Like most people, my reading habits change drastically over time. I go through periods where I only want to read one genre or books by a certain author or authors, and go through periods where I don’t read anything at all.
In the past couple of years my reading habits have developed quite a bit. I used to fly through books and read them without much attention to detail or theme. I think that going to school for Secondary Education with a concentration in ELA and Literacy Education have made me look at my reading choices quite differently. It also taught me to look a little deeper at my reading habits and quirks.
1. Setting reading goals for myself-— I have a goal to read 50 books this year. While that might not seem like a lot to some of you, with my busy life reading one book a week is just about what I need to keep myself sane. That and I wanted to cut out some writing time for myself.
2. Noticing when I am ignoring a genre– As I talked about in a previous post, I really am out of the loop when it comes to YA contemporary lit. So I have made a goal for the rest of the year to read 8 YA contemporary books. Will this catch me up completely? No, but it will help me branch out.
1. Sticking to a couple of genres– I typically read a lot of fantasy, paranormal, and sci-fi and a lot of other genres go ignored. I also read mostly YA, so I am not up-to-date with a lot of adult books (which is another thing that I am working on).
2. Reading more than one book at a time– Some people can do this. I really shouldn’t. Usually I end up forgetting about one of the books and it lays on my desk or nightstand half-read until I remember that it’s there. Usually by then I have to re-read the whole thing. I currently have 3 half-read books on my nightstand that I have to read all over again.
(The three books that were on my night stand. Two of which I was most of the way through before I got scatterbrained and forgot all about them, the other I lost the marker for).