My Good Reading Habits

Hi friends, my name is Xandra, and welcome back to the blog I’ve been a bit scarce on lately. (And I’m so sorry for that!)

For the past month, I have been finishing up my semester at college! Suddenly, I became very busy, and I was worried that if I read or blogged anything, I would later feel guilty for doing something fun instead of studying. As a result, I ended up neglecting my blog for almost a month and I still haven’t read anything since March!

I was tagged back in, um…

*checks calendar*

I was tagged by LaRonda from Flying Paperbacks back in January! This year has just been one large blur for me. Sorry it’s taken this long! But I’m doing it now! Also, go check out LaRonda’s awesome blog!


Rules

  • Pingback to this post and tag the original creator (Ally Writes Things)!
  • List some of your good reading habits, the things you think you do well!
  • Nominate some of your blogging friends!

Before creating this blog, I considered myself a “good reader”. I thought that reading like one or two YA books in one school semester was a lot more than most people. And considering the fact that most of the people in my school just didn’t read, I was kind of correct. But now that I’m here on WordPress, I realize that my reading habits back then were very different than most of yours.

But, now that I have this little blog, some of my reading habits have changed for the better. Let’s take a look at them!

When I choose to read a book, I dedicate the next few days to finishing it. 

I know this doesn’t sound like a big deal, but this is probably the reason why it’s been so hard for me to get back into reading.

Whenever I decide to actually read a book, I have to finish it within the next few days. If I take to long to read it, I will most likely forget the characters and plot points from the beginning of the book.

This habit is more to accommodate for my lack of a great memory, but I think it’s considerate of me to finish within a few days, because if I forget some things from the beginning, I won’t be able to give an accurate book review.

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I (used to) schedule my reading times. 

Most of the time, I like to schedule how long I should take to read a book, just so that I can make sure to read all of my ARCs and other TBR books on time.

For example, when I was reading The Wicked King, I decided that I could only afford to read it for a total of four or five days. During that time, I was still in school, so I decided to time myself whenever I read. I would make sure to only read for about 2 hours during the day, and then I would read for about an hour or so right before I went to bed.

This kind of scheduling has helped me a lot, and maybe it’s time I follow my own advice and schedule my first read of May soon!

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I will NEVER dog-ear my books. 

Okay, so maybe this isn’t a “reading” habit.

But I like to take care of my books, so I never dog-ear them. (Not to say that you don’t take care of them if you do! This is just a personal choice.) When I was younger, I also didn’t use bookmarks, and I would only rely on remembering the page number. Nowadays, I’m more of a bookmark person, especilly since I have acquired so many bookmarks over the years.

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I (almost) always read the book before watching the movie!

I think most of us in the Book Community do this, so it’s not unique to me. But it’s still something I try to do all the time, and that count’s as a habit!

About 90% of the time, I like to read the book before watching the movie, especially if the movie is based on a YA book. This has just always been something I’ve always done in the past, ever since I was very young and I realized, after watching a certain movie before reading the book, that the book was, in fact, probably much better.

The only movies I’ve ever watched BEFORE reading the books have been… The Lightning Thief (I know, I’m a shame to the PJO community), To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (this was only because my friend really wanted to watch it, and it was her birthday, so I couldn’t object), The Circle (I don’t recommend), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (my parents brought me, a literal three-year-old, to the movie theater and I had absolutely no say), and the Series of Unfortunate Events movie (I was also extremely young, perhaps even six years old, when I saw it and it scarred me for a good four years until I decided to read the books).

I tag…

I tag you, and everyone who hasn’t done this tag before! If you need to reflect on some of your good reading habits, this tag is for you. 

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Do you and I share any of the same reading habits? What are your good reading habits?

Let me know, and chat with me about it!


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Happy reading, everyone! 😀Starry Sky Books-13

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20 thoughts on “My Good Reading Habits

  1. Whoa scheduling your reading times seems so smart and systematic?? I just think that I should just READ and try to get to as far as I can, lmao. That’s actually really really cool that you did that, what the heck. I feel like I don’t have the skills to calculate the times I need to read to finish certain books, because I’m really inconsistent sometimes LMAO.

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  2. Dedicating a few days to finish your books right away is DEFINITELY a big deal. It’s an awesome habit that I need to implement myslef because, like you, I’m constantly forgetting details about the book I’m reading 😅. I’m so impressed by your good reading habits hahaha. They’re inspiring me to be better about mine!

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    1. I used to do that, but then I would get super distracted and end up not remembering anything! 😂 And now that I write reviews, it’s just easier for me to read one book at a time, so I can allow myself to remember most things and write down my thoughts.

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  3. Like you, I used to think I “read a lot.” Now, I look back and laugh, because I was reading maybe 12 – 15 books a year? But compared to my friends, who were reading, like, one or two, I was golden! Now, I read that much in a month, but like you, that’s required me to change my reading habits, too.

    Your first point about quickly finishing a book is soooo true for me, too. I have a really bad memory. I forget little details. Though, ironically, once I’ve finished a book and the whole thing is processed, I have really good retention. Just not while I’m reading. Details go poof. That was one of the biggest things I changed, and I realized I enjoy reading books waaaay more when it’s all at once and I actually can get invested and remember things.

    I don’t dog-ear, either. It annoys me when my books are dog-eared. I actually found magnetic bookmarks, and I now swear by them, not only because they’re easier not to lose (they’re on the fridge when not in use), but they’re much sleeker, not sticking out, and I have a harder time breaking/misplacing them. Highly recommend them, if you can get your hands on some. 😀

    Loved this post!

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    1. Thank you!

      Wow, 12-15 books in a month is impressive! The most I’ve ever read in one month was 7 books, but that was with the help of audiobooks, of course! But yes, I am definitely reading a lot more than I used to.

      I always forget little details, too! I am constantly flipping back the pages to find information I might have missed or forgotten. Especially when it is hard to tell which details you should remember for the plot and which are just added bits of information. I prefer to read books during a 3-4 day period, because it gives me time to soak all of the story in and process it, but I also don’t take too long and forget everything! 🙂

      I only dog-ear books when I am reading for school, and I have to take notes all over my books. But I prefer soft bookmarks when I’m reading my own books! I have a few gorgeous metal bookmarks, but sometimes I’m afraid to use them just in case they scratch the book! 😂 I actually have a magnetic one somewhere, and I should use it more often!

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      1. I don’t always read that much. It depends on how long they are (and given that I like reading fantasy, sometimes 7 books a month is just where it’s at lol). But I try to aim for 3 a week. 🙂

        I’ve actually found that I get better at remembering things the more I read. Like, I know to look more carefully and pay more attention, so I notice I miss less now than I used to. The book I’m reading now (The History of Soul 2065) requires extreme attention to detail, because there are lots of little Easter eggs, and I’m actually loving it!

        I love the metal bookmarks, but I always fear for my books, too. Plus, they’re a little clunky to me.

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  4. I wish I had as many good reading habits as you do, Xandra! I definitely need to get better at reading books in a reasonable time. It’s pretty easy for me to spend two weeks reading the same book, either because I never find the time to pick it up, or because I’m reading something else alongside and not giving the two books the same attention. I also have the terrible habit of starting a book and then putting it somewhere around the house and if I’m not staring at it everyday, I kinda forget that I even started it to begin with? Ugh. What a mess, hahah.
    I think it’s amazing that you always try to read the book before watching the movie. It’s something I used to do very frequently too and even though I’ve stopped, it was always a lot nicer being able to watch the adaptation already knowing the story. It gave more of a magic feel to it!
    Amazing tag, Xandra!

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    1. Sometimes it’s hard to find what works best for you! If you enjoy reading several books at the same time, that’s okay, too! I used to use a calendar to help remind me when I should finish certain books, and that seemed to work for me!

      One of my main problems during school is that I will not want to start reading a book, because if I start it while I have to do homework, then I might put it down and forget everything when I come back to read it! Because of this, kind of stopped reading books for a few months, just because I was afraid I would forget everything!

      And I always try to read the book first, just because it does feel more magical! But sometimes, we don’t have time to read the book first, and that’s okay. 🙂

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