I very much appreciate being ‘tagged’ for blog posts, but I rarely get around to writing my response. However, you’re in for a treat today as I’ve been tagged by the fantastic Lucinda Blogs to tell you about my good reading habits – and incredible as it may seem, I have actually risen to the challenge:
- I use the public library. Borrowing books saves me having to buy books that I would only read once. Also, because they’re free, this encourages me to try different authors and genres. Many of the latest titles are available as e-books.
- When choosing what book to read next, I alternate fiction with non-fiction and I’ll vary the genres. This ensures that my brain is refreshed by what I’m reading and that burnout is avoided (e.g. not reading one thriller after another).
- I only request one ARC at a time on NetGalley. This keeps my feedback ratio high (currently at 100% – yes, I’m boasting) and ensures I never feel overwhelmed with books that I feel obliged to read and review before the publication dates.
- Many of my books are used/second hand – if you’re prepared to browse various charity shops every so often, you can get some excellent books in great condition at bargain prices!
- When I’ve read a book that I’ve bought and I know I’ll never read it again, I donate it to charity in the hope that someone else will buy and enjoy it. Even if the book is eventually recycled, this is OK with me.
- I always read the books that I buy. I don’t buy them just for display purposes or to impress people who browse my bookshelves. It might take me a year or more, but I will get around to reading every book that I own.
- Generally I treat my books well. I’ve been known to put them face down when interrupted, but I don’t dog-ear the pages, write in them or use them as coasters. A few of them have been superficially damaged by toddlers.
I won’t be tagging anyone else for this, but feel free to tell me about your own reading habits… 🙂