My Reading Habits

I loved studying literature, but I wasn’t that fussed about reading.

Reading has always been an effort for me. It took until I was 27 to get to the bottom of why, but it was rarely something that I ever did for pleasure. I would read on holidays. Occasionally go through phases of reading on my commute to work, but I didn’t ever curl up on the sofa and read. You wouldn’t have known it though, especially considering I have a degree in Literature. And I spent three years as an English teacher. I loved studying literature, but I wasn’t that fussed about reading.

Read why I find reading such an effort here.

Read about why I believe reading for pleasure is so important here [link coming soon]

With the exception of holidays, I now read almost exclusively in bed. I try to get in at least a chapter before I go to sleep, but often this will turn into 30 minutes+ reading and multiple chapters. It has taken a while to train myself out having my phone in the bedroom. I don’t have any devices in there now, only ‘proper’ books are allowed!

As I read at the end of day, I stick with ‘beach-reads’. These pulpy, cheesy and fun reads are perfect for winding down. I don’t want to read into my reading (pardon the pun) and would much rather have a easy time of it. If I do try something more ‘challenging’ it is likely to send my mind whirring and stop me getting any sleep at all!

I don’t have any devices in there now, only ‘proper’ books are allowed!

I also listen to audiobooks (which still counts as reading as far as I am concerned) when I am on long walks and drives. They are great for when my partner are on long road trips together – saves arguing over music!

How I Rate Books

While on holiday I stumbled across this adorable Reading Journal:

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A review of this rare delight will come along soon. And yes, while I have applied a filter to compensate for the dodgy lighting, it is in fact lime green.

Inside it has an unusual rating system (at least to me). It asks you to rate books from 1 – 6. I googled for ideas but ultimately I went with my gut – which hopefully I will just trust more in future!

So here we go…

I have aimed for something that takes into consideration those books that you love but aren’t technically great works of literature. And while there is an argument for enjoyment being the defining characteristic in how great a work it is – my Comparative Literary Studies degree disagrees!