Top 10: Things I Learned from Reading Every Day

Top 10: Things I Learned from Reading Every Day

Hey Catastrophes!

In the month of August I created and did the #augreadchallenge on Twitter with a group of girls! The aim was to read 50 pages a day, which I didn’t realise was going to be a very big challenge indeed. I learned quite a few things about me as a reader… and decided to share them with you today as a top 10!

 

 

Reading every day is hard!

 

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I didn’t realise that I didn’t read every day until I actually did it. And it isn’t easy to find time to read every day. If any bookworm says they do, either call them on their bluff or bow down at their feet because they are worthy of adoration!

 

 

Reading with someone is way more fun than reading alone.

 

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Okay, so maybe I didn’t do any buddy reads… but we had some conversation happening on Twitter and talking to people who were struggling to find time to read like I was supported me. It actually even motivated me to read more. So having a reading community and being part of it? Definitely made me read more.

 

 

I’m such a mood reader.

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I used to answer no to the question of whether or not I was a mood reader. But I 75% am. I pick a varied TBR for the month, and then I kind of read whatever I want within that TBR based on my mood. And if I am VERY moody it’s gonna end up being something outside of that TBR…

 

 

… Hence why I read more than one book at a time.

 

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Because I’m in the mood for different things almost every day, it kind of explains why I can never stick to a single book. In fact, in one of the days I read bits of three different books. If you were under the impression that my mood didn’t change that quickly, it really does.

 

 

All the book formats ultimately means I get more read.

 

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At the beginning of the month I feel like I am finishing no books at all because I’m juggling one on my laptop, one on my phone, one on my kindle, and maybe one or two in physical copy. But by the end of the month I’m basically at the end of all of those books, and suddenly my read list goes from 0 to 5!

 

 

My reading speed depends on the writing style.

 

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I can be enjoying a book well enough with The Last of the Firedrakes throughout August and reading it incredibly slowly. I love anything by Santino Hassell, so on average it takes me less than 24 hours to finish one of his books. Yep. It really just depends on the writing style and not so much my enjoyment of the book…

 

 

The more tired I am, the more likely I am to reread something.

 

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I think this one makes sense. The more tired I am, the less I want to pay attention to details and have my mind whirling to keep track of what is happening. On the evenings when I was exhausted, I managed to squeeze in my 50 pages by reading a book I was already familiar with.

 

 

I rarely sit down with my only intention being reading.

 

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If it wasn’t for the sake of the challenge, I doubt I would ever have done that! I’m usually reading while waiting to go somewhere, or squeezing in a quick 25 pages as a break between moving on to the next thing I need to do. Sitting down to read? It only happens when I absolutely ADORE the book.

 

 

Commute time is the best reading time for me. (Unless it’s a flight.)

 

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Really, there isn’t anything better to do than read during travel time. Except when I was in an aeroplane. For some reason, I couldn’t ever stay awake long enough to read more than 10 pages.

 

 

Social media is my biggest distraction.

 

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I always fully intend to pop into Twitter, Insta Stories or Snapchat just to show I am reading or mention my current read. Half an hour later it’s time to stop reading and I am still scrolling or watching other people’s stories. Whoops!

 

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New Video!

My reading vlog for the first half of the Augreadchallenge! Keep an eye out on my channel to see part 2 coming soon…

 

 

 

Olivia’s Question: What are some of the habits you have when reading?

Olivia-Savannah x



46 thoughts on “Top 10: Things I Learned from Reading Every Day”

  • I know I’m way late on this post, but I just ran across it now. I was most surprised that you don’t ever sit down with the intention of reading. I pretty much always read before I go to bed, and I often read at random times during the day too, so this is always surprising to me to hear. 🙂

    • You’re never too late for a blog post! They are timeless 😉 Now that I have uni I sit down with the intention of reading a bit more, but when it comes to pleasure reading it’s really stealing a chapter here or there, or accidently reading all night! I think many readers make time to sit down and read, like you 🙂

    • Ahh book clubs are the best! I’m currently not part of one but I wish I was 🙁 I’m so happy to hear that you’re enjoying it so much 🙂

    • I think writing style affecting your pace of reading happens to a lot of people, but it is something that can be hard to notice! Glad you liked it <3

  • I loved the August challenge 🙂
    I try to read pretty much every day and can happily spend hours in a good book completely oblivious to anything else happening nearby. Irritates my OH no end!!

    • So happy you enjoyed it 🙂 Thanks for joining me with it! I am so impressed you can read every day D: It’s great that you can get so lost in a good book. Who needs the outside world? Hehehe 😀

  • Oh yeah, Twitter is the biggest obstacle when it comes to reading 😀 actually, what I’ve started doing lately is just leaving my phone in one room and going to read in the other 😀 that way I won’t even hear the chirps and get distracted. But I do make time to read, specifically! My sleep time suffers though xD haha. I don’t know about 50 pages though, most of the time I read on the Kindle, so it’s harder to tell the page count. I wonder if I’d find time to read every day… I’m sure I read *almost* every day, but then some days are so tough I don’t really read much, and I’m sure I don’t always break 50 pages cause I’d be reading more books a month 😀 how many did you finish in this challenge? Sounds like a great challenge 🙂
    P.S. I also always read several books! No way am I just reading one. That’s a silly thing that leads to slumps and DNFs 😀 reading several really is the best way 🙂

    • It’s smart of you to leave your phone in one room and heading into another. I don’t have that option (uni rooms, anyone?) so I might have to silence my phone and put it away… I am glad you make specific time to read – I think that’s an incredibly smart idea. My sleep used to suffer a lot too for reading. Ah, page count is hard on a Kindle but reading almost every day without fail is a feat in itself already. I read 9, but I started a lot and didn’t finish many of them 😛 Multi-readers for the win! 😀

  • OMG I have never related to any post this badly before! Twitter is my biggest enemy! AND SAME I CAN NOT READ EVERY SINGLE DAY!!!! I don’t know how people manage to do it! And yeah my reading speed depends on author’s writing style! Definitely agree with this one!!!! Plus my reading speed is pretty slow in terms of ebooks! 🙁 I prefer physical copies cause i read faster that way! ♡
    P.S: Sharing this post! It’s so good! ♡♡
    Haniya
    booknauthors.blogspot.com

    • Reading every single day is just something which isn’t for us! Oh my goodness Twitter just absorbs all my attention every single time. I like the how the writing style impacts the reading speed – I am glad I’m not the only one for that. I understand, although I’m the opposite – for some reason I read ebooks faster. Thanks for sharing it, Haniya <3

  • OMG Olivia, I totally missed that you’re blogging again and have a new design somehow!?? I blame being busy. Anyways, your blog looks AWESOME! I really like your new design!

    I can totally relate to being a mood reader – I can’t juggle too many books at the same time or I’ll feel overwhelmed, but it definitely happens that I suddenly grow tired of a book and need to start a new one, and don’t even try to force me to read something I’m not in the mood for, it will only end in desaster. Unlike you, I can’t read while commuting at all! I get nauseated on trains or in cars and I also need to feel comfortable to really relax and read, so mostly I read in bed before I go to sleep (though I will read lots of random news or science articles on my phone when I’m in a waiting room or on a train, and that does work for some reason! Maybe I should just start reading books on my phone more…)

    • THANK YOU <3 I am so glad you like the new design! It took me quite a while to figure out, especially with all this new WordPress-y stuff being new to me 😛

      Mood readers for the win. Although I agree, juggling too many books isn't the best idea either. Ah, motion sickness is something that I used to get a lot but I get less now? Mostly it's pesky cars that make me the most ill, but otherwise I manage now (not sure how that worked out for me?). But it makes sense that you can't read while commuting! Reading before bed is great. I recommend reading on the phone! At first I thought it would be a pain but it actually works and is effective? ^.^

  • I think I am the opposite. If I don’t get a chance to read at least a little bit every day, I get really, really crabby. I need my reading time.

    • It’s great that reading is a relaxation for you… and I am glad you manage to do it every day! Reading every day is epic, especially as it soothes you.

  • Social media is my reading curse as well. I plan just to share the book and two hours later I am scrolling on Instagram or having a retweeting hundreds of tweets. I kinda make it a thing to post about what I am “currently” reading after my reading session is over!

    • You can totally get sucked into the wormhole of social media from time to time. There is literally no avoiding it DD:

  • I totally and completely failed at this! I was doing great for the first 4 days and then I had a massive reading and blogging slump which had the worst timing EVER. I’m also a giant mood reader, though, which I think contributed. I also really liked reading on commutes as well. It’s the one time that I can justify that I wouldn’t be doing anything else so there’s no other way to be productive! I just feel like I always tell myself that I have so much to do so there’s no time for reading! Hopefully I’ll figure myself out soon 🙂 Congratulations on making it through, Olivia!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

    • That’s okay! You gave it a go, and it can be so difficult to read this much in a day, let alone every single day as well! Slumps take control of us from time to time (like me and my blogging slump). Being moody-motivated for things can be such a struggle DD: Yes, we make our commute times as productive as they can be! I hope you can find some more reading time in your future too <3

  • Great post Olivia!
    I agree with you on most points. I am a mood reader and tend to find that I love to read more when it’s something I want to read. 🙂

    Reading 50 pages a day is a lot to commit to ( unless you’re retired). I try to read a chapter at least a day but like you I do it in different formats so I get so much more reading done.

    How’s uni going?

    • Yes, going with what you want to read most is good. There are too many times when we end up doing something we don’t want to do, and reading doesn’t have to be part of that.

      It is a lot to commit to! It was a nice challenge, but it definitely isn’t going to be my every day kind of challenge 😛 Different formats is a blessing from above.

      University is going well but it is keeping me so busy! I have a lot to read for the course and not much time to blog…

  • I’m guilty with atleast 4 in this list. My biggest turn off is my uncooperative mood 🙁 Wish I could have a button to control my mood though, I bet life would have been easier hehe

    • I feel like being a mood reader just works for me, but sometimes I wish I could turn off my mood as well. We’re the same in that regard 😛

    • Yeah my moods change insanely quickly xD I didn’t realise it until I was monitoring my reading and how many books I was juggling 😛 But mood readers unite 😀

  • Aw this is so fun, I love that you learned so much about your reading habits this way! I do read every single day, and I think the reason is that if I didn’t, I feel like I’d eventually stop reading? Like, if I put it off one day, why not 2? Etc. I do a lot of the multiple format thing too, I recently started reading on my phone and it’s helped me get more done for sure!

    • It really did teach me a lot about my reading self D: It’s so great that you read every single day *bows before you in adoration* Yes, no procrastinating reading! Reading across all the modes really helps us both read more 😉

    • Just like me, you’re reading across different formats! I wish audiobooks could work for me too but they really don’t… Ooh I hope you did end up doing it! If you have, I hope it goes well Rachael 🙂

  • Argh! I totally intended dropping in on your challenge, at least a little! Sorry!

    To be fair, August was a bit of a blur – I had a lot of stuff going on and my grandfather was in hospital. Looks like you enjoyed yourself though! 🙂

  • I’m likely to read more when I’m commuting than actually sitting down at home because there are too many damn distractions there like social media, my laptop, tv, pets and house work I need to get done. Ain’t it sad! xD

    • I know what you mean about distractions being everywhere! Commuting time is such a good time to read, as long as you can deal with surrounding noise 😉

    • I believe falling to my knees and adoration is kind of in order! You’re amazing to read every day and for such a long while. The little distractions pale in comparison to your devotion!

  • I so wish that I could read more than one book at a time! I can hardly focus on one sometimes so I’d love to be able to do more than one 🙁 and I looooove reading on buses it’s just fun! Awesome post 🙂

    • I love reading multiple, but reading one at a time must be great too because then you get to truly experience the immersion into the world/book. ^.^

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