Today feels like a good day to talk about books and reading. I want to ask you what’s your reading style?
Is this something you’ve thought about?
I chat to a lot of readers and it does strike me that we do have certain reading styles. Whether consciously or not, we do tend to read in a certain way. And this can change over time for each of us.
For example, some people will have a few books on the go at any one time. Some people only like to read hardbacks. Some people only read at certain times or in certain places – in bed at night, on the train while commuting and so on. Some people stick to one or two genres, authors. Some people have an ‘in order’ to be read pile. Some people don’t have a next book ready, others have dozens to hand.
I got to thinking about reading in this way when I popped to my bookshelves to choose my latest read. I enjoyed perusing my shelves and narrowing down my books until I managed to choose one. Finally!
I have recently made a few changes to my office area, including getting some new bookshelves, and I am absolutely loving them. I like to stand there and choose new books, and naturally I like to keep on finding more to fill them up with. I shared a little tour over on my YouTube channel, if you’d like to take a closer look.
I have a lot of books on my to be read pile and I enjoy selecting my next book each time. After all, I have plenty to choose from.
However, it’s a rare thing that I can tell you what my next book will be at any given time. I never seem to know until I am standing in front of my bookshelves trying to decide.
I go with my mood in that moment. It’s the only way I can do it. How about you?
When I did this the other day, it got me to thinking about the books that I read just for a little bit of fun and light relief to the ones that swallow me up, heart and soul.
I like to read a mixture of both. It offers me a balance.
I read plenty of books, this gives me space for those ‘not having to think too hard’ books, not having to emotionally invest books. I like these books.
I’ll sometimes read a run of them, before launching into something more gripping, more challenging. Then sometimes I can only possibly read a run of really good, really satisfying books, one after the other. At other times, I mix things up reading a completely different genre each time. I go with my mood every time.
Book in hand, I guess I can now sum up my reading style.
I like to read paperbacks, and I only have one book on the go at a time. And I do always have to have one book on the go, I hate to be without a book! I like to read absolutely anywhere, any time, and there are only a few genres that I don’t enjoy.
There are many, many authors that I love to read and this list seems to grow year on year as I discover more. I rarely know what I will be reading next, I always fail miserably at trying to stick to an order to read a pile of books in. And my to be read pile is, quite simply, out of control. And still growing, which is just how I like it.
What’s your reading style?