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July 23, 2014

Gush & Gripe: Annoying Reading Habits


Annoying Reading Habits

I'm an annoying reader. 

I can manage to annoy myself. That's how annoying I am. 

So I'm cutting to the chase and share my bad reading habits.

  1. Reader ADD: This is very basic and though this doesn't happen to me often, it still happens to me. What is this exactly? Well it's when you can't focus on one book. If I'm going to be honest, my Goodreads currently-reading shelf should have 4 books on deck. See I'm in a mood for a book that I have no words for, it's like a food craving really. So I pick up a "maybe", read a few chapters and if I'm not satisfied I get another book and next thing I know, I have 4 books I'm alternately reading. The part of me that has OCD is shaking her head, looking at me like I just committed book murder.

  2. Suspended Ending: So I'm reading a book all day, no letting up, glued to the pages, 80% done with it. And almost always, this is the time when I think it's a great idea to start pattering around, doing other stuff than reading and finishing the damn book! This is the most frustrating part for me because I feel it's more of a compulsion than a choice. Like I can't sit still and finish the darn thing! So on average, it takes me about an hour or more to get through the last 20% or 100 or so pages.

  3. Reading the End: And when the story is too good and the action and suspense won't let up, I cheat and read the ending.

So these are my bad habits. I hope you won't leave me hanging and would go ahead and share yours? 

Pretty please?








60 comments:

  1. LOL I confess I also cheat sometimes but it depends on the book too. But otherwise I can't read many books at once it's too difficult. I usually have an ebook and a book but right now I also have an audiobook.

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    1. When the suspense is too pee-in-your-pants, I cheat and peek at the ending. I just can't take it! LOL

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  2. I never read the ending first, or before I actually arrive at the end, because I'm so afraid it will spoil my fun. I also don't actually read reviews of books I know I'm going to read very soon, I just check the ratings from my friends, to see if they enjoyed it or not.
    My biggest problem these days is that I am reading lots of books, and I don't really feel like reviewing any of them... So I have ten books on my kindle that I've read, but that are waiting for a review. *sighs*
    Great Gush and Gripe this week, Braine!

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. I'm like you, I don't read reviews of books I'm going to read soon not until I'm done writing up my review. And yeah, I use my GR friend ratings as basis for my picks.

      Been there, done that marathon reads minus the reviews. It can feel like a chore sometimes right?

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    2. Definitely! Between my post here yesterday and now, I've written seven reviews! I'm very happy to be done with them, so that I can read a couple of books again :)

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  3. First of all: I LOVE THE NEW LAYOUT of the blog, it's gorgeous!
    Second of all: are we the same person? I do all of those things. It's not funny, Braine. Not at all. If I were to be completely honest, I'd probably have at least 6 books on my currently reading shelf..... I hate it when I do that but my brain just refuses to understand.

    For me, it's not always suspended endings but more like suspended book that I am really enjoying and then decide to stop and then I'll pick something else up for reasons I cannot comprehend. O_O

    And the cheating bit. I do that often enough although sometimes the suspense is too good and I don't cheat, what does that even mean? *shakes head*

    Fantastic discussion topic, Braine!!! :D

    Rashika @ The Social Potato

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad you like the new theme :D

      Oh gosh, you're worse than me then! I can not, not read endings or put it off for that long! That's TORTURE! As for peeking at the ending, I do it when I can't take the suspense anymore like I'm starting to get apoplectic so for my health I have to know what happens in the end otherwise I might not finish the book at all. Like ever!

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  4. I definitely have reader ADD. I'm reading a review book, personal book, and listening to one all at the same time usually. Fortunately they are usually different enough for me to keep it straight.

    I am also guilty of skipping to the end. I just read the last couple of lines. That makes it okay right?? ;)

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    1. LOL I'm with you! I have a blog book, a bedtime book and a back up in case my devices runs out of battery or something. Gotta be prepared!

      That's how I skip too! I usually want to know if it's HEA or a cliffie

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  5. *gasp* You skip to the ending?!?! *haha* I've done that once...in New Moon. Because if Edward wasn't coming back, I wasn't finishing the book. :) I can't read more than 1 fiction book at a time - my ADD brain gets characters confused. :/ One thing I do that irritates me is getting so far behind in a series that I need to re-read in order to catch up. I have this bad habit of one-clicking more books than I can read anytime soon, too. But it's nice to have choices, right??

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    1. OMG that's hilarious! I think I was the opposite, I was hoping he doesn't come back!

      True! I suck at keeping up with series, sometimes I wait for more books to come out that way I can binge.

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  6. Ouch! That are some annoying things! :O
    I do none of the above :D But, I do tend to "punish" myself for being a slow reader. Always trying to read faster, faster, faster. I just can't do 100 pages in an hour. I can't. Not even in my mother tungue. But, I do have to say my pace has picked up the past year! If I am really concentrated and not distracted in any way, I may do up to 80 pages each hour.
    It just annoys me that I keep thinking about how I need to read faster!

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    1. Hey that's not a bad thing, makes you retain more stuff and you get to savor books better. So keep your pace, the point is you enjoy your read ;)

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  7. LOL, I love this because I often do a lot of these myself. I rarely have just one read going on at once (regardless of what my Goodreads page says) and I am the worst at almost getting to the end and then finding something else to do. Not because I don't want to know how it ends but because I don't WANT it to end so I put it off.

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    1. I get that, hard to say goodbye and leave a world you're invested in however I don't think I can do that for long. I may read super slow til I get to the end but I have to finish it within the day.

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  8. You're your own worst reading enemy! You're hysterical :) Similar to not reading the last 80% of a book, there are 3 series that recently ended that I just can't seem to want to read the last books to. I'm just ambiivalent about it - no clue why!!!

    But reading the ending... that's just WRONG! Bad girl!! tee, hee!

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    1. You don't want to say goodbye... I'm like that too!

      Hehehe, I can't help it! I need to know the ending otherwise I'll go mad from the suspense!

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  9. #1. SO GUILTY!!!! I have so many books to read and it's just overwhelming. I don't know what I want to read and then add what I NEED to read on top of that and I'm usually reading a whole huge stack at one time.

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    1. So how many books do you finish in a week?

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  10. I used to be terrible about reading endings! I started that habit as a little kid. Now I'm mostly guilty of #1. I try not to feel too bad about it now bc I'm actually trying to read less.
    Thanks for sharing, Braine!

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    1. Why are you reading less? And why does that make me sad?

      I guess with the amount of books we read, we don't get satisfied as easily anymore or we tend to crave certain stories at a given time.

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  11. Haha! (Love the new look btw!) I'm guilty of reading the ending first - I've done it a number of times, but I'm not the kind of person who loses interest knowing what's going to happen, sometimes it actually helps me continue reading. And about your second point, once I'm at the end I can't stop reading! :D I can usually stop somewhere before, but towards the end I want to know what's going on. :D

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    1. I'm like that too! Like I want to know how things got to the ending part.

      Good for you, I dilly dally when the book is almost done

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  12. OMG, I do the suspended ending thing TOO. Not all the time, but enough to get seriously annoyed with myself and recognize it when someone else (YOU) gives it a name. I have a variation of Reader ADD, but it's more Reader Book Funk. I just get in these moods where I hate EVERYTHING. I'll read 4+ books at a time, b/c that's the only way I can get through any of them. That's honestly why I do so many rereads. When I get in book funks like that, the only books I can tolerate are old favorites.

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    1. I feel you, I feel bad when that I HATE EVERYTHING phase happens when I have a book review deadline or tour stop to do. It's hard to stay objective when all you want to do is just gripe about the most minute thing!

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  13. If I love a book I won't get up till I finished! That's bad, specially when there are other thing I need to do...LOL
    I do the same thing, I have around 5 audiobooks going at one time, until one really grabs me, and then I won't sop still I finish it, lucky I can do other thing while doing this..LOL
    I can't say I look at the ending, even if I'm dying.

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    1. Nice layout!! I like the change :)

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    2. That is why I sooo want to get into audiobooks so I can multi-task!

      Thanks about the layout comment, I'm glad you don't find it hideous!

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  14. I usually only read a book at a time... My OCD doesn't let me leave something unfinished. The only time I leave a book unfinished and start another one is when I don't like the book; I put it aside and try to go back to it later on, but from those books the 80% usually ends in DNF.
    I have never read the end of a book... that sounds sacrilegious!

    Love the new look. ;)

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    1. hahaha! I feel embarrassed now, Marcela! You're a way more dsciplined reader than I am.

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  15. Sometimes I just can't give up and read a really crappy book and hate myself for wasting time

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    1. I used to be like than then my TBR and book collection grew and realized why should I use my time on a crappy book when there are good ones waiting for me to crack open

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  16. Oh girl, my brain isn't that good to read 4 at once lmao

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  17. I can barely manage reading 2 books at the same time, lol. I'm really bad about series hopping. I'll start a bunch and then leave them hanging, even when I love the first book.

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    1. I have a hard time keeping up with active series

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  18. The new layout is so nice. I want to know how you did it. I have no clue how to design anything. LOL. I always have like five books and then go through which book shall I read next. So I can understand. Plus I hate cliffhangers and I'm like NO.....

    Grace

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    1. Thanks! Let's talk about that offline... I have a deck like that too but more often than not I still go outside my planned reads.

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  19. Oh been there with the reader ADD. My worst that drives me crazy is not doing my review for a book right away and starting another then all the sudden I have 5 reviews I need to do and omg wait, what was book 1 about again? So not really readery exactly but connected. lol

    Oh and I fixate on words. Like seriously the last 7 books I read all had quivering. And for a while I was tracking delicious. Over 100 books in a row (one exception but it was only 14 pages) used delicious in a non food way and it was driving me batty. lol

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    1. Gosh I used to be like that then I just mark some of it, usually the older ones, as pleasure reads. So no need to blog about it.

      I have a thing thing about that too but usually if one word is overused in a book. You are an animal! How can you keep track and retain things like that?

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    2. Oh my gosh it was driving me mad! I noticed after like 8 or so books then I just couldn't stop paying attention to that word. It was crazy. Now quiver is the word and I can pass delicious by most times without thinking about it. lol I so wish I could shut my brain off to things like that. ::snort::

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  20. I almost always have 2-3 books going. At least one audio and one eBook, then a physical book. I cannot fathom reading the end first! OMG..no Braine just no. Now I have stopped reading a book I totally love just to savor it more.

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    1. Hahaha! I know I'm so bad about cheating on the ending

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  21. I don't think I've ever read the ending before finishing the book. I usually have one book and one audiobook going. Though lately, it has just been audiobooks. I haven't had time to read books.

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    1. How I wish I can pay attention long enough to listen to audiobooks! As you can see, I have horrible habits and audiobooks leaves my hands idle so I tend to do other stuff and next thing I know, I've totally forgotten about the book!

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  22. Oh gawd, I'm such a book cheater. I'm always and I mean ALWAYS looking at the end of the book, lols. And don't even let me start about choosing a book to read. I've got 4 books on my booklikes shelf..FOUR! smh. Well, glad someone else is in the same boat as me, lols.

    Love the new look :D

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    1. Hi5! Now I don't feel as horrible knowing that I'm not the only one guilty of these things!

      I'm happy you like the new look :D

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  23. What?! You cheat and read the ending? I've never done that before. Never even considered it. Didn't even know it was a thing. I can totally relate to #1 and #2 though.

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    1. Yeah it's totally a thing, Cat! Geez! LOL

      I can't help it! I think I did a lot of that in Fever, I need to know how each book is going to end you know?

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  24. LOL, I can't walk away from an almost done book but I too read the end of some books first. When they are stressful or scary usually.

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    1. You and me both. I can't stand the suspense sometimes!

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  25. I don't read the ending first but I've been very ADHD lately. Hell I've barely read with my life being so crazy lately.....so sad :-(

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    1. A crazy life is good, lady! Enjoy the ride, you got Louise to back you up ;)

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  26. Look at this pretty new page lay out. Whahhh! I try to read a book from start to finish but sometimes...blagh it can be difficult. I have sometimes 2 books on the go :D

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    1. I find some books aren't meant to be finished :/

      I'm glad you approve of the layout :)

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  27. "I can manage to annoy myself. That's how annoying I am." Hahaha! Why do you do this to yourself, Braine? I'm kinda glad I don't have your reading habits. Thankfully, I don't have any bad ones. Although I must admit that when I read multiple books or read so many to fast that I tend to mix up stories and characters. XD

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    1. Gosh that happens to me a lot too! See I procrastinate with my reviews, I usually write my weekly posts on Sundays and it can get annoying when I get confused with the names and events! I need to exercise my brain more :/

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  28. I'm with you on ADD. I'm usually reading 4 books at a time minimum. I want something that will grab my attention and not let go, but I get lost and bored in the middle of books lol. Often in the beginning too.

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    1. When you read as much as we do, that does happen a LOT

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  29. I too have ADD with books, I just want to be able to read everything at once and I'm so indecisive at what to read I end up with at least 5 on the go.

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