Look, it’s no secret that I do a lot of reading, as of course you do too, because otherwise you probably wouldn’t be reading my blog. As a reader, I have some specific habits, and I’m just wondering if anyone else out there shares any of my quirks. I always wonder: is it just me, or do other people do this too? So, please, someone out there… let me know if you do these things too!
Right after I finish a book, I want to pick up another one and start reading.
I can’t help myself! I’ve finished a book, and I feel satisfied (usually) and accomplished and happy. I update my Goodreads, I set the book aside and heave a sigh of satisfaction, like one does after a good meal. Then, I go straight to my TBR pile and slide a bookmark into my next book — soon, my precious… soon — and go into the kitchen for a drink of water. And if no one else is around, and I have no other obligations at that very moment, I rush back to that new book and start to read it! And as I’m sitting there with another book in my lap, I think to myself things like:
- Shouldn’t I wait a little while, so I can savor/process that last book?
- Shouldn’t I write a review of the one I just finished before I muddle my thoughts with this one? (Sometimes the answer to this one is YES, and so I do.)
- Am I that hungry for reading that I can’t even spare like 30 minutes between books?
- Is this normal? Am I weird?
I always stop at the end of a chapter. Or section. Or page ending with a period.
I can be pretty anal retentive. I am particular about things lining up in certain ways. I don’t like to stop in the middle — of a page, of a chapter, of a sentence — because I like to know exactly where to start when I pick up the book again.
Ideally, I stop at the end of a chapter, so I can pick back up again on a fresh chapter. If that can’t happen, then stopping at a section break is acceptable, because, again, it’s like a pretty defined stopping point. If that can’t happen, then I will resort to stopping in a spot where the page ends with a period. That way, I can pick up on the next page with a fresh sentence.
I know. I’m super anal, aren’t I? My husband can stop mid-sentence, it seems, and be fine with it. But not me. I once read a book that didn’t have any chapters, but only section breaks (The Rapture of Canaan), and I have to confess that I was pretty uncomfortable with it for a while. But after a while I just got used to stopping at section breaks and it was okay. Please, someone, tell me I’m not alone here!
I just cannot read while lying down.
How do people do it? My husband seems to only be able to read if he’s lying in bed. I find this very perplexing. I mean, if you’re on your back, then you have to hold the book in the air in front of you, which means your arms are going to get tired eventually (long before you get tired of reading, in my case).
If you’re on your side, then holding the book is still awkward and uncomfortable. And then your cat thinks it’s time for bed so she pushes over in front of your book and tries to get your attention for snuggles… What, just me? Moving on, then.
If you lie on your stomach, that’s a bit better, because at least the book is flat on a surface in front of you. I still find that I can’t do that for very long. Like the book is too close, or I’m too restricted to turn pages easily.
I think this would be much easier with an ereader, because there wouldn’t be a bunch of pages to worry about. Just a device to hold. Because I can read on my phone if I’m lying in bed. Hmm.