My Good Reading Habits Tag

In contrast to the Bad Reading Habits Tag that’s going around, Ally created the Good Reading Habits Tag, where we basically cut ourselves some slack and talk about the bookish things that we think we do well.  Thanks for tagging me, Ally!

Rules

  • Pingback to Ally’s post
  • List some of your good reading habits, the things you think you do well
  • Nominate some of your blogging friends

Some bookish things I think I am decent at:

Reading outside my comfort zone: If I asked someone to describe my taste in books they’d probably say ‘literary fiction’ and they would not be wrong.  I know that’s what I like and I always end up coming back to it.  But it also doesn’t stop me from randomly taking a chance on a book like Vita Nostra that I really have no reason to believe I’ll like, because fantasy has never been my favorite genre, and ending up with a fantastic reading experience.  Obviously this method backfires and I end up with quite a lot of ‘I don’t know what I expected’ moments, usually with YA, but I’m open to trying just about anything and I think it’s good for readers to expand their horizons to avoid getting stuck in a rut with a single genre.

Reading multiple books at once: This alone is a fairly neutral habit that I wouldn’t consider either good or bad, but I think I do a good job with it.  I know that some people don’t like to read multiple books at once because they can’t keep details straight, but I have a good memory for details and don’t tend to confuse the different books I’m reading.

Giving books a fair chance: I don’t DNF (I talked about that here), which means that I end up appreciating a lot of books that don’t hook me in the first 20% or so.  Again, DNFing and not DNFing are both neutral habits, but I think my open-mindedness with the books I read allows me to have a lot of very positive reading experiences.  If I don’t think I’ll like a book I am always very willing to be proven wrong.

Talking about books: It feels a bit narcissistic writing this one out and I want to clarify that I don’t think my reviews are amazing or anything, a lot of times I read them back and think ‘oh god, why did I use that word, why did I explain that concept like that, why do I always write out adjectives in groups of threes,’ typical writing nonsense.  But in terms of content, I think I’m decent at evaluating books, and just conveying my overall impression of a book in a way that’s both personal (because reading is always going to be subjective) and analytical enough that we can dig a bit deeper than ‘I liked this book so you guys should read it.’

Tagging anyone who feels like talking about their good bookish habits!

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10 thoughts on “My Good Reading Habits Tag

  1. That’s a very good point about DNFing! Sometimes I get annoyed with myself for feeling compelled to keep reading something that I’m not enjoying, but there are definitely reads that I’m glad I persevered with; even if only to say I finished them, and took the time to make my own informed opinion.

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    • Postponing is a good method! There are a couple of books I DNFd back in like, 2012, that I still feel guilty about and want to try again at some point for the sake of closure.

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  2. Reading outside your comfort zone is such a good one! It’s risky, but sometimes it works!! I wish I was better at reading multiple books at once. I don’t tend to get the books mixed up, I just generally tend to forget I’m reading more than one lol

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    • The only downside to reading multiple books for me is that if I have one that I’m REALLY hating I’ll sometimes put it aside and not pick it up for like, over a month, and then it starts to get a little ridiculous. But for whatever reason my brain just prefers jumping back and forth between multiple books at once!

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  3. I love reading outside my comfort zone and expanding my reading horizons. My comfort zone has gotten pretty big over the years and I love that. I honestly aspire to be on your level when it comes to expressing my thoughts on books eloquently!

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    • Ah thank you, you are too kind! I think your reviews are wonderful as well! And I feel the same way – when I think of how narrow my comfort zone was only a few years ago, it’s a little sad. When you only read one genre it is SO easy to get in a rut, especially when you’re hearing everyone talk about the same books all the time. I love that my reading doesn’t feel limited by genre at all!

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