Hello loves! I hope you’ve had a terrific weekend with a lot of great books to pass the time! I didn’t read much, and not because I was busy, so now I feel guilty, especially because I’m doing a buddy read with Kara @ Bernard’s Book Blog. That brings me to today’s topic, and the cool tag Maria @ Bookgraphy has nominated me for: Bad Reading Habits. Now, what’s a bad habit for me may work well for someone else, but these are some of the things I wish I could change, and I often end up regretting what I’ve done. Let us begin:
-TBR, or The Biggest Regret-
I’ve made my Goodreads account in 2011, and between then and 2013 I was constantly piling up books on my TBR. I just thought it worked that way, but it took me a long time to realize I’m not on Pinterest. You can’t really blame me, I was like a child in front of the candy store, seeing a bunch of awesome books (And genres!) for the first time in my life, because I live in the sad country that is Serbia. Once I’d realized my mistake and added every possible book and the books recommended for the readers of that book, and each title in a 20+ book series, and all the books with pretty covers… I ended up with thousands on my TBR. I’ve made a real effort since then, and managed to downsize to 2668 books on my TBR, out of which 232 books are on my ‘Want to read soon’ list, out of which 117 books are on my ‘Urgent’ list, out of which 11 books are on my ‘Super urgent list’… I know. TBRception. I’m working on it.
I hardly doubt I’m alone in this party, but I currently own more books than my shelves can support. The reasons for this are very similar to the ones above, but fortunately contained by my financial situation. If I had 2668 physical books my apartment would become a storage unit. It’s tiny. So, why do I keep buying and buying and then not reading for a very long time? Well, books are like air, I need them to breathe. Does that make sense? Also, I’m a sucker for a pretty cover. (I know.) And then, the events and discounts… We have a super cool event hosted by one of our largest publishing houses, called Book Night. It happens twice a year, in June and December, and they have super awesome discounts and gifts, and there goes my salary. The same publishing house offers a 40% birthday discount, and Friday the 13th discounts, and some other ones… Then we have the Comic Weekend happening once a year, and of course the huge yearly Book Fair in Belgrade which started yesterday and lasts a whole week. I’m a sucker for discounts.
-I’m a sucker for a pretty cover-
Like I mentioned above – a pretty cover is like a magnet for me. If I love a book a lot, like a lot a lot, then I have to buy the prettiest version of it, but pretty things are expensive so I still don’t own some of my favorite books. Because I need the money for the $100 version. Yep. On the other hand, if a book is within my price range, and it has like a really pretty cover, you know the ones with gilded or embossed or intricately drawn illustrations, well then it’s safe to say I’ll buy the book without even reading its full summary. Luckily, I don’t do this often, because money doesn’t grow on trees, or I would end up with a bunch of pretty books I don’t like. I’ve been burned before, so I’m more careful now.
-I get easily distracted-
Now many of you guys will say ‘Oh yes, me too, this isn’t that bad’, but no. I get distracted by crickets. I get distracted by a car passing by two blocks away. I get distracted by a drop of water tapping in my bathroom. I have a short attention span, and I have thoughts so busy that if they had a real job I’d be filthy rich. Or them. The thoughts. Anyway, I need a total silence for reading, which is rare in my neighborhood, so I usually read at night, a few hours before bed, but then I’m in danger of falling asleep face down on my kindle. The fact that bothers me the most is that it wasn’t like that before. I used to swallow books. I read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in one sitting. I need to get my attention back. 😥
-I try to juggle books-
And then I fail. I know many of you do this thing successfully, but with my aforementioned attention span, it usually goes like this: I am reading a book. It a) gets boring, or b) I hear a mermaid’s call from that new book I just bought. I pick up that other book. This chain sometimes continues to the point I’m reading 5 books, and I only know what’s happening in the one I’m currently reading, because I really can’t read 5 books at once, only one, so all those other books I’ve started? They lay abandoned until I finish book 5, then 4, etc. until I come back to book 1 and it seems I’ve forgotten the last 30 chapters and I don’t know if I should start reading it from the beginning. Horror. I’ve been keeping that more or less under control this past year, and I’m reading a book at a time, but what happens when I hear that mermaid’s call again? :S
I’m sure I have more horrible reading habits, but as everyone seems to have listed 5, I’ll stop myself here before I make a mess, and I’ll wish you all a lovely reading week! This time I’ll do the nominations because I haven’t done that in a while, and I’d love to hear what filthy secrets Norrie, Amalia, Ayunda, Gerry, Kara and Callum keep. Don’t feel obligated to do this, but if you do link me back so I can read it, and if anyone else wants to do this and I didn’t nominate you – by the old tradition write ‘Yay’ in the comments, and link me back when you write your post. Otherwise, let me know of your bad habits in the comments section – do you have them, how many, do you positively hate them? Happy reading everyone! ❤