Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Bookish Things I want to Quit

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by TheBrokeandtheBookish.

1. I want to quit buying so many books that I never get around to reading. And oh god all the free ebooks as well. I'm a book hoarder. I have so many books that I already own, thousands of books I want to own, thousands of books I used to own that I want to own again, and billions of books yet to be discovered. I'm learning to curb my spending but oh how there are always new books to taunt me. And then I think about a book I used to own and haven't read in years. 

2. I want to quit spending so much time on Goodreads...what?!?! Yes, I need to spend less time on there finding new books and spend a bit more of my time actually reading books. 

3. I want to quit pretending to others that I only read highly intellectual books. Truth is I'd much rather be reading a romance book. Thankfully, these days romance books are not as looked down on. I just have to stop pretending I'm reading The Scarlet Letter and come right out and say "I'm reading a trashy romance book with an over the top plot and I'm loving every single second of it." 

4. I want to quit feeling obligated to review every book an author offers me. I'm learning to say no but it is hard. Because I feel for authors and have a very special place in my heart for indy authors. But between the books I read to my son, the books I read for myself, the books I've already agreed to review and books that I have yet to be introduced to I just don't have the time for it all.

5. I want to quit being a slow reader. THIS....oh god this is probably my number one thing that I would change if I could. I am such a slooooooooow reader. It takes me a week to read a 300 page book. I'm so jealous of people that read one or two books a day. I'll never even get a quarter of the way through all the books I want to read while these people will get so much close. My hat's off to you fast readers!

6. I want to quit reading books by authors that I'm only meh about. There is one author in particular who I will not name. I loved two of her books (yes all of two). The rest were either awful, DNF, or just meh for me. But yet I keep picking up her books hoping for the magic that I found in those two that I loved. But no go. And man she write looooooong books. I think that is why so many are DNF for me...that and some are just really crappy.

7. I want to quit feeling bad when I do not finish a book. I try not to add to my DNF pile but I realize that I can't waste my time on books I'm not enjoying. I can always come back to them (rarely do). It is just that I hate investing my time in something and then not finishing it. But, I've got to learn to let go because sometimes I drag my feet reading books I don't really like and that time could be spent on something I do like.

8. I want to quit falling asleep in the middle of reading...ok this is a medical thing (sleep apnea) and eventually I'll be going for a sleep study to get a c-pap machine. But part of my slow reading is that I often fall asleep half way through a chapter. When I was a teenager I devoured books whole and stayed up all night reading. I'd wake up the next morning on only two hours sleep just to repeat it all again that night. Now I read for about 20 minutes and then I'm asleep.

9. I want to quit worrying about my son's reading. My son is severely learning disabled and it kills me that he cannot read yet (he is 8). So many other kids his age are reading chapter books now. He sometimes can barely sit through an overly wordy picture book. I'm hoping to start him on chapter books soon but I know I need to stop worrying so much. When his brain can finally make the connection it will and he will learn how to read. He wants to read and that is one of the most positive things. 

10. I want to quit starting 4 different books at the same time. This partly has to do with me hating to put a book on DNF pile. But often when I read multiple books one or two or all 4 end up never being finished. Forever sitting my ereader at different percentages finished never to read again. 

1 comment:

Jessica @ a GREAT read said...

Yeah, I could've gone with the guilt thing. I always feel soooo guilty when I have to DNF a book! Like today, I DNF'd one and I felt terrible!

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