Happy Sunday, friends! I am currently laying in bed and ignoring the world (and my mountain of laundry that needs to be washed prior to work tomorrow), and what better way to ignore responsibilities than with a good tag!?!
The Good Reading Habits tag was created by Ally @ Ally Writes Things back in December, and I am so glad she did because I honestly don’t focus on the good habits that I have nearly enough. I was tagged by both Ally and Consu @ Paper Eyed Girl; thank you both for tagging me and if you don’t already follow their blogs be sure to check them out!
- Pingback to the creator’s post!
- List some of your good reading habits, the things you think you do well
- Nominate some of your blogging friends
1. A Routine of reading
As I get older I find that it becomes increasingly difficult to find time for things. I operate best when I am incredibly busy, which often has the unintended side effect of my “not having the time” to do things I enjoy like reading. But not today! I started a self-care nightly routine to help me wind down from the day and combat insomnia, and I’ve made reading a part of it.
My bedroom is a laptop- and television-free zone for me: the only screen allowed is by Kindle! I get into bed every night by 9 o’clock because I am old and like my beauty sleep, and read until I fall asleep. I haven’t found the cure for my slumps though, but I still do try to read at night when I am not in the mood.
2. Picking books that I’m likely to enjoy
I don’t TBR books that do not fit my preferred genres or reading tastes. Of course I don’t love every book that I read, but I am really good at being selective with my choices. The more that I read, the better I become at listening to my gut instinct when I am on the fence… because it hasn’t steered me wrong yet. Most books I was unsure of but picked up anyways I didn’t enjoy.
3. Mood reading
This kind of ties into the good habit above, but I am really good at surrendering to my mood for the best reading experience possible. I love the idea of a TBR because I live on lists and spreadsheets, but this is just one area where I can’t organize everything. I pick up my next book in large part based on what I feel like reading at the moment – taking into account ARCs that are coming up, of course. Rarely will I force myself to read a book when I am not in the right mood for it, which ends up being better for everyone. I have a ‘not now’ exclusive shelf on Goodreads that has books I started and feel like I will enjoy once I am in the right mood for them, and I revisit them
4. I DNF books I am not enjoying
This is a habit that I am still nurturing, but if I am not enjoying a book then I will not finish it. I do still feel kind of bad when it is an ARC, which usually means that I struggle with it for 2-3 weeks before giving up (but at least I can tell the guilty inner Kal that I tried my best!). I am pretty good at distinguishing between a ‘not now’ and a ‘DNF’ book, but I generally do give a book a second try just to make sure it wasn’t a mood thing before DNF, hence trying to pick up books I am not liking nightly for weeks.
So that’s it, four of my “good” book habits! What about you: what are some of your good habits, and do we have any in common? I’d love to see your responses in the comments below!
In case you want to see some of my bad reading habits, be sure to check out my Bad Reading Habits tag!