Good Reading Habits Tag

I was tagged by Book-Wyrm-Knits, thank you! πŸ™‚

Rules

  • Pingback to Ally!
  • List some of your good reading habits, the things you think you do well
  • Nominate some of your blogging friends

 

I don’t buy more books than I can read

I’m very proud of this one! My TBR constantly stays somewhere between 3 and 5. Back in Germany it was around 30-50 and I could not deal with it. It made me feel bad & under pressure and lead to me reading 5 books or so at the same time to get it down. It did not make for a nice reading experience and I felt relieved when my TBR was gone. I only realized after how bad it was for me. Now the process of buying a book is much nicer because I know that I will read it immediately or within a couple weeks. It’s a treat and something special!

I am still looking for new & interesting books all the time. But instead of buying them, I will put them on my wislist. I also noticed that every couple of years my taste in books changes slightly. I won’t end up with unread books I don’t care about anymore. This happened a couple of times in the past.

 

I’m not scared to read ‘old’ books

Variety is always best! I read new books/releases as well as old ones, as long as they interest me.

I don’t discriminate^^ When I am searching for new interesting reads, I don’t look at the year they were published.

 

I say it as it is

If I don’t like a book, I WILL tell you. I won’t make it nice and pretty, if the book had nothing for me.

I was a bit irritated by this movement against ‘negative book posts’ a couple of weeks ago. Some people were getting insanely upset about it? I’ve come across a post on twitter in which people who listed their flops of 2019 were condemned and it was suggested to make ‘worst blogger’-lists instead?

Whew, I’m glad I don’t follow any bloggers who are like that!

I understand people not liking others shitting on books for the sake of being nasty, even if I myself wouldn’t be too upset about it. But this was basically ‘If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all’.

And I definitely don’t agree with that in regards to writing freaking reviews that express your personal opinion. I’m not even mad at people who tear a book to shreds. Everyone as they like.

If you don’t like someone’s way of reviewing, don’t follow.

But don’t tell them how they have to run their blogs or write their reviews.

 

…This is actually a good discussion topic. Please feel free to share your thoughts on negative reviews/worst book lists!

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To help you think – have Tanahashi as Chun-Li πŸ™‚

 

39 comments

  1. I don’t understand the “no negative reviews” opinions. A review is meant to inform people about whether or not they should spend their precious free time on that thing or not. If someone writes a well-informed criticism of a thing, then I feel like I can take their positive reviews more seriously.

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  2. Amen to the last! I don’t get it either. I was pondering about it just a few weeks ago because I saw a tweet from Stephen King that said: if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. I was like πŸ€”πŸ˜¬πŸ˜© I’ve done it, not often, but I try be honest and to me it’s the best way. I mean, I think theirs definitely a respectable way to leave a negative review. Just my thoughts though. Impressive TBR! I need one that low. πŸ˜‰

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    1. Stephen King said that? :O Oh no! I did not expect that from him, especially since he can go all out if he doesn’t like an author’s work… Maybe he changed his mins?

      Respectable way is a good way πŸ™‚ And I think those would be the reviews most helpful for authors as well.

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      1. Yeah, I actually retweeted it along with many others lol. Thing is–when it comes to negative book reviews–you aren’t really saying anything nice. I try to back it up with a positive if possible, but still. Regardless, I think honesty is best. 😊

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  3. The whole “don’t say anything if you can’t say anything nice” is based on an extremely false premise and completely ignores the social contract between author and reader. It would be just as accurate to tell authors not to write sucky books. It is a statement that ignores a whole slice of reality.

    As for Hairyhashi-Li, good thing he’s not showing off his junk in that little outfit there!

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      1. The reader and reviewer owes absolutely NOTHING to the author. It is not up to the reviewer to “critique” a book so an author can get better. It is up to the author to get himself better.

        Sorry. I’m going to stop before I go full blown off the rails there. This is just one subject that I can get a full head of steam on. Almost as easily as I can about Communists.

        And since I don’t know you from Peter, I don’t want to subject you to that…

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      2. That is a really excellent point. Critiques are good in that they help shine a light on the places where an author needs improvement. I agree that it is up to the author to get better themselves, but I imagine that it is nice to have an outsiders insight into professional weaknesses. It is why I don’t understand people saying “no negative reviews”. Negative reviews can be unpleasant, but constructive criticism is what can help a person grow.

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      3. That is why good authors PAY a complete stranger, called an Editor, to tear their book apart. I really wish more indie authors saw the value of editors instead of thinking of them as optional…

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    1. Exactly my view as well. Editors are there for a reason & we as readers don’t ‘owe’ anyone anything. It’s our hobby & we spend lots of time & money on it. It’s also everyone’s right to express their honest opinion.. so… it souldn’t be a thing at all if you ask me πŸ˜€

      I write reviews for myself & for my readers & friends. I don’t have any other motives. I also don’t want to catch the author’s attention (Apart from that time when I tweetet to Brian McClellan about how AWESOME his books are…)

      And to add something – I think the point that bookbinderway wanted to make is that negative reviews help the authors more than positive ones. And not that readers owe the authors anything (which they really don’t πŸ˜€ ). Tell me, if I got that wrong, bookbinder πŸ™‚ Reviews are there. And if authors look at them & want to get better, they can take from it. Criticism for free lol. And NOT implied that the blogger wrote the review for the sake of telling the author what to do better.

      I hope I got this across.

      P.S: Hairyhashi-Li is a GREAT name πŸ˜€ Will consider it for one of my goats.

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      1. Hahahahaha, That would a GREAT name for a goat. Very apt πŸ˜‰

        And thanks for everything before that. Since I don’t know Bookbinderway, I kind of went off. I just have bad experiences so it carries over into almost every interaction with unknown peeps…

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  4. You’re welcome, and thanks for the pingback! I am so jealous of your not buying more books than you can read. But I also am not giving up my TBR bookshelf. So… I can’t have it both ways.

    I think people got a bit lost there about “negative” reviews versus “mean” ones. I can understand not liking mean reviews; I am not a fan of being nasty just for the sake of meanness. But, if I didn’t like a book, I will leave a review explaining what I didn’t like. I’m not going to trash the author because I didn’t like the book, but I’m not going to lie about it either.

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    1. I think you are talking about the point that maybe started it all. I can see why people don’t like mean reviews just for the sake of being mean. This moved on to – probably a small part – condemning EVERY negative review….
      It’s probably not a massive movement, but when I saw that twitter conversation about it, it really rubbed me the wrong way and I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

      And lol, yes, you have to make hard choices when buying books^^

      I’d absolutely LOVE a home library though..If I had that, time and tons of money I’d go WILD πŸ˜€

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  5. Thank you so much for doing the tag!!!! ❀

    Not buying more books than you can read is a great habit!! I feel like there's so much pressure to buy as many books as you can, but then it gets overwhelming having so many books. And telling it like it is is so important! I love reading honest and raw reviews

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    1. Thank you for the great tag πŸ™‚ It leads to lots of discussion – those are my favourites!

      I DID feel the pressure to buy and buy when I was younger. But it wasn’t what worked for me in the end. Glad I found a good way for myself πŸ™‚

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  6. I read what interests me the most, old of new. I have no discrimination between older books and newer books either, some are 50-60 years old( Asimov and Phillip K Dick). So I get what I get and don’t have a fit, lol

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  7. Tanahashi’s certainly got the legs for Chun Li!

    And I don’t get the “no negative reviews” either. Every book gets equal treatment from me – I will read it in full, and do a write up whether I enjoyed it or not, and it will be my truthful unbiased opinion. Now, with the “worst of” lists though, I’m personally inclined not to do those just because I don’t like focusing on negativity any more than I have to, but I am also cool with others who choose to make those lists, and I will read them because it’s helpful knowing which books disappointed them. People seem to think “bad reviews = mean!” but really, they don’t have to be. Most reviewers I know are actually really respectful, critiquing a book on the basis of its strengths and weaknesses, keeping the discourse civil and free of any personal attacks. It’s definitely possible to write a good “bad” review! πŸ˜€

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    1. LOL, I’m jealous of his legs πŸ˜€

      Thanks for that! I totally get not doing ‘worst of’-lists, but I’m also happy to see that you don’t judge others who write them. That’s how it should be. Also, yup, there’s a difference between mean & negative. And personal attacks don’t really have a place in a review as well. I mean, you can attack the characters and their choices πŸ˜€ I do that all the time. But that’s it.

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      1. And to add another thing: I kinda stole that from your blog, I like your take on ‘Your blog, your rules’ πŸ˜€ And the fact that you don’t take anything (and yourself^^) too serious. It’s always a pleasure to read your posts!

        And I wanted to make sure you know it was not a dig at you. It was just coincidence that you mentioned the topic after I found the twitter thing, so I was triggered & reminded to write something on it LOL

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  8. I’d never heard of the no negatives thing before this. That’s so bizarre to me. It’s like, wouldn’t you wanna know the flaws in your book so you can improve? I mean sure, some people are more uh… eloquent at expressing criticism than others, but really, haha.

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  9. I am so impressed that you only keep a small TBR!! I get pretty lucky since I only read books I’m pretty sure I’ll love, but I’ll definitely write a negative review if it doesn’t live up to my expectations πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you πŸ™‚

      I’m the same! Don’t get the chance to write negative reviews very often, because I am very cautious when it comes to picking a new book. I kinda know what I will like & not.. But then… you can’t ALWAYS tell πŸ˜€

      Hope we stay lucky with our choices πŸ˜‰

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  10. I find negative reviews to be quite informative. A review is and should be a personal opinion. Everyone is entitled to have one and I am entitled to agree or disagree. I’ve come across negative reviews for example that was clearly a negative experience for that person but since my values and beliefs differed, I was fairly certain I would enjoy the book.

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    1. Agree, I think it’s helpful to read what other people did not like about a novel. And maybe it’s a thing you actually don’t mind. It doesn’t automatically mean you have to stay away from it. But if it triggers you in some way, you are lucky to have that information.

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  11. I need to work on habit number one πŸ™‚ I seem to have acquired this paranoid fear that if I don’t buy a book I’ll forget about it. (Maybe if I forget about it that’s telling me something?) Luckily I haven’t seen any backlash against negative reviews yet though I do agree with the people who say you really don’t need to tag the author/creator on a bad review.

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