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 😛 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! 😀
1 – List some of your good reading habits.
2 – Tag the person who tagged you.
3 – Pingback to the original post by 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
🐠 What are your good reading habits?
🐠 Do we have any habits in common?