My “Strange” Reading Habits

During this quarantine I have had a lot of time to get back into reading, as my life is substantially slower than usual. I typically have work (teacher), coaching (9 months of the year) and other obligations (including 2 kids). So, this is much, much slower paced living. A bright side has been getting a lot more reading time in, which has made me keenly aware of some of my strange reading habits. But maybe they’re not strange, maybe some of you are guilty of the same?

  1. I always read more than one book a time. I’m a mood reader, a compulsive book hoarder, and I like physical and ebooks. So, I always have at least one physical book to read and several on my Kindle/phone to read. When I was younger I thought I couldn’t keep plots straight if I read more than one a time, but your brain can do way more than we realize.
  2. When I’m really into a book, I am REALLY into it. I’ll get a physical copy of it and the ebook, so it’s always available to me. Sometimes I’ll read it on the Kindle app (checked out through library) at lunchtime (during school year), sometimes I’ll read it in bed, or sometimes I’ll read the physical copy. Lately, I’ve even been getting the audiobooks so I can listen to books while I take my kids for walks around the neighborhood.
  3. When something is really intense or scary, I have to physically cover the next page so I don’t read ahead to calm my nerves. My teaching partner ALWAYS reads the end first so she knows what’s going to happen, and I rarely do that. The only times I do that are when a book is super scary, which definitely happened in that scene in The Great Alone with the dad; you know what I’m talkin’ about.
  4. Sometimes, if I’ve really been anticipating a book, I won’t read it, because I’m not ready for it to be done. I did this with Harry Potter. I was a superfan, went to all of the midnight premiers, and yet I still waited YEARS to read the final book. I just wasn’t ready for it to be over.
  5. I don’t like to eat or when I read. Coffee’s the only exception.
  6. have to know how many pages are left in the chapter, toward my reading goal for that sitting, and in the book. When I start a book I immediately see how many pages it is and divide it in half and make that my first goal. I have to finish a chapter (though sometimes I fall asleep and wake to the sound of my phone hitting the ground), and I have to put my bookmark at the end of the next chapter or reading goal.
  7. I always overpack books. We’re supposed to be in Florida right now, but can’t be, obv. If we were, however, I probably would have packed like 7 books, to finish maybe 2 but I wouldn’t want to be stuck with a book I don’t like or am not in the mood for.

I am certain I’m forgetting some more, but those are the first that come to mind. Whatcha got?

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