Hi everyone! Today we have a post for you talking about our good reading habits! We were tagged by the wonderful Caro @ Bookcheshirecat to do this tag which was created by Ally @ Ally Writes Things. Here you’ll find a list of things that each of us think we’re good at doing when it comes to books and reading.
I read from a range of genres.
I believe it’s usually possible for people to find specific books to love from almost any genre, not just their favourite. I, however, am fortunate in that I love jumping constantly from genre to genre, and am just as likely to find a new favourite paranormal romance as a new favourite literary contemporary. It makes it easier for me to experience a wide variety of stories and characters, which is what makes reading so fun for me.
I can read multiple books at once.
This isn’t so rare in the book community, but I know I have had many people ask me outside of here how I manage to read so many books at once without getting them mixed up with each other. Often I tell them that it’s because I read different genres at the same time, but if I’m honest with myself, that doesn’t even matter that much. I am just lucky to be able to remember which details are from which book I am reading – and I’m so glad that I can!
I always return books on time.
I am proud to say I have never been fined for an overdue library book – especially considering how often I use my library. I’m really good at keeping track of when my books are due back and guessing which ones I’m going to be allowed to renew. I don’t always get books finished on time, but I do return them. I’m also reasonably good at reading and returning books that my friends lend me by the next time we meet… though admittedly not as good as I would like to be, as it is usually a result of rushing in the days leading up to the meeting.
I don’t have to be a mood reader.
Sure, there are times where I feel like picking up a fantasy and times where I feel more like a romance, but the urge is never so strong that I can’t push past it when I need to. If I get a few uninterrupted minutes of reading, I’ll forget I had the desire to read a different genre – or even a specific book- altogether.
I take care of the books I read, but I don’t mind my own copies being “loved”.
I am careful when I am reading or transporting books not to damage them. I don’t dog-ear pages or write on them and I definitely don’t leave books unattended near liquids. Of course, this is due to most of the books I read being library copies, and I don’t want to return books in worse condition than I got them. When they are my own copies, however, I don’t mind a little wear and tear – I like that you can tell which books are my most read.
I reread my favorites novels multiple times.
I’ve talked about this a lot, so I don’t think this comes as a surprise, but for those who haven’t seen me say it yet: I love rereading. I consider this a good reading habit for a couple of reasons. Rereading allows me to really inverse myself in a story, and to pay attention to details I hadn’t had the chance to on my first read, which occasionally results in me discovering things I hadn’t seen before. Another great thing is that some of my favorite books – usually the ones I’ve reread many times – are such a comfort to me; revisiting these stories feels like going home. It’s nice.
I don’t mind people borrowing my books.
I know many readers have a problem with lending their books to their friends or family, but I actually love lending my copies to my friends. Even though I’ve had some bad experiences before, all those taught me was to be a bit more careful with who I lend my books to – casual friends and relatives are not the way to go. My real friends and my mom, though? I trust them not to damage my copies and it makes me so happy that they listen to my recommendations.
I can read in the car and on bus as well as on the train.
I live in a small town around 50 kms from the capital, Budapest, and I’ve been commuting to the city since I was five years old. I’ve spent quite a bit of my time on trains and buses, which means that I’m completely fine with reading while traveling, even by car. I hate commuting, but I can’t deny that the time I spend on the train is a great way to squeeze in some reading before and after uni.
I’m good at filtering out the noises around me.
I think this has a lot to do with commuting, as well. Anyone who uses public transport knows that people can be loud and annoying (and they mostly are.) So it was kind of essential for me to learn to block out all that noise and concentrate on my book, which is – on the whole – a useful ability. I can read on the subway, at uni, during my more boring lectures, and basically everywhere else.
I’m good at avoiding/getting out of book slumps.
There are definitely times when I don’t feel like reading, or barely read anything for a while. However, these tend to happen for concrete reasons, like being buried under my notes, or a worse example is when I was in a constant freak out mood at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. (I know many people use reading as a way to escape real life problems, but I simply can’t concentrate on reading when I’m struggling in real life.) When I don’t have a concrete reason for not feeling like reading, I tend to get over slumps – if we can over call a few days of not reading a slump – incredibly fast. The key for me is (1) abandoning books that are dragging me down, (2) rereading a favorite, or (3) simply concentrating on something other than reading for a day or two. Don’t force what’s not working out, and all that.
What are your good reading habits? Do we have any in common? Are there any good reading habits – not necessarily ones we mentioned – you wish you had?