Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular blog meme Top Ten Tuesday. This week they ask us to share lists on:
October 6: Ten Bookish Things I Want to Quit Or Have Quit (aka ten book series I think I’m going to abandon, ten bookish habits I want to quit, ten authors I quit reading, ten types of books I’m quitting, ten tropes I want to stop reading about, ten books I marked as DNF (did not finish) recently, etc. Get as creative as you want)
Little late in my posting today I spent the morning playing with my new chainsaw. Managed to make a sizable dent in our brush pile and put a load of wood on our porch ready for the next cold snap. Projected took all day -with a couple of breaks- and before I knew it it was time to lock up the birds and I was super late in my blog post for today. I decided to go with the theme of bookish habits I want to quit. Some of them bad some of them not, but I want to break them either way.
10 Bookish Habits to Break
- Having to Own the book: I work in a library, I have cards to a total of four libraries, I can borrow books through Inter Library Loan from any library in Iowa, I am approved for many of the new releases I want to read through Net Galley. I don’t NEED to own the book, even by authors I adore.
- Feeling Guilty for not reading: Especially when I’m not in the mood. It is alright to watch tv some nights or play with the birds or watch YouTube. It is alright to have other interests and spend my free time doing something besides reading. I need to remember this when I’m in a reading slump too. Sometimes we all get burned out doing thing we love.
- Making excuses for what I love to read: I may talk big about not being ashamed of the books I read. In real life though I still find myself hedging my responses when someone asks me in person what I enjoy reading. I need to just be bold and claim the books that I love and not be afraid to share them with others. Yes, they might make some derogatory comment or even an outright insult, but who cares. They are just one person and in the end their opinion really doesn’t matter. Besides I might find an open-minded person that I can introduce some excellent reads to that they might never have tried.
- Not reading on the weekends: With my husband home and wanting to spend time thrift shopping or working on some project around the house or watching a movie marathon together I often find myself not even opening a book on the weekend. This needs to change. Even if it is for only an hour before bed I can get some reading in on the weekend to relax.
- Reading Pledges: I seriously need to stop pledging to read books over on Goodreads. It dos nothing but make me obsessed about how far ahead or behind in my reading goal. Next year I am pledging 52 books, one a week and I will use the little widget to keep track of how many I read.
- Free Nook/Kindle Books: I’ve signed up for several email lists that send free book downloads for Nook and Kindle. I need to stop downloading free books or greatly reduce the number. Most of them I’m never going to read, ever. Sure some of them are pretty good, but most of the time they are simply teaser novellas to hook you into a series where the rest of the books are not free.
- Trying classics: Okay I know I did just post a review where I went on about how I really liked my first Twain book and want to try more. Most of the time though I do not enjoy the classics I try. To put it simply I find them boring and the antiquated language annoying.
- Reading YA: Okay I’m not going to be able to do this completely. I am responsible for the YA section at work and to maintain that collection as well as make recommendations I need to be up on the latest trends. I just need to be alright with the fact that I don’t enjoy YA as much as I used to. I’m just over the teen drama.
- Trying Audio book I would never read in print: This has to do with the fact that the audio books available to me is fairly limited, but I think this might be the reason why I’m struggling with the audio book format. I’m trying books I have absolutely no interest in.
- Requesting books I’m not 100% interested in: I’ve been better about limited the books I’m requesting through Net Galley, Blogging for Books, and from indie authors, but I can do better. Every once in a while I get down to no books to review and feel like I should request something only to end up with a book I’m not that excited about. Now sometimes I am delighted to find a new author I’ve not tried before, but sometimes I just end up DNF the book. It is alright not to have a review request book to be reading. Maybe I will get around to whittling down my to-read bookcase or all those free Nook downloads.
Well there you have it my list for the week a little late, but how does the expression go better late than never. Happy reading everyone.