I came across this post about what your reading rules reveal about your personality and thought it would be fun to share my reading rules.
- If a book doesn't catch me after 50-100 pages it is okay to stop. There are too many good books to read to waste time on one that isn't.
- I remove dust jackets and toss them. They are superfluous and just get in the way.
- I like books to look well read. I don't mind if they get bent, dropped in water, etc. But I don't write in books, it just never has occurred to me to do so.
- My favorite book form is oversize paperbacks. For big, heavy, long books I prefer ebooks (which I read on a Nook Color or my phone a Samsung Note 2). Otherwise I can't decide if I prefer electronic or hard copy. Maybe if I had an eink reader I would prefer ebooks in all cases?
- I do not like to fold the corner of a page to mark it, mostly because when you get a whole bunch of folded pages they might get unfolded or refolded and then you might get a mistaken mark and that is just annoying. But if I can't find a scrap of paper to slip into the book, and I don't have anywhere to set it down open, then I will fold the page, but mostly I just lay the book down with the book open to the page I am at. I hardly ever use a real bookmark. My husband thinks it is hilarious to pull my bookmarks, and my kids often pick up my books and the bookmarks fall out. I do spend a frequent amount of time searching through the book to find my place.
- I like to pick my books based on my currently feeling. Usually alternating between fantasy, historical fiction and non-fiction, with some classics and general fiction thrown in. Overall I tend not to read the same genre for more than two books in a row, unless I am reading a series.
- When I am picking out a book I tend to rely on word of mouth, or searching for books on a certain topic (especially biographies and historical fiction). I rely pretty heavily on Librarything.com's "Will you like it" feature to help me decide. It is pretty spot on. Only once have I noticed where it was really wrong when it said that I would not like a book that I really did. (Where'd You Go Bernadette).
- I have to record my book on Librarything and Goodreads when I start reading it and then rate it when I am finished. I rarely write a real review, though it seems like Facebook is trying to make me, since my entries are automatically posted to Facebook and people end up asking me what I thought. I am trying to be okay with just jotting down a few thoughts, but I feel like if I am going to write a review, it should be a real thoughtful one that takes me more time then I have.
- I don't like to read many reviews ahead of time because I think they will sway my thoughts too much. Especially bad reviews. If someone points out something annoying about the plot or writing style it will drive me nuts when I read it. But I do read the reviews after I finish. I like to see if other people had the same thoughts as me--kind of a virtual book discussion.
- I love to reread books. Sometimes I want to read a book that I know will be fantastic. I don't have the best memory when it comes to stories so I can reread my favorite books a couple years later and it is almost like reading it for the first time. I have read Jurassic Park five times, Gone With the Wind three, and almost all of Dave Duncan's books at least twice. I have read the Hunter's Haunt and the Man of Word Series three or four times.
- Full bookshelves are the most satisfying form of home decor. I have a very hard time giving books away.
- I do not like reading more then one book at a time, though sometimes I will have a non-fiction and a fiction book I read at the same time.
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