I think every reader has at least one weird reading habit but over the past few months, I’ve discovered that I do some really weird stuff before and while I’m reading a book!
So, today I’m coming at you with some of my strange reading habits. Let me know in the comments if you can relate to any of these!
1 READING OUT LOUD
Do you guys ever just love a specific sentence or paragraph so much that you have to read it out loud because it was so so good? Because I do, all the time. Whenever I find a line that I love, unless I’m in a crowded place I will read it out loud. Honestly, if I’m alone on the bus I will still whisper the line to myself and I really have no idea why!
2 GETTING TO PAGE 50
I always give myself a goal when I’m reading, so I’ll usually put my bookmark in the place I’m aiming to get to – generally I’ll put my bookmark 2 chapters ahead or at a flat hundred. But, if I only have a short timeframe to read in, I always aim to read 50 pages ahead from where I started.
3 I NEED HYPE
This is so bad because I’m a book blogger and I swear I really do love reading, but more often than not I will have to hype myself up to read a book. Library deadlines really help with this, but I usually have to convince myself the night before that I’m going to read a book the next day. This hardly ever works but if I don’t hype myself up about a book I will literally just forget to read.
4 READING ON THE BUS
I’ve gotten into the habit of reading on the bus, so trying to read anywhere else is actually hard. I really struggle with reading while sitting still in general but I’ve found that I read a lot slower whenever I try to read at home. Does anyone else have this issue or am I just weird?
5 LIBRARY BOOKS
I love my library and the majority of books I read come from the library-system so maybe this shouldn’t come as a shock but whenever I leave the house i have a library book. But what’s weird, is that if I travel or leave the house I don’t take my own books with me. I think I’m just really paranoid about getting my books wrecked because everything always gets banged up in my backpack and I really do prefer library books because they’re always more “read” if that makes sense?
6 I STOP READING MID-SENTENCE
I can hear you all screaming at me through my laptop screen right now, so I’ll apologise now: sorry!
If I want to stop reading, I will. I will literally stop reading mid-sentence and I know that’s weird but it doesn’t bother me. I will stop mid-sentence, mid-paragraph, mid-chapter and I never realised that people didn’t do that until I mentioned it to my mum and she went into shock 🤯.
7 I ALWAYS HAVE A BOOK, BUT I RARELY READ
I always have a book with me, but I rarely actually read said book. I could be carrying around a book all day and still never crack open the pages and I feel like that’s bad but at least I had good intentions, right?
8 I AM CONSTANTLY CHECKING THE CHAPTER PAGE COUNT
I don’t know if everyone else does this, but I am constantly checking the page numbers of my book. I do this so so often, I’ll feel like I’ve been reading for ages but guess what? Joke’s on me because I’ve only read 4 pages.
Anyway, so I always do a similar thing with chapter pages. I will always ALWAYS check to see how long the next 2-3 chapters are and depending on when I’m reading and how I’m feeling I will continue reading or stop where I am.
9 I TALK ABOUT SCENES LIKE I WAS IN THE BOOKS
If you ask me what’s going on in my book I will probably start off my sentence by saying “we just did this…”. I don’t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing, on one hand, I feel like it shows how good the book is, but on the other hand, these people are fictional and that’s weird??? I do this a lot when I read Percy Jackson, it’s embarrassing but oh well, it’s a sign of a good book, I guess?
10 I NEED TO MULTITASK!
if I’m listening to an audiobook, I will need to be doing something else! I need to be writing a blog post or be doing something else on my phone – generally, I’ll be playing Solitaire or colouring in on my phone!