Top Ten Tuesday #50 – Bad Book Habits

Posted October 6, 2015 by Lillian in Features / 8 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. They’d love to share their lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

As bookworms, we all have book habits that are good and bad. Today’s top ten topic is “Ten Bookish Things I Want to Quit Or Have Quit” so I thought I would highlight a few of my bad book habits, the ones I’ve quit and want to quit. This list could have been quite long but I was able to narrow it down to only ten 😉

Top Ten Bad Book Habits

1. I must finish every book I start.

I’m a big fan of completion. I just HAVE to know how a story will end. In fact, until just this last year, I had never DNFed a book…like ever. But one thing blogging has taught me is that not every book is for every reader and sometimes it’s time to throw in the towel. Having said that though, I still don’t DNF very often and when I do, it bugs me. I still want to know what happened in the end. Problem…I think so!

2. I like to skip to the end and read the last paragraph before buying a book in a bookstore.

This used to drive my husband crazy! We would spend hours in a bookstore and this is what it looked like:

Me: *finds cover I like, reads and likes synopsis, reads last line or paragraph of book, puts book back on shelf*

Husband: Just pick a book already!!!!

The invention of my handy e-reader has solved this problem for him. I don’t buy too many books in bookstores anymore and so I just have to rely on the cover and synopsis for if I’ll like a book *sigh*

3. I get so caught up in the story that I read SO fast that I forget what I just read.

I do this ALL the time, especially books that are fast-paced. I feel like I should be reading to keep up with the characters and their current plight. So I get to reading really fast, almost skimming, but not quite because I don’t want to miss a word, and a few pages later I’m like “Wait a sec…what did I miss?” and I have to go back and read slowly.

4. I skim over the details to get to the dialogue quicker.

Come on…you know you do it too 😉 Sometimes there’s just too much detail, but the dialogue is really interesting. So I catch myself quickly skimming over a couple of paragraphs to get back to the conversation happening between the characters.

5. I skip sex scenes in romance books…completely.

Personally, I don’t think this is a bad habit. In fact it’s really why I try to avoid steamy romance books. I’m not a prude per se but I was pretty sheltered. My husband laughs at me because he says he can look over and know if I’m reading a scene that makes me uncomfortable because I blush from the neck up. So yeah, if the characters clothes are coming off and the author doesn’t shut the proverbial door, I skip to the next scene. Sorry not sorry!

6. If I start a series, I finish it, whether I liked the first book or not.

This ties in with my number one statement. I am a completer. I like to know what’s going to happen to the characters. If I invest time into reading more than one book, you better believe that I’m going to finish the series…seriously! I stuck around and finished True Blood and I’m still reading By the Numbers (Stephanie Plum). I will see that series to it’s finish line peeps!

7. Binge reading!!!!

So this ties into number 6. Again I’m a completer and nothing makes me happier than when I start a series that is already finished. I will binge read the entire series, sometimes forgoing sleep and basic necessities to read it. It drives my husband batty…but he did get me The Mortal Instruments for Christmas last year so it must not bother him too much 😉

8. I obsess over my favorite characters in series and worry about them between books.

And this is why I like to binge read. I HATE the wait between books in a series. I especially HATE when the book ends in a cliffhanger! I can’t handle the year (sometimes longer) between books. Don’t ask me too. It’s cruel. This is why I’m a big proponent of waiting until an entire series is out to finish it.

9. I do not use book marks.

Yep that’s right. I’m a rebel like that. I dog-ear my pages and everything…

10. I can’t say no.

I’ve gotten better at this one. Since I started blogging and receiving requests to read books, I felt obligated to say yes even if the book didn’t interest me. Now not so much. My personal life has been crazy this year and reading/blogging has taken a backseat. SO saying no is new but I’m doing it.

Your turn! What crazy book habits do you have? Share below!

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8 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday #50 – Bad Book Habits

  1. I hate damaging my books, so I always use bookmarks. I avoid spoilers if at all possible, I decide on the cover, blurb and reviews whether a book is for me or not. I don’t DNF a lot, I think I’ve only DNF’d 4 books so far. Although I do try to DNF a book if I lose interest and if I really don’t enjoy a book in a series I won’t continue, when I rate the first book a 3 star it’s often a 50% chance I do continue the series depending if there’s enough in the book that makes me want to read the next book. I don’t mind sex scenes and only skip them if they are cringeworhty. I have skipped some torture scenes as I have a hard time reading those. I love binge reading a series, but don’t nearly often enough make time for that. Great post!
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  2. You read the last line of books?? This makes me cringe, lol. No spoilers!! It took me a long time to allow myself to DNF a book too. I always hope that the ending will make the entire slog of a book worthwhile. I don’t use bookmarks either, but I don’t dog-ear either. Usually, I can just pick up a book and it will open to where I left off. Sometimes, though, I’ll use a Post-it tabby thing. They make really nice and convenient place markers.
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