This week's top ten really made me take myself apart.. Bookwise that is. There were so many different options that came from this week's prompt. I do hope you like what I chose to do :)
Top Ten Bookish Habits I Need to Break
1. Checking page number/percentage
This is one thing that drives me crazy, yet I can't NOT do it. I am always calculating how many pages and how close I am to being done. Ultimately, I think I just stress myself out if I don't think I am reading fast enough.
2. Reading multiple books at a time
I am very bad at this, I have, right now, at least 10 books that I'm at varying stages of. This is actually something I want to remedy going into the new year. I will only allow myself to read 2 books at a time. I have come to realize that I end up reading less when I add to the "currently reading" pile.
3. Dog-Earing corners
I know, I know.. It's sad, really. I have gotten A LOT better at not doing this, though. It really just depends where I am at while reading and what is readily available to use as a bookmark. If nothing is suitable, I'll dog-ear.
4. Skipping ahead
The only real time I do this is when I am fully invested in a character, be it main or secondary. If it seems like something serious is fixing to happen, I'll look ahead and see if the character still has dialog. If I see their name, I'll go back to where I was.
5. Breaking/Creasing the spine
When it comes to the spines of my book, this isn't THAT big of a deal to me. Yes, books are beautiful when they look like no one has ever touched them, but I also love the look of a read book. I am a huge sucker for secondhand books, so unless it's so worn I can't read it, I buy it. I would like to take better care of my books, though.
6. Not looking words up
This is one that is strictly for when I am reading hard copies and not e-books. On my Kindle, it's as easy as highlighting the word and the definition pops up. With regular books, I tend to forge ahead and end up forgetting what the word was in the first place. I have been working on this as well by keeping a notebook handy to jot stuff down.
Ah, the dreaded cellphone.. If it is anywhere near me while I am reading, I end up on the phone posting updates on Goodreads. Or tweeting about something in the book, checking Facebook and my email, just for good measure. I end up having to re-read a page to get back to where I was.
Since as long as I can remember, I have always been an avid reader. With that, I have the worst habit of staying up half the night or more to finish a book. I get so zoned in and I tell myself, "just till the next chapter" over and over.
I'm not sure what it is that makes me want to eat the entire kitchen when I read. I'm not doing anything physically strenuous, just sitting (laying) around reading and I am munching away on chips, sandwiches, banana peppers (Don't judge me), everything. Some of my books have suffered the consequences of my actions..
10. Lending books out
OMG.. I rather hate getting to the point of not wanting to share my mini library with whoever wants to be a part of it. I hate even more never getting my books back, or getting them back in worse condition than when they left me. Most every time though, I never get them back. When asked about, they don't know where they're at or they claim they've already given them back.. Makes my eye twitch more than I care to admit..
Anywho! That's my top ten, I can't wait to see what some of you come up with for this week. Post your link for your TTT in the comments and I'll check it out! Thanks and have a great day!