Ten Reading Habits I Should Probably Quit

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is:

Ten Bookish Things I Want to Quit Or Have Quit

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    No idea when I’ll get to this series… but I’m sure I will eventually.

    Buying more than one book at a time – Unless I have a REALLY good reason for buying multiple books at once (ie. they might not be there when I come back, signed copies, I’ve been looking for a series for years, it’s an amazing sale, etc), I should probably stop buying so many at once. I can’t read them all, and most likely I can get them another time. I might even get them cheaper if I just wait or shop around a bit.

  2. Not using the library – I used to be a regular at the library when I was a kid, but that was before I had the money to buy my own books. I don’t mind a pre-owned book, but there’s something about library books that grosses me out now. I should probably get over that, because it just isn’t possible for me to own ALL the books. Plus, it would give me somewhere to walk to and a reason to try to finish books in a certain time frame.
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    Okay, so I actually wanted this one…

    Buying/collecting signed copies just because they are signed – I have a stack of signed books that I have no intention of reading. Most of these are ARCs or free copies that I got from the publisher events, but some are books that I bought just because someone scribbled their name in it. They are usually in genres that I would never normally buy from, but that signature has turned it into literary gold in my brain. It’s an addiction…

  4. Not using my bookseller perks properly – Okay… bookseller confession time again! I can totally borrow books from the store. Since I have an issue with library books, you would think that I would use this perk more often. I used to borrow stuff all the time, but then there was a book with a white cover that I didn’t want to get dirty. I bought that one… and then I just started buying more and more. I get a discount, so it’s not as bad as it could be, but it’s still not free.
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    But I didn’t have THIS edition!

    Buying more than one version of a book – I am a sucker for a pretty cover, or a new and interesting edition of a book. I feel the need to own multiple versions of Pride and Prejudice because the publishers keep coming out with new, beautiful covers. I just bought the new illustrated edition of Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone even though I have read the book multiple times now. Even though the words are (almost) always the same, I can’t help but throw my money at the publishers for the latest and greatest edition.

  6. Keeping books I don’t like – I’m one of those bookworms that holds on to books even if I don’t like them. It takes a lot of mental preparation before I am able to let a book go. About a year ago I did a major purge of my bookshelf, but still managed to keep a bunch of books that I know I will never read again. Somewhere in the back of my brain is a little voice that says “it might be important some day!”
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    What do you mean “there’s a river in front of you?”

    Reading while walking – I used to be really good at this, and I can still do it pretty well, but I’m not nearly as observant these days. I have a huge fear that one of these days I’m going to walk into someone, or step in dog poo, or trip and fall on my face. That level of anxiety probably isn’t healthy and makes me miss parts of the book.

  8. Saving textbooks – I don’t know why I feel the need to keep my textbooks. This is another case of me assuming that one day they will be useful, even though 90% of the time the information becomes outdated as soon as you graduate. I probably could have sold a bunch of them the year after I was done with them, but each time I was sure that it would be important for me to keep it “just in case”.
  9. I have read one of these…

    Hoarding ARCs – I get a lot of ARCs as a bookseller, and I have no idea what to do with them once I have read them. Some of them haven’t even been read because they were just sent to me randomly. I have a stack of ARCs just languishing beside my bed because I can’t figure out what to do with them. (Any suggestions, readers? I’m at a loss on this one.)

  10. Reading while watching TV – I like to have background noise while I read. It’s probably because I grew up in a house with people and dogs all over the place, so silence happened very infrequently. I could listen to music, but something about voices talking in the background makes me feel more comfortable. Of course, this means that I often get distracted by the things that are on TV and I end up putting my book down instead.

So what are your bookish bad habits? Any suggestions on what to do with all my ARCs?


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  1. Oops, I’m a sucker for holding on to (certain) textbooks! I swear this morning before I left for work I was looking at which textbooks I can get rid of.


  2. I wish i could read while walking! I’m pretty observant, but i just wouldn’t be able to properly focus on the book.
    Can you give the ARCs away? Either in bog giveaways or to charity shops? OR, use them for bookish crafts!

    My TTT 🙂

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    1. I keep wondering about doing giveaways. I think it would be pretty cool to give away some of the signed ARCs that I have stacked up around the house.

      I’ve given some of my ARCs of kids books to a local charity for their after-school program, but I’m not sure what to do with all the adult books I get. Maybe I’ll start crafting. 🙂


  3. I’ve been trying to be better at not holding onto books that I don’t like or may read one day but haven’t for years. Having a more manageable TBR list has been really good for my stress level. Great list!


  4. I should not buy multiple books at the same time either. I always say that to myself but once I am in a book store I seem to forget all about that resolution. Though I have contain myself a lot now as I am an university student and can’t spend that much money on books. Sadly.

    Speaking of walking and reading I nearly ran into a light post this morning. Luckily I managed to avoid that. Though how I didn’t see it is beyond me.


  5. I have done the “buy a copy just because it’s signed” thing. So now I have a couple of copies of a few different books. And as for the ARCs,you could have giveaways on the blog. Maybe you could donate/sell them to a used bookstore, too, if the books have already been released.

    Thanks for stopping by Writing on a Vintage Typewriter!


  6. I am definitely guilty of most of these! I have a real hard time letting books go.. so hard a time that I have NEVER let a book go. Because of course every one of them is sentimental…honest…


  7. I used to read while walking, but I stopped, too.

    Do you have any Little Free Libraries in your area? I bet the ARCs would find a happy home there.

    I adore the brainship series–hope you like them when you have the time!


  8. I am slowly starting to buy more than one copy of certain books. It’s a curse.

    And I’m the same with the not using the library. I used to go so often, but now I don’t because of all the books I own, and I’d feel guilty about going to the library when I still have all these books I still need to read.


  9. Haha, oh dear. I’ve never understood the need to have multiple copies of the same book. I mean it’s the exact same story! I just don’t get it!
    I don’t mind library books, my problem however is that my library sucks and newest books that it has are like a year old! Now some of them I am very interested in reading, but I also want some newer books in there!
    Yeay! Someone else who reads whilst they walk! I am always with a book in hand whilst waking my dog through all the farmers fields by my house. I get a lot of strange looks and maybe once or twice I have slipped, but otherwise no harm done, and it is the perfect calm and beautiful place to read. I love reading fantasy books whilst walking my dog, it just makes it all feel so much more real!


    1. The last time I visited our library it didn’t seem to have a lot of new stuff either. I’ve had people tell me that the latest books get scooped up right away and there are HUGE waiting lists to get bestsellers. I’d rather just buy the book when I want it.

      I get a lot of weird looks when I’m reading and walking too. People can’t believe I can manage to do both at once.

      Thanks for dropping by!


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