In contrast to the Bad Reading Habits Tag that has been floating around a lot recently, Ally decided to start up the Good Reading Habits Tag. We bookworms can be pretty hard on ourselves, constantly striving to read more, read faster, and read better, so I think it’s lovely that Ally is encouraging us all to take stock of what we think we do well when it comes to reading. She was also kind enough to tag me, so without further ado, let’s just get started.
Writing reviews quickly
One of my biggest bookish pet peeves is when you see a Goodreads review posted months or even years ago that simply says, ‘review to come’. To avoid being a hypocrite and ending up doing this myself, I don’t even mark a book as ‘finished’ until I have a review written and ready to go up. By proxy, this means I almost always write a review the same day I finish a book, if not the next day. In terms of staying on top of my reading, and not forgetting what I want to say about a particular read, I’m pretty happy with this habit.
This is obviously entirely subjective, and something we can all constantly strive to improve, but I do think I read pretty diversely. By this, I mean both in terms of content (genre, representation, translated work, and suchlike), and form (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short stories, graphic novels, etc.). As a reader, I think it’s good to push beyond your comfort zone, and to take on new perspectives, so I’m glad that reading broadly has become natural to me, rather than something I have to force myself to do.
I love the idea of a physical TBR, and sometimes I do have a rough idea of books I’d like to get to sooner rather than later, but I’ve learned that I’m very much a mood reader by nature, and forcing myself to pick something up is never a good idea. I used to get stressed thinking that some books sit on my shelves for ages, whilst others are read as soon as I buy them, but as long as they’re all books I know I’ll get to eventually, I’ve since determined to simply read what I want, when I want.
There we have it; a few of my good reading habits. Since this is an original tag just started up by Ally, it would be great to see lots of people getting involved, so if you’d like to talk us through some of your own good reading habits, consider yourself tagged!