How I Read – #BookBlogWriMo/ posted in: Just for Fun, Reading
What is #BookBlogWriMo?
Basically, it’s a lax version of NaNoWriMo for book bloggers. I created prompts for each day, discussing different topics around books, blogging, and books + blogging.
I read anything that holds still long enough. Most of my books come from the library. I definitely can’t afford to buy all the books that I read.
When I do buy books, I read them on the Kindle app on my iPad. I like instant gratification. The only problem with that is then you can’t read them in the bathtub.
I don’t plan what I’m going to read. I just read what I feel like reading. I have a TBR list that I refer to for ideas but I don’t stick to it. I just browse the library. I check out what looks good and if I change my mind when I bring it home, I don’t worry about it. I probably return 25% of my books unread. Sorry if that makes the planners out there cringe.
Do I have rituals? Not many. One thing I absolutely have to know is the date it was published. I don’t know how that started. I think it helps me put the books in time. If it is contemporary but written in 1990 then I treat it mentally as a historical instead of getting twitchy about old technology and wondering why they don’t just call people’s cell phones if they can’t find them.
Bookmarks? I use anything that is close at hand. My favorites are folded up paper napkins rings from the Mexican restaurant near my office. I don’t have actually pretty bookmarks because I would lose them. You can track my reading through the house by following the trail of abandoned receipts where I set them down and then got up and walked away from them while still reading.