What better way to get back into blogging than by doing a Book Tag. The lovely Meeghan tagged me a while ago to do the My Good Reading Habits tag and I personally love this idea. Let’s go!
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So, What Are My Good Reading Habits?
1. I Don’t Put Pressure on Myself to Read ARCs ASAP.
If only I could read ARCs before their release dates and have my review up in a timely manner all the time – it’s a dream. I’ll be honest though, I try not to stress about ARCs too much. If I get one, I’m very thankful and I’ll try my best to get to it when I can but what’s the point in stressing out about reading it asap? The more I stress, the less I tend to want to read a book. I think we should read ARCs we are interested in, especially when we feel like reading them; onto my next good habit:
2. I Try to Read What I Feel Like When I Feel Like It.
I used to be religiously accustomed to creating a TBR and strictly sticking to it but for the last 6 months or so, I’ve embraced being more of a mood reader and reading a book when I feel like it. Forcing myself to read has a time and place but recently it’s been better for me to just chill and read when I know I’ll really enjoy it. What’s the point of forcing myself? This is a hobby I do to have fun, it’s not a job, it’s important to go with the flow 🙂
3. I Don’t Buy a Lot of New Books.
While this may be technically not a habit I have picked up purposely but more out of necessity; when you can’t afford to buy new books a lot, why would you? I hardly ever buy new books now and I don’t even feel guilty about it because:
1. I have plenty of unread books at home (from when I went crazy on book buying when I had the means),
2. Libraries are sacred places that also happen to harbour new releases for if I ever really want to read one but cannot buy one.
There’s always a solution for the poor student bookworm in the corner! I think this is a good habit because it not only saves me money but it still helps out authors by showing interest in their books at libraries. When libraries see a book is highly requested or just popular, they order more.
4. I Protect My Books like They’re My Children.
If I let you borrow one of my books, you’re special. Truly special. Books are precious and full of dangerous information.
5. I Try to Read More Widely.
While it was an old habit to go straight to the YA section in a bookstore or library, from review copies of Adult books I’ve read and actually really enjoyed, I’ve become more open to what I read. YA Fantasy isn’t the only genre I’ll want or try to read and I think it’s a great habit to read more widely. You’ll never know what you’ll really enjoy until you try it and I like to live by that philosophy in books too.
6. The Art of Tabbing
A few months ago, I got into the great habit of tabbing books. I bought the cute little $1 tabs from Kmart and gave it a go. What do I tab? Anything and everything I want. Whether it’s cool quotes, funny moments, philosophical concepts or just plain important information for the book’s plot and development. This has made writing reviews so much easier for me AND I can easily find my favourite parts in books way faster than ever before!
So friends, what do you think of my good reading habits? What are some of yours?
Pikachu Blogging Friends, I tag you!
As always, feel free to tag yourself if you also want to do this tag.
Until next time,