One thing I’ve noticed over the years (and I’ve noticed many things because I’m very perceptive and wise 🙂 ) is that the reading habits of bookaholics are as diverse as the bookaholics themselves. What seems a perfectly normal way to shop for, buy and/or read a book to one bookaholic may seem completely random and bizarre to another. There are even some habits like whether a person prefers an e-reader or paper books that have led to the type of heated debates that haven’t been seen in the reading world since Team Edward vs Team Jacob.
You could write a whole book about reading habits and the reading experience, and some like Sara Nelson, author of the fascinating So Many Books, So Little Time have done just that. But here in my humble little blog, I’m just going to focus on some of the reading habits that I’ve come across most often in my lifelong journey as a reader. Have a look and see if you can recognise yourself in any of these!
1. Paper books vs e-readers – I can totally see the rationale for having an e-reader and I’ve thought about it. My nightmare of being bookless if I finished a book on the train to work wouldn’t happen as I’d have the next one lined up on my e-reader and if a book was incredibly long, I wouldn’t have to carry a heavy weight around. I just don’t think I could do it. There would be something missing for me. I love the feel of a book, I love curling up on the couch with it and turning the pages, and being surrounded by years worth of books at home (I’m a bit of a hoarder too!) makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Looking at them, I can remember the time in my life when I read them and some are just really pretty to look at. 🙂 If you prefer e-readers or you like both e-readers and books, that’s great but for now, I think I’ll stick with paper books.
2. Double-booking – If there’s one thing that all us bookaholics have in common it’s that we have a TON of books on our to read pile and/or Amazon wishlist and it can be tough trying to find the time to read them all! So to try and make a dent in the pile or maybe because we like the variety, some of us will read more than one book at a time. It is definitely tempting but I don’t think it would really work for me. When I’m reading a great book and I’m forced to put it down, all I want to do is pick it up back up again as soon as possible. I wouldn’t want to dive in and out of different books and styles, and to be honest I’d probably get myself pretty confused. Which isn’t hard, trust me! 🙂
3. Re-reading – I never used to re-read books. I was always a bit afraid that if I were to re-read a book I’d loved the first time around that it wouldn’t be the same and it might lose some of the original magic. Then something terrible happened and I hit a MAJOR reading slump. I went through all the books on my to read pile in a matter of days and it was a week before I was going to be paid so there was no money for books. It was a very dark time. 😦 I had no choice but to take the risk and turn to old books. And it was a risk worth taking! It might not have been the same as the first reading but there is a lot to be said for spending time with old friends again and exploring worlds that we’ve loved in the past. I’ve also found that there are things I maybe didn’t pick up on the first time around so there’s always something new to experience.
4. Binge series reading – This is when we fall in love with a series and proceed to read every single one of the books available one right after the other. I have been very guilty of doing this in the past because if I find a set of characters I love, I just have to find out what happens next. But the flip side is that you plough through them all so fast that you’re usually left with a really long wait until the next one and as we know that wait can be torture! So now if I find a new series to get obsessed with, I am trying to pace myself more and ration out the books. It’s not been easy and probably won’t last but so far, so good!
What about you? Do you have any of these reading habits?
What other reading habits do you have?