Ten Reading Habits to Break {or Make}


10 Reading Habits to Break {or Make}

I love to read books, both non-fiction and fiction.  I enjoy learning when I read.  I also enjoy a good story.  With all of that said, I have a few bad reading habits I need to break. I also would like to start some new {maybe self-serving} reading habits.

Reading Habits to Break:

1. Starting another book before I finish one.

I have a bad habit of starting a book while I haven’t finished the first. This would be fine if I would start two of different genres, but I usually start two of the same genre and then I get stuck and don’t finish one or both of them.

2. Choosing television over a book.

I get enough t.v. with my husband. Why do I turn it on when it’s just me? I love reading so why am I doing this?

3. Buying books and never reading them.

I want to start reading the books from my own bookshelf. There are so many goodies just waiting for me to enjoy them.

Reading Habits to Make:

4. Read more fiction.

I read enough non-fiction to help me with my goals and life. I need a little more fiction in my life.  I enjoy christian historical fiction the best.  Nothing more of an escape than to travel to a time I only know through the pages of a book.

5. Read more books over blogs for research.

A lot of research goes into parenting, weight loss and blogging. It seems I am stuck to my laptop more and more.

6. Apply more of what I read instead of just collecting information.

I think I’ve read enough already to know that I need to eat more grilled chicken and veggies and get off the couch to lose weight. Along with collecting information, I’ve collected a few more pounds on the hips.

7. Read to my child every day.

Again, I enjoy sharing a story with him, so why do I forego it to do something else?

8. Find a worthy home for my new books.

I have books all over the house, mostly because there isn’t adequate space for them. All that does is ad to my clutter problem and leaves me not being able to find a book when I want to.

9. Use a highlighter once again.

I used to use a highlighter to mark things I wanted to remember or reference later. I quit a few years ago because (1) I thought I might get rid of books later and (2) because someone led me to believe that I shouldn’t be marking up my books. First of all, I will never get rid of books I love. I did that once before and I still regret it. Yes, I’m a book addict. Second, I do find great pleasure in opening a book with crisp clean pages, but even more I enjoy being able to find that special message that I wanted to remember but now can’t find because I didn’t highlight it.

10. Give kindle books a chance.

I prefer to hold a paperback book in my hands.  However, I’d be more likely to get some reading in if I’d give the kindle version a try.  I have a smartphone with a large screen and a table, so there’s really no excuse.   I’d be able to read in bed without having to get up to turn the light off.

Here you have my Ten Reading Habits I Need to Break {or Make}.  What reading habits do you need to break {or make}?  Don’t forget to join the Top Ten Tuesday link up.

11 thoughts on “Ten Reading Habits to Break {or Make}

  • May 19 at 2:37 pm

    Fun topic!

    I have gotten SOOO much more done, reading and otherwise, since I stopped watching tv. The only time I watch now is when I’m folding laundry. It’s made a huge difference in my life.

    I was really reluctant to get a Kindle for a looonnnggg time because, like you, I prefer REAL books. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that I love my Kindle! Really. I still prefer real books, but I like the versatility of being able to read paper books and e-books. Plus, I read faster on a Kindle. Who knew?

    Happy TTT!
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  • May 28 at 12:40 pm

    Yes! I am right there with you on most of these myself…especially finishing one book before I start another. My sleep deprived mommy brain has trouble getting much momentum started if it’s not a blog or quick magazine article, so I think your suggestion to start with fiction is a great idea. I noticed when I started reading the Chronicles of Narnia to my son, it wet my appetite to read more for myself. Thank you for this list, such a timely reminder as we enter the summer 🙂
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  • May 30 at 6:10 pm

    personally i think kindles and highlighters are evil o.O personal opinion though aside from that i think it’s all sound, tv is horrible for readers

  • June 1 at 12:03 am

    I agree reading is a great habit which slowly is losing its charm amongst all the trappings of the modern world. People no longer have the time or patience to read a book. That is why I think it’s really important to inculcate the love of reading right from young age. I used to read to/with both my kids since they were very young and now both of them are voracious readers.

    • June 1 at 6:03 am

      That is my goal with my youngest. My oldest loved to read but when I let him play video games too much, the reading stopped. That’s one parenting decision I regret and hope not to repeat. It’s great to meet a fellow reader!

  • June 1 at 7:49 am

    I used to read ,more than 26 books a week. Do not do this as much anymore because the print is too hard to see. I do love my Kindle as it gives me the option of making the text larger. Now to find the time to read as much as I would like.

  • June 7 at 8:30 pm

    Sharing books with your child is the best thing listed here. I don’t have a kid but I know that my love of books comes directly from my mother. My mom read to me all of my young life. I loved books as a kid and it is because we would read them together every night. My mother read me normal kid books but she also read The Lord of the Rings to me in first grade. It’s my favorite series and began my love of fantasy. Everyone should read to their kids as much as they can. I feel really sorry for kids whose parents don’t appreciate reading.
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