, because if people pay for them, they can do as they please! And now that I’ve given this some thought, I realised I actually had dog-eared one book once before, because I didn’t have my sticky-tabs with me. But when I don’t have a bookmark I’ll usually write down the page on my phone notes. I think it might be because when other people annotate/dog-ear/highlight their books it looks artistic and when I do it … well, it looks a mess!! xD

      I’m actually glad I know what I like! Sometimes I try out of my comfort zone and it’s a whole adventure but in case it goes wrong, I know I’ll choose a safer option after ^^ It’s just a continuous try and error routine!

      Thank you so much for your comment, Olivia! I usually also only focus on the bad habits, but this was a nice change. If you’d like to try it, I tag you too πŸ˜›

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  5. Kitty Jade says:

    I also like to keep my TBR small! An overflowing bookshelf can be quite stressful. Honestly, a special edition Slytherin cover would be my dream come true! Yet they’re way out of my budget, too.
    I loved this post and I’m so happy that I found your blog,
    Happy reading 😊

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  6. Lais @ The Bookish Skies says:

    Marta, it’s great to see that you’re back! Thank you so much for tagging me on this one!
    I also do not worry that much about keeping my books in pristine condition. I’ve definitely broken spines before, but I actually enjoy the look of a worn-out book; most of my favorites have a lot of post-its and annotations, but it’s just how I like to express my *love* for books. It also makes me think a lot about if one day I think about passing on these books, they’ll be marked by me forever, which I think it’s quite poetic, lol.
    As for “knowing what I like”, I think it’s always a work in progress. I feel like my brain is pretty much like a phone app, where the algorithm gets smarter the more I use it. I definitely know which books do not work for me, but there are still some I’m in defense about, such as middle grade or non-fiction, since I haven’t read a ton, so I don’t know exactly how to feel. But I definitely think I know myself now as a reader much better than I did a couple years ago!
    Once again, thank you so much for tagging me! 😊

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    • Marta says:

      That’s lovely, Lais! I’ve actually been wanting to annotate books for quite some time, but I’m too scared of messing them up. Any tips?
      And I completely agree with you! It’s because I’ve tried different books that my taste has been shaped – but I believe it’ll keep changing the more I read.
      No problem at all, I can’t wait to see what you’ll come up for your good reading habits ❀

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      • Lais @ The Bookish Skies says:

        my annotations are always in pencil and typically at the bottom of the page, where it’s easier to erase. but do not worry too much about messing them up! if you’re not comfortable writing directly onto the page, you can always just stick a post-it note 😊

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      • Marta says:

        I’ve finished this morning a book about Digital Marketing and I wanted to take notes on it. I mostly underlined sentences and wrote down things on a post-it note. So that’s great advice!! πŸ˜€

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