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.


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!


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.


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.


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!


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!


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.


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?

About Birdie

Don’t look for her in any bar, club, crazy raging party, or anywhere there may be a large gathering of strangers. She’s more likely to be found tucked into the corner of the couch watching one of her favorite shows, or preferably under a comforter with her current novel.

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!


  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.


  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!


  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


  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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