The Book Reading Habits Tag

I few days ago I tagged by Vicki from Good Friends, Good Books to do this tag! It was really fun to read her habits, and I am ready to do mine. Here we go:

(1) Do you have a certain place for reading at home?
I read in my desk chair, I read in my bed, I read on my couch and I read in my bathtub. Most reading, however, is done in bed.

(2) Do you use a bookmark or a random piece of paper?
I have so many bookmarks. About 50/60 I think. I love all bookmarks, especially promotional ones for books :). With each new book I rotate them :). I love my owl bookmarks though. I have couple!

(3) Can you just stop reading or does it need to be at the end of a chapter or a certain number of pages?
I always end at the end of a chapter, unless I really am about to fall asleep. If there are no chapters or if the chapter are really long I stop just at the end of the page.

(4) Do you eat or drink while reading?
I often drink a cup of tea while reading. For some reason they go together. I ❤ tea!

(5) Do you read one book at a time or several at once?
I never read only one book. I am currently reading 4 and that is usually the case. I have tried to read one at a time but that never works for more than a week. I am a mood reader so I can really start the hate my book if I am just not in the mood for it. I rather read more than one to prevent that from happening. Usually I do read vary genres to make sure I don’t mix up story lines ;).

(6) Do you read out loud or silently in your head?
I read most of my books in my head. But history books that are fact heavy, plays and classic I read out loud. This just immensely helps with understanding harder texts. It takes a lot longer but in the end I don’t need to reread it to get what is going on!

(7) Do you ever read ahead or skip pages?
I never skip pages and I never ever read the end. I just cannot deal with spoilers. I would rather go through bouts on anticipation and excitement, sitting on the edge of my seat to see what is going to happen than have everything spoiled.

(8) Breaking the spine or keeping it new?
I try to keep it new. With bigger books it is almost impossible to NOT break the spine, so I have accepted that is bound to happen. I do however try to take care of my books. I will drag my books everywhere in my bag when I travel so sometimes they sustain some damage. Oops.

(9) Do you write in your books?
For the above mentioned reason I do not write in my books.

(10) What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading a non fiction book on Pharaohs, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente, Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich and The Passage by Justin Cronin. All 4 are very different, but it works so far :).

This was really fun to do! I am not nominating someone specific, so if you like this just do it! Let me know if you have done this, so I can visit your post. You can also post your answers in a comment under this post! Have fun! And again, thank for nominating me Vicki :)!

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Love/hate series

indexSeries. I have a love/hate relationship with series. On the one hand I love to be totally immersed in a world and I am convinced that there is much higher level of detail (on average) in series than there is in standalone. Of course, this is not to say that there standalone are lacking in world building but does are often more plot driven. Series are perfect for when you want that total escape from life. Especially my favorite series, Harry Potter, does this in an amazing way. After you have been so long with certain characters, in a certain place it almost begins to feel like home. I was truly and immensely sad after I finished the last page of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows because I said goodbye to friends that day. I tent to gravitate towards series anyway because I like to revisit friends!

I feel however that there is a strong tendency these days to create a series out of every book. Especially trilogy are a widespread phenomenon. More and more trilogies go to the same trend. First book is good, second book is often very weak and usually only used to set up the third book, often better than book 2, but worse than book 1. Just a few trilogies that come to mind: The Hunger Games, Matched, Legend & Divergent. That really sucks. Authors should not write trilogies to make more money. They should write trilogies because they can genuinely create enough well developed content for three books. If your writings good, if your characters are well developed books are going to sell anyway! I will buy another book by an author as long as what I read first was good. Nothing is more dissuading from continuing a series than filler novels. I am now a lot more careful in buying book 2 before reading book 1. The risk is just a little too big.

I feel that series work best if every book could stand on its own as well. Each Harry Potter book for example, have a distinct beginning and ending. Yes, Harry Potter makes so much more sense when read in order and when you read all of them. But, the plot of each one would still make sense, and would still be good enough if you read it on its own. It should be just as good as a standalone. Don’t get me wrong, I love series, but put in some work. That works best :).

What is your opinion on series? Or in particular on trilogies?

My reading habits

I think that every reader has its quirks, their weird habits when it comes to reading. I certainly know that I have mine! Today I wanted to talk about a few of those and hear from you what reading habits you have :)!

  1. If you come into my house you are going to know right away which books I haven’t read yet. That is because I keep my unread books backwards on my shelves.IMG_2829[1]I know it is weird but for me it really visualizes what I have read and what I haven’t read. The rest of my bookshelves are categorized on height because that way I could fit the most book in one unit. I have limited space and no room for extra shelves right now so I have to make do with my current shelves.
  2. I detest marking my books. I do not write or highlight in my books and I hate books with broken spines. I have hard times in second hand bookstores because I only really want to buy those books that still look really new. I think that they just look prettier when they look new. I don’t mind that you can see that I’ve read them, because there is going to be inevitable wear and tear but I try as best as I can to look after them.
  3. I only read books that have a Goodreads rating of 3,5 stars or higher. I am willing to make exceptions when books get really, really good reviews by bloggers I know or if the book only has a couple of ratings. For established books (i.e. more than 500 ratings), however, I really don’t want to ‘waste’ my time on books that others have not liked. I know that 3,5 and 3 stars are decent ratings, but there are just so many books out there with 3,5 stars+ that I want to read first.
  4. I am always reading at least 3 books. I know that some people really thrive on reading one book at a time but that never seems to work for me. I like to read a lot of genres and I easily get stuck in a reading rut when reading just one book. A good example is one of my current books: Voyager by Diana Gabaldon. I really love the book so far but it has 870 pages and I needs to be read slow. I can’t just read that book so I picked up a contemporary to read alongside with it so that I have something different to read when I get stuck.
  5. I have an extensive excel spreadsheet to track my challenges and I constantly make lists with book I want to read. Right now I am working on 2 lists: 1971 Winner and Nominees of the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award and I want to have read the first 50 books on the Best Ever Books list on Goodreads. In excel I keep track of reading challenges. I’ve only officially signed up for 1 challenge, the LGBT challenge here, but I participate in 25 other challenges unofficially. I just love to read outside my comfort zone and I find that challenges are the best way to do so. I also noticed that I get more reading done because challenges and list motivate me to read more.
    Excel Challenges

So these are my reading habits. Do you have some of the same habits or are yours entirely different? I love to hear from you in the comments!

Hi! Nice to meet you :)

Hi! Thank you for stopping by! I thought it was time to tell you I little bit more about myself. Since I did not really know what to tell you about me I perused the internet for some good questions which I will answer know to introduce myself to you.
So here we go:

Who are you?
I am Jirrine, 22 years old and I live in the Netherlands. I am about to start the last year of my bachelor’s degree in American Studies and I also did one year of the English Language and Culture bachelor. I loved the literature courses (no suprise here!) but I had extreme difficulties with the Linguistic courses so I just decided to focus on finishing one degree. I might pursue something English related in the future though. I live with my boyfriend and my two kitties, Bakso & Fenix.

What is your favorite genre? What do you read the most?
I mostly read YA, but sometimes I pick up Adult or Middle Grade books. My favorite genre is Dystopian and a close second is Historical Fiction. Apart from those two I read basically anything except for Erotica. I would say that my least favorite genre is chicklit/romance. I read the most dystopian novels and I have lot of unread dystopians on my shelf.

In what format do you prefer to read?
I think I actually like paperback best. By far the most of my books are paperbacks. Often because of budget reasons but I think that some hardcover books are too heavy and to bothersome to read. I do own an iPad on which I read the occasional ebook, usually novella’s or freebies. But I love the smell and feel of a new book too much to read ebooks often.

In which manner do you organize your books?
Most people that know really find my way of organizing my books odd. I have one book shelf in my house and all my unread books in there are spines facing backwards. For me this makes it really visual to see what I still have to read. The rest of my books are sorted by height and then I group series together and standalones together. I do not keep to color coordinated or alphabetically because I get annoyed when all of them are different heights.

What other things do you like to do beside reading?
Travelling! Next week I am going camping in France for a couple of weeks with my boyfriend. I like to watch television, favorites are Game of Thrones and New Girl. I also love Scandal.

I don’t know a lot of people that really love to read in person, so I love you get to know all of you! Leave your blog in the comment and then I will stop by to check it out 🙂