Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Reading Quirks and Why We're All Mad Here
Hey, guys! Long time no blog. I just want to send out a whole bunch of <333333 for all the kind words, care packages, Twitter hugs, and other lovely things you nerds have done for me lately. It's been a tough April, but I miss blogging, and I hope to be getting back into the swing of it before BEA comes stomping onto the horizon. Because I AM still going to BEA! I may be doing it a bit more chill-ly this year (that is so a word, Blogger, stop it), but I will be there!
So today, I want to talk about reading quirks.The cool thing about joining a readerly community like ours is that you get to compare your reading habits with other people, and doing so makes you realize...
...you're kind of a freak.
Here are just SOME of my personal reading quirks:
I don't have to stop at the end of chapters. I know a lot of readers who only feel comfortable putting down their book at the end of a chapter and so get really upset when books have super long chapters, but I don't. This is why I never notice the lengths of chapters, because they have no bearing whatsoever on where I stop. I'd say 95% of the time, I stop in the middle of any old page or paragraph.
I have a freakishly good memory for useless things (or, depending how you look at it, the most important things possible), namely book-related details. I don't really forget plots or characters. I forget nothing to do with Harry Potter (evidenced by the fact that I played many, many rounds of HP Trivial Pursuit and only got one question wrong AND IT WAS A TRICK QUESTION ECAUSE IT WAS ACTUALLY ASKING ABOUT THE MOVIES SO IT DOESN"T COUNT THE STUPID CARD BURN IT). I can never remember where my keys are or if I've paid my bills, but bookstuffs? Yeah, it stays up there forever. (The amount of Twilight trivia I've retained...)
Bookmarks. I love them; I can never find them. I'm appallingly disorganized, and things like bookmarks tend to run away and hide from me, so I use whatever I have lying around (usually post-its) or... I commit high blasphemy and dog-ear. This is usually a LAST LAST LAST resort. But... I have been known to...
I ruin book jackets. I used to take them off when I was younger because they annoyed me, and they'd get lost or destroyed. Now I keep them on and use them as a bookmark, but they still get all raggedy because I'm just such a disgraceful slobtrashhuman.
Rereading is my faaaaaaavorite. I have certain authors I will always revisit, and you'd think, with my memory, that that would be boring, but I adore it. Harry Potter, Sophie Kinsella, Meg Cabot, L.M. Montgomery, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, I could go on forever. You'd think, because I remember everything, this wouldn't be fun for me, but it IS. So fun.
If I don't have my books organized by author's last name, I will get ferociously uncomfortable. It's the ONLY WAY I can sort them. The only way I can find them. The only way THAT MAKES SENSE AT ALL EVER. I tried to sort them by color once and that lasted, oh, about a month.
I'm always reading multiple books at once. I start a whole bunch and wait for one to seize onto me like some sort of barnacle or soul-sucking demon. Sometimes I pause reading something because I just don't have that "into it" feeling, not at all because it's bad. This is why my GR currently reading is always completely wrong, or things are on there for months and I technically sort of am still reading them, but I'm also...not? But I haven't DNFed them, because I will get back to them, it's just...WHOOPS.
So what about you? What are you book and reading quirks? HOW ARE YOU A FREAK? Tell meeee, because I missed you guys!