If you’re a reader, you probably have some things you do that are normal for you, but odd to everyone else. Not quite sure what I am talking about? No worries. We’re going to break it down by confessing to the “weird” things we do when reading.
Here we go!
Samantha’s “Weird” List
- I read the last sentence of the book.
I mean, technically we all read the last sentence of a book…eventually. As for myself, I’ll read the first few pages or first couple of chapters and then read the last sentence. For whatever reason, the idea of a last sentence intrigues me. I don’t even really have a solid reason as to why. I guess I consider it to be the same as a closing scene of a movie or television show. A lot of thought needs to go into that last sentence since it’s the moment you leave the reader. Of course, it doesn’t work quite the same for books in a series, but you get the point. When it comes to writing, the title and the last sentence are the first things I come up with.
2. I don’t judge a book by its cover.
There are a lot of pretty books out there, but I can safely say I have never bought a book just for its cover. Sure, while shopping a beautiful book will grab by attention. However, if the synopsis doesn’t peak by interest, I’ll walk away from it. I’m here for the story. A beautiful cover is just a bonus. I know there are people out in the book community who will disagree with me, but I dunnnnnnnnn careeee.
3. White noise is my soundtrack.
I know there are a ton of book curated playlists out there, but I will always pick white noise. As my go-to for reading, it helps me focus on the story and drown out everything else around me. When I was younger, I would read in the living room while watching a movie/television show or with a bunch of people talking around me. And while I can still do that, I just prefer to give the book more of my focus. I guess it just comes done to not like absolute silence. It creeps me out.
4. Provided by Amber: Samantha Finds a Series She Likes and NEVER Stops Reading It
Okay, okay. I’m probably the only one who finds this weird. I rarely finish series, as you’ll read below, and I often don’t keep reading in the series even if I love the book. Samantha has this habit of finding a series, usually romance, hooking onto it and reading it nonstop for a week or two until she’s read all 15 books of the main series, the spin off series, and the other spin off series. I wouldn’t be surprised if she searched up some fanfiction at this point. I’m mostly just astounded by her ability to stay with one series for so long. How does one do that? I don’t have the attention span for it.
Amber’s “Weird” List
- I never finish series.
I honestly just noticed this about myself lately. Due to an inability to read books in a series one after the other, I tend to not finish book series. No matter how much I loved it, I will likely now know how it ends for another 10 years. Biggest case in point – Mistborn. LOVEEEEDDD the first and second book and easily one of my favourite book series. I read the first and second book five years ago and have been 92 pages into the last one for like 4 years. I’ll read it, eventually. Do I want to know how it ends? Yes. I just have other books to read.
2. I am usually reading 4 to 6 books at a time.
It isn’t uncommon for me to have many books on the go at one time. Right now I have 6 on the go. I like to think of it as having a book for every occasion. I have a bed book. A car book. An audio book. A e-book on my phone. An e-book on my Kobo. And an everyday book. And it’s great – if one book starts to get boring or uninteresting, I have a bunch of other worlds I can hop over too. I also just enjoy having a different book everywhere I go. I get to live more than one book at the same time and I enjoy it.
3. I chronically buy books because they are pretty.
I am a sucker for a shiny book. While I do not judge the quality of a book by a cover, it is definitely the deciding factor on rather I will purchase said book. I’ve recently put myself on a ban from buying every single book I want to read because well, money, and I’m also running out of room on my shelves. So, now I’ve told myself I can only buy 5-star reads. And it needs to be pretty. I’m not kidding, if it shines it has my attention and I will want to take it home with me.
4. Provided by Samantha: Amber doesn’t read a series consecutively.
Okaaaaay — how?! If I am into a series, like seriously into, there is no way I am going to be reading anything else until I read the WHOLE thing. Of course, if all the books aren’t out yet, that’s one thing. But if I come to a series that is complete, you better believe I am devouring that bad boy as fast as my eyes will let me. Amber, however, doesn’t. I will never understand how she can walk away. Is this some kind of crazy level of self-control that I lack? Or is she a closet serial killer? Should I be worried?!
What are some bookish habits that you have? Please share. If you have the same ones as us, please let us know we’re not alone!