Naughty Under the Blankie – Bad Reading Habits Tag

We all have some reading habits we are not proud of. Marina @Books of Magic wanted to know mine.

So, let’s get down to business, and see what dark secrets I’m harboring and what dirty laundry I’m hiding under the blankie.

#1 Thou shalt not be mentioned

Every now and then I come across a book I don’t enjoy. I’m shameless when it comes to dropping them, and I don’t feel bad at all about not wasting my time on something I don’t like. Occasionally though, when a book displeases me, I go to great lengths to not even mention it ever again. Oh, that book? Nah, never heard of it.Β  ‘Cuz that’ll show ’em!

#2 I buy the book that is cheap, not the book I actually want

Lately I’m as stingy as it gets (girl wants to buy a house, okay?), and yet, I can’t resist a kindle sale. Not once did I go on a shopping spree, dazzled by the hoards of Β£0.99 books that sounded pretty good, and at the same time resisted buying books I really wanted to read, because I was reluctant to fork out Β£.9.99 on them. Yeah, I know, makes no sense.

#3 Oh, sure I’ll read that!

I find books I get excited about and want to read them immediately almost on a daily basis. But since I’m stingy, I just save them on Goodreads for future reference. During the monthly purge I weed out most of these, and even wonder WTF is this crap doing here? I change my mind like you change your socks.

#4 The lady vanishes

Occasionally I get contacted by authors who ask me to read their book and consider it for a review. I will consider anything that sounds like my sort of thing, but unfortunately it happened that I ended up not enjoying these books, and haven’t even finished them. Nothing wrong with that. However it doesn’t always stop there, and some of them come back later to ask when I will post my review. Usually by the time this happens, I’m so over it, that I don’t even want to mention it again. (Refer back to #1). The whole situation makes me squirm to be honest, so I just basically pretend to be dead.

#5 This can’t be good

I don’t want to say that I judge a book by its cover, but I do. If a cover doesn’t look professionally done, has those weird fonts that look like some leftover from ’90 web design kit or have tacky pictures on them or anything else I don’t view as quality work, I jump to the conclusion that the story itself won’t be good enough quality either. True? Not true? You tell me.

#6 Confusing quality with popularity

Not once it happened that I saw a book that piqued my interest, but when I checked it out on Goodreads I was horrified that it only had a handful of ratings. What? It’s been out for years and nobody read it? *gasps in horror* Well, then I won’t bother either. I’m probably missing out on some hidden gems though.

#7 Buying without trying

I probably could have save a considerable amount of money if I spent some time on trying some samples. (Refer to #2 and weep over my impulsive habits) When I know I don’t want to finish a book, I usually know it pretty early on. This is actually one thing I’ve slowly started changing, because reading the first few chapters usually doesn’t take that long, and I already crossed out a few books from my list I’d thought I wanted to read.

The first step toward overcoming one’s bad habits is to acknowledge them. So, here’s to hoping I’m on the right track!

What about you guys? What reading habits are you not so proud of? Confess in the comments. If you feel like.

I tag Ova | Inge | Jennifer | Kathy



  1. I can relate to a number of these but number 4 gave me a chuckle.. because I’m guilty of it! I appreciate when authors approach me but at the same time if I haven’t gotten to your book or DNF’d it and you contact me back I’m going to go hide in a corner and pretend I can’t see you and you can’t see me πŸ˜›

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  2. I’m guilty of a few of these πŸ˜‰ but I really judge every book by its cover. It’s so bad that I can’t sign up for blog tours if I haven’t seen something of a cover. I don’t try samples either or read lots of extracts in blog tours as I’m afraid I’d want to read on right away. Oops think I spilled my beans already a little here :-). Thanks for the tag Norrie, I’ll see if I can come up with some other bad habits to share too πŸ™‚

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  3. This post is so funny! I absolutley hate when authors contact me to “check up” on my progress with their book. I almost feel like it’s bad form on their part, like a teacher is asking me where’s my homework? I hide too😁

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  4. Unlike you, if I’ve read a book I dislike or, even hate, I tell everyone I know, and then some. I feel it an obligation to make sure no one makes the same mistake, is informed so they don’t buy a dud. Although it is true, we don’t all like the same books, so I do try to couch my dislike politely: DON’T BUY THIS F*CKING PIECE OF BADLY WRITTEN CRAP!

    And I’m terrible at picking up several books and then, buying the cheapest even though I fancy the one at the more expensive price. And like you, wonder why I do that? Especially if it urns out I didn’t read far enough (at the shop) and it turns out to be a dud.

    And you did make me laugh: The Lady Vanishes? Ha! Ha! I at least try to make sure I contact authors whose books I’m supposed to be reading, if I don’t end up actually reading the whole book. I just tell them politely why.

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    1. Oh, yea, makes sense!

      I sometimes include a “what i DNFd” section in my monthly post but quite often i forget about it cuz my brain just deletes the experience πŸ˜€ If i finish them but still don’t like them, yea, i will prolly review πŸ˜€

      I admire you for contacting them! In all fairness lot of the times i even forget about those requests (again, point 1 , hehe) πŸ˜€

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      1. I think if we all did a DNF section in our monthly round-ups, that would help. Just to know why another person didn’t like this book or that one, helps cut down (for me at least) buying another dud.

        Having been on both sides of the fence, I do try to contact authors and let them know. But then, I’m really, really picky about what books I accept. And, if they’re willing to send me a real book, then I make the effort. I don’t read electronic. πŸ˜‰

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  5. For way too long, I was too nice about accepting requests for book reviews without doing my homework and then being saddled with something I really didn’t want to later read. You do no one any favors by being too nice in these situations.

    My biggest bad habit is not being able to DNF a book. To date, I’ve only one book in that category because I literally couldn’t get past the first chapter after massive attempts to do so. I just normally plow through miserably.

    Great post, Norrie!

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  6. I am LOVING all the B99 GIFs – I’ve recently just started watching it and it’s amazing.
    I can relate to all of these habits, oops!
    ‘I just basically pretend to be dead’ I’m crying πŸ˜‚
    Great post!

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  7. I laughed so hard at “the lady vanishes” part πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I’m guilty of judging books by their covers a lot of the time as well, when they don’t look… professional enough in a way, I feel like the book won’t be any good? I can’t help it, I wish I could do better with that :/
    I love this post! πŸ˜€

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    1. Haha, yea! Imagine books would be like how nowadays package cigarettes. All in the same brown box. So if all covers had the same no-design design, what would we do?

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  8. I can relate to a lot of these! I really should start sampling books the problem is once I do I fall into that mindset well maybe you will like it you only read four chapters what if this is your next favorite book and then I’m stuck.

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    1. Oh yes, you are doomed then πŸ˜€
      Samples can be deceiving, it’s true. But now that i started reading more of it, it kinda gave me a good feel about a lot of books.


    1. Right?
      I’m saying this, but some of my fave books are rated kinda low-ish on goodreads. Like 3.4… but at least they were read by many others. πŸ˜€
      Safety in numbers!

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  9. I literally relate to every single one of these! Hahaha. πŸ˜‚ Love this post, Norrie! Recently I’ve been hella cheap with buying books cause I’ve been forking over a lot of money fixing up my car. The only books I’ve been buying for the most part are ebooks for sale on Amazon, and used books from my local bookstore. Lol

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  10. He he, I am so good at not finishing as well. I can pretty much relate to all of your points.

    I actually had a great success with Libby app – if you are a member of any London library, you can use its card in Libby and the entire London libraries’ eBooks (I think, it works this way for Bristol anyway) should become available for you to borrow / request etc. I read many very expensive books this way. If you don’t mind waiting as some of these books are popular… I get you with the house thing, I’ve been in the same boat myself. It’s bloody hard. Crossing my fingers for you! ❀

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    1. Oh that sounds good!
      I actually planned to signed up in the local library, was like 2 mins away from it, then i realized i’m not sure where is it exactly, so googled it and the website told me they are closed till Spring… i couldn’t be bothered to walk to the other one 20 minutes away πŸ˜€
      But it’s defo a good way of getting books, and also for audio!

      Good luck to you too! πŸ™‚

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  11. Hahaha The pretending to be dead part made me laugh. πŸ˜›
    This was such a fun post to read. I think we’re all guilty of our own book-related sins. I know I’ve also done my fair share of numbers 2, 3, 5, and 7 on your list.

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  12. Ah I so relate to buying all the 99p books and not the ones I really want for Β£9.99- even though it’s false economy. hahaha I definitely relate to storing loads of books on goodreads and never getting to it πŸ˜‰ And yup I judge books by their covers too. I definitely confuse popularity with quality too. And yup I’m also guilty of not trying before buying.
    Awesome answers!

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