Top 10: Things I Learned from Reading Every Day
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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!
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?