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.

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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.

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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.

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*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.

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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.

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Either a goblin devoured them or I was super careless. I think it’s the former.

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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.

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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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44 thoughts on “Cam’s Bookish Tales || MY NOT-SO-GOOD CHILDHOOD READING HABITS

  1. FranL says:

    I read in the dark a lot too. And I also need glasses now… Make of that what you will.

    I read a lot of series as a kid. At different ages, I was obsessed with Nancy Drew, the Bobbsey Twins, the Boxcar Children, The Babysitter’s Club, Sweet Valley, Goosebumps, Feat Streat and more. I think that when I liked a book I’d look for a similar experience, so I’d seek out others in the series/ by that author.

    I think one of the biggest changes since I’ve gotten older is that I am more patient; if a book starts off slow, I’ll give it more of a chance before moving on to the next. I also tend to diversify a bit more. I still have favorite authors and series. I hope I always do! But I don’t limit myself to just one or two genres.

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    • Cam @ Camillea Reads says:

      Yes, that makes sense. Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys were my favourites too! They were quite similar to Blyton’s Secret Seven and Famous Five.

      Mmm yes…I realize I enjoy more slow and rich reads these days! I tend to gravitate towards fantasy or any fast paced books whenever my concentration dwindles.

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  2. Cahleen @ The Alt Story says:

    I’m laughing that reading by the light of your cell phone was a childhood habit. I’m 34, and I never realized how old I was until I started book blogging! I didn’t have a cell phone until late high school. I did the same thing with a flashlight, though!

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  3. Kristina says:

    Hahahaha hiding books under the mattress?! Brilliant 😂😂

    I loved to read all thoses « confessions », id love a part two if you have more !

    Ps; id totally allow you to borrow bags of my books! All of my irl friends dont read 😪 only one in HS read the same serie in french as me, rest in english when I couldnt yet; we splitted apart after said HS. And my writter friend suddently stopped talking to me 😶 after a restaurant « date » went wrong, which HE totally was not respectful toward me but wtv, eh 🤷🏽‍♀️

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  4. Holly says:

    Hahaha love this post! ❤ I also used to borrow bags of books from people, especially the library. This was fine until I had to round them all up again to return them after two weeks… those pesky books get lost so easily 🙂

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  5. Markante Korenwolf says:

    I used to get in trouble for reading in class. My mom accepted that i’d be reading when i should be sleeping, so I never thought of it as a bad habit.
    I reread a lot so sometimes I keep borrowed books with me for almost a year, that’s probably my worst habit

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  6. becandbones says:

    This post is me. Just saying.

    I never hid books under my mattress but reading in the dark when I was supposed to be asleep was my life’s goal. I always “slept” with the door open a crack and would use that little bit of light to read after I went to bed. Fun fact, I am also doomed to forever wearing glasses.

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  7. Rebeccah @ The Pixie Chronicles says:

    I feel like it’s hard to be sneaky when you shared a room with a younger sibling…especially when you had bunk beds and you slept on top! No mattress hiding for me 😦

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  8. Marie says:

    Aww I love this post so much! Reading Goosebumps under your covers with your cellphone light… that must have been quite an experience and made your reading a bit more chilling, hahaha 🙂

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  9. emmareadstoomuch says:

    ahh i love this post! i was the worst with reading in the dark. i shared a room with my sisters, and they’d snitch if i turned a light on, so i just squinted. i completely messed up my eyesight!!

    also i used to read “bad” books in secret alllll the time. my local library used to write the grade level of the book on the title page, and i’d read books for middle and high schoolers in elementary school and feel like such a little badass.

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  10. theorangutanlibrarian says:

    Glad you did this one! it’s a fun one to do 😀 hahaha that’s so funny about you hiding books under the mattress!! And yup, reading in the dark is probably why I wear glasses too- whoops 😉 And yeah I definitely lose bookmarks all the time.

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  11. Kat Impossible says:

    I love this post! My parents were absolutely the same when it came to reading. They encouraged it, except when it was time to sleep. I think I once read an entire book with a flashlight because I couldn’t stop and that was one of the very few times I got into real trouble with my parents because I stayed up past my bedtime haha

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  12. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer says:

    Awww this was adorable Cam! Reading during nap time and by the light of your cell phone made me crack up so much… ♥️ I was a total series lover growing up and loved Nancy Drew of all things, lol. I got into other books when I picked up a book that looked like a ND but was something altogether different! Hence I’ve alwaysbeen attracted to a book through their covers.

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    • Cam @ Camillea Reads says:

      Hahaha you should imagine those tiny flip phones being used as light! Aaw I miss the old Nancy Drew, those covers are just so nostalgic! I used to think when I grew up I’d become a detective like ND! hehe


  13. Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks says:

    You are making me smile so much 😀 the mattress thing.. Is SO great 😀
    I am so happy of the Kindle’s backlight though. It’s so great. If I’d had that in my childhood, I would have NEVER slept at all 😀

    Wait, which “bad” books are we talking about here? xD

    I don’t think I’ve actually ever lost any bookmarks o.o which is kind of odd 😀 once I left one of mine in a library book, but a kind librarian helped me find it the next day.

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    • Cam @ Camillea Reads says:

      Hahahaha I hope my future kids don’t think of it though! Can you imagine the trouble then?

      OMG I don’t remember many of them but one that vividly stands out is Flowers in the Attic by VC Andrews, and another about fairies with amethyst eyes…?

      Aaaaw wow, that is super sweet!


  14. Charvi says:

    Haha I guess even I had plenty of bad reading habits! This was really interesting to read and I adored Enid Blyton too! I think I’ve read all of the Famous Five and Secret Seven series and the Wishing Chair series was my favourite ❤

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  15. Vera says:

    Such a fun post. 🙂 I could relate to quite a few of those as well.

    Hiding books under the mattress – check, reading certain books in secret – check (my parents had quite an eclectic selections), reading in the dark – check. Even though I tried later to read underneath my blanked with a flashlight on. Got caught a few times which was not that surprising I guess.. 🙂

    Losing bookmarks is still a habit of mine.. 🙂

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