Saturday, May 24, 2014

New Reading Habits

I realized just recently that I wasn't very happy with the way I read books.

This is because I put too much pressure on myself. I have a pretty long "on hold" list, and have been pushing myself to read them when there's a reason I put them down.

Now, this reason doesn't have anything to do with the books - if I found them terrible, I simply would have put them down altogether. These are books I picked up when I wasn't in the mood for them, and now here I am trying to get through them all. But, once again, I'm not in the mood.

I feel like the whole problem is that sometimes, I pick up books I feel like I'm supposed to be reading. And then I get stuck halfway through, because I wanted to read a completely different genre in the first place.

I posted about my unfinished series awhile back, and those are part of this problem too.

So instead of bugging myself to read or finish certain books, from now on I'm only reading what I'm in the mood for. I am going to be more carefree and less organized, because honestly: reading is a hobby. It shouldn't be forced or stressful.

(Also, I hate reading slumps. I feel like reading this way will cause a lot less of them.)

You guys should let me know in the comments how you go about reading. How do you choose your books? How often do you put down books that you're in the middle of?


  1. I believe the most important "rule of reading" is: If you're suffering though a book, you should put it down and move on. There are too many good books out there and just because one doesn't work for you, doesn't mean you HAVE to finish because you've started. Uh-uh. No ma'am.

    Also, I pick whatever book has been calling my name for far too long. But you could also try writing all of your TBR titles on slips of paper and pick from a jar/bowl/box to determine which to read next :) it's fun.

    Ps. Reading slumps suck. But all it takes is one good book to get you back in the game.

  2. I definitely agree. There are so many books; it would be horrible to miss out on more good ones by sticking with one you don't like!