Recently I’ve realized I have a whole list of unspoken rules, so to speak, when it comes to reading. They’re not rules that I thought of, planned, or even necessarily agree with fully (which yes, sounds weird), it’s just the way my reading goes.
It occurred to me this morning that maybe some of y’all have unspoken (or even unthought of) reading rules, too, and posting about it might prompt a fun discussion. So let’s chat! I’ll list my “rules” below, and then y’all should share yours with me. 😉
- I (nearly) always have a Fiction and Nonfiction book going at the same time. Reading in tandem is important for me because then I can have my brain working on two very different subjects throughout the day.
- Unless it’s for review or on the weekend, I don’t read fiction during the day. This is something I’ve just recently noticed and I’m quite surprised at how exceedingly wrong it feels to read for fun during normal work hours. Where did this mindset come from?
- I never read two books from the same genre simultaneously. A contemporary mystery and historical fiction? Sure. A study on Freedom and learning about Third Culture Kids? No problem. But two books that have vague similarities? No, no, and no.
- It’s completely reasonable to have a lot of books happening at once. (How’s that for being grammatically proficient?) For instance, I currently have a fiction audiobook, physical fiction book, two physical nonfiction books, a fiction ebook, and the Bible on audio as part of my daily word-intake. It didn’t sound like a lot until I just wrote it down…
- Track everything you read. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I realized that jotting down a thought or two about a book and adding it to Goodreads is exceedingly important for helping me remember exactly what I thought about a book. One sentence is all it takes to jog my memory and have me gushing forth information that I read seven months and three-big-changes-in life ago. (Another one of those stunning grammatical masterpieces…)
- Share the joy. I used to read. Now books and the people that come along with the books are a way of life. Chatting with people about books, authors, covers, ideas, and plots is a way to make life so much more rich, full, and well-rounded. Nowadays if I like a book, y’all are going to hear about it. If I don’t like a book? Well, people who I know in real life are going to hear about it because I can rant up a storm – something I avoid doing on the internet. 😉
And now it’s your turn! Do you have any bookish rules you follow? I’d be delighted to hear them!