BA Post Challenge: Reading Quirks

BA’s 26 Posts Blogging Challenge

BA's 26 Posts Challenge for Book BloggersWelcome to BA’s 26 Posts Posting Challenge for Book Bloggers! The aim of this challenge is to create one post a week, focusing on books, book blogs, and a scattering of personal topics, for 26 weeks. You can learn more, or be kept up to date with topics here.

Posts will go up every Sunday, but you can post any time during the week (all topics are pre-listed), and share your posts in the comments for others to find. Please refrain from targeting individuals, bullying, or slandering in your posts. Share your opinions, but keep it diplomatic if anything negative comes up so this can be, and stay, a fun challenge.

Announcement: I will be making an announcement on the 11th in regards to the future of BA’s Posting Challenge so keep an eye out.

This Week’s Topic

Reading Quirks: Do you have any quirks or habits you have to follow when it comes to books and reading?

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What kind of bookworm would I be if I didn’t have reading quirks and habits?

  1.  Finishing Chapters: Reading till I finish a chapter or scene is one and my most stuck to for all sorts of reasons. I find it easier to pick up where I left off and I don’t have to jog my memory as much. I find if I leave the story at the height of an emotional roller coaster, when I come back, I won’t be as invested and enjoy it as much as I was. There’s also the fact of reading till the end of a chapter, or scene if I have to, feels neater. I don’t want to go around wondering what happened next, what a character said, or how they responded, all day long.
  2. Bookmarks to Match: I do have bookmarks with designs matching books I come across, but matching more for me is about size. If it’s a smaller paperback, the last thing I want is a huge bookmark poking out of either end and getting bent. I do not like bent bookmarks and I do not like them scraping against me. I have large, medium, and small bookmarks to fit all book sizes and have the bookmarks sitting so only a millimetre pokes out of the top. I like to be able to find my place, but I dislike the need to pay attention to the bookmark if I’m carrying the book around.
  3. Seating: I rarely lie or sit with my legs flat when I’m reading. I don’t know why, but I’m probably taking ‘curling up with a good book’ to heart. This really hurts my muscles after a while, but, try though as I might, I just can’t sit any other way. I have taken to lying on my stomach at times when my back hurts, but it’s just not the same.
  4. Page Count: I like to calculate how many pages I have read and how many I have left. It depends on the book with how often I do so. If the story is engrossing I may only calculate once or twice. The less engrossing then the more calculating there is. If I find myself calculating more than I have read, then I reconsider reading the story. I also have a habit of calculating how many pages I could read a day after reading a certain amount of the story.
  5. Indexes: If a book has a chapter index I will go back and check it several times. I like to see what is coming up next, where I am in relation to the other chapters, and if there is any meaning behind the titles. Well, any extra special meaning. The same goes when there is a map present. I love maps and will constantly check back to see if I can figure out where everything is, if the orientation was right in my head, and will place a bookmark where the map is.

I’m sure I have more habits, but none spring to mind. They’re probably the subconscious ticks and quirks none of us will notice when we’re reading. I’d pay more attention next time, but I don’t know if I want to focus on my quirks. It might put me off my reading.

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