Happy Tuesday friends, and welcome to another really old tag! #KaleenaIsASlacker2k18 Many thanks to the lovely Kelly @ Just Another Book in the Wall for tagging me in the Bad Reading Habits Tag three months ago! If you aren’t already following Kelly, you’re missing out and need to go visit her immediately! She writes amazing reviews and discussion posts, and is an absolute doll.
I am not sure who the original creator of this tag is, and there don’t seem to be any rules other than sharing a few of your bad reading habits. Easy, right?! Here are just a few that might make you clutch your books to your chest in abject horror!
1. Judging a book by its cover
We all know that adage to not judge a book by its cover, but let’s be honest for a minute here: a cover is there to give you a quick representation of what the book is about, entice you to pick it up, and read the synopsis. With so many books being published every year it would be impossible to read the blurbs of every book that is in our preferred genres. This is what I tell myself so I can sleep at night. If a book’s cover doesn’t intrigue me, I won’t read the synopsis or reviews to see if it is for me (unless it is by a known and loved author of mine).
A good example of this is the book Sadie by Courtney Summers. The cover and title honestly made it look like a teen coming-of-age contemporary, so I never gave it the time of day until about the fiftieth review of it showed up on my reader (from a blogger that doesn’t read contemporary) and I saw what it actually was about. Oops. I am reading it now and I would definitely have missed out!
2. Buying more books than I have the time to read and hoarding them for all time
I think this is probably a problem that book bloggers and dragons all share and can relate to. I cannot say no to a sale, especially an eBook deal! I feel like my book buying and hoarding has been exacerbated in the last few months, especially with my discovery of Book Outlet, but I have literally read zero of these books that I have hauled. ZERO. I have actual towers of books that are beckoning me. Why am I like this?!
3. I dog-ear my books even though I have tons of bookmarks, receipts, and bills at my fingertips
Honestly, I am not of the mind that books need to be kept in pristine condition. I write notes in books and consider it my way of conversing with the author as I read, so really what is a little dog-ear on the corner compared to my writing my thoughts in the margins?
4. Book bingeing and ignoring my TBR
I don’t keep a strict TBR because I am a mood reader, but I think this ties in well with #2. I keep buying books and not reading them… and then decide to re-read a series I have read about 4 times already instead of any of those new books waiting to be loved.
5. Skimming over boring sections of books (I rarely dnf but won’t read every word in a book I don’t like)
I don’t really think this is a bad habit to be honest, but I definitely am super guilty of skimming pages and chapters of books when I am just not engaged. I rarely DNF because I usually am interested enough to want to see 1) if it gets better and 2) what happens at the end, but I’ll be damned if I am going to read pages of boring descriptions or dialog that doesn’t advance the plot, or gratuitous fight scenes that I could care less about.