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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 Have Quit
When 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.
Everyone 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.
I’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!
This 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!
There 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
Every 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.
The 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!
Sometimes 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.
This 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!
I’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!!!