I’m a terrible reader. Seriously. I’m a voracious reader to be sure but I constantly annoy myself with my bad reading habits! If I could kick even some of these then my literary life would become so much easier…
I get side-tracked very easily! No matter how great the book is that I’m reading, I can’t resist reaching for the next shiny new thing that catches my eye. As a result, I usually have four or five books on the go… and thus it takes me an age to finish any of them.
I’m always behind on new publications. Not a bad reading habit per se, but it can be a bit of a bad one for a blogger. The trouble is, I’m drawn to older books that I come across by chance as much as I am by the prominent new releases; by the time I’ve got round to reading the next big thing, everyone else has stopped talking about it!
I waste good reading opportunities. You might think that as I love my books so much I’d be filling every vacant minute of the day with reading. Unfortunately, as well as being an avid reader I’m also a bit of a daydreamer; whereas most of the bookworms I know will fill every train journey or wait at a bus stop with reading, I’m just as likely to gaze off into the distance and lose myself in my own little world of (generally pointless) thoughts.
I’m terrible at absorbing what I’ve read. No matter how much I’ve enjoyed a book, if you ask me a week later what the main character was called I couldn’t tell you. Wait another few weeks and I probably couldn’t even tell you how it ended. Honestly, I have no idea what’s wrong with me (particularly since I’m one of those people who’ll remember every word of a conversation I’ve had with you a year ago) but it makes it incredibly difficult to discuss books with my friends without sounding as if I’ve been completely underwhelmed by every single thing I’ve read!
What are your bad reading habits? I can’t be the only one who has them!