Thoughts on : Your Bookish Habits

Hi guys! I think it’s time for a new bookish discussion, don’t you think? Grab your cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or whatever you feel like, and let’s get started! Today, I want to talk about something light, and sweet, I want to talk about you guys! What are some of your bookish habits?

Some of you have been reading for a long time, some others probably didn’t start that long ago. It doesn’t matter! What matters is that, we all read, because we love it. Over time, I don’t know about you, but I, for sure, started developping some habits. Some are great, some others might be just weird…I’m not sure, but I think it’s time for a little sharing!

A book takes me in another world.

I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember. Books were everywhere, around the house, and in my room. Over time, I realized that I found myself some reading habits. Outside or inside, it doesn’t really matter, but I know I prefer when it’s calm, so I can completely focus on the content of my book. However, when it’s a really, really amazing book, I sometimes find myself caught inside of the story, no matter what surrounds me. Afterwards, it surely takes some time for me to get out of it. When someone talks to me in these moments, I can take up to maybe a minute, to realize what is happening. I think, that’s the power of a book. It takes me completely in another world, for a little while. I love it.

Yes, there are more and more books coming out in digital form. (Btw, I am still frustated some books are coming out ONLY in that form. Like, why are you doing this to me?!). My place is still filled with books everywhere: one of my bookish habits, that probably cost me a lot of money, is that I ALWAYS have physical copies of my books. This is probably one of my little quirks: I love holding books, smelling books, I just love the feeling of holding a book in my hands, and the billion words, and worlds, it holds.

I don’t force myself into reading books I know I won’t enjoy.

I don’t really have a reading routine, though. I read what I feel like reading in the moment: contemporary, or dystopia, it mainly depends on my feelings at the time. I do want to read more diversity, and I’m trying to improve my reading on that. However, I’m not the kind of person who wants to read different books, just to, read them. I choose books that will make me happy, I don’t force myself into reading books I know I won’t enjoy, just for the sake of it.

A reading setting? We always see beautiful pictures of people reading outside, on the beach, on their porch… I don’t really have a special place to read, I pick up my book whether it’s at home or at a café. Something I do love, is getting a cup of tea and a snack, and getting to read. This is, for me, a perfect reading moment.

I’m kind of a weirdo, I will admit it. Yes, I smell my books. I love it. I’m always hesitant when it comes to letting people borrow my books: I’m always scared for them. My books always have to be neat, and everything, and people tend to wreck them. Or not give them back. I’ve had some bad experiences, and, I know it’s bad, but I’m very reluctant to lending a book, especially one I absolutely loved. My books mean a lot to me, that’s all.

Share your thoughts with me ! When did you start reading?  Tell me about it! Do you prefer your physical copies, or your digital ones? Do you have to keep all of your books neat? Are you, like me, reluctant to share your books?
Can you think of special quirks you have, towards reading?

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15 thoughts on “Thoughts on : Your Bookish Habits

  1. It feels like I’ve been reading my entire life to be honest! Physical copies are the best ’cause I enjoy smelling them and arranging them on my shelves! I always always keep my books in pristine condition. My shelves are currently overflowing with books but super neat. I just cannot stand seeing a book out of place, it really gets to me. My whole life I’ve only lent books to my mom and 2 books to a friend (only because she knows how to take care of them). There was a time when people used to attempt to borrow books from me. But boy how times have changed. Nobody even bothers to ask anymore, they know it’s a definite “no” from me.
    The weirdest thing about me is that I need to have multiple physical copies of the same book. Like the US cover, the UK cover, the old cover, the new cover, special edition, limited edition, signed, first edition, movie tie in… And if I see a book that’s kinda damaged but cheap I’ll get it. Then, when I see the same book but in good condition I’ll get that too. If it’s a good book then I’ll just keep both of them.
    My.. I bring weird to a whole new level..

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    1. Wow, I feel like I’m hearing myself talking!! It’s so great to meet someone who takes care of their books the same way that I do. I don’t really lend books anymore, because I’ve had so many bad experiences, it bothered me. I love sharing my thoughts on books and everything, but sharing my copies…it’s a whole other deal.
      That’s so interesting, and actually it makes sense! Some books have different covers depending on the edition, and sometimes I crave for ALL of them! 🙂 You don’t do that with all of your books, though, only the ones you love the most, no? Damn, you must have pretty amazing, and big bookshelves! 😀
      Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing with me, Tasha! And you’re not weird at all 🙂

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      1. The thing is I’ve never had a bad experience, I just think that in this case prevention is better than cure!
        Yes! And some covers are just so pretty… Books I love most, books I love, books I like that have amazing covers! Which is also one of the reasons why I’m always either broke or broke-ish.
        I think I’ve reached 700 books! 😀
        Thank you for starting the topic! It’s always a pleasure to meet people who think like I do! Offline, people think I’m weird, but online I fit right in!
        You’re not weird at all too. We’re both perfectly normal bookworms! 🙂

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      2. You’re right to think this way! 🙂
        Haha, I’m the same way, I buy WAAAY too many books, I don’t keep count, I’m just so happy to see books everywhere! 😀 Wow, that’s an amazing number!
        Yay that’s so great! Thank you so much again for stopping by, it’s so amazing to meet and share with you! 😀

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  2. I got my e-reader a couple years ago and I love it. I still like a physical copy sometimes, but usually prefer my Nook. I do agree with you that I hate when books are only released as e-books, though. Especially when they’re novellas between books in the series. There’s still a large demographic of readers out there that will be missing out if it’s not in print!

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    1. That’s interesting to have your thoughts on the subject! I could never bring myself -yet- to get an e-reader, I experienced reading digital copies on my computer already, and I’m not feeling that comfortable with it. Maybe it will come! 🙂
      Exactly!! I find that’s a shame, especially when it’s a series that’s loved by so many readers!
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me Stephanie! 😀

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  3. With the exception of maybe smelling my books (cuz I don’t really do that) we share a few similar bookish habits among the many that I have! Haha I actually don’t like lending my books either. I don’t mean to be selfish but I just get worried that I won’t get it back in the condition before I lent it to that person. E-books weren’t my thing before but then I gave it a chance and found that I actually do like them. Though physical copies will always be more. I just how my books look on my shelf. Not only that but sometimes I would buy multiple copies of certain books—hardback, paperback, e-book only if they are cheap though.

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    1. I feel the exact same way! I don’t want to be selfish, but I couldn’t stand it if the person I lend it to just doesn’t really take good care of it.
      Maybe I should give e-books a chance, it seems very practical, I’m not used to reading on this. I love my books on my shelf, too, it’s so beautiful and I could just stare at all my books forever, haha! 🙂
      I don’t have multiple copies for now, but it’s something I’m definitely considering, when it’s a book I really love! And some covers are pretty amazing!
      Thank you so much for sharing, Erika! 😀

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      1. Exactly! Well e-books isn’t for everyone. One of the main reasons I like them is that I get to store a lot of books on one device and some e-books are free and sometimes cheaper. Oh and I know what you mean by amazing covers. Sometimes I will just buy the book because the cover looks fantastic! Haha

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      2. Actually that two reasons are why I, sometimes, consider starting with e-books, but I can’t bring myself to do it, I love holding my books so much haha! I totally understand, I’m tempted to do so, too! Some covers are like work of art, it’s sooo pretty! 🙂

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