Something I’ve noticed recently is that some of the reading habits I have are so!! inconvenient?? And given that I’m going to try and better myself, and stop these bad habits, I figured I’d write about them on the blog and hold myself accountable!
DNF’ing books without giving them a chance.
This is a habit that I’ve only recently developed but it’s really annoying? I used to be that person that would force myself through a book once I’d started it, even if I hated it. And then I’d end up getting myself in a slump because I didn’t enjoy reading. So whilst I’m glad I’ve stopped that, I’ve now gone to the other end of the spectrum and keep dnf’ing after only a couple chapters/pages?
For example, here are 5 books that I dnf’d recently!!
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe: *hides from the hype* I am so sorry about this one!! I wanted to love it but I just idk? I gave up after 2 chapters because it just felt really sad and I just wasn’t in the mood to be sad (and I also felt like maybe it could be a trigger for my anxiety). Maybe I’ll give it a go another time when I’m in the mood for it? Don’t hate me!!
- Warcross: This is another one that was super hyped when it came out but I just didn’t love the writing? And the game concept kind of confused me.
- Turtles All The Way Down: This is one I will not be trying again because with my OCD it was actually quite triggering for me. Should have expected it but it’s fine, it was only 99p.
- The Elite: The Selection series I just.. book 1 I kind of hated but I also wanted to know what happened so I sped through it. But book 2 was just more of the same and so!! repetitive!! Why was the castle so poorly protected?? Why was America so annoying?? Why was the castle so poorly protected?? Why was America so annoying?? It was just telling rather than showing the whole time and I just got frustrated. Oops.
Whispering aloud when I read.
This sounds a bit weird but for some reason I really struggle to just read in my head? I always have to whisper the words out loud or mouth the words? I’d love for you to let me know if you’re the same because this is one I have never seen anyone else do haha.
I’m trying to stop though because I read so much for school, leisure etc & my throat is constantly sore.
I really need to stop.
Buying new books when I don’t!! need!! new!! books!!
I have lately taken to just scrolling Amazon and buying books? All the time. Admittedly I don’t have as many books as most bookstagrammers/book bloggers I’ve seen but I still do not need more books!!
I need to remind myself to spend my reading time actually reading the books I’ve read rather than buying new ones??
I am actually planning on doing a book haul/rating predictions post soon though!
I judge books by their covers.
I do this all the time but I am going try and work on this more!!
I am really bad at judging books by their covers to the point that I literally won’t buy a book if the cover is ugly (even if it sounds pretty good??).
Anything with people on the cover especially (photos of real people, not illustrations – unless its a biography) just make me cringe and are a nope. I tried to remedy this by picking up The Selection (which did not make me change my mind – should have judged the book by its cover with this one) and My Life Next Door (not got to this one yet).