We all know that everybody has different reading styles. I’ve even made a post about our individual reading styles. But, readers also have their own reading habits and preferences. Today I wanted to touch a bit on my “weird” habit.
When I pick up a book I base it either on the synopsis or by a recommendation. However, I’ve found that reading a book with the synopsis or review/recommendation in mind I am often disappointed. I go into the book with preconceived notions that aren’t always going to be fulfilled in the text.
This has led to my “weird’ reading habit. I don’t read anything about the book (synopsis, review, reactions, etc.) right before I start a book. This means that I have to wait long enough before starting the book that I forget the synopsis or what I was told about the book. I know it sounds crazy. But, since implementing this new habit into my reading style I have found myself to enjoy books a lot more.
I think that going into a book without thinking about what it’s supposed to be about leaves me much more open minded. It leaves me with a blank slate, so that I can enjoy the book for the book that it is rather than the book that I thought it would be.
Don’t get me wrong I love reading reviews and recommendations for books. They are the backbone of this community and they’re how I’ve found some of my favorite books. But, I aim to wait long enough so that I don’t remember the specifics of what a reviewer liked or disliked about a book. This enables me to build my own interpretation and review of the book that is not influenced by anyone else. Also, I think it’s fun to go back and look at reviews again after reading a book and comparing my thoughts. It’s one of my favorite things to do.
So, there you have it. That’s my weird reading habit. Do you have any weird reading habits? If so let me know what they are!