My Not So Good Childhood Reading Habits

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I found this glorious amended tag on Cam’s Bookish Tales!  She found the original on The Orangutan Librarian.  She thought, “Oh this is fun!” And I pretty much thought exactly the same thing!  I may have even done something similar before, but I loved thinking about how different of a reader I am now, compared to as a child.

I have a feeling I’m not the only one who had bad reading habits as a sprout.

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Immediately cracking the book spine!

Even thinking about cracking the spine of a book now gives me the heeby jeebies!  I’ve become somewhat of a rigid book reader.  My books are not damaged in anyway, but when I was a child I wanted to be able to fold a book in half (mass market, obviously) and hold it in one hand for easy reading.  In fact, I hated hardcover editions because I couldn’t crack them!

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Dog-earing the book pages! 

While I’m an avid bookmark user now, with my own bookmark collection, I never used them as a child.  I was famous for dog-earing every book I read.  I can still pick up one of my old books and see all the places where I paused reading, because there are little creases in the corners.  It eats away at me now.

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Carrying books in my purse!

I actually only stopped doing this recently, when I realized that putting my precious hardcover in my purse damages the dust jacket and bends the corners.  Now, they’re hand carried very gently.  It’s a must.

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Hiding a book inside my school book in class!

I was super quiet at school.  I had friends, but when I was in class I pretty much kept to myself.  Hiding behind a book was the perfect way to keep my head down, and I don’t ever remember getting caught either.  Probably because I was so quiet!

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Never returning my library books!

Okay!  This one sounds bad, and I know it is.  I’m so embarrassed about it, but I’ve also learned from it.  I don’t handle deadlines well, so now I just don’t visit the library.  In the past, in my youth, I was just really bad about returning books.  My fines are probably astronomical!

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Never putting down a bad book!

This one was hard for me to come to terms with… and if you still are one of those people who finish everything they start no matter what, I definitely understand the compulsion.  Honestly, I think the only reason I consider this a ‘bad book habit’ is because of how my brain works.  If I’m not enjoying a read, I stop reading.  Trying to force myself through a bad book meant that I read less, which led to me feeling stressed and miserable.  I need to be reading to decompress.

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There’s no part of me that wants to go back to how I used to treat my books.  (I almost wrote ‘treat my friends’, and isn’t that kinda true too?)  I may be strict with my books now, but they are beautiful and well taken care of.  …. sigh, I love my books.

What about you?  Did you grow out of your bad reading habits, or grow into bad ones?  Are there any habits you wish you still had?

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16 Responses

  1. I used to crack spines and dog ear pages all the time. I look back now and wish I hadn’t because so many books got ruined because of it and I had to get rid of them because they fell apart!

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  2. Christina @ The Bookshelf Corner

    I’m still trying to get out of the “never putting down a bad book” phase. I’m a stubborn reader. I think being a book blogger and seeing people DNF books has hit the point home that it’s okay to stop reading a book if you’re no longer enjoying it.

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  3. It’s funny, because I was just thinking about this the other day.I think the only bad habit a child can have regarding reading is to not read at all. (And maybe returning library books late. LOL)

    I was looking at my books the other day, and I was thinking that I don’t want my books to look pristine. I want someone to walk into my book room, pick up a Judith McNaught book, look at the spine, and say ‘WOW! You must love this author!’ I want my bookshelf to reflect what I love not just by what’s on it, but how worn they look. Maybe that’s why I love paperbacks so much vs. hardbacks. BUT, based on other aspects of my life, I can certainly understand someone’s desire to keep them looking perfect.

    Fun post!

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  4. Charli

    I still dog-ear pages & crack spines. Why? Because a book with a cracked spine & dog-eared pages is generally a well-loved and well-read book. If books are in pristine condition, I often wonder if they’ve even actually been read. I guess it’s just a quirk of mine – I like my books to look like someone’s actually read them. LOL

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  5. I love that you almost wrote friends instead of books, haha. But yes! I used to break spines and dog-ear pages and even write in my books sometimes if I didn’t have a paper with me! And I put books in my purse, my backpack, suitcases, anywhere. I also used the dust jacket folded over part like a bookmark (which made the dust jacket kind of deformed). I really just wasn’t that concerned about how my books looked. Some of them were from used book stores anyway. Although, when I look at the few older books I still have, they don’t look terrible, just some creases in some of the spines. But yeah, now I only open paperbacks like halfway and will contort my body instead to make sure the spine doesn’t break! 😛 And I’m getting better at DNFing! I still don’t do it a lot, but I’ve DNFed like four books so far this year.

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