Sunday Salon: Reading Quirks
Do y’all have any unusual reading habits? Here’s one of mine: when I begin a book, I flip to the last page. Not to read the ending, in fact I studiously avoid looking at any of the words, but to see how long the book is. Then I divide that number into even ‘chunks’ that are somewhere between 50 and 60 pages each so that I know how many pages I should be reading in each session (and how many sessions the book will last). I am especially thrilled if the chapter breaks correlate to my number. If they’re not exact but close, I’ll follow chapter breaks instead, otherwise I just look for a handy pause when I’ve hit that number. It’s not something I force myself to do, I just really enjoy numbers, so it’s my way of settling into a new book.
Does anyone else do this? If not, do you have any other reading quirks?
Only two one-sentence reviews this week! I’m right at the edge of finishing another couple of books, but I didn’t want to rush things for the sake of my blog. And I’ve already written up posts on three (one hasn’t been published yet), so there you have it!
Books I Would Have Loved, Except for One or Two Little Quibbles or Books I Really, Really Liked
Read Marriage: a History by Stephanie Coontz if…you’re curious about how the institution of marriage has been viewed by society throughout history, especially in the US & UK or you read a lot of older books and want to feel more informed when it comes to all of the marriage plots or you just enjoy learning quirky historical facts.
Read Cart and Cwidder by Diana Wynne Jones if…you enjoy fantasy books with resourceful child protagonists or you’re a DWJ fan working through her back list or you’re looking for a good read-a-loud book for your own children or students that you’ll like as well.
P.S. My new year of reading has started out wonderfully! Not a bad book yet. :) I hope yours is going as well!