Like with sleeping, everyone has a different reading style. (And in my case, both tend to leave me with a sore neck from holding my head at a weird angle.) Today we’re actually here to talk about the good parts of my bookish life, though, so without (much) further ado let’s get into it!
As a disclaimer, I’m not trying to claim that any of the below are universally good habits, or that doing/not doing them makes you a better or worse reader. These are just things I do that work well for me.
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Reading while in transit/waiting.
I started bringing my Kindle around everywhere when I was in middle school, so I’m pretty consistent about reaching for my Kindle instead of my phone while I’m on the bus or hanging out in a lecture hall before class starts. (Except, of course, for cases where I just have a spare minute or two — then I’ll scroll Twitter or refresh my YouTube subscription box.)
DNF-ing or switching books if I’m not feeling the current read.
To be quite honest, I’m really still working on the former, particularly when it comes to ARCs and popular/hyped books. But I do pretty well with the latter, which is nice because I’ve never hit a point where any one book makes me not want to read at all; for me, it’s a pretty effective way of warding off slumps and of maximizing the time I spend actually reading — with my TBR growing so dramatically, I just don’t have time to struggle through books I’m not enjoying.
Reading a variety of genres and topics.
I started keeping track to counter my mom’s teasing that I only read fiction (mostly YA fantasy), but I do really like switching it up regularly. This isn’t to say that you have to read broadly — more power to you if you know exactly what you like and stick to it! — but for me personally, it helps me keep my mind and interests wide open.
Trying a variety of formats.
Again, I know this one really isn’t for everybody, whether due to physical limitations or just personal preference. But I appreciate a good story regardless of whether it’s in the form of a print book, an ebook, an audiobook, etc.
Or at least in theory because audiobooks aren’t ideal for me personally, but they are objectively great.
Notes, highlights, and prompt reviews.
I’ve been making highlights ever since I figured out I could, though I didn’t start taking real notes until after I started blogging. Since around 2014, I write up my reviews as soon as possible after finishing the book: usually right on the spot, almost always the same day or the next day at a stretch. This helps me record my first “final impression” of the book, so to speak, and keeps me from indecisively changing the rating in retrospect.
Tagging: Jayati @ It’s Just a Coffee Addicted Bibliophile • Michelle Likes Things • Meeghan reads and bakes • Haley @ The Caffeinated Reader • Lottie is Writing • and, as always, anyone else who’s interested! (Sorry if you’ve already done this and/or been tagged, I’m terrible at keeping track 😅)
What are your best reading habits? What reading habits would you like to develop? Are there any that you think are overrated?