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The Good Reading Habits Tag

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.

SABRINA

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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VERA

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Let’s chat!

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?

14 thoughts on “The Good Reading Habits Tag

  1. I do most of these no I have an spreader my library fines have gone down, I can read on public transport with noise, though some times it is better with headphones on, no music but I can not read with say the tv on.

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  2. Sabrina, you’re an inspiration to both read multiple books at a time, but also to just ignore a reading mood and actually make it go away. I don’t have that skill even slightly. I haven’t ever been fined for late library books so I’m with you on that.

    And Vera, that’s a smart way to think of slumps, I think all of my slumps are due to really random reasons which may have some root cause that’s more concrete and stress-related but as all things in my brain, it snowballs. I do usually try rereading an old fave with such things to kick start my love of reading again and it usually works. I wish I was good at filtering out noise, though. I am terrible, I start focusing on noise when I hear something, I usually end up reading with headphones if it’s a persistent noise and I feel better when I do.

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  3. Loved reading this!
    I also read from a broad range of genres! And I’m also not a mood reader haha, which I really like haha!

    (www.evelynreads.com)

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  4. This was a great, positive tag! I always return books on time as well, Sabrina! I think it is important to pay attention to due dates. So that someone else can enjoy that book as well!

    Also Veronika, I love rereading my favourite books as well. I am currently rereading the Percy Jackson series and it is such a mood booster! I have also reread To All the Boy’s by Jenny Han more times than I can count.

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  5. I wish I could do this tag, but I honestly have more bad reading habits than good reading habits! If anything, my only one would be my ability to read on a plane, bus, car and generally anywhere – but that’s about it!
    I’m horrible with reading and returning books – I’ll always return them on time, but I can’t guarantee I’ve actually read them…
    This is such a great idea for a tag!! Absolutely love it ❀

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  6. I feel like I read a variety of genres, but I definitely have my favorites. There are also some genres that I flat out refuse to read like horror, thrillers, and mysteries because I’m too much of a scaredy cat! I think it’s awesome that you can switch between genres so easily! For me I have to make a more conscious effort to diversify the genres that I read.

    I can however read multiple books at once! Right now I believe I’m reading 5 books at once, in various formats and from various genres. The only thing I try not to do is read 2 contemporaries at the same time since they can be very similar to one another and I therefore get confused.

    And I’m a mood reader, but I honestly wish I wasn’t sometimes! It’s so frustrating to want to read a book, but at the same time not be in the mood for it! I’m so glad that for the most part you’re able to push through and read whatever you want to in the moment!

    Yes, yes, yes to rereads! I definitely agree that there’s something so wonderful about them! I even frequently do what I call skim-rereads, where I just reread my favorite parts of my favorite books because I find it so comforting! Plus, I think that it takes a reread for me to declare a book a true favorite! If I liked it just as much the second time around then that book is pretty darn great!

    I am so very jealous of your ability to read in cars. I get way too nauseous. I can sort of read on the train or on planes etc, but mostly I can’t because I am absolutely TERRIBLE at filtering noise. Like, so, so bad. Part of the problem is that I have a sensory processing disorder, so noise isn’t regulated very well by my brain. But I also have a very curious personality, so when I hear people talking I always end up listening to them instead of focusing on my book. Sound cancelling headphones have been a lifesaver for this reason, although I don’t tend to use them while I read. Maybe I should!

    This was such a great post! I love getting to know the random habits that readers have, because each reader is so different. And it was really fun for me to see in which ways I’m both similar and different to each of you in terms of your reading habits!

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  7. So happy to see that you’ve both done the Tag! πŸ’•

    I definitely admire that you read from so many genres, Sabrina, I’m working on reading more different books this year – as I usually stick to my comfort genres πŸ˜„ I also don’t mind my own book looking a bit more ‘well-read’ as – especially with paperbacks – cracking the spine just happens with books I reread a lot.

    I’m also a huge rereader like you Vera – it’s always so comforting to revisit a beloved world and spent time with its characters for me as well πŸ₯° I’m a bit jealous that you can filter out sounds so well, if I’m really into a story it happens for me as well, but I’m usually distracted by other noises πŸ˜…

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  8. Ah this is such a great post, I love finding out about good reading habits! πŸ₯°
    Sabrina: I admire that you can read multiple books at once, that’s amazing! I wish I could do that, I always want to read all the books, but can’t seem to focus on more than one story at a time.
    Vera: I wish I were more of a re-reader like you, it’s really a good habit I should take on. There are so many stories I’d love to re-read, but I just somehow always prioritize other books haha πŸ™‚
    Loved this! πŸ™‚

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  9. Ahhhh thank you both so much for doing the tag! πŸ’• I wish I was better at not being a mood reader, tbh. As soon as I tell myself to read a book, I immediately don’t want to read the book.

    Also, completely unrelated, but your blog graphics are gorgeous! 😍😍😍

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  10. This was so fun to read! I applaud your bravery to let friends borrow your books. The few people I will lend to have been carefully vetted LOL. But I also read multiple books at once, I just usually end up devouring one faster than the other once I get into it. Fun list!

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