Welcome to this week’s Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
- This first one is the most important item on my list. I have learned to put down a book that I am not enjoying reading. Yes. I have given myself permission to quit a book. This was hard for me to do. I felt like I had to finish every book I started before beginning a new one and it would be a failure not to do so. I had to give myself permission to put down a bad book and move on to a new one.
- I have also stopped cracking book spines. Ugh. This is almost embarrassing to admit that I once used to do this, lol. Cracking book spines not only damages a book but it also makes it look ugly on your bookshelf.
- I’ve also stopped judging myself for judging a book by its cover. You know what? Sometimes you can just tell by the cover that the book is going to be a work of cheese. There’s nothing wrong with passing up a book that has a really dumb looking cover. On the flip, there’s nothing wrong with picking up a book because it has an absolutely lovely or intriguing cover.
- Something I wish I could quit doing is having no follow through on reading challenges. This also applies to having a stack of books that I “plan on reading next”. It seems like as soon as I line up books to read for a challenge or for the month, I set them all aside for something else. I’m really, really bad about this.
- I wish that I could stop running out of shelf space! 😉
The next five items are things that my husband and/or my kids wish I would stop doing that are book related:
- Being so engrossed in a book that I don’t hear them talking to me. Easy solution to this: Stop trying to talk to me when I’m reading!!!
- Being moody because of a book. I admit, if a book is sad or poignant, I can be slightly moody too. Is a book really worth reading if it doesn’t affect you in some way, positive or negative???
- Neglecting the house and/or dinner because of reading. I can sit in the midst of a mess if a book is good enough, lol. Also, when it comes to dinner, sometimes I’ll say that I’m not hungry and opt to skip dinner just because I don’t want to put my book down long enough to cook. This is awful, lol.
- Having no patience for their boredom when I’m perfectly satisfied and entertained by reading. Why should I have to entertain them when they’re bored and I’m not? We have plenty of books to read if you’re bored.
- This is kinda related to #1 but my family wishes I would quit only half-remembering conversations, things they tell me, or things that I’ve said to them because I’m only half paying attention to the conversation when I have a book in my hand. I’m either still reading and not listening to them, or thinking about getting back to my book, or wishing they’d hurry up and stop talking to me. This results in my missing a lot of conversational nuances. Seriously though, unless you’re bleeding or the house is on fire, leave me alone when I’m reading.