So, I’ve been wanting to write more bookish discussions and always struggle to come up with what I should write about. Well, I remembered saving this amazing post by Kelly @ Another Book in the Wall where she talked about what reading habits she was proud of. I really liked that post and it made me think: do I have any reading habits that I’m proud of? Are there any I’d like to get better at?
And thus, a post was born.
Thank you so much for inspiring this post, Kelly! Definitely go check out her blog, it’s fantastic!
Reading Habits I’m Proud Of
Always writing reviews of any books I read
I’m very proud of this! Ever since I decided to start reviewing books, I’ve stayed on top of reviewing every book I read. Granted, it isn’t always the most in-depth review or a long review. Some reviews are mini, some are long form, some come in bullet points and some arrive much later after I read the book. But, I have continued to write them and I’m really proud of that.
Learning my taste and almost always reading books I love
I’ve gotten really good at predicting books that I’ll enjoy reading, which is why so many of my rantings are in the 4 or 5 star range. I’m not forcing myself to read the classics because I’m “supposed to” or being ashamed of loving the hell out of reading romance anymore. Instead, I’m reading what I want to and have become very good at knowing when a book is going to sweep me off my feet, which I think is awesome!
Broadening my reading scope
That said, I’m also really glad that I’m being more cognizant of reading more books that don’t look like what I usually read growing up: white, cis male-authored books. I didn’t even realize this was something I gravitated towards until the past few years and I started to pay more attention to who I was supporting. I’m really glad I’m starting to read not only more books by women, but also books by authors of color and LGBTQIA+, as well as books inspired by non-Western influences. I want to continue to do this!
Reading Habits I’d Like to Improve Upon
Reading more often
Isn’t this the bane of all readers? So many books, so little time to read them? I used to berate myself for not reading as much as I did during my youth, but my youth didn’t also include: working two jobs, writing my own novels, finding hobbies outside of reading–like playing games on my PS4–cooking dinner every night and generally adulting. I don’t have the time like I used to read. But, I also could stop waiting for large chunks of time to read and instead take the time I have to do so, even if it’s ten minute spurts. Or, reading while I eat and before I go to bed, instead of scrolling through social media.
Sharing my reviews across more spaces
I share my reviews here and on Goodreads, but I know that sharing them on Am*zon, as well, is also very important. While I hate the platform, I also know that it’s algorithms are really important for authors success, especially those in the self-published realm, and reviews help make those algorithms positive. I want to continue to support them and cross-posting my reviews (include my backlog of reviews) to that site needs to happen for me to continue doing so!
Being more timely when it comes to ARCS
I used to be really good at staying on top of ARCs, but alas, I have fallen. I am now quite behind, both on ARCs from publishers and from review requests from authors. Life happens and that’s why, honestly. That and reading slumps and depression and being over-committed and a slew of other reasons. Despite it all, I still want to get caught up, which is why I’ve closed any requests for the foreseeable future and am being very selective when it comes to requesting new ARCs.
And there you have it! A few reading habits I’m proud of and a few I hope to strengthen. I’d love to hear yours! Don’t forget to link back to Kelly’s original post above, as I’m sure she’d love to hear them, too. 🙂