I came across the Bad Reading Habits tag on The Orangutan Librarian and thought, hey, this is fun! I was partially right, because this tag also made me relive some of the cringe-worthy books I read in secret.
Curiosity killed the bookworm’s sensibility.
HIDING BOOKS UNDER THE MATTRESS
My parents were always encouraging of my reading habits…well, except when it came to nap time. Naps were my most formidable enemy of the day. And no matter what I did, I somehow ALWAYS got caught reading under the blanket! My books, which I hid under my pillow, would suddenly disappear and I’d be forced to sleep. So I did the logical thing and started hiding books under my mattress. No, not just one book, but several. If I ever got caught again, I could simply pick another read.
READING IN THE DARK
This may be the reason why I wear glasses today. Reading by the light of my cellphone at night, squinting at the pages, and trying to breathe as softly as possible. This was not the best way to read Goosebumps, I tell you.
READING “BAD” BOOKS IN SECRET
*ahem* In my defense, I didn’t know they were bad books. My mother didn’t want me reading them which was enough of a reason for me to read them. Did I enjoy them though?
I should have listened to my mother.
BORROWING BAGS OF BOOKS
Because I was such a fast reader, I couldn’t stick to borrowing just one book from my friend! I remember once loading three bags with books and promptly returning them in two weeks.
Now you know why I don’t have friends.
Either a goblin devoured them or I was super careless. I think it’s the former.
SERIES? WHAT SERIES?
I never followed up on a series. The only reason I can think of is that I never really bought my own books…? Half of the books I read were gifts or library books. Surprisingly, I don’t think it ever bothered me much. Back then I preferred standalone books over series, and was quite happy sticking to Enid Blyton.
And now you know a little bit more of my deviance. Doing this tag made me feel a bit nostalgic but it also showed me how much I’ve changed as a reader as well as the growth of my love for books. Being a bookworm is probably the part of my personality that has remained constant.
Where you always a bookworm? What was your bad reading as a child? How has your reading habit changed?
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