I have a godawful mood right now, and I can’t believe that I’m turning to my blog for venting. I’ve done this in the past, and it hasn’t ended well – I’ve abandoned over three blogs in order to attain the overrated “peace of mind”. However, I won’t vent. No, I absolutely won’t. Instead I will write a post on the personal rules for reading that I have. This is inspired by a Book Riot post.
Here we go!
- I treat books like people. This also means there are a selective few I can befriend; I often dislike the most popular ones; I take a long time to open up to them.
- When I buy/get a new book, I’ve got to read it first. Nobody borrows my new book.
- Talking about borrowing – I have a list of people who’ve borrowed what book. And people who don’t return my books are doomed to go to Reading Hell. Also, you must never fold/dog-ear/tear/write on my books. NEVER.
- The only time you can write in my book is when you gift it to me. I like personalized messages on the first page but never on the contents page.
- I don’t dog-ear. I use bookmarks. When I don’t have a bookmark around me, I remember the page number but I never dogear pages.
- While reading a hardbound, I remove the dustjacket.
- Never read more than one book at a time. I can’t divide my attention between books.
- I love my Kindle and roll my eyes like a baboon if I’m told that real books are the real deal. Hell yes, they are! But babe, moneydon’tgrowontrees.
- That being said, certain books I cannot read on the Kindle. Like The Lord of the Rings and the Game of Thrones.
- I cannot watch a movie adaptation unless I’ve read the book. It feels like I’ve betrayed the author.
- I read about one-third of a book and if I don’t like it, I abandon it. I may go back to it later, giving it the benefit of the doubt. I treat people this way too. If I don’t find you interesting by our third meeting, I’m sure I’d dislike you. So get back to that bookshelf.
- I (used to) collect bookmarks.
- Always a book in the bag I’m carrying.
- I cannot wrap my head around the idea of audiobooks, unless you’re blind or you can’t read.
- The smell of books (new, crisp pages or old, yellowed ones) always makes my mood better. So I do that often.
- I shamelessly update Goodreads. It’s the Foursquare of books but who cares, it’s phenomenal!
- I make lists about books.
- I talk to my favourite books.
- Always read in a boring class.
- Always have crushes on favourite characters and write copious notes on them.
- Lastly, the best reading I do is when the lights are off and I read with the cellphone light – the book on my tummy and the cellphone on my chest. I’ve finished many-a-books like this.