Tuesday, October 6

Ten Bad Bookish Habits I Want To Change


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and this week's topic is Ten Bookish Habits I Want To Quit. This is an easy one because if I'm the Queen of anything at all, that's bad habits. Seriously, it's making me anxious to share this with



1. Keep better track of my Goodreads TBR

There's not only a crazy number of books on my TBR list (like 600+) BUT I don't remember half of them and most likely am not that interested in them at this point.



2. Stop buying books because of their covers

What can I say? I love gorgeous covers and need to have them on my shelf.




3. DNF more often

I did DNF a few books this year but I still finish nearly every book. 



4. Stop wanting to watch every book adaptation

I'm a sucker for great book adaptations and am always on the lookout for a new one to love so I usually watch even the ones that I didn't even like as a book. I know, it doesn't make sense! 



5. Quit feeling bad about not finishing a series

This is kinda like DNF-ing for me. I can do it but will always wonder: what if it got better in one of the sequels?



6. Stop reorganizing my bookshelves all the time

However I organize my shelves, they'll never look good enough for me, even though I work a lot when I'm organizing them. But hey, at least my books are dusted of every couple of months. ;)



7. Quit taking part in reading challenges

I hate losing and not being able to complete a challenge is kinda like losing, so obviously I can't freaking stand it. Also, if it's a longer than a month challenge, I'll get super-bored of it after maximum two months. 



8. Don't read instead of paying attention on my classes



No explanation needed.

9. Quit checking how much % I have left of a book every couple of minutes

This is a very bad habit because it doesn't let me fully enjoy the books. I think this is related to #7, so maybe I should fix that and then concentrate on this one. 



10. Stop caring about what others thought about a book I loved

I usually don't care about others' opinion - I mean, we all have different reading tastes. But there are some cases when I can't help but feel as though my opinion isn't as well-thought-out as others'. For example, a few weeks back I read a novel and was totally in love with everything about it. Then I looked around on Goodreads and saw that many reviewers thought that it wasn't at all creative nor original and the ending didn't come as a surprise either. 
I felt like if more well-read and popular reviewers thought that way, then I was wrong and maybe I shouldn't post such a striking review. BUT THIS WAS WRONG, and you shouldn't do it either. Don't let others' opinion make you ashamed of what you're loving. No matter what you're reading, hold your head up high and don't think for a minute that anyone else's opinion matters more than yours. 

                                                                


Are you familiar with any of these bad bookish habits? Share with me your habits (good or bad) and link in your TTTs as well. 

Happy reading! :)

Check out the opening post of Spooky October and enter our giveaway while you're at it.

35 comments:

  1. Exactly right for your number ten - everyone has different tastes. :)

    And, my tbr has ridiculously more books on it...

    Check out my TTT.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. If only there weren't so many amazing books coming out each week! :)

      Delete
  2. #5 is my goal for next year. I WILL DNF A BOOK I DON'T LIKE!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Wish you all the luck for that as someone who knows how freaking hard that is. :)

      Delete
  3. I don't have your problem #1 because I don't keep a wish list or TBR list on Goodreads. That's what my LibraryThing account is for (at least my actual TBR books--I wish list all my books on Amazon, whether I buy them from Amazon or not). So really, I'm probably just as bad off as you in the end. LOL

    I have a love hate relationship with reading challenges, and so I understand your desire to stop signing up for them. They're quite addicting, aren't they? And hard to keep up with . . .

    #9 is so me. I'm so bad about that. I purposefully select the option where I can't see my progress, but I'm always checking on it--or giving myself time limits when I can check. ("I can't check until I have to get up and move the laundry." Or "I will check only in the morning--not right before bed."

    Great list!

    Mine is about books I never finished: http://www.literaryfeline.com/2015/10/where-is-your-bookmark-10062015.html

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Haha, you still seem to make a better job of keeping track of your wish list than I do. You know what I wish? That Goodreads had an option that'd let you randomly pick a novel from whichever shelf you want from. Maybe even from lists. Wouldn't that be super-awesome? Though, I doubt that would help us.
      They definitely are! And keeping up with them can take up a lot of time.
      Giving yourself time limits when you can check sounds like a good solutions for #9, I'll try to do that one.
      Thanks! :)

      Delete
  4. When reading the first book in a series ask yourself if you are satisfied after the first book. If so, give yourself permission to stop. It works for me. I don't want to get stuck in a series unless I need to read on to figure something out.
    My TTT

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That sounds like a good enough solution so I'll definitely try to do that (and not feel bad about it).

      Delete
  5. Buying books because of their gorgeous covers is my Achilles heel. It's going to kill me -- you're going to see me on Hoarders swimming through piles and piles of books that I've never read (and never will read) but are just oh so pretty to look at. Also, #9. I tend to do this more with really long books. For example, I'm currently reading Outlander and I'm only on Chapter 9. And yet, it feels like I've been reading that book for years. Hahahaa. Really good list! :)

    My TTT

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That'd be one awesome episode of Hoarders, I'd totally cry in front of the tv if you threw away any of them. :) Oh yes, 9 gets worse the longer the book is. Thanks! :)

      Delete
  6. I completely agree with you about #9. I can't help myself!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's literally one of the worst things to do while reading but once you get started you can't just quit!

      Delete
  7. I've totally gone through that #10 thing. Except it's not so much other people's opinions but more that they point out all the bad things and nitpick the book apart, and then I'm like, "Well, yeah, they're right, I didn't like those things either, I forgot about that annoying thing, and that part WAS stupid..." It's like my enjoyment overshadowed all that, but then I start to doubt whether the book was actually good. But still, I get it! And it's frustrating. And I'm currently reading a series that I bought like 99% for the cover, so... clearly I have that problem, too lol.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh yeah, this is another thing that happens sometimes for me, though for some reason this doesn't really annoy me. It's super-embarrassing, though when I'm doing a buddy read with someone and I am the one doing the nitpicking and kinda ruin their all-good feels. Haha, I think most people have that problem. :D

      Delete
  8. I stopped buying books just for the cover especially when it comes to YA. Don't get me wrong, I do buy beautiful covers but first, I see if the book interests me and then, I look for a beautiful cover of the book LOL
    I stopped thinking about what others thought of books I either loved or hated just because I know everyone's opinion can differ and it's okay so I no longer care unless someone is quite disrespectul towards a book. I won't say a thing to the person but my mental image of her/his will be damaged for sure.
    And I also need to try and DNF more but my brain is still: what if it gets better? and I cannot beat my brain

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I don't buy books simply for their covers but I'll buy a book with a beautiful cover a LOT more easily than one with a cover that isn't so appealing. I usually think that even if I do end up hating the book the cover will still look great on my shelf haha.
      I really want to do that too, but in some cases I just can't. I don't like when someone is disrespectful but I try not to judge the person because I know that I cross that line sometimes too.
      I know that feeling perfectly, it's so hard to just say: no, I won't give another chance to this book.

      Delete
  9. I need to keep track of my TBR, but by adding more books! I often forget to add books I want to read, and they just end up lost in my head somewhere!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh yes, I had the same problem too before. I wanted to add a novel to my tbr but then forget all about it and had to spend a lot of time on trying to find it.

      Delete
  10. Great list Veronika! I am so over #5. If the first book in a series didn't wow me, then there's no way I'll continue with the series. I used to be so bad about forcing myself to finish the series once I started it but no more. And I check my percentage read all the time, too. :)

    My TTT post: http://girlplusbooks.blogspot.com/2015/10/top-ten-tuesday-quitters-edition.html

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks! You're lucky, then. I'm still struggling with it, though I'm getting better at giving up on series. :)

      Delete
  11. I really need to stop signing up for reading challenges. I suck at these! I forget all about them in about 4 months and never update my progress.
    I always reorganize my bookshleves too! Right now, I am thinking of arranging everything by colour. We'll see!

    Here's my TTT

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ooh, I wanted to organize my books by color too but have many in Hungarian and from one publisher in particular that translates most YA/NA and nearly all their books' spines are black. :( So that would be one boring shelf lol.

      Delete
  12. Oh, Veronika, lovely list! First I've got to comment on #10. You are absolutely right and I really hope you can hold your head up for what books you like. I went through something similar to this earlier this year with a book that I totally love being kind of disliked, perhaps even hated, over at Goodreads. It's really a shock, but - if you're anything like me - you'll find those books that everyone else loves that you can't stand. And that's okay, too. Just keep on keeping on with the books you like.

    #1 is something I literally can't do. My Goodreads TBR list gets over 100 books and I want to go through it and get rid of the books I've lost interest in - because there are ALWAYS those kinds of books on my list. #3 & 5 are ones that I totally agree with you on. I'm always going 'but what if the book/series gets better?' I need to quit doing that so I don't get stuck reading books I'm not enjoying. #4 is actually one that I don't think is bad for me personally. I'm actually much less picky about movies than I am books and there have been plenty of cases that I actually like the movie MORE than the book. Finally #7...I actually didn't sign up for any challenges this year (except for a week long one a couple months back) but I kind of wish I had. But then I remember last year when I signed up for like six and didn't finish any of them. About half-way through the year I got lazy and didn't want to update them any more, so I can totally understand where you're coming from.

    My TTT

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Amy. :) I'm definitely trying to do just that but it somewhat takes away from my excitement over an awesome book when everyone is dragging it down. I've been burnt by hyped books (e.g. Mara Dyer, The 5th Wave) quite a few times so I know exactly what you mean. The amount of stars and ratings a novel gets can be indication toward how good it is, but it can easily mislead you too.

      I want to sort my tbr list too, but I'm way too lazy for that. Honestly, I don't even understand how I put so many books on my list. But again, it makes sense that I'm just as disorganized on the net as in real life.
      That's great about adaptations, even though it has never happened to me. On the contrary there were a few movies that ruined even the little love I still had for the book. I think that's good for you! There's so much trouble with challenges and not that I kinda just gave up on them I feel really bad about it.

      Delete
  13. Great list! I definitely suffer from a few of these! I refuse to finish a series I hate though (so long as I finish the book I'm on!) My TTT

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks. I should do that too and then work on the DNF-ing problem.

      Delete
  14. Quit checking how much % I have left is something I need to over come. I will read a few pages and then look to read, read a bit more and than look. After time it adds up to time I should have been reading! Great list. Happy Reading!
    Please feel free to see mine here
    http://wonderstruck-kcks.blogspot.com/2015/10/ten-bookish-things-i-want-to-quit-books.html

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It definitely takes away some time from reading and you just stop reading for basically no reason. It doesn't make sense but I can't stop either.

      Delete
  15. I need to do #1 as well... my TBR is waaaaay out of control! Currently, I have 4,149 books on my TBR right now. That many books = MAJOR problems! I most likely won't even be able to finish them all in my lifetime! That's my next big project: clean out the TBR!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE. And I thought I was deep! Good luck, Laura, you'll need it. :)

      Delete
  16. You sound soooo much like myself, ESPECIALLY number 3! Everyone knows I don't mind DNF'ing a book. I think I've put down close to 10 books this year! I also need to keep better track of my goodreads. I have 700+ books on my TBR, and I think it's time for a clean up. Problem is, I don't feel like doing it lmao. You have such a good list, hopefully soon you'll be able to change some of them :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. DNF-ing is so hard because most of the time I really want to know what will happen, even if the book doesn't really interest me. I know, that doesn't make much sense lol. Haha, I feel exactly the same way about my TBR: who the hell has time and patience for that kind of clean up? Thanks!

      Delete
  17. #3 is one that I have a lot of trouble with as well! My TBR on goodreads only has 227 books on it (I know I say only, but everyone else's seems to have way more) and I still have trouble keeping track of all of them!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/06/top-ten-tuesday-25/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think any tbr over fifty books seems like a huge problem. Especially, if you're like me and add various books to it every week.

      Delete
  18. Oh I do! Pretty much every TTT, I add new books to my list!

    ReplyDelete

Your comments are what keep us going so we take the time to reply to each and every one you leave for us. We'll always try our best to visit your blogs and leave a comment for you in return. :)