So, since I've been "professionally" reviewing books now for over a year and a half, I've come to notice quite a few bookish habits that aren't necessarily good ones. Haha! As I spent more and more time compiling this list, the more things I noticed! Perhaps in 2012 I can turn some of these habits around. Consider this post a list of my 2012 Bookish New Year's Resolutions.
- I'm a cover snob.
- All the books in a series must be in the same format. I do not have room for the hardback of Crossed by Ally Condie, but since Matched is hardback I can't buy the Kindle version of Crossed. This is a curse.
- I spend too much time looking at how far along I am in a book, and how much I have left to read. I should just enjoy the ride and quit worrying about whether or not the book is too long or too short.
- I can't take a break from a book until I'm at a chapter break. That sucks if I'm exhausted and in the middle of a REALLY long chapter. I end up not even remembering some things because of this.
- I don't give myself enough time to reflect on a book before I start a new one.
- Sometimes I wait months to write a review, which makes it REALLY hard. I need to start writing it the next day.
- I accept too many books to review at a time, and spend weeks reading books that are planned out. Sometimes I like to be spontaneous in my reading choices and grab a book off the shelf because it's what I want at that very moment.
- Sometimes I judge a book too quickly, and it taints my opinion of the book before I've given it a chance.
- If I don't like a book, I still make myself finish it. I need to learn that it's ok to abandon a book for good. Reading is not a job, and I can quit anytime I want to without penalty.
- Sometimes I read too fast and don't take the time to savor a book. This happens with books I have been anticipating for a LONG time.
- I buy more books, even though I have stacks of unread ones. I need to read what I have first!
- I stay up way too late, and end up reading the ending of a book when I'm so tired that I barely remember it.
- I have a hard time being objective if a book discusses or is centered around something I totally disagree with.
- If I get tired of a book, I set it aside and start something new. I always plan to return to the other one, but I rarely do. I've got 3-4 books I'm partway through that are just waiting to be finished, but now I can't remember them!
- If I don't read a book pretty soon after buying it, it gets mixed in with my other unreads and gets forgotten. I really should make up a list and read in that order. But again, that takes my spontaneity away from me.
- OH. If I really want to read a book, but don't know what, I'll go to my shelves and look for something. As I try to decide, sometimes I get so overwhelmed by the MANY choices I have, that I give up and watch a movie instead.
So what about you? Do you share some of these bad habits with me? If so, do you consider them bad ones, or should I be grateful I "suffer" with them? What are some of your bookish bad habits, and goals for 2012? Please leave a link to your blog post, and I'll come visit you! Or comment here and join the discussion!