Question: Do You Have A Reading Quirk?

Posted May 29, 2013 by Carmel in Question / 14 Comments


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I’m not sure if this counts as a reading quirk but I CAN NOT stop reading a book mid-chapter. For instance, if my guy’s like “hey, do you want to go out for ice cream?” and I’m not at the beginning or end of my current chapter I will make him wait until I’m done. Yes, books take priority over everything in my world, even ice cream. I just can’t stand the feeling of something being left unfinished. My inner perfectionist will nag me until I finish what I started. I am capable of stopping mid-sentence if I must in an emergency situation for example but, there’s basically an unspoken rule in our household that my guy is not to interrupt me until I reach a break in my book. If there’s something he needs to tell me, he’ll give me a considerate heads up like “when you’re finished your chapter I need to talk to you”.

To a certain extent, this carries over to finishing novels too. I’ve been blogging for nearly 3 years now and I think I’ve DNF’d (Did Not Finish) a total of 2 books in that time. Even if the story is really horrible, plagued with spelling mistakes and I’d rather be getting a root canal than continue reading for another second… I won’t stop! This is one of the main reasons why I rigorously screen all of the review requests I receive because I know that once I commit to reading a book that I’m in it for the long haul. It’s pretty ridiculous, I know but what can I say? It’s my reading quirk.


What’s your reading quirk?


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14 responses to “Question: Do You Have A Reading Quirk?

  1. Rachel

    I have two quirks.
    One – must finish chapter before stopping to go do something else.
    Two – If I’m in my room with the door closed and some snacks, then there better be a fire or someone dying if you plan on bothering me.

    The second drives my husband crazy and he is thankful that it doesn’t happen often.

  2. I have an extreme fear of being caught without reading material!!! I can’t have just one book on the go — I have to have a book everywhere. There’s one in each bathroom, one in the living room, one by my bed and one in the car. And if that’s not enough, my Kindle goes with me everywhere. Thank goodness I can keep track of all those stories — as soon as I pick up the book, I’m not confused about what’s going on or who is who. The downside, is that it takes me a very long time to read a book to the end……

  3. omg I’m definitely the same. I can’t stop a book midchapter. Which sucked when I read Breaking Point because those chapters are really long lol. I also can’t dog ear a page. It like hurts my soul. And I just recently started taking the jackets off hardcovers when i read them, but I’m not sure how I feel about that yet.

    • It’s killer when a book has long ass chapters. 🙁

      I know of another blogger who carried her books around in Ziploc bags to avoid damaging them. Too cute!!

  4. Coley

    I hate not finishing a book … I have a very very small number of DNF’s for my entire reading career. Like, count on one hand small number. Even if the story drives me nuts, I must finish it.

    Similarly, I hate not finishing series. Or when a writer doesn’t finish a series. Not that I can control that but it makes me so crazy.

  5. I’m the same way! If we’re going somewhere, the Nook goes with me so I go from couch to car still reading…DH just shakes his head and has become used to riding in silence LOL. Then if I’m starting to fall asleep while reading I try to see how far it is to the end of the chapter so I can stick it out.

    It’s also a very rare occurance if I don’t finish a book. Even if I don’t like it, I feel bad if I don’t finish it.

  6. kimbacaffeinate  

    Hehehe, if you have read any of my Caffeinated Confessions then you know I am the queen of reading quirks and oh yeah i never stop mid-chapter!

  7. We are very similar in this. I have to be at a definitive stopping point in a book to be comfortable with putting it down. I also don’t not finish books. I’m not sure what it is but I just can’t NOT finish it. 🙂