Happy Monday everyone!! Today’s post is going to be a little different. I’m not sure if this is just me or something you guys can relate to. Anyway, without further adieu, let’s get into the Weird Things I do as a Reader!
This may not seem like that big a deal. It’s only the matter of learning the person’s taste and recommending accordingly, right? Wrong. Unless they are people I know and trust, these are my thoughts when someone asks me to recommend a book:-
Ok, I don’t even know this person.
She/he seems like she’ll/he’ll enjoy contemporary… right?
What if she/he doesn’t like it? Will she/he judge my taste?
Does this person even read?
Ok, stop. I’ll recommend ___. She/he might like it.
But what if she/he does like it? Will she/he really appreciate how great the book is?
Does she/he mean something to me?
Is this just me?? I want to know!
Finishing a book
Ok, so… I assume any non-reader may think that just after I finish reading the last page of a book, I shut the book, put it back on my shelf and get on with life. Well, nuh-uh. There’s a whole bunch of other things I do after I finish reading a book:
Step 1: Staring blankly at the wall after reading the last word of the book.
Step 2: Still staring and thinking
Step 3: Texting my friend that I just finished the book
Step 4: Finding it difficult to say how much I loved/hated this book
Step 5: Thinking for at least 2 minutes before I type “OMG. No words.”
Step 6: Flipping through the pages and reading my favorite parts (If I liked the book)
Step 7: Finally putting the book down only to talk about it to someone
Step 8: Searching for quotes from the book on the internet and saving them to my gallery
It doesn’t stop there.
Ok, I know that a lot of us dream about books. It’s pretty common. But the dreams I get aren’t exactly dreams. There’s no storyline, I just deeply and vividly think about the book. The weirdest thing is that I subconsciously know I’m “dreaming”, but I can’t stop it. I had dreamt about Caraval three nights in a row, basically until I finished the book.
Skipping and coming back to pages
Now don’t get me wrong, I read each and every word while I’m reading a book. However, sometimes I get a little bored during some parts of the book and out of curiosity I skip to a few pages and read from there. I read till I’m satisfied, not many pages though, and come back to where I originally was at. Major plot twists are revealed while I’m pursuing this habit of mine, I still do it anyway.
I buy most of my books online a) because they’re cheaper and b) because I find most of the books I’m looking for. Going to the bookstore doesn’t make sense at this point, but no. Every time I visit the mall I religiously go to the bookstore. Most of the time I don’t buy anything, I spend my time looking at the collection of books they have under ‘Young Adult’. I window shop for books, except not through an actual window. But sometimes I do end up buying books even though I know for fact that they are much cheaper online. Why? I have no idea.
That’s all I have for you guys today! Let me know some of the weird things you guys do as readers and also if you could relate to some of mine in the comments. See you guys on Thursday!
Thanks for reading!