Readers be warned; reading is a dangerous hobby. Yes, you read right, forget base jumping, sky diving and go karting reading is a hobby riddled with potential wobbles, trials and tribulations. Don’t raise an eye brow at me, there are many quibbles that come with being a reader. If you’re still a little confused read on.
(Although I must admit base-jumping, sky diving and go karting are all very dangerous and potential life threatening activities: Be careful out there)
Looking up what you’re currently reading on Goodreads/Twitter/Facebook
*SPOILERS* are alllll over the internet, don’t be fooled into thinking that you can just avoid said spoilers by avoiding certain hashtags or not searching for the book you’re currently reading. Stay away, turn off your phone and stick your head in that book; everything will be okay. I think.
Getting too many books out from the library
Afajgajhjah library fines get me time, after time and it’s no longer discount charges as they used to be as with your university library. No more Mr Nice Librarian. Fines are pricey and if you forget to renew or take those bad boys back it’s only going to get worse. Period.
Telling Somebody What You’re Reading
Luckily my friends that read the most are also book bloggers so they understand the pain of discussing a currently read book, but once you mention you’re reading the new John Green or J K Rowling book you can be sure to hear the terrifying words ‘have you got to the part where….’ Before you can scream ‘goddamn it stop it,’ they’ve told you ***** or that *** ***** (no spoilers from me, I’m a nice blogger you know.)
Get (and keep) a bookmark
This is the one I fall for every, single, time. You start reading a book very happily and then you have to stop and think I will 100% remember that I am currently on page 1865547. Then you come back to said book and you have skim forward a couple of pages and then back a couple. Before you know it, you’ve realised that the killer was the young girls mothers, aunties sister and that you’ve ruined the final plot twist right before you got to it. Rookie mistake. Carry multiple story savers with you to avoid said awkward situation.
Forgetting to bring a book to a festival/beach/coffee shop
This one could also be labelled as forgetting to charge up your Kindle or E-reader, but make sure that wherever you are going you bring your trusty, currently reading book. I’m sure we’ve all been in the situation when you sit down to open up your current tale of adventure and you’ve left the damn thing at home. You never know when a train will be late, a friend will not turn up for coffee, or you’ll wake up the earliest at a festival, having a trusty book will always save you in these awkward or mind-numbingly boring situations. There’s nothing worse than thinking you can just turn to the next page and continue on the tale to find you’re book-less.
Number five and our final bookish warning is potentially controversial but
Finishing Every Book You Start
This used to be me, but readers you need to stop saying that it’s not okay to put down a book and leave it. If it’s not that good you need to put it down. Yes, give it a couple of chapters, pop it down have some tea, try again but then leave it. Do not toil through till the cows come home and when done think, thank god that is over, it’s unhealthy, a time waster and a big mistake. I can vouch for this. Take your pride and buy a new book and devour that one instead.
Reading is a dangerous task but with these little tips you should be onto a healthy relationship with your beloved books *cheers.*