You know what civilians, ahem, non-readers say about us book dragons. We all have Bad Reading habits. The lovely Audra tagged me on her blog Audra’s Book Blabbing to share mine. But be warned, my content falls in the “what the hell” category.
Be sure to check out Audra’s awesome blog and her bad reading habits. 😀
1. Skimming sections
Okay, I admit it, I am guilty of this. Cuff me. 😉 But I only do this when the book is super boring or annoying or the descriptions just drag too much. But if the writing is fast-paced and the flow of words smooth, you won’t find me skipping even one paragraph. Alright, alright, you caught me—I also do this when I’m reading during the bus and sex scenes are a tad too steamy. It’s annoying when a nosy, neighboring passenger next to me tries to peek over my shoulder and gives me scandalized looks after understanding what I’m reading. Then they have the nerve to look insulted when I give them my FU look. In rare cases, I might even voice that thought out loud. Yes, I am anti-social to an extreme level and I like me just the way I am. 😉
2. Judging a book by its cover
ALL THE TIME. Like the Niffler who loves anything shiny, I LOVE book covers and they are one of my biggest temptations. An author may be new to me but if the cover is stunning, you can be sure I’ll buy the book without even reading the synopsis/blurb. I even have digital copies of all my favorite book covers in a folder on my tablet which I like to browse like a photo album. Yes, weird I am.
3. Forgetting to mark my place
Okay, this is one bad reading habit I’m not guilty of, haha. I always mark my place. I read mostly on my Kindle so it’s a given that even if I don’t manually bookmark the page, the e-reader will do it so next time I turn it on, it’ll open to where I left off. Handy things, Kindles are. 😉
4. Forcing myself to finish books
Yes and No. Once upon a time, I used to be one of those readers who even if a book turned out to be boring and dragged, I would force myself to read it because I thought that stopping would mean I was a quitter and I’d feel guilty about it. TOTALLY WRONG KIND OF THINKING. Life’s too short to force yourself to read a book which doesn’t do it for you. So now, I don’t force myself to finish a book, unless, I’ve made a commitment to review it (like request a book on Netgalley), in which case, I’ll fast-read the book if it’s just not good enough and maybe even skim pages. But I do my best not to put myself in that position.
5. Fully enveloping myself in a book
Oh, this is one of the joys of my life—to fully immerse myself in a book. I don’t really see this as a bad habit but civilians, ahem, non-readers might. The best thing about books is that they transport me to the world in it and I can leave behind reality. It’s the absolute de-stressing mechanism for me. Though twice, I think, it has happened that my alert instincts failed me and I missed my stop and I had to walk home from the next stop which was a 15-minute walk. Family relatives often complain and have issues with me on this habit, but with the type of family members I have, (the type who always want something from you), books are way better than family drama.
I tag Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek – I hope you do this tag – I would just love reading your Drewed-up version. 😀
Anyone who wants to do this tag, feel free to do so and leave a link of your post in the comments so I can come visit. 🙂