Hello, people of the internet!
As a book blogger, it’s safe to say that I read a lot. I try to read at least four books a month since I have a lot of books in my TBR pile (yes, not a list, a pile – I have a problem) to get through. But there are reading habits that I’ve seen other readers have that I wish I have, so it’ll make my reading experience even more enjoyable and varied.
So, here’s a little list of reading habits I think I can benefit from and, who knows, maybe you could as well?
Read a little every day
For me, it takes ages for me to fully focus on a book. I have concentration problems and I get very easily distracted, so when I read, I have to be in a place where I can easily zone out. I’ve taught myself to even read on public transport, though I still find it easier to read at home in silence. Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that once I’m completely focused in a book, I read lots in one sitting. It wouldn’t be a problem if I read quickly. There have been times when I’ve not done anything apart from read a book. In terms of productivity, it’s not a lot, especially if the chores I wanted to do haven’t been done. Of course, there is nothing wrong with reading all day if it happens once or twice, but honestly, this has happened to me quite a lot. It would be better if instead of reading huge chunks, I should read a small, certain amount, so I can get other things completed as well as read a book.
Read before bed
I have heard that reading a book before you fall asleep is very good for you, but I don’t do it a lot. I instead listen to music. However, it doesn’t always help me fall asleep or even feel tired. I think it’s because I am a dancer; when I listen to music, I make up my own dancing routine in my head. That makes me happy, but it also keeps me awake. So, I should try reading before I fall asleep and see if my sleeping pattern improves.
Make notes as I’m reading
As a book blogger, I write a lot of book reviews. So when I’m reading and come across something I want to talk about…I don’t make notes. I tend to think, “I’ll remember it when I’m actually writing up my review”. It’s strange because when I was at University, I made notes as I was reading, so why shouldn’t I do the same thing with my blog? I really want to start doing this in order to improve my book reviews.
Read a lot more poetry
I read novels, novellas and short stories, but I need to read more poetry, especially out loud if I can. There are some poetry collections on my TBR, so I will get to read more poetry at some point – hopefully sooner rather than later because I do miss reading it.
Go to more libraries
Libraries was one of my favourite places to go to when I was a child. It was quiet enough for me to concentrate on books and I found books that weren’t in any shops. I hate to think I don’t like doing it anymore, but it’s something I need to do again. I’ll get me out of the house more and also have a little walk.
And those were the reading habits I want to gain! What are your reading habits?
Thank you for reading!