Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week we do a specially themed Top 10 list, and this week’s theme is:
Top Ten Bookish Habits I Want to Break
I think I might have actually found a list where I don’t have to go over ten. I mean I’m sure I could, but I don’t feel compelled to.
This will be a pretty simple, straightforward list, but I’m really looking forward to seeing who else shares my faults and aspirations.
So, without further ado, I give you my…
1. Reading multiple books at once. Usually, I have about three in different stages of completing that I hover back and forth between depending on my mood, but sometimes there can be as many as seven. In my defense; usually at least one is non-fiction or a writing craft book, but the rest, are just what I’m feeling. This means it takes me forever to finish anything!
2. Starting a book only to get distracted by a shiny new book and abandon the old book altogether. And then sometimes this happens and I never actually get back to the old books, but I do finish the shiny new one, or almost finish it and move on to a shinier newer one!
3. Piles and stacks of books everywhere. Because there are twenty-three books stacked near my head right now, and last week the table they are on got knocked by the dog causing a book avalanche, which involved liquids and electronics and heart palpitations.
4. Books as coasters. Because yes, sometimes I do things like this:
5. Shelf Disarray. Because as much as I do like my unorganized chaos, I need a semblance of a system, so that I don’t keep finding that I own three copies of the same book or am missing the first book of a series that I know I once had or have to look in four rooms and 12 bookcases for the book I want. Also right now, I just need some pretty.
6. Not finishing series. So I didn’t realize I really had that big of a problem with this until a previous Top Ten Tuesday post. But apparently I do, in a big way. So what have I done since then? Started another series. Sigh.
7. Writing reviews right away and for every read. Sometimes I just need to let the story percolate in my mind for a day or two, but too often that day or two turns into a week and then a month. My list of books I’ve read and not reviewed is absolutely embarrassing at this point, and I have to get this bad habit under control.
8. Waiting until the last minute to read books with reviews due. I’ll admit it, I’m a deadline driven person, and sometimes those self-imposed deadlines just aren’t enough. So too many times I end up reading a book the day before the review needs to be up and that doesn’t give me that extra day I really need to process things, so a few days later I think of things I wish I’d added or really see a little differently.
9. Reading only what’s on my schedule instead of what I feel like once in a while. As bloggers, we all have heavy reading schedules. Try adding writer, publishing intern and editor to that and your free reading time starts to sound like something out of a fairytale. But it’s important to keep from getting burnt out in this business. I’m trying to cut myself some slack on my reading schedule and pencil in some free reads or just take a day now and then to lose myself in whatever the hell I want.
10. Gifting instead of loaning books. I’m tired of loaning books that I never get back and feeling bad about it, trying to keep track of who has what, and wondering if I’ll ever see the books or the friend again. I’d much rather just gift the book if it’s one I can part with or decline the loan if it’s one I can’t and move on feeling better about the whole thing. I already do this with my niece and nephews. And it just makes more sense for me.
Ok, that completes this week’s Top Ten list. No cheating this week! Yay! Let us know what you think. Did you have any of the same vices on your list? Leave us links to your Top Ten lists below!