A peculiar behavioral habit
Everyone has at least one quirk in their life. Usually these quirks come from an area in ones life that is intensely personal or from an activity/skill that you spend the most time with. For me, reading is something I spend most (if not all) of my time doing. It’s a passion of mine that allows me to waddle to different worlds and be different people (an actor’s dream really). So it was inevitable that in the decade and a half of me being an avid reader, I would develop some quirky habits that I wouldn’t be able to shake.
Because of this, I thought it would be fun to share with you storytellers, some of my own bookish quirks and weird traditions that I partake in during my reading time! So grab some candy, get comfy, and have a hopefully relatable laugh at my weird self!
I must read in the same format I started in
This is a quirk that annoys everyone who has ever recommended a series to me–but ya girl needs to read in the same format. If I start a book/series in a digital format, than I have to read the entire series in a digital format–I physically cannot do it any other way. A great example of this is when I was reading This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada with my favorite humans, Soph and Kal. Well, I had read the first book in the series as a hardback, but didn’t own the second book yet and my local library branch’s copy of the hardback was already borrowed and the closest one that wasn’t an e-book was 45 minutes away.
I think you know where this is headed.
I was uber late with my buddy read (everyone finished before me) and I had my mom drive the 45 minutes to the next library over where my cousin lives, use his library card, and borrow the book. All because I could not for the life of me read the readily available e-book….because I started the series in a hardback…truly a time.
I can’t eat and read at the same time
I don’t know how you sorcerers do it! But I cannot for the life of me read and eat at the same ducking time! For one, I am always scared that I’m going to get grease or foody substances onto the book or my kindle and for two, if I try I always get sucked into the book and forget about my food! Cold food isn’t fun friends…unless it started off cold to begin with…then warm food that wasn’t meant to be warm isn’t fun friends.
Forever not a rainbow
Rainbow shelves are an aesthetic that I drool over, but it is also an aesthetic that I can’t personally get behind. I love the look of it, don’t get me wrong, but when you waddle closer to the shelf and see the spines and the titles–everything is out of order.
This is no bueno.
I love/need to have books by the same author next to each other, I also need my contemporaries not to be on the same shelf as my horror and thriller books–its a whole thing. But with rainbow shelves–color takes priority! If it’s orange, it’s gonna waddle with the other orange books no matter the genre, size, or author and I simply cannot.
Make that shit match
I think we can all–or almost all–attest to the need of having a matching set for a series. But uhhh, ya girl here doesn’t half ass her OCD it seems and takes matching to a whole new level–I need books by the same author to be in the same format. For example, almost every Sarah Dessen book I own is a paperback and I will only buy her books in paperback…because the first book I bought from her was a paperback. I do have a few (like three) that are hardback but those were gifts from friends and family.
This quirk can also be seen on my shelf for almost all of my authors except for those whose books were a gift to me and/or its JK Rowling or Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight Saga to which I am collecting different editions.
Must know the things!
If you are friends with me than you undoubtedly know I have a love for spoilers. I crave spoilers like its no ones business simply because I hate not knowing. I don’t like surprises, and not knowing something or how things I’m invested in are going to turn out is a anxiety trigger for me, so I almost always will read the last couple of pages–and some of the middle–of a book before I finish the first two chapters. I need to know if someone dies, if Fabio doesn’t get with the girl, or if the girl takes over the world by season two. I need to know.
You are probably saying, “but Sam, when you spoil you lose the shock factor!” to which I say, nope! I’m still gonna have my mouth drop open if I see or hear about a plot twist, my reactions will definitely be the same–its just now I know what I am getting into, and so I will pulverize the book to find out how that plot twist came to be.
Do you have any reading quirks? Let me know below!