This is one I remember coming across when reading other bloggers' quirks. Most people who know me know that I enjoy reading now and again. And they might give me a pretty bookmark. Something more than just a piece of card. Something fancy or decorative. N gave me a beautiful one for Mother's Day from the boys. I cannot use it because I will lose it. I'll put it down when I pick up my book and that will be the end of it. Gone forever.
And so instead, I take to using other things as bookmarks. Things I won't mind losing - receipts mostly. Train tickets, theatre tickets, scraps of paper. I've used family photographs as bookmarks before, once I used a dollar bill that was all that I had in my pocket. I don't recommend using money as bookmarks because yes, I lost that too.
There's this thing I do and it's gotten me into some trouble a lot. I like knowing how many pages there are in a book and by doing so, working out how many pages I have left to read. So I'll flip to that last page and glance at it as quickly as I can hoping desperately that that corner with the page number will not also contain someone's name or will somehow spoil the book for me. It's something I have to do though, constantly work out if I'm on page 139 and there are 462 pages in the book, how many pages do I have left? No idea why. (This is partly why I don't like e-books as much)
Acknowledgements and dedications
This has only been a recent thing. I love reading both the acknowledgements and the dedications for books. Probably the acknowledgements more than the dedications. I love how there's also so many people listed there. Family members, friends, writing groups, editors, agents. Writing always seems like such a solitary affair and yet so many people are involved in the publication of books. Plus it's always lovely to read nice things and to read of one person's gratitude and assurance that the people in their lives mean something.
Moody shortlist piles
N complains sometimes about the piles of books that are everywhere in the house. But it's something I can't seem to help. I'm a very moody reader and I'm constantly changing my mind about the books I want to read next. So what I do is instead of looking at my to-be-read shelves and being overwhelmed by the number of books on there, what I do is create a shortlisted pile of books. I try to grab a variety of books, some for review maybe, some I bought myself, some by British authors, some I'm DYING to read and put that next to my bedside table for when I finish the book I'm reading. And before I do that, I usually end up making an additional pile to go along with the first pile. And then maybe an exciting new book will arrive in the post and that'll be added... And when I'm done, I'm no closer to having a good idea of what I'll be reading next at all!
Rearranging TBR piles
Oh man, I do this so often it feels a bit like a compulsion. The last time I organised my books, I put them into two main piles - sent for review from the publisher and books I acquired myself. Then I broke these two larger categories into books by British authors and books that are not. This broke my books down into 4 large piles. Previous to that, I'd split the books into genres - contemporary, dystopian, paranormal etc. Every once in awhile I'll alphabetise the whole lot instead. I've written a post about my recent rearrangement of my TBR pile and that should be up on the blog soon!
Touching books in bookshops
I don't consider myself a very tactile person. I usually find that there's a very real bubble of space around me that I don't much care for other people entering. I'm not a hugger. I don't touch people as I'm talking to them, I don't lean in when we're speaking. There's your space and there's my space. This isn't always the case though. It's different with N and the boys and very few other people in the world who I feel comfortable enough to let down my barriers. And I feel very comfortable with books. I like touching them and holding them. So I've noticed that I do this in bookstores and libraries. As I'm scanning the shelves and if I come across a book I really, really loved I can't help but touch it and then move on.
I stop reading at emotional scenes
Whenever there's a really strong emotion coming across within the book whether it be something awkward or heartbreaking or really tense I stop reading my book and let myself feel that emotion for a bit before carrying on. It's as if I love the anticipation of what's coming. Awkward is the best. I love reading awkward scenes. You get this sort of hint that a character is going to say or do something and be put in this excruciating situation ... and I love it. I like to soak in all those feelings that come with that. Marvellous.
Do you have any reading quirks that you'd like to share?