Top Five… Bad Book Habits

So this post has been a while in the making. I’ve been thinking about it since a #UKYAChat near the beginning of the year, where we talked about our bad bookish habits. I had a few stories then (mostly just me being careless, like when I lost several book pages into the Nile…) but I’ve been thinking about it more lately and noticing when I do bad things. 
So here are my Top Five Bad Book Habits:

Not taking care of books

This book is sellotaped together and has several loose pages, rips and blemishes. But only because I love it so much and it’s been read so often.

I used to be super careful of my books and would freak out if a page got creased or the cover got a little scuffed. I’ve learned to let go a bit now, and some of my favourite books are the ones that are the most battered. It just shows they’ve been well read and well loved. 

Not lending books

Ever. I can’t do it any more. I’m too worried that someone will ruin it, or never give it back. Every time someone mentions borrowing a book I will skilfully steer the conversation away until it’s forgotten. No one takes my books!

Re-reading the same things

I can’t count how many times I’ve read this book. And I’m planning on doing it again soon…
All the time. Seriously, I spent the last few years going over and over the same books. In a way that’s nice, as there are some books that I think I could just love off forever. But I’ve been forcing myself to read new things this year, and I’ve discovered so many great books as a result of that.

Judging books by their covers

How gorgeous is this cover?!
I did a post on this a while back. I know the saying goes not to judge a book by it’s cover, but if we weren’t meant to do that then what are covers for?! But still, it has got me in ‘trouble’ in the past, with gorgeous covers luring me in to a terrible story, and inconspicuous covers secretly containing genius stories.

Skipping to the end

There’s so many last sentence cliffhangers in this book and I kept pre-reading them all

I do this all the time. Sometimes it’s the end of the book, and I can’t resist sneaking a peak at the last few sentences. But I’ve noticed recently that I do it more often than I thought, with the last sentence of a chapter. Especially on books that end with cliffhangers, like The Maze Runner series – every time the end of a chapter came up my eyes flicked there automatically. It’s like I have to spoil things for myself! 
Does anyone else have any bad book habits you’d like to get rid of, or have grown to love?

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2 Replies to “Top Five… Bad Book Habits”

  1. My worst book habit is probably judging a book by it's cover. I agree, if the cover wasn't to be judged then why do books have covers?! Haha. I guess another is that I've never been able to sit and do a proper reread of a book. I skim reread a lot or go to my favourite sections of a certain book and I'd really love to be one of those people who knows a book back to front but my eyes jump to the things I want to read rather than having the patience to reread the text all again!! The whole lending book thing isn't an issue for me 'cause I don't know many people who read the same books as me ;P Great post 😀 x

  2. You're lucky with the lending books, I've lost a few that way!
    I can't imagine not rereading things, I'm definitely someone who knows a few books cover to cover – covers which I have judged of course 😉
    Thanks for stopping by! x

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