(Insert generic “I’m not dead, I promise” greeting here.)
Welcome back to Top 5 Tuesday, where I try to wrangle my life under control just a little bit at a time, and this small corner of the internet is apparently where I’ll do it! Top 5 Tuesday is a meme run by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm, and this week’s topic is Top 5 Bookish Habits.
At first, I thought I’d done something like this before (was Shanah repeating topics?!) but after reading through my entire list of “Book Tags” and “Top 5 Tuesday” posts, I realized I just made it up somewhere in my mind. So without further ado, here are five possibly-weird things that I do when I read a book:
1 – I read every page before the “first page”
Like, you know how some books have a short excerpt on the first blank page of the book when you open it, and then some have all of these little blurbs from various reviewers, and then there’s the list of the author’s previous books, the title page, etc.? Yeah, I read all that. I guess I want to delay the actual reading of the book as long as possible!
2 – I (used to) read the last page first
I wanted to be sure that I wasn’t getting into another long and lengthy book series when I just wanted a one-and-done sort of deal! I’ve since stopped reading the last page first after giving myself a few pretty significant spoilers, so I guess we can file this in the “dead habits” hole.
3 – I have books that I bought pre-2016 that I still haven’t read
To be fair, in 2016 I went through a pretty significant break up and started graduate school, and my entire life revolved around the books required by my graduate classes. (I read Ulysses, y’all. I literally had no other time for books in my life!) I have books that I have on my shelves that I bought while I was still working at Books-a-Million, and I keep buying new books and not reading them.
4 – I (used to) do this weird curly/bendy thing with the sides of the pages
If you were to look at the books that I read between third and fifth grades, you would see that all of them have this weird issue with the pages: they’ve been bent in. I don’t know how to explain it, exactly, but it’s a certain kind of curling of the pages and it ended up ruining several of my books. I think it had to do with some sort of anxiety, because once I started wearing a watch I would mess with that instead.
5 – I make sure my books always look brand-new
This is probably the weirdest one on the list, and one that I know I’m going to get a lot of judgement for. A lot of people say they can’t stand pristine bookshelves because you know the books aren’t “loved,” and that they’re just up for display. I say nay to that. I love my books, I love them to death, but I take very good care of my books. The spines aren’t cracked, the pages aren’t dog-eared, and the covers are pristine. I used to loan books out but I can’t do it any more because the anxiety that one or more of them will get damaged is too much. Am I crazy? Probably. I mean, I’ve requested replacements from Amazon when a “new” book showed up in poor condition.
So there we have it: three current and three not-so-current book habits that I’m guilty of and/or was guilty of in the past! Do any of them resonate with you? Do you have anything you’d add to this list? Let me know in the comments!
And as always, keep reading.