Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday (3) -- Book Habits I Want to Eventually Break

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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.

7. Cellphone

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.

8. Bedtime

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.

9. Food

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!



  1. Omg I am with you on #10 definitely. I REFUSE TO LEND BOOKS. My sister sent one of my books back with the cover totally creased and it was a book I loved and it just pained me a lot. Ergo = never lending books again. haha. And I'm the same with checking the page numbers! :D I have like little "Goals" while reading. Get to 100 pgs before doing this or that...that kind of thing. ;) I like it so I don't intend to stop, but I don't like when I'm stressing that I haven't read enough! Takes the fun out of reading.
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

  2. I do #3, #4 & #8 as well!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/06/top-ten-tuesday-25/

  3. YESSS I always check my page number and percentage as well while reading a book! I always flick to the end of the book to see how many pages there are too.

  4. I'm working on not reading more than 2 books at a time as well. Of course this means I need to finish about 10 books I'm working on right now before I can even start to follow through...