Friday, July 1, 2016

Lit: Uniquely Portable Magic - Reading Habits

I recently saw  a comment on Twitter about someone's reading habits. We often comment about our habits (eating habits, sleeping habits) but I began to wonder what the phrase "reading habits" even means.

Merriam Webster defines "habit" as:
A usual way of behaving: something that a person does often in a regular and repeated way
I'm a reader. I read a lot by most people's standards, at least a book a week (although I pale in comparison to a lot of my blogging friends!). But I'd be hard pressed to tell you what my reading habits are.

I generally read while I eat breakfast...except on weekends or when there's something especially interesting on the morning news, or when one of my family comes down for breakfast early and we're talking.

I usually read over my lunch hour...except on my half day or if I need to run an errand and not always on the weekends.

I nearly always read for a while when I crawl into bed. But that could mean anywhere from a few minutes to an hour or more depending on how tired I am, how late it is, or how compelling the book I'm reading is.

None of those things really feel like habits when I look at them more closely.

Maybe I'm overthinking this. If you're a person who only reads a couple of books a year, these almost certainly feel like reading habits. Still, I tend to think of the act of brushing my teeth as a habit, something I always do and always at a particular time and place. 

I definitely don't read like that. I don't read the same kind of "books" all of the time any more: audio, Nook, iPad, and physical books all play a part in my reading. I don't even read regularly in the same place. 

So, I'm a reader. Who, apparently, has no reading habits. I guess that truly does make me a free-range reader. What about you? Do you have any reading habits?


  1. Great topic! I try to avoid reading while I eat because I get caught up in my book and don't think about my food at all while I'm eating it and I never end up feeling full. I'm a bedtime reader though I would like to read more during the day. I do occasionally but definitely not as a habit. I'm not sure I'd consider reading as a habit either. It's more of a hobby because I spend so much time reading or thinking about what I'm going to read next or what I want to read in the future!

  2. What a fun topic! I am not sure any of my reading behaviors would officially count as habits either. I do like to read during my lunch break at work. I don't necessarily have to have quiet when I read, even though I prefer it. I can't say I never write in books--because I do on occasion (although always in pencil). Even though I prefer to read a book before seeing a movie or reading a series in order--I don't always do either of those things.