We all have reading and book-related habits we’re proud of. Whether it’s a reading plan of such mind-boggling complexity that it makes government spending plans look like a toddler’s crayon drawings, or a meticulously designed reading room that required years of planning, blueprints, and trips to IKEA to get right, we’ve all got them. But for every reading habit we’re proud of, there’s also those habits we’d rather not have. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is devoted to just that.
Top Ten Bookish Habits I Want To Quit
- Borrowing more books from the university library than I can conceivably read in an entire year. There’s a reason libraries usually have twelve-book limits. Damn my extended postgrad borrowing privileges!
- Buying more books than I can conceivably read in an entire lifetime.
- Hyping myself up for the release of a new book and then promptly forgetting about its very existence two weeks before its intended release. And then finally reading it. Two years later.
- Making insanely long lists of all the books I want to read, which I always end up abandoning and eventually losing in the recesses of my desk.
- That irrational pang of horror I feel whenever I accidentally crease the pages of a book that I’ve been carrying in my bag.
- Carrying books in my bag without adequate padding or internal organisational systems. Planning is key!
- Panicking whenever anybody asks me what my favourite books are, and giving a long-winded answer which includes the name of not one single author.
- Joking about characters from books like they’re real people. Seriously, this is just embarrassing.
- Reading the Introduction to a classic text before I read the book. I don’t know how I am still doing this.
- Persevering with truly terrible books. I need to overcome my instinctive aversion to the DNF pile.
Which bookish habits are you eager to abandon?