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- List some of your good reading habits, the things you think you do well
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I always finish my ARCs ahead of the publication date.
Mandy is partly to thank—blame?—for this habit. When I joined the blog, she told me that publishers appreciated bloggers to put reviews up around two weeks before the book’s publication date. My whole “fear and respect authority” side was like okayokayokay if you want the privilege of ARCs, Sha, you better NEVER SUBMIT A SINGLE REVIEW LATE. For that reason, I’m always extremely timely with reading my ARCs (I won’t even look at another book if I have a review due soon, though I may joke about it) so I can get my reviews finished.*
*story time: I missed a pub date once because of mental health and omg was I freaking out. I was sure I was going to be blacklisted.
I keep my books looking like new.
I’m not sure if this is more me being an obsessive person about keeping my books looking pretty and EXACTLY like new or a good habit, but I’m going with it. I’m not saying anyone that gives much love to their books is a bad habit, but having my books looking pretty and my ability to do so feels like I’m doing good and I’m showing the book some respect? Especially when I donate and give them away, and some other obsessive person like me will feel excited that it’s almost a brand new book.
And yes, I use a Book Beau whenever I transport my books so I can keep it good on the go.
I don’t always trust the book hype.
I’m stealing this one from Siobhan (hope you don’t mind!). I’m wary when a book has extreme love—but also when a book has extreme hate. In either case, I hold back from sharing my opinion unless I choose to read the book for myself. And I only make that decision if the book is genuinely something I’m interested in. I don’t prefer to read a book simply to chime in on whether the hate/love is “justified.”
I unhaul and rehome unloved books
I firmly believe even if I didn’t enjoy a book, that someone out there that will – and honestly, as we may know, there is quite a book that I don’t quite enjoy. Every few months, I like to go through my books, ask myself if I’m really going to read it/read it again, and if the answer is no, I either donate it to my local library so they can profit off it or give it to friends to support their own growing home libraries.
(I’m not doing this unhaul so often because I’ve bought more and ran out of room – no, no, just doing it out of the goodness of my heart.)
I don’t overspend on books / bookish stuff
Although this wasn’t always the case! With time, I’ve gotten better at deciding which books I really want to own and which books I don’t mind waiting a bit to arrive at the library. Sometimes, it’s even a case of *sniffs* letting some books go completely to save money. I’ve noticed this works longterm, though, because I have less books on my selves that I look at like, “Yeah, I really just bought that because of hype/pretty cover/impulse” and feel regret.
It’s um, really hard though. And still involves quite a bit of speed-walking past book stores.
I try to go in with no expectations when I start a book
Let’s be honest – I think we’ve all been there where we place exceptionally high expectations on a book. Sometimes, books will meet them. Others? Not so much. I had a habit of doing this, and I’ve really tried to throw all expectations out the window – that I won’t it enjoy it or I want this book to be everything – when I’m starting a book so I can try to give a book a fair shake instead of feeling disappointed or giving the book pressure to fulfill my every desire. So far, it’s helped me enjoy books a lot more lately.
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