Bad habits. We all have them! And we all have them in… almost everything we do, right? I got to thinking about how I could spice up my weekend and decided to make this self call out about my worst reading habits. Enjoy!
(This is a joke, there is no right way to read and so long as you’re happy with your reading habits, no one call tell you they’re bad. Okay love you bye)
1. Not DNF
I am my own worst enemy. Play the Lit song for me, please and thank you.
Is it my ADHD hyperfocus? Is it my OCD? Is it my crippling perfectionism? Is it a combination of all three? I don’t know, but if I ever pick up a book with the answer, I’ll definitely read it until the end no matter how miserable I am. Because I don’t DNF books. Like… I don’t. Even if I hate it and I’m not having any fun, I just… keep reading? It’s not even me thinking that it’s going to get better and pushing through because of that, I just don’t do it. I might take a small eternity to finish whatever I’m reading and this is one of the times when I let myself have multiple reads going on at the same time, but I just push forward.
Do I think it makes sense? No. Do I recommend it? Also no. I’m kind of hoping to grow out of it someday, but until then… I’ll just keep using it as the excuse as to why I never start my assigned readings I know I’m going to hate it 🙂
(Obviously I don’t finish if it’s something ridiculously offensive and harmful, but this is also why I try to peek at reviews of things I pick up beforehand so I never start those in the first place.)
2. Blurbs? Who is that?
All right, this one might seem like it contradicts with the last one, but I promise it doesn’t. I can’t really tell you how it doesn’t, it just does. A solid 60% or so of the time, I pick books and start reading them without actually reading the blurbs for them. I’m a simple guy. I see someone talking about a queer book and it’s an immediate TBR. A friend tells me they liked a book? It’s going in the TBR! It’s got a pretty cover? TBR, baby. The amount of times I’ve been halfway through reading something, stopped to be like ‘wow, this is not what I expected’, then read the back and see that it’s exactly how it advertises itself is bordering on comical.
Honestly, this doesn’t bug me that much. Every once in a while it leads to disappointment because I’ve constructed a whole premise in my mind over a cover and a few tweets, but most of the time, it just means I’m in for a lot of surprises when I’m reading, which makes it really fun! You’ve got to trust where you get your recommendations from, but it’s a fun way to read. (I also rarely watch movie trailers, though, so maybe I’m just weird.)
3. I can have a tiny spoiler. As a treat.
This is one that’s bound to either get you saying ‘what’s the big deal’ or absolutely horrify you. My mom always acts like I’ve murdered her childhood dog anytime she sees me doing it, but a couple of people have just shrugged and wondered why I even felt the need to share that I do it in the first place.
I don’t know when I started doing it and for the life of me, I couldn’t give you a good reason why, but when I’m reading a physical copy of anything fictional, I always flip to the end and read the very last line before starting the book. I do this a lot less now that I mostly read ebooks, but when I get physical copies, I’m always excited for a chance to go back to this old habit. Some people ask how I can deal with spoiling myself like that, but to be honest, I’ve rarely been spoiled by doing this. Usually, the last line is something that doesn’t really make sense until after reading and it’s fun to see the pieces come slowly together.
Do you do any of these? What are your worst reading habits? Let me know and maybe we can bond over being human disasters!