Top Ten Tuesday – Book Habits

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and The Bookish.  The idea is that each week there is a different theme that you can apply to your favourite type of genre.  This week’s meme was on ten things I want to stop or dislike, such as books I didn’t finish or authors I stopped reading.  Here at Kilts and Swords, I prefer not to post negative reviews or disparage authors.  So, I decided to write about ten book habits that I have.

1.  I read one book at a time.  I am envious of people who can read multiple books at one time, but I am a one book kind of girl.

2.  I am a total sucker for a pretty cover.  I know that age old saying, “don’t judge a book by it’s cover’, but I can’t help but fall for a beautiful cover.  I think some of my favourite covers are from Monica McCarty’s Highland Guard Series.  I mean, honestly they are so hot!

3.  I am a die hard fan.  If I like an author, I will read all of their books and make sure to read their back stories.  I probably drive authors crazy with gushing affectionately over fictional characters, but I can’t help myself!

4.   I love to re-read books.  If I really love a series, I will re-read the entire series before a new book comes out.  Sometimes I am just in the mood to read a favourite book all over again and experience the emotions all over again.

5.  However, I don’t always re-read some of my very favourite books!  Doesn’t that seem weird?  I love and adore Judith McNaught’s books, but in the past couple of years I have resisted reading them again.  I read a lot of books and I am always afraid that the perfect memory I have of a story will vanish if I read them again.  So for right now, Almost Heaven is not getting a re-read.  I don’t want to change the memory I have in my head of how perfect that book is.

6.  I have a hard time with series when there is a lengthy delay between books.  For example, some series have like a year in between each book.  I read so many books, that I find it hard at times to remember the secondary characters or the big ‘misunderstanding’ that happened in the previous book.  While I do like to re-read, it isn’t always possible with twenty books on my to-be-read list at any given time.  I’m looking at you, Crossfire series.

7.  I will read anywhere and anytime.  I will read all day if my life accommodated it.  I read on my phone with the Kindle app, so a great book is only a couple of swipes away.

8.  I know it is a great book if I stay up all night reading.  As a child my parents hid all flashlights so that I couldn’t read under the covers.  I know it is a great book when I keep telling myself five more minutes which stretches into two AM.

9.  I go through phases.  Like all readers I have preferred genres and sub genres, but I mostly read romance.  I find that sometimes I go on a contemporary kick, or I go through a time travel phase.  Historical romance is always the bread and butter of my reading lists.

10.  While I adore the well known romance authors, I have loved finding new ones.  Since I started this blog, I have found some amazing authors to read.  It is so exciting when I read a book and it’s awesome!

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9 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Book Habits”

  1. “I love to re-read books.”

    I’m always shocked by people who say they don’t. I mean, sure, there’re hundreds of books I’ll never reread, but to never go back to a favourite makes no sense to me!

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