Anyone like to read?
Becky over at Strikeouts + Sprinkles has tagged me to share a few of my good reading habits.
Ignore the whole world
The best way that I can enjoy a book is to ignore the rest of the world. If a book is good enough for me to not do work or watch tv or snack, then it’s a great book. When I get into reading phases, I literally will do nothing else. Also, turn off your phone if you can! You don’t need to check your email that much anyway.
Allow yourself to stop reading
Now this may seem counter to what I just said. But I used to feel so bad if I stopped reading a book before I had finished it. Like I know the book doesn’t care, but I would care. I felt like I was already so many pages in, I might as well continue reading the book until the end. Now I value my time. If it doesn’t make me want to ignore the rest of the world, then I trade it in for another book.
Have a list of recommendations
Another person who Becky nominated, Cass, wrote about this one. When I’m not in the reading mood, I look at my list of books that have been recommended by friends or the internet, and it sometimes jolts me into wanting to read. I find that lately I am just wanting to watch tv in my free time that I sometimes need a push to get into the reading mood.
Make it enjoyable
Right now, I’m just chilling at home in my bed. That’s where I live. I don’t have much space for anything else in my room. So I sleep on one side of my bed and live on the other. I have a nice reading pillow (actually 2) with the back support and the arm rests? And I have a little foldable table beside me with drinks and snacks on it if I need them. I have a fuzzy blanket. It’s a great place to read!
What not to do: Read everything an author has ever written in two weeks
So sometimes, when I really love an author, I will try to get as many of their books as possible and just read them ALL. This is bad for a few reasons. Mostly because I will run out of their books to read. But also, some authors have a very distinct style of writing and eventually all the books seem to meld together and I can’t tell them apart making me start to resent the fact that all I have are 5 books from one author and nothing else.
Now I don’t really do the whole tagging thing so anyone who wants to join in is more than welcome!! Feel free to make your own post (tag me please!) or just comment below with your own good (or bad) reading habits.