Hello guys !
So I’ve been saving up this post for quite some while because… Because I frankly don’t know! Procrastination probably. But here I am, finally talking to you all about the habits I have as a reader. The Good, the bad and the Ugly. Or confess I should say because it can get ridiculous sometimes
-most of the time. What actually gave me the last push I needed to finally write this post up is reading Puput‘s -@ Sparkling Letters– post about this a while ago, so I decided that it was time and that I couldn’t keep pushing it away forever so I scheduled it right away.
Note: I changed the post’s title because reading it back, the “pathologic” made me feel uncomfortable and didn’t sit well with me. That being said, it’s still the same in the graphic because I don’t have those templates anymore and I’m too lazy to make it from scratch again, sorry. ❤
1- I’m a Night reader
I almost exclusively read at night. Like, you can count the number of times I picked a book in the middle of the day this year on the fingers of one hand. Literally. In the morning I’m at the hospital. In the afternoon, I study at the Library (I normally have classes but I don’t go to those. Oops. I just prefer to study on my own). Between the two I have lunch and hangout with my friends a bit. And THEN I get home at around 6p.m and just lay in bed for about 2 hours because your girl is exhausted. THEN comes the reading. And I usually do so for 2hours at least every night. So that makes up for it, right?
2- I switch genres a LOT
What I mean is that I read a bit of everything every month. I get bored VERY easily so I can’t read just one genre a month and that’s why I rarely marathon series. If I do that I’ll get fed up and enjoy it less than I might if I read it sporadically. AND that is why I like a wide variety of genre and why I also like to get out of my comfort zone more often than not and try books I wouldn’t reach out for normally.
3- I’m an ebook kind of girl
Not out of want to be honest. It is out of necessity because shipping here is hella expansive, it always costs more than the book itself and the selection of actual English physical copies is very limited. Although I do buy book from bookshops, my ebook collection is significantly larger (by hundreds of books, mind you). I even developed a particular taste for ebooks haha. Also, this makes getting bookmail extra special.
4- I get distracted VERY easily
Haha. Hahahaha. Since I read on my phone, I always have Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram whispering in my ear, wanting to be opened. And I answer the call 90% of the time, making me lose precious reading minutes. WHY OH WHY? It is seriously a disease, I’ll call it Socialmediatis. Hell! I even get distracted by my own over-imaginative brain. I would be reading one minute and riding on a unicorn’s back upside down the next, eating delicious foods and speaking gutural languages that don’t even exist. I would realize it after I’ve read a whole page not grasping a thing that’s happening, scolding myself and rereading the thing. Then it will happen a few pages afterwards. Oh, the struggle!
5- I read with the lights off
I don’t like reading with the lights on. Weird yep! But I just like to turn everything off and turn on the night mode on my phone. Really don’t know how to explain this, I just seem to concentrate better when it’s all dark, the world seems quieter.
6- I always take notes while reading
I can’t review books from the top of my head if my life depended on it. I tried, believe me! just can’t remember everything I mean to say and get really frustrated with the process which leads to me hating that review altogether. So, prevent all that ordeal, I just take a little off my reading time and using it in profit of writing any significant thought that comes to me right when it comes, not risking to forget all about it and just use “UGHHH” and “AAAAH” in my reviews.
7- I always, always, always read the book before watching the movie
I don’t care how much time it might take me to get to the book. A week. A month. A year. I don’t care. If I do it the other way around, I might never read the book because I feel like my imagination gets restricted, it can’t run wild and get things the way it wants. Characters become actors. Places become movie sceneries. Dialogues become voices. You get it, Frank -that’s my imagination’s name, see how creative I can be?- likes to run free.
8- I ALWAYS check the page count
It’s an obsession. Seriously. I do it way too often for it to be normal. For one I need to know how many pages exactly a book has, and then how many pages every chapter has induvidually. And ALSO how many pages I still have to read to finish the chapter -multiple times- and the book. God! That’s A LOT.
9- I need to take pauses
BOOKS ARE INTENSE, PEOPLE! If shit gets too real, if a character dies, if the damn dog dies (ESPECIALLY THEN), if anything that requires emotions happens, I need to take a break. I am an emotionally limited person, so as soon as I see some kinds of feelings coming my way I throw the book as far as I kind and run the other way to hide -and cuddle up- under my dragon’s wing who will prepare tea for me and protect me until that nonesense goes away.
10- I am your basic bookbitch
I don’t like lending books. Don’t like dog-earing pages. Don’t like to be interrupted while reading. I’m cover trash. Don’t like when they don’t match. I get murderous thoughts when confronted to spoilers. I like to look at pretty shelves (even though I don’t have any). And so on and so forth. The classic symptoms of BDS. That means Book Dragon Symdrom if you didn’t catch on it.
That’s it until next time.
Do you think any of these are weird? What are YOUR habits?
Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.
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