Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, where we get a bookish prompt to create a top ten for.
Now this week the topic is Ten Bookish Things I Want to Quit or Have Quit. An interesting topic. I decided to do both, because I don’t think I could have made a list for just one. I took things as habits as well. These aren’t nessecarily good or bad things. It’s an interesting topic though and I’m curious to see all of your lists this week.
Six Bookish Things/Habits I Have Quit
1 Dog earing books instead of using a book mark
I’ll admit it. I used to be one of those that dog eared library books. I know. I know! It’s a sin. But since I got chewed out by my mom about it once I haven’t dog eared a library book. Any book really. Don’t get me wrong, if you dog ear your own books that is completely fine. But dog earing library books, not so much.
2 Only buying the cheapest copies
I was a cheapskate. I would get the mass market paperbacks over any hardcover any day because cheaper books mean more money to buy more cheaper books. But since my collection has grown, and my paperbacks sometimes look a tad damaged, I have taken to investing more in hardcover books. They look so nice on the shelves. I still buy plenty of paperbacks though.
3 Going to the library
I used to always go to the libarly every 2-3 weeks. Mostly with my mom, from a young age. But as I went to high school, and had less time to read I went to the library less. Sometimes I used the high school library.
4 Sending newly bought online books back if they aren’t in perfect condition
I want my books to be pretty perfect if I buy them as new and full price. Last year that caused me to send books back so often I had no pleasure in buying books anymore. I dreaded the package, because 9 times out of 10 I had to send the book back anyway. Multiple times sometimes. This year I am not as picky anymore. It’s still a struggle, because I like things perfect, but I have to accept that not everything can be. Unfortunately.
5 Not stacking my books in the shelves
To save space I saw a lot of people stacking their books in the shelves. But books should be upright. But this year I’ve stacked some books in my book shelves as well. It can be very playful. I’m not ready yet for double rows in my shelves though. I might never be.
6 Ditching the dustjacket (a.k.a throwing them away)
I know! I used to do this. My three Harry Potter hardcovers I bought when they came out are without dustjackets because I threw them away. I promise, I do not do this anymore.
Four Bookish Things/Habits I Want to Quit
7 Holding on to books I don’t think I’ll read
Some books I’ve bought in sales and such that I don’t think I’ll read at the moment. There is a shelf where there are some books that I don’t think I want to read, like some crime books, but I can’t get myself to remove them from the shelves because I haven’t read them. Ugh.
8 Poking about online for sales on books and being seduced by them even though I have a huge number of books still to read
I’m sure I’m not the only one who has this habit, and gives in to the need of books that are cheaper than normal.
9 Buying ALL the physical books
I love physical books, but I need to be more selective, because I am really starting to run out of space in my main shelves and it makes me a bit panicky just thinking about that. I should buy more books as ebooks. Books I think I might not want as a physical copy and such. Or series that are very long like the In Death series I’d still like to read.
10 Starting a classic book but then taking months to read, or putting it down
Sometimes I find it hard to pick up book and while I don’t mind that it takes me longer to read these books, sometimes I catch myself completely forgetting that I am reading this book.