Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where we get a new topic for a top 10 list.
This weeks topic is to list bookish habits, books, authors you want to quit. This is a tough topic for me because I am pretty stubborn when it comes to finishing books. It’s very rare that I don’t finish a book or a series. However, I do have some bad bookish habits that I feel like I need to drop.
1. Reading a book based on reviews I have read: Before I became an active user on goodreads, I use to constantly read and buy books solely because of the cover and synopsis. I had no idea what to expect and didn’t know if I’d even like the book but I always got a thrill from going into book completely to blind. However, I don’t do that as much and now I’m more likely to look at the ratings and reviews before deciding to buy the book. In some ways this is practical because it means I can save some money but I do miss venturing into the unknown and just taking a chance on a book.
2. Reviewing every book I read: I’ve said it time and time again that I am a mood reader. However, my mood also use to influence when I did/did not review a book. Recently I’ve taken to reviewing EVERY book I read. For some of the books I really did not want to or feel like I could review the book. In the back of my mind I know that I don’t need to review every book and instead of forcing myself to review it, I should just set it aside and enjoy the book for what it was instead of going all analytical on it.
3. Random/spur of the moment purchases: I should not be allowed to venture into a book shop on my own. 95% of the time I go into a book shop and come out with at least one new book. More often enough the book I just bought was either a bargain buy or one I recognised from my goodreads to be read pile. However, just because this book is on my to be read list does not necessarily mean I am going to read it in the short term and so there are books on my shelf that are just waiting to be read and have no guarantee that they will be read any time soon.
4. Forcing myself to read: This again links in with the mood reading. If I’m in the middle of a book or a book series I make it my mission to finish the book before I even think about going to my next one. I can be quite stubborn so I rarely ever dnf a book. However, I think I could benefit from taking small breaks if I find that I’m not in the mood to read this genre and be able to place it to one side before returning to it. That way I won’t feel as if finishing the book is a duty and instead I can just enjoy reading for the sake of reading.
5. Speed/Binge Reading: Ever since I started blogging I’ve been very conscious of the fact that I don’t read as much as others. On average I’ll read between 30 to 40 books a year. Again this related to my mood reading but also because more often enough I like to indulge and take my time with the book I’ve just read and I usually find that I’m not quite ready to let go of the world and the characters so I don’t pick up another book until I’m ready to move on. I think more than anything I just need to remember that everyone has their own reading pace and not worry about how many books I’ve read.
There you have it. Those are the 5 bookish habits I want to quit. What are the habits you want to quit?