Top 5 Reading Quirks I Have

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

Related imageThis 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 Image result for stars not aligned gifcloser 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.
Winning GIF - WinWin Winning LethalWeapon GIFsYou 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!

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  1. jamsu

    August 24, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    I hate myself for sometimes checking spoilers. It has made me stop reading/ watching certain books/shows. I just can’t help myself. I can’t eat while reading either. It’s just so difficult! I also rarely drink unless it’s water.
    I don’t really know what bookish quirks I have. Maybe that I have to finish a sentence and prefer end up reading at the end of the chapter. Or that I don’t want to pay for eBooks; free downloads are fine but to actually pay for books I read in my tablet/phone? No thanks. That might change now that I’m re-reading Ice Planet Barbarians since only like seven books are available in physical form, and not all of them in order 😭

  2. Kitty Marie's Book Reviews Blog

    August 24, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    Haha I am the same about wanting books to match, mixing paperbacks and hardcovers in a single series on a shelf just sets off something I guess, the lack of symmetry lol.

  3. Ibukun

    August 24, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    I love spoilers too! I just like knowing that there’s something to look forward to. I try to stop myself from skipping to the end when it’s a book I’m planning to review, but otherwise, I can’t help it.

  4. Nicola Niemc

    August 24, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Lol, I read whilst eating, and I’m just used to cold food now! But it does make sense to have the same authors and genres grouped together, so I understand that one. And I always skip to the back of a murder mystery – it’s more important to understand how they ‘did it’ rather than who ‘did it’, for me.

  5. Kayla @ Books and Blends

    August 24, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    I’m the same way about the rainbow shelves!

  6. readingbystarlightblog

    August 25, 2019 at 3:04 am

    YAY – I love spoiling all the spoilers too! I actually think it makes the book more enticing? Like if I know that something super bad is going to happen I’m propelled to read on to witness the drama and see how it all unfolds.
    Exhibit A: Vampire Academy and Shadow Kiss. I knew hoe Shadow Kiss would end long before I read the series and it only made the entire first three installments and the romance that much more agonizing. I knew what was coming but the characters didn’t and that create such a tense atmosphere!

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      September 10, 2019 at 9:58 am

      YES! Exactly! YOU UNDERSTAND MEEEE!!!! <3

  7. Catarina @ Pages & Plots

    August 25, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    I honestly can’t believe I found a similar soul that feels anxiety over not knowing, at least, minor spoilers on how a story will end. Just like you, I need to know if my favorite characters will die or if my ships will get together.
    This doesn’t happen in all the books or movies, but with the ones that make me more anxious like horror or rom-coms I’m way too invested in.

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      September 10, 2019 at 9:58 am

      YOU ARE MY PEOPLE! YES! I honestly thought I was alone in my love for spoilers!

  8. Jaymi at OrangeCountyReaders

    August 26, 2019 at 12:03 am

    I’ll have to think about this. Great post!

  9. TheCaffeinatedReader

    August 26, 2019 at 7:24 am

    I always check spoilers…unless like I’ve been really wanting to read something and haven’t gotten to it yet, and already own it, but like if it’s not even on my shelf, oh well, tell me all the things lol. Also, as much as I love to look at rainbow shelves I think my eyes would roll back in my head if books in a series were not together. I also can’t stand not having books in the same format if I own them, if I don’t though, I don’t care how I read it lol

  10. inkandbrushes - books,art and musings

    August 27, 2019 at 2:20 am

    I love spoilers also. Actually im the spoiler thief

  11. Jeimy @ ANovelidea

    August 27, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    I am really good at avoiding spoilers because I’m a sucker for punishment. I love yelling at the characters and screaming into my pillow and the stress (with the ACOTAR series I was a riot). Once quirk that I have is I HAVE to have my library and digital library in ALPHA ALPHA format….borderline insane yes but it bothers me.
    Not to mention, I have to finish a whatever chapter I’m in before closing the book. I cannot and will not do anything until I have finished the chapter.
    Great post as always! <3

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      September 10, 2019 at 10:02 am

      👀👀 what is this alpha alpha format? my heart beats for this I think… and I feel that need to finish the chapter. Like it’s a principle/fact at this point.

      1. Jeimy @ ANovelidea

        September 10, 2019 at 7:44 pm

        Alpha Alpha format is organizing it alphabetically by the first two letters. So AA AB AC AD AF AG and so on.
        And it really is. Sometimes my eyes begin to close and Im like “Momma didnt raise no quitter!” and pop them back open until I am finished with said chapter lol

  12. Clo @ Book Dragons

    August 28, 2019 at 9:33 am

    *sobs dramatically* I thought I was alone in needing all books to match if they’re by the same author! It’s why my Cassandra Clare books actually drive me nuts right, because majority are paperbacks but then The Dark Artifices are large paperbacks but 2/3 of them were waterstones editions with pretty sprayed edges and Lord of Shadows wasn’t and it’s got ducking white edges and my heart, my eyes Sam! Then I have two of her books in another series with Holly Black, the first in hardback, the second is a SMOL PAPERBACK IT’S TEENY TINY AND I NEARLY BLEW MY LID WHEN I OPENED IT AT CHRISTMAS LIKE IT DON’T MATCH
    Ditto on not being able to have rainbow shelves for the exact reasons, though I’m fine having different genres on the same shelf. Honestly how do people eat and read at the same time? It actually makes me hella nervous watching people do that, like please mind the book xD
    Spoilersssss I also have a bad habit of reading the last page before finishing the book and like, if it don’t make sense imma read the end chapter until it makes sense. I’m terrible. I just like to know what I’m getting myself into you know, before it happens and sometimes I’ll pause reading the book to spare my heart and prolong the inevitable…heart break hehe.

  13. Kal @ Reader Voracious

    September 1, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    We all know that I hate spoilers, but I used to read the last chapter of the book first before anything else when I was younger. I don’t even know why, I don’t remember my reasoning, but I look back on that time with abject horror lol

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