I have so many bad habits when it comes to reading that I’m not even sure how I ever manage to finish a book. Here’s a list containing just five of my bad reading habits. I have more but let’s just stick with five for now.
1. Reading multiple books at one time
I’m always reading multiple books, either because of university or just because I get bored of reading a particular book and decide to start a new one. I really do try to avoid reading more than one book ‘for pleasure’ at a time but I always have to read that book alongside another book that I need to read for university. It’s a nightmare.
2. Forgetting that I started a book
Sometimes, I’ll pick a book from my shelves and get a sense of deja vu when I’m reading the first page. That’s probably because I started reading it two years ago and completely forgot that I’d ever picked it up. Tracking apps, like Goodreads, can help with this but I’m just completely useless and I forget that the apps exist too.
3. Putting a book down for so long that I can’t remember the plot or the characters
This is similar to the point above but in this case, I know that I’ve started the book. Sometimes, I even have a bookmark nestled between the pages that shows where I stopped reading. But I still can’t remember anything about the book so I have to go back to the start and read the entire book from the beginning.
4. Rereading my favourite book when I have 100+ books waiting to be read
Whenever I’m thinking about what to read next, it goes something like this:
Me: What book should I read next?
My new books: Pick me, pick me!
Me: I’ll just re-read Frankenstein for the 10th time this year.
I need help.
5. Starting a new book just before I plan to go to bed
I almost always start a new book at 10.30pm even though I try to make sure I’m in bed by 11pm. That either leads to me reading frantically into the early hours of the morning – which isn’t actually a problem because I have insomnia but I’m trying to give myself a routine, y’know – or I have to stop reading the book even though I don’t want to. Why do I torture myself in this way?
Do you have any ‘bad habits’ when it comes to reading?
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