A short while back, Ally created a Good Reading Habits Tag, and tagged me in it. It sounds amusing, even if I can think of more bad reading habits than good ones…
- Pingback to Ally!
- List some of your good reading habits, the things you think you do well
- Nominate some of your blogging friends
I’m not afraid to DNF
I do consider this to be a good habit. If you’re not enjoying something, you shouldn’t feel obligated to finish it, right? I do also think that I give a book a reasonable chance before I DNF it, and in most cases a DNF doesn’t have to be forever. I know that some people have trouble setting aside a book that’s not working for them, but I don’t. In the past I’ve noticed that when I’m open to DNFing books I have fewer reading slumps.
I use books as a springboard for research
If I don’t know what something is that I’m reading about (and I’m interested in it), I will research it to learn more. Reading helps me improve and maintain my vocabulary, improve my scientific knowledge of things (since I read non-fiction as well), and learn about different cultures. I know some people will skim over things the read and don’t understand, but that’s not me.
(If I want to) I can read anywhere (except moving cars)
Usually I see this as a bad habit, because I have a tendency to read while I’m supposed to be doing other things. For example, I can (and do) cook many dinners with a book in one hand, I read while walking around the house doing chores, while waiting for things to load on my computer, etc. etc. etc. So while it can be a bad habit (say, reading at work) it can also add a bunch of reading time where reading time normally isn’t.
Here are my tags! Though of course, no pressure if you don’t have the time or can’t decide what to include. I know I wasn’t sure I’d be able to come up with any good reading habits.
This was a fun tag, thanks Ally! And thank you for making me think about the good reading habits I have. I’m not sure I would have come up with any without this prompt…