I love reading other bloggers’ responses to book habits tags and I came across this tag over at Another Book in the Wall and thought it would be fun to put in my two cents.
Bad Book Habit 1: Spending too much money on books
I am THE WORST at controlling myself when I go to the bookstore. I walk in and all those glossy covers and new book perfume assault me and I start picking up all the things. Oooh look, the sequel to that book I read last year. OOOOOHHHHH look, it’s the special edition hardback of that one book I love! OH how cute, Bella will like this one. And so on and so forth until my trip to the bookstore for one book, turns into a full out haul. I need help. If there is a support group for people like me, please share in the comments because at some point, we will be unable to sit in my living room because the books have already spilled off the shelves and into a stack on my living room floor.
Bad Book Habit 2: Trying to Read too many books at once
I can manage pretty well with this one, but I am usually reading 2-3 books at a time. One is usually digital and gets read at work when I have a few minutes here and there and the others are usually divided into a heavier read and something more page turning. I guess this isn’t necessarily a bad habit, but I included it anyway.
Bad Book Habit 3: Hoarding Books
While I buy a lot of digital books and download others for free, the majority of my books are physical copies and I have a very hard time letting go. When one of my dogs was teething a few years ago, he used the bottom shelf of my book case as a teething ring and so a lot of the tall books I had down there have damaged spines. They are now on the floor in the aforementioned stack but I just can’t bring myself to get rid of them. I know the spines are probably too damaged for any used bookstore or library to take them and I absolutely cannot bring myself to throw them out. There are also some beautiful copies of books I wasn’t too crazy about sitting on my shelves that I just find so difficult to get rid of.
Bad Book Habit 4: Not utilizing my library enough
There is no valid excuse for this one. It’s not like I never go to the library. I mean, my daughter is enrolled in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program there so we go to check in whenever she reaches a milestone and I have gone a couple times to pick up my holds books… but… I’m still buying books.
Bad Book Habit 5: Tuning out the world
When I read, I really like to be left alone. Preferably in a comfortable spot and with a tasty beverage. However, I am a wife and mom of two who works a much more than regular full time job. This leads to issues in that I always sneak away from things to get in a few extra minutes of reading. In fact, I sometimes take way too long making dinner because my book always accompanies me into the kitchen and I will start reading while waiting for water to boil or something similar and ten minutes later I still haven’t put the noodles into the water. *covers face in shame* I mean do these people really need to eat right now?
So there you have it. I am a terrible person sometimes. Don’t judge.