Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Bookish Things I Want to Quit Or Have Quit

October 6, 2015 Top Ten Tuesday 21

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

This week is all about the bookish things that we need to quite. I was tempted to talk about the books I stopped reading because I didn’t like them, but that felt a little negative. So instead I am chatting about the bookish habits I have and still need to quit in the hopes that one day I will!

Bookish Bad Habits I HaveΒ Quit

TTT1When I first started blogging the excitement of authors wanting to give me a free book to read was all a bit too much, and I found myself saying yes to everything! But unfortunately not all the books were to my tastes, but I felt like I had to read it because I had been sent it for free. I’ve since learn’t to not say yes to everything, and to be a bit better at checking out the books that I have been sent.

TTT2Everyone loves a sale, especially a book sale but I actually ended up wasting money because half of the time the books that I had bought I didn’t like or just didn’t get round to reading. Just like with my habit of saying yes to every free book I was offered, I finally learnt to NOT buy every book that was on sale because I might end up reading it one day.

TTT3I’ve been really bad at this in the past, especially when the series is in some kind of box set and I’m always like ‘well, why not?’ Luckily this has only gone wrong for me a few times, but I do still have a number of book series that I have bought as a set and still haven’t picked up book one, the main one being the Game of Thrones books. Luckily I have learnt my lesson and since buying GOT a few years ago I haven’t book any more sets before reading the first book!

TTT4This one kind of goes with the ‘free books’ one, because a lot of the time I wouldn’t like those books but would feel like I had to read them because they were free. I have spent an awful lot of my reading life forcing myself to finish a book that I wasn’t enjoy because I don’t like giving up. Well this past year I have tried to be better, and although it might not sound like much I have DNF 11 books which I just couldn’t get into. This has worked out in my favour because now I have more time to read books I actual like!

TTT5There have been times in the past when my bookshelf has contain more unread books than read, which is just stupid. I don’t read the books I have and then I buy more and don’t read them either! But I have been a lot better recently and my unread books only equal about half a shelf. This has been really good because there are some books that have been on there forever, like the Lunar Chronicles, which when I finally got round to reading them I absolutely loved them.

Bookish Bad Habits I Still Need To Quit

TTT6Every so often I will go to the library and leave with a massive pile of books. Then after being chased by the library for a while I will return the books unread and have to pay a massive fine! I have been doing this for years and you would have thought that I had learnt by now, but I haven’t. I still do the same thing every single time.

TTT7The Gone Series and the Percy Jackson series are two of my biggest regrets. I started them, got part way through and then somehow just lost them and never finished reading them. Every year I say I am going to finish the series I’ve left behind, and every year I don’t. I really hope that one day I will though!

TTT8Sometimes I get a bit bored with the ‘in-between’ bits of books and just want to get to the reveal or the action/romance. So I kind of skim read. I know, it’s naughty, but I can’t help it. I’m sure that I am missing out of good/important stuff in the pages that I skim and really need to get better at properly reading the entire book.

TTT9This one is mostly about my friend Sam. She is forever telling me about books I need to read or sending my books and I never seem to read them! But then there are a few that I have read, and they have been amazing. So why don’t I read more, or listen to other peoples recommendations? I don’t know, but it really is rather stupid!

TTT10I’ve spent the past month working on my TBR and trying to cull it down to a respectable number. But even if all the work I have put in it is still a very high number and half the books I am never going to ever read. I have this really bad habit of just adding books to my list without properly checking them out first, and then I am also very bad at reading the things on my TBR. I go back to my list every so often and keep rediscovering books which I have been meaning to read for a while but keep forgetting about. I must get better at this!!!


What made your list this week?

Do you suffer from any of these bookish habits too? Are the any you have managed to stop?

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21 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Bookish Things I Want to Quit Or Have Quit”

  1. Amanda Marie

    I can totally agree with your list. I have this habit of reading almost half of a series and then something will happen and I will forget about the others. I also can, at times, leave the library with wayyyy too many books. That always makes me sad.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Brocs Bookcase

      Haha, glad to know I’m not the only one! I really do need to get smarter with the library one. I spend so much money paying off my fines that it would probably be cheaper to just buy the book outright! Thanks for visiting.

  2. Tanya

    Oh yes, I do some of these. Like collecting an entire series before even reading the first book. Guilty! πŸ™‚ And buying so many books that I have more unread books on my shelves that I’ve read. I REALLY need to start reading from my shelves instead of buying more or using the library. There are so many that I am excited to read that are just sitting there!

    • Brocs Bookcase

      I know, I’ve been like that for a while and then finally picked up the Lunar Chronicles (another series I bought all of before even reading book 1) and now I am reading everything off my shelves possible! Hopefully you’ll get round to some of yours too soon πŸ™‚

  3. Allyson

    I’m not gonna lie, I am super jealous of the list of things you have managed to quit! I am the absolute worst about buying entire series before even reading the first sentence of book one to see if I even like the writing style :p It’s great that you are trying to cull your TBR list! That’s a lot of work πŸ™‚

    My TTT

    • Brocs Bookcase

      It really is a lot of work, I have been working on it for a while and I am still only down to 770! I think with the buying a whole series to read, it was easy to quit because I went through a year without a proper job and so very little money. Now I am in a full time job I still find myself reluctant to spend lots of money and things that I don’t need. So I guess being super poor forced me to quit that habit! Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  4. Chrissi Reads

    I’m getting a lot better and not buying the full series of a book now. Before I used to buy the whole series, btu I have learnt from that!

    • Brocs Bookcase

      I think I ended up quitting it purely because I was spending a lot of money on book sets that I just wasn’t reading! Glad you have managed to quit it too! πŸ™‚

  5. The Literary Counsellor

    I have a lot of the same bad bookish habits. I still haven’t learned not to buy books just because they are on sale, or not to agree to do reviews on books just because they are free.

    Great list! Happy reading!

    • Brocs Bookcase

      Haha, oh well. There are worse things then having too many books I guess! Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

    • Brocs Bookcase

      Haha, yes that would be very useful. But we would probably just end up forgetting about our bookish habits and just chatting books instead! πŸ™‚

  6. Kayla @ The Thousand Lives

    I hope you’re able to read Percy Jackson soon! It’s such a fantastic series πŸ™‚ Definitely a go-to for me when I need to feel happy.

    I’m the worst at listening to recs! I ask for them all the time, but following through is such a struggle.

    • Brocs Bookcase

      Me too! People are always telling me how amazing it is, but I just haven’t gotten back to it yet. There is always something else that needs reading instead! Ah, that makes me feel happy that I’m not the only one who ignores recs! I always feel bad when the person who gave me the rec asks me a few weeks later if I liked it and I’m like… erm, I forgot to read it!

  7. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    Oh my goodness, this list is ME! I still do a lot of the things you’ve been able to stop (like forcing myself to finish books, and having WAY more books unread than read!), but I have also been able to calm down with the buying of ANY cheap book. It was a BIG problem for awhile there, though! And I used to buy all the books in a series too! Especially if they were on sale- I couldn’t resist! Fabulous list, I feel your pain πŸ˜‰

    • Brocs Bookcase

      Glad to hear that you too are beating your Bookish Bad Habits. I’m so glad I don’t just buy a book anymore because it’s on offer, I used to waste so much money! Hopefully we will both be able to beat the other habits soon! πŸ™‚

    • Brocs Bookcase

      Haha, oh dear! There is tons of time to improve on our bookish bad habits! Or to just get worse! πŸ™‚