My Reading Habits: Book Buying, Bookmarks, Annotating, and More

I’m running out of post ideas.

I’ve said this several times already but I just have to reiterate! But I’ve seen a lot of people discuss some of their bookish habits in the past few months. I thought, why not join in and make a whole post about my own reading habits!! Because I take my inspiration solely from other people now.

This is going to be a fairly short post (or at least… shorter than the usual monster posts I write), but I had fun writing it! I can’t remember the last time I’ve written a casual post like this?? Also for no reason other than how I crave structure, I’ve organized these into good, neutral, and bad!

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THE GOOD

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  • I read diversely in terms of representation! I of course can always,Β always be doing better, as can everyone, and I’m trying to be more aware of whose books I’m picking up, whose stories they’re telling, and whose voice is telling them. But I think I’m doing a pretty decent job already, if I say so myself! There’s always room for improvement though. <33
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  • I rarely buy books! This simultaneously comes from a place of privilege and also not, because while I’m a high school student with no source of income to be able to buy books at all, I do receive a decent amount of books each year from publishers, family, and my library.
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  • I’m great at not requesting ARCs. Seeing people panic about how they’ve requested too many ARCs is never relatable to me! While I do request ARCs, I request the ones I’m actually interested in, so I don’t end up with a bunch that I don’t want to read. We’re going to ignore how I’ve been requesting more lately.
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  • I can read in any format!! I’m not sure if this is really a habit, but I’m including it anyways. I read a lot more audiobooks this year and so I can finally say I’m comfortable with any format, which is fantastic because I love the different experiences/benefits that come with each of them!

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THE NEUTRAL

  • I have to stop at chapter breaks; I can’t simply stop reading at a random place unless I’ve only been reading for a few minutes/am not into the book at all. I can inadvertently force myself to read more by doing this (especially with “just one more chapter”), but also it’s a pain when I want to stop reading and the chapters are like 50 pages long!!
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  • I don’t highlight or annotate (unless I’m reading an ebook). I’m simultaneously fascinated with and horrified at the idea of writing anything in my books. I feel like it would be a fun experience for rereads? But then I just can’t picture myself actually doing anything to a book other than reading it and like… touching it?
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  • I can’t read multiple books at once. This is neutral to me since I don’t think there are many pros vs cons with reading one book vs reading multiple books? My brain simply just cannot focus on more than one book at a time, and me reading “multiple” books literally means putting that book down to start another one and then sadly forgetting about the original book.

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  • I’m a mood reader. It’s wonderful to just pick up whatever I feel like reading at the moment, but on the rare occasion I try to make a TBR, I just set myself up for utter FAILURE.
  • I read in silence! Sometimes I can listen to music (or it can weirdly help me get into a book), but I’ll have to turn it off eventually.
  • I read mostly on my bed and occasionally on my couch, which are pretty standard places to read?
  • I organize my bookshelf by color! (Don’t know if this is really a habit, but I’m including it anyways.) It makes me very happy to look at, and I also generally remember colors and visual things more easily, but I hate splitting up series.
  • I honestly don’t remember the last time I read and I wasn’t lying on my back… what’s sitting I don’t know her. Three seconds after I wrote this I realized I read a little bit when I was eating dinner, and I am ignoring that that happened!!

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THE BAD

all YA (that I love!!)
  • I don’t read diversely in terms of genre. I’m mainly a YA fantasy/contemporary reader, and this is something I really want to change soonβ€”I want to read more adult fiction, classics, and non-fiction!! (Would anyone be interested in reading a post of some of the specific books I want to read?) Also this is bad for me personally: I love YA, and sticking to one genre is definitely not bad, but I just want to expand my horizons!
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  • I never use bookmarks. I’m one of the chaotic people who does nothing to mark my page when I need to put a book down! I don’t even remember a page number, I just remember the general scene and then flip through the book to find it. (Yes it has gotten me spoiled a few times… we all have our flaws.)
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  • I read mainly at night! I’ve been reading more during the day lately, since I have free time pretty much constantly now that I’m in quarantine, but besides that, I’m a night reader. This is bad specifically because I have a tendency to stay up in general anyways, but it’s even worse when I start reading a book at like… midnight. And then refuse to stop reading.
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  • I don’t take notes while reading. I’m categorizing this as a bad thing because I would be so POWERFUL if I took notes while I read!! I’ve been jotting down a few bullet points after finishing books recently, but I just really want to get into the habit of writing notes during, because I have a terrible memory and they help me so much!

shall we chat

what are some of your reading habits? do we share some or have completely different experiences?? morning, afternoon, or night? bookmarks, dogears, or nothing?

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99 thoughts on “My Reading Habits: Book Buying, Bookmarks, Annotating, and More

  1. LOVING this, honey!! ✨ First, don’t worry about can’t think of post ideas right now, from experience I know they’ll come to you at the most unexpected moments. It usually happens to me while I do the dishes!! SO RARE, I know.πŸ˜‚

    I LOVE to know your reading habits, there’s something so fun and interesting about it, I also read almost always at night, for some reason it makes me feel more immersed in reading & I’ve tried to read more than one book at a time many times, maybe it works better with diferent formats, but in general I can’t handle it either. πŸ˜…β€οΈβœ¨

    Amazing post, love, have a beautiful day πŸ₯°

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    1. sofii πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯Ί thank you so much for your kind words, i’ve been a bit anxious that i’m running out of ideas, so your words mean the world to me ❀

      and yes, another night reader!! i get what you mean — staying up in the early morning hours feels like you're living in some other world, so that feeling is even bigger when reading πŸ₯Ί i hope you have a lovely day too!!!

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  2. I had no idea you’re in high school; I am as well!! Also, a lot of my habits are pretty similar. A new one I’ve added is not finishing a boring book and actually reviewing the books I’ve read, and getting books from the library.

    As for the buying books part, I agree! Most of the money I use for it is from my family or any money I’ve gotten. I do have an internship this summer, so I’m excited for that. It’s nice that my family buys into my love of reading.

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    1. ah yeah!! i’m pretty young πŸ₯° and i’m also working on reviewing the books i read! very slow at it but it’s fun for me ❀ and i'm a huge library user as well!!

      and yes, same — i'm very glad that my family recognizes that i just really love books and will help me out on the rare occasions i ask for them πŸ₯°

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  3. This was such a fun post! It’s good to know your own reading habits. Learning mine helped me become a better reader as well as avoid buying books or formats I know I wouldn’t enjoy.

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  4. Great post, May!!! I once had a book where there were no chapters, like zero. I thought I might die right then and there. While I can stop at random, this book also didn’t have paragraph breaks and it was just one long continuous text. I hated it with a passion, but it was for school, so I somehow had to work around it.

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      1. I hated it so much! I honestly don’t remember how I got through it. It fortunately wasn’t very long, but I think I skimmed it and then read the cliff’s notes or something online. It was unbearable.

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  5. I loved seeing all of your reading habits! I either relate or used to relate to all of them. When I was younger (and read significantly less) I used to stop at chapter breaks without using bookmarks, but sometimes I would have to stop in the middle of the chapter, and when I came back, I would just… somehow know exactly where I left off? It was a miracle, and I definitely couldn’t do that now. I have so many bookmarks now, but I rarely use any of them, just because I’m afraid of losing them. πŸ˜… I mainly use random objects and scraps of paper, haha.

    I also read in silence, but I used to read while listening to music, and now whenever I hear those albums, they remind me of the books I was reading at the time! I could never do that now, though, because I get too distracted. I normally read whenever I have time, which I guess is in the afternoon, since I tend to sleep in now that it’s summer. But you read while lying on your back?? If I tried that, the book would definitely fall on my face. πŸ˜‚

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    1. oh, that’s so interesting! i honestly don’t remember what my habits were when i was younger?? but i know i was a use-random-objects kind of reader, so it’s kind of like we switched lmao!

      ah i wish i could read while listening to music! i think associating certain songs/albums to books is so cool (unless like… i hated the book, which would be so awkward 😭) and well i keep my head propped up a bit, so i’m not holding the book directly over my head! or i awkwardly prop it up on my stomach lmaoo

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  6. I loved reading about your reading habits and related to a lot of them! πŸ₯° I’m also good at not requesting too many Arcs, which is nice because this means that I rarely stress out over them! I’m also the same with chapter breaks, if I see that the end of the chapter is near, I’m itching to finish it 😱 I also need silence to read, background noises e.g. on the train are okay, but I cannot stand if th TV is on the in the background for some reason πŸ˜…

    I’ve challenged myself to read more diversely in terms of genre this year, as I tend to stick to YA fantasy/contemporary as well! (And I would love to hear about the specific books you’d like to read!) ❀

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    1. yes!! another person who’s good at not requesting arcs, i feel like there are few of us here 😭 and i’m definitely the same — sometimes if i want to go to sleep soon, i’ll flip through the pages to see how long it is until the chapter ends to see if it’s worth it haha! and oh, that’s so interesting!! i think i’m fine with any background noise, but it’s definitely a bit tough when i’m not fully immersed in a book yet

      oh i’m glad to see that you’re also trying to read more genres! it’s both intimidating and exciting to me 😳😳

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  7. I don’t take notes while reading too, it can be hard sometimes because I have to flip through to look for passage or moments I’m looking for πŸ˜… I always promised myself I’ll take notes next time, but so far I still never take notes πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ I also have to stop at chapter breaks, it’s just easier for me to dive back into the story that way!

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    1. yeah, usually i’m just really lazy and hate having to have a pen and paper / my phone nearby to take notes! i guess i can always just do it as soon as i stop reading, since i generally always have my phone, but… i’m just always lazy 😭

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  8. I noticed that you organized your books by color in the pic and it looks so cute!! I do by height and I try to keep authors/series together.
    I love what you said about ARCs, I just started requesting and I requested about 5, all of books I’d live to read, but I got 4/5 and I’m already overwhelmed so I’ll be reeling in my requests.
    Also, I don’t highlight or take notes in my physical books, but I totally do in my e-books.
    this was a great post, love the variety.

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    1. ah thank you!! i’m a super visual person so sorting by color always helps me out, and it’s very visually pleasing too πŸ₯° and yes, that’s so relatable! the small amount of arcs i usually have at a time is already overwhelming enough, i can’t imagine having more than 10 to read. and i’m also a highlighter and note-taker in ebooks too! (though my notes are often very short and not helpful in reviews 😭) thank you so much!!

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  9. Such a fun post idea!! I think we have a lot of the same reading habits, though I’m particularly bad about buying books even when I have tons piled up on my shelves πŸ˜‚ I’m a mood reader too, and I go through periods where I have to read in silence or have to read with a lofi soundtrack on! Totally depends on the week, haha!

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    1. thank you so much!! and ahh yeah i have a similar problemβ€”i keep checking out books from the library even though i have unread books on my shelves 😭 and that’s so cool! i think i tried lo-fi music once and it went pretty well ✨

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  10. I don’t have lots of money to buy books but I reserve some fixed amount of money to buy every 6 month and that too when book is available at highest possible discount. I can read both with noise and in silence (kid do that to you). I stop only after finishing chapter but if my kid needs attention I will stop finishing paragraph I’m reading. I don’t listen audiobooks. And last one I rarely read two books simultaneously, normally I’m one book at time person.

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    1. yeah, i also definitely only buy books when there’s a discount! usually when there’s a target buy two get one free deal 😭 and i wish i could read with noise!! it’s strange because background noise helps me do a lot of other things (for example i’m listening to a youtube video right now haha), but no with reading. and yay another one book at a time person!! i’m in awe of people who can read more than one book at a time

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  11. Being an English major, I learned to underline and make notes while reading…but I’ve never done it in a book that wasn’t for school. There’s just a total disconnect in my brain. Mark up a book for a class? Absolutely. Mark up a book I’m reading for fun? *gasps and falls over in sheer horror* I can’t do that to my books.
    Reading more than one book at a time (on the rare occasion that I’ve tried) always turns into survival of the fittest/more interesting book. And yes, chapter breaks are the only place to stop! Which is super inconvenient when an author ends every chapter with a cliffhanger that resolves halfway through the chapter and then turns into another cliffhanger…*sigh*

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    1. oh, that’s actually so interesting! i’ve had to annotate for english class as well, but it was a bit difference since the books were on loan from the school so it wasn’t exactly writing in the book haha. but i definitely can’t imagine doing what i did (sticky notes) for reading on my own!

      and omg yes!! that’s the perfect way to describe how i read “more than one book at a time” — i truly just end up reading the more interesting one and then leaving the other book until after 😭 and i know! that’s how the “just one more chapter” thing comes into play, i think, which is terrible for me always reading at night haha

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  12. Totally felt the “only read in one genre” habit, May. πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚ I mainly read ya fantasy sometimes a contemporary, rarely a classic so yes (!!), I would be interested in a post featuring the books you’d like to read other than your main genre. I also rarely buy books relying on my local library (though they do not have new releases), and mainly read them in English although that’s not my first language. And, finally I’m a seasonal reader :). Really liked reading about your habits concerning readinh!! Great post. 🧑🧑

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    1. i definitely need to branch out of ya!! i’ve been reading a tiiiny bit more adult lately, but i still want to actually read classics haha. and yes, same! i’m very lucky to have a good library that i can access and does a decent job of keeping up with new releases ❀ and i'm so in awe of all bi/multilingual readers!! i can't imagine reading in a language other than my native one (which is english haha)

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  13. This post was so interesting!! I love hearing about the reading habits of other people. I also can read in any format (I have just recently started to listen to audiobooks. I always use bookmarks because I will just forget what was happening and be very lostπŸ˜‚ I only annotate school books I would feel so weird annotating other books! I also need silence to read! This was such an interesting post❀︎

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    1. i also just started listening to audiobooks recently, too! i wasn’t very good at it until march when i spent the whole month reading a bunch of audios, and now i miss them πŸ₯Ί and ah honestly i wish i was a bookmark person! it would make my life so much easier 😭😭 i’m so glad you enjoyed the post!!

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  14. this post was so fun? I’m also a night reader…which isn’t good like you said when you’re reading s good book and u can’t stop reading … Happened to me with you deserve each other 😭 I also want to expand my horizons in terms of reading non-ya..if only I had the braincells. I really want to read the well of loneliness soon (it’s like a sapphic classic I think? Not sure) also…if you want to read a more “modern” classic…read the kite runner. It’s VERY good. I’ve been good at requesting ARCs that I only want (news: I got accepted on netgalley for bone shard daughter!! Should we br? Maybe?) I dont take notes while reading but I’m mostly reading in my kindle nowadays so I just highlight bits I remember I want to comment on (me acting like I write proper reviews anymore. I can read in any format too yay!! I don’t like listening to audiobooks while at home though that’s why I haven’t listened to any in quarantine (I think? Apart from like the king of crows and to all the boys but that was in Ramadan) mostly because I don’t have much to do while I’m listening. I like listening to it when I’m going to school/coming back since I usually walk. (That’s changing since my sixth form will probably be further and I’ll have to take a bus!! Yes a red one) anyways this is rambley I’m sorry 🌻🌻

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    1. BRO that was me with you deserve each other too, literally just… stayed up till 5 to finish it 😭 and omg i actually am writing up a post of the non-ya books i wanna read and maybe we could compare and br some? (the well of loneliness is also one!!)

      also YESSS THE BONE SHARD DAUGHTER! when are you planning to read it? πŸ‘ and aahh yeah, i also use kindle to highlight and write little notes (kindle is always easier with reviews)

      ohh that makes sense! honestly i think i can listen to audiobooks only at home lmao. i just don’t have access to as many of them without scribd πŸ’”πŸ’” and bro i wish i could walk to school… or be brave enough to wear earbuds in public lmao

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  15. I’d love to read a post about some of the books you want to read! Also, a post idea: you could write about your unpopular book opinions, those are always hilarious. You could also just simply write a list of favourite/least favourite books.

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  16. I don’t use actual bookmarks because I’m not organized or anything, I just use whatever is on hand which is often my phone, my food, scrunchies, glasses… and then later I grab the thing I’m using as a bookmark absentmindedly and my page is gone and I have to do the flippy hopefully not spoily thing lmao. Also I can’t fathom people who actually annotate books read for fun?? like it’s cool I’m in awe of them but I would never I’m so lazy I just want to read; whenever I had to read books for English class I would, like, annotate the first chapter really well, the next three chapters fairly well, and then nothing for the rest of the book and that’s even with a teacher telling me what’s important and what to annotate whoops. I also read mostly YA fantasy and contemporary too which has me feeling a lil bit self conscious as I get older lol like catch me in my university library surrounded by all these prestigious intellectuals reading books for academic research and I’m chilling in the tiny children fiction corner on the first floor with my YA romance books lmaooo. loved reading this post!

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    1. ah i also do that grab-random-object-to-use-as-a-bookmark thing sometimes too!! my sister does it a lot more than i do, and i always get annoyed whenever she uses my phone or something 😭 and ahh i know!! i feel like i could maybe annotate the way i do on kindle (highlight some quotes, write things like “oh… Oh…… πŸ‘”) but that’s literally about it. though i think i’m pretty decent at english annotating!! i actually get… a bit carried away with my analyses lmao. and yeah! i think there are definitely certain stigmas surrounding certain genres or age groups, and so reading classics or something would make you seem smarter or whatever but… who cares we love what we love 😎😎

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  17. Knowing that you don’t use bookmarks makes me think that you’re rebel!! I could never have the ability to flip through a book to find my page, it seems to scandalous, and I could never get over the fact that I could possibly spoil it for myself.

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  18. Learning about people’s reading habits is always so much fun! I am?? So shook??? that you can survive every book without a bookmark because I am the complete opposite, bookmarks are my faves πŸ₯Ί
    And omg how I envy you for having so much self-control when it comes to requesting ARCs, can you pls pass me some of that energy?? πŸ‘‰πŸ‘ˆ
    Honestly, I’d love to organize my bookshelf by color someday because I’m also a v visual person, but whenever I even consider it I remember I have way too many blue and black books and the rest of the rainbow is essentially nonexistent 🀑
    (Also, no matter what you write I will always give it a read and I love lists so pls!! Gimme all the content!!!)

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    1. aah i’m so glad you enjoyed!! and omg i wish i was a bookmark person, it would save me so much time and also protect me from spoiling myself 😭 and caro i am so sorry for however many arcs you have, my soul hurts for you lmaoo ❀

      honestly i find that sorting by color even if you can't make an "equal" rainbow is still very pleasing so πŸ‘€πŸ‘€ (but GOD the amount of black books i have…. literally an entire shelf level) and πŸ₯Ί i love you so much ❀

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  19. This is such an interesting post and it made me realize how different we are when it comes to reading books. *lol* We have a few things in common but mostly we seem to have rather different habits. XD I’m mostly a mood and night reader as well, but that’s about it. Haha! Still, it’s great to know that the love for books unites us all. No matter how different we approach reading it’s still a thing that connects us all. πŸ˜€

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    1. ah i love that we all have different ways of engaging with and reading books!! that’s such a great part of the book community ❀ but yay for more night and mood readers! i feel like there are lots of people who are the same, so i'm truly in awe of anyone who's a tbr or morning reader haha!!

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  20. this is such a good post idea! I loved reading it! 🌟I’m the same – I can never stop reading a book unless it’s at the start of a chapter, never part way through! Sometimes I can read multiple books at once, but it depends on the book; if they’re both relatively ‘easy’ reads then it’s okay but I find it harder with some older books because I find I need to pay a lot more attention to them.
    have a great day and happy reading! 🌻

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    1. ah i’m so happy to hear that! πŸ₯Ί and yes, i think i’m also the same way! i think having books with different genres and age groups helps me with reading multiple books at once, since my mind can separate them better haha. thank you so much!! i hope you have a great day too ❀

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  21. Omg May I love this style of post and the way you wrote it!! Also reminds me to also maybe take a look at mine.

    I have too been trying to continually diversify my reading and be aware of who I’m supporting and which voices I’m listening to, as I’m aware I have been terrible at in the past and made ignorant decisions. So I want to improve on that and continue trying to read as diversely as possible.

    I’ve also been loving all kinds of reading formats. I’ve always read as ebooks, I read quite a lot of them when I first got into reading and my Kindle was my best friend lmao. Not even kidding, we shared many memories. And I have listened to audiobooks before but this year especially I’ve been making a lot more use of them.

    Feel EXACTLY the same about annotating. I sometimes really want to and I feel like I could do it but I’m lazy and never feel like doing it. Amazing. The same with reading multiple books at once. I can sometimes do it but never two physical books. I can do an audiobook, but it has to be a different genre otherwise I don’t feel inclined to read physically. And if I am by some miracle reading multiple books at once, I usually shift my focus and leave the other book and come back to it as soon as I read the other.

    Don’t feel bad about only reading at night though, May. I also usually only manage to get it done there because I feel like I have the headspace to fully concentrate on it.

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    1. ah, i’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed this post!! ❀ and i also am very happy to hear that you've been trying to keep reading diversely, it definitely is such an important thing to do year-round and to always keep trying to improve upon!

      i've definitely been blessed as a reader in the us to have been able to read more physical books! i think i only started reading ebooks when i joined the online book community haha — getting used to them and audios were definitely a bit difficult! (but yes i also have started making better use of audiobooks this year too πŸ’–)

      and i'm honestly in awe of people who actually annotate? i'm so lazy, the most i could do is just highlight or write like three words, whereas other people i'm seeing write analyses every other 5 pages lmao. and yes! exactly that!! it's never reading two books at once with me, it's putting the original book down and coming back to it after i finish the second one lmao

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  22. Loved this post! You keep saying you don’t have any new ideas for blog posting but honestly, I’d read literally anything you put out. It’s always so aesthetically pleasing and you have great insight commentary.

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  23. I used to read multiple books I remember juggling 11 one time and they were all physical, as I don’t read across the formats…it was a lot xD Now though I don’t really read multiple, I tend to devour a book in one sitting if I am able to. I think my biggest bad habit is reading the back pages before I finished the book, it has led to be to putting off a book for months because I didn’t want the ending to be real. I also don’t take notes when I read, though I do sometimes it really depends as I used to take notes and I realised it was constantly sending me into a slump. I am not a note taker at all :/

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    1. oh god clo, ELEVEN?? i literally can’t even read more than two at once, i can’t imagine eleven 😭 and oh noo! i never read back pages, unless i’m looking for the amount of pages and then accidentally read something. i just can’t imagine spoiling the book for myself like that ever haha. and oh, i’d be curious to see if taking notes while reading put me in a slump like it did for you! i probably wouldn’t take too many, though i’ve seen some people with such extensive notes haha

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      1. I’m not sure how I managed 11 now looking back, I can barely manage to read more than one book at once these days xD Yeah the notes thing is probably a very subjective thing, for me it was more like I became so aware that I “wanted” to take notes for reviews that I stopped enjoying the book and was spending more time wondering if I should make a note on something or not and then I just hit a slump 😦 I admire people with extensive notes though and those who annotate, I’m just trying to remember the names after finishing the book xD

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  24. There’s quite a few of thoses that I do aswell!
    Although I have maximum 3 arcs that I still haven’t done anything with (because mood reader aswell and.. erh πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ), I can still say that i’m not really « drowningΒ Β» in them, like some other bloggers 🀣 I do need to do something about thoses, but two or three books is definately less longer to read than say, 10-20s.

    I’m also one to read 95% of the time at night, as I do need the quiet to concentrate (haaay silent reader) and i’m an insomniac anyway xD so instead of rolling, might aswell read πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ

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    1. ah well, i think i may have jinxed my arcs with this post because i’m now drowning in about 7 😭 but i have a friend who has like 20+ arcs so i’m glad i’m not that bad haha. this is the most i’ve ever had at once, though, so i’ve definitely learned my lesson and am not doing this again in the future lmao!

      and yes another silent reader! people who can read with music astound me — i can do it for maybe like 1 minute at a time 😭

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      1. Oh yeah.. i went there too. I was « drowningΒ Β» at 8 πŸ˜… took me a few months.. won’t let it pile up again! Ahahah, but definately less bad than 20+!

        I used to be able to.. but then anxiety fucked my concentration and all.. hahah

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  25. i’m sorry you’ve been running out of post ideas, but honestly, anything and everything you choose to write will be quality content!! (if you need some ideas, though, i would love to see a post on how you keep your blogging life organized and more behind-the-scenes content – if you haven’t already haha) ❀❀

    and omg i can relate with so many of these habits!! i normally get books from the library or as gifts, and while i had a few phases where i thought getting arcs would make you more of an “accomplished blogger,” i’ve thankfully grown out of that. i’m definitely a mood reader lmao!!

    ahh i’ve never known anyone else who doesn’t use bookmarks and just… vaguely tries to remember where they were in the book!! i do that all the time (unless it’s an ebook) and it’s frustrating at times, but i can never break out of the habit. πŸ˜… oh my god yes to reading at night, i always push off reading til the very end of the day and regret it when i stay up finishing a book past midnight 😳😳 i loved reading this, may! πŸ’–

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    1. aah thank you!! you are so kind to me πŸ˜­πŸ’– but ooh, that’s a great idea! i think i did a post like that, but it was in 2017 so things are definitely different now and it’d be so fun to write that post ❀

      and oh i'm so happy to hear that you grew out of the phase thinking you had to get arcs to be "successful"!! arcs are definitely a bonus, but only that — it is 100% not a necessity and i wish some people wouldn't act that way because it can be really discouraging to new/small bloggers :((

      YES another non-bookmark person lmaoo. i know people are in awe of me for never using any kind of bookmarks but i'm in awe of Them for being able to use them haha. and omg yeah!! i'm just like "i can read later" and then end up reading at like 3am 😭

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  26. may i feel like we have soooo much in common!!!!
    i also usually read on my bed (im literally on my bed rn, taking a break from my current read and looking through some blog posts). i also usually stop between chapters. i really can’t stop reading in the middle of a chapter, that’s….i can’t.
    another thing i do is that i have 1627 bookmarks but most of time i use receipts for bookmarking i really don’t know what is wrong with me.
    i totally understand your take on reading multiple books at the same time! i used to be like that too, but after lockdown i guess i gained more braincells. i usually am reading a physical copy and an audiobook (+ an ebook sometime). the audiobook is usually for when i have things to do and don’t wanna listen to music. when im sitting down reading i find myself reading more if i switch between two books because i don’t grow tired of them quickly.
    ANYWAY THIS WAS A WONDERFUL POST YOU ARE WONDERFUL PLEASE STAY SAFE❀️

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    1. i’m also on my bed right now, we are one and the same 😭 and i can only stop in the middle of a chapter if i just started reading or i’m not really into the book, but any other time i have to keep going until the end! and ah yeah i know a lot of people have said different formats help with reading multiple books at once — i’m trying to read a few at once right now and it’s 2 ebooks and 1 physical, across age groups, which helps with differentiating them! anyway I LOVE YOU and you stay safe too!!

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  27. Ahh, May, this was such a fun post to read!! I relate to a lot of what you said and really enjoyed reading about all your habits.πŸ’›

    Haha, yes to reading at night being a bad habit for me too?? It’s okay for me during the school year I feel like, because it helps me wind down after looking at the computer for homework and usually I’m exhausted enough to fall asleep after a half hour or so, but it gets really dangerous in summer when I have absolutely no reason to stop reading and I’ll accidentally binge an entire book and suddenly it’s 3 am.

    I would definitely love to see a post about the specific books you want to read!!

    Ahh, that’s awesome you can read in any format- I hope to be that versatile of a reader someday as well. I’m not great with audiobooks due to being a visual person, but I’m hoping to try to get into them sometime, especially as I think about maybe not having as much time to read physical books or having access to as many in the coming years with college and everything on the horizon. Again this was seriously such an enjoyable post to read, I loved it!! xx

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    1. ah i’m glad you enjoyed reading it, olivia!! and oh, it’s interesting for you to say that reading late at night is good during the school year! i think it’s great for winding down as you said, especially after so many hours of the computer. but i have a tendency to just keep reading late into the night and so i’d end up with like 4 hours of sleep 😭

      ooh yeah, i understand where you’re coming from with audiobooks — i definitely am a visual person too, but just listening to more audiobooks will really help you get used to them. i also find that doing something like coloring or playing a not-stressful game on my phone while listening can help me focus on it, somehow? i don’t know, it’s not like i’m just staring at a wall and zoning out haha

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  28. Haha I never sit and read either, so I promise you’re not alone on that! I hate sitting and would much rather be on my stomach or my back. (The backs of my legs are much tanner than my front but we’re choosing to ignore that). I’m also pretty versatile when it comes to format, though I have to be in a certain setting. I can only listen to audiobooks in the car, when I’m sick, or when I’m doing something that doesn’t require much brainpower. And I have reading moods too! Currently I’m in a summery contemporary/magical realism mood, and when school starts, I’m re-reading Harry Potter.

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    1. yes!! sitting just feels so uncomfortable for me, any time — if i sat and read i’d have terrible posture, so might as well just lie down haha. and ooh what you said about formats having to be in certain settings is really interesting! i think i just generally read better in my room no matter what format but i didn’t think about reading in the car. and ahh i honestly have no seasonal moods 😭 but perhaps that’s because this year has been really wacky and i haven’t gone out enough to really feel the difference!

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  29. I LOVE THE AESTHETIC OF YOUR ROOM AND BOOK SHELF – HONESTLY, GOALS! [your bed head board has such a beach house/ french provincial vibe and now I’m going to have to go out and buy a new bed!] πŸ˜‚

    You know, I can’t stop between chapters either – like what kind of person can even just put a book down mid chapter??? How??? Why??? Haha I couldn’t even try it! I also can’t bring myself to annotate or highlight either. My books HAVE to stay in pristine condition. Part of me wishes I could feel comfortable to write in the margins but my OCD just won’t.

    Such a unique post idea, May! πŸ’™

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    1. ah thank you so much, alexandra!! and ooh that’s such an interesting way to think of my headboard, i’ve always thought of it as just really old / out of style with the usual modern look everyone has 😭

      i can stop mid-chapter, but only if i’d just picked up the book a few minutes ago or if i’m not really feeling it and can’t force myself to read another page! but ahh i also wish i could highlight and annotate — but i can’t even tab without spending like 2 minutes making sure it’s perfectly aligned so it’d be such a time-consuming thing for me too 😦

      thank you!! ❀

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  30. this was so fun may!! i’m definitely just like you where i’m proud of myself for reading diversely but i mainly keep to YA fantasy and contemporary. i’d love to see what other books you hope to pick up~

    also LMAO i’m 100% a night reader. idk why but i can only read before bed, but i end up reading for 2-3 hours before i actually fall asleep 🀑

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    1. aah i’m glad it was fun to read, i love you πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯Ί and yes!! we should definitely buddy read some non-ya books if you’re ever up for it πŸ‘ and throwback to you reading tsoa till 4am πŸ’” but i’m also the same!! i can maybe read a few pages throughout the day but it’s mainly at night (unless it’s something like… the burning god…)

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  31. I love reading about your reading habits! And I like how you split them up in Good vs. Bad, and which one you put where. I wouldn’t put not writing notes in the bad category (I don’t do it either!), because everyone is different, but apparently you think it’s… bad? That’s so interesting! πŸ™‚
    I can’t understand why you don’t use some sort of bookmark after getting spoilers a few times πŸ˜† I’m glad I’m not a night reader, because my whole sleep schedule would suffer from it… And I understand sticking to one (or a few) genres! I’ve been trying to read more diverse too, but YA contemporary just really has my heart ❀
    This was a great post!! πŸ™‚

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    1. ah i’m so glad you enjoyed it! and yeah, i personally see my lack of note-taking bad because i really want to do it and i think it’ll help me out a lot (and the rare times i do write notes, i like doing it), but it’s definitely not a bad thing for everyone!

      my laziness > my fear of spoilers 😭😭 and ahh so many people i know are night readers, i love meeting someone who isn’t! (though recently i’ve been trying to go to sleep earlier and have been reading more during the day 😳) thank you so much!! ❀

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  32. This was such a good post, May! It was really interesting to see how similar a lot of reading habits are! For example, I don’t use bookmarks either! I have in the past, but I always end up losing them or forgetting to put them back in the book. I also don’t buy a ton of books (I mostly use the library) but during the pandemic I’ve started buying a lot more because my library isn’t buying a lot of books, least of all YA. I don’t annotate either, but I do highlight in my ebooks if I can remember to. I’ve only taken notes as I’ve read once, for a book club, but it was a book I had already read and blogged about. I’m a mood reader too, although I like to think I can keep up with a TBR, it just never happens. One of my bookshelves is organized by color, the other my genre, which really clashes and stresses me out, but I’m planning on getting one of my parents’ old bookshelves soon so I have more space and hopefully then I can reorganize everything.
    Like I said before, great post! I think these discussions are really fun and interesting!

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    1. thank you so much, ruby! and omg yes, another person who doesn’t use bookmarks, lazy/forgetful people unite ❀ and ah i'm sorry to hear that your library isn't buying a lot of books during the pandemic! i think my library also is cutting back a bit, though i know they have bought some new ebooks so i'm really grateful for that haha.

      i'm also the same way with tbrs! whenever i make one i'm like "yeah, i can read all of these!" and then… i do not 😭 and ahh the way your shelf is organized also stresses me out haha, but i'm glad you're getting some new shelves! i hope your reorganization goes well. and ah thank you!!

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  33. I feel like a lot of my habits would fit into the chaotic neutral category! Like the fact that I read multiple books at once in various formats. (Last month i was reading 10 books at once, at some point!) Or the fact that my bookshelves are organized slightly by height, kind of by color, sometimes by genre, and mostly just by what I think looks good! I can find any book on my shelves, but I can never quite explain how I organize my books!

    I used to not buy any books, but quarantine has changed that quite a bit! Not having access to my library made me realize how much I’d been relying on it for these past few years! But I’m definitely the same way when it comes to requesting ARCs! When I first started out I might have requested some books I wasn’t super interested in, but for the past few years I’ve been really good at only requesting books I’m interested in reading! I think the fact that I know I’ll have to write a review helps keep the amount of requesting I do to a minimum! Right now on NetGalley I only have one upcoming release, and one pending request! (I also have 3 backlist titles from about 5 years ago, when I didn’t understand NetGalley at all.)

    I also tend to read at night, but I consider that a neutral habit. My body doesn’t let me stay up too late anyways, but I like reading when the house is quiet. Over vacation I’ve also started reading in the morning, right when I wake up and my house isn’t all busy and noisy yet. During the day I’m too distracted to sit down and read!

    But I do not understand how you don’t mark your page! I am an avid bookmark user! Before starting any new book, I always pick out a bookmark that I think fits the book! Even when I go on vacation, and bring lots of books with me, I always make sure to include a bookmark for each one, just in case I manage to read them all!

    This was such a fun post! I really enjoyed it, and would love to see more of these shorter, more casual posts from time to time! (Although of course I still love your longer, more structured posts!)

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    1. ah i’ve heard that a lot of people who read multiple books at once read in different formats! based on my very limited experiences with reading more than one book at a time, i think i tend to just read in different genres and age groups instead haha. and OH GOD i can’t imagine the kind of shelf organization you have 😭 i used to just put my books on my shelf in no particular order, but i Have to do it by color now!

      i heard from another person that, like you, they bought more books during the pandemic because of limited library access! i’m definitely lucky to have a good ebook library collection that i’ve been using a lot haha. and yes!! right now i’m actually drowning in a few arcs, but they are all genuinely books i want to read so i truly brought this upon myself 😭 but yeah, i think the netgalley ratio is a really great motivating tool for me to actually write reviews and prevent me from requesting books lmao!

      oh, it’s interesting that you consider reading at night a neutral habit! i think it’s definitely the best time of day to read for me too, since, like you said, it’s much calmer and quieter. but… my body definitely does not have a good internal clock and i’ll just keep reading until 3am haha

      honestly… i don’t understand how i don’t mark my page either πŸ˜”πŸ‘ŠπŸΌ i just absolutely cannot use bookmarks — i’m both really lazy and also super forgetful! sometimes i can remember the page number, but other times i really do be just flipping through pages looking for where i last stopped (and thinking i’d read much more lmao)

      ah thank you so much malka!! i honestly thought this post wouldn’t get much interaction, but it did a lot better than i was expecting, which makes me feel like perhaps i should be more spontaneous with what i post here πŸ₯°

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  34. Some habits that I can totally relate to.

    1. Rarely buy books. I used to buy books every month (at least one) last year but now I’m trying to save my money to pay my student loan so I’ll only buy books if I’ve read and enjoyed it before or if it’s Sherlock Holmes collection.

    2. Great at not requesting ARCs. This. I know too well about my reading habit and pace so I’m always careful before I request an ARC. Also, I’m quite picky too with books I read so it helps with that.

    3. Have to stop at chapter breaks. It IS a pain when a chapter is like 50 pages long.

    4. Mood reader. High five!!!

    5. Read in silence. Me too! I find it hard to focus when I’m at noisy place and it doesn’t help that I get distracted easily. I’m okay with soft noises like the sound of fan spinning or the distant background noise from TV when I read in my room.

    6. Don’t take notes while reading. I’m trying to work on this one because it’s gonna be helpful for me when I write a review later.

    7. Don’t highlight and annotate books. I usually do these with ebooks too because it’s easier and I’m not that okay yet to write in my physical copies yet. I’ll just sticky tabs and notes for that.

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    1. oh good luck with paying off your student loans!! i definitely relate though — i try to buy only books i’m 99% sure i’ll love, or books that i absolutely adored already and want to own. and ah yay another person who’s good at not requesting arcs! i’ll admit that right now i have a bit too many, but i have a friend who has like 30 so i feel like i’m doing pretty well 😭

      yes! i like to pretend that i’m such a focused that i could read anywhere, no matter how much noise there is, but i really think i’d just process only half of the page lmao. i’m good with softer background noises, too though! and yes yes, exactly — i can’t highlight anything in my physical books (both because i’m a perfectionist and would take way too long to make a perfectly straight line, and also because i just can’t imagine writing in my books), but i definitely do with ebooks

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      1. Omg I can totally relate with that perfectionist bit!! I also need to make sure the line is straight and there’s no blotching on the pages too if I were to highlight on physical books. And my writing is not that pretty so I’ll try my very best not to write down anything in my book hahahah

        And thank you for the wish!! πŸ˜„ I wish you all the best with the ARCs πŸ’•πŸ’•

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  35. i am… commenting on this post so late, but i really loved reading it!! i also don’t take notes while reading 😭😭 i just feel like it’ll ruin my reading flow/mood i don’t know. but it’d be so helpful for when i have to review a book, especially one i requested from the publisher! also we are not like other girls we don’t need bookmarks 😎😎 but you’re more chaotic because you don’t even remember the page number!! i could never do that, i have a habit of checking the page i’m on regularly, and somehow i always remember what the number is 😭

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    1. i am… replying to this comment so late, so we can call it even ❀ but yeah, i think note-taking would also ruin my "flow" but i feel like it'll be so helpful to me! maybe i'll try to do it every time i just put the book down, so i don't have to interrupt anything. and omg stop calling me out i know i'm chaotic okay 😭 sometimes i look at/remember the page number, but i am… much more likely to just flip through the book searching for where i left out lmaoo

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  36. I think we might be the same person okay. I love this??!
    “I’m simultaneously fascinated with and horrified at the idea of writing anything in my books” > this is so me. I’m fascinated by the process of annotating and… yet I can’t bring myself to do it myself, it terrifies me, too and I just feel so weird about it all πŸ˜‚ I also try my best to read as diversely as possible, and I don’t request ARCs that often (being intl and knowing I’ll get denied just makes me not want to do it πŸ˜‚). I do buy most of my books though, I wish I had a beautiful library with amazing books, that’d be a DREAM. And I also can’t read multiple books at a time because confusion. and bookshelves organized by color, yay! YOUR BOOKSHELVES ARE THE BEST.😍

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    1. yes!! like whenever i see people make any kinds of posts about how they annotate books i’m always like “wow… that is so cool… i wish that could be me but absolutely not” 😭 and i hate that you don’t request arcs as much because of being international, you deserve so much better, always πŸ˜ πŸ’• i’ve seen so many people in this community read multiple books at once and i’m like… how. i’m sitting here with 4 books on my currently reading shelf and only actually currently reading one 😭 I LOVE YOU! and one day you will have a beautiful library!!! ❀

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  37. Before I get into commenting on your post, “The Mango Queen demands your opinions.” πŸ˜€ Sorry I just had to comment on that. Okay, now for your post. It was great to read about your reading habits, and some of them I have too! I tend to pause at chapter breaks and yes I know the pain of finding out that a chapter is like 30 pages long β€” The Hobbit, The Dark Forest, ahem.Β YA fantasy and contemporary β€” fun genres! Wondering what your favorite sci-fi novels are? πŸ˜€

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    1. AAHH i regret putting that as my comment prompt in 2017… i can’t find the option to change it back now so it just haunts me forever 😭 but yes, long chapters are the worst!! if i’m really tired, i’ll flip ahead to see how many pages are left, and if it’s too many i just give up and go to sleep lmao. and oh, i truly don’t read enough sci-fi, but some i can remember loving off the top of my head were all systems red, dragon pearl (middle grade), warcross (ya), and the feverwake duology (ya, but kind of more sci-fi fantasy) ❀

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      1. Wow 2017?! Long time πŸ˜€ Ha same, and then I end up spoiling things for myself lol. There are lots of positive reviews on Dragon Pearl, and it looks like a great read! I also want to read Six of Crows because it’s got so many rave reviews πŸ˜€

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