Thursday, May 28, 2015

Cocktail and Conversation--Reader Quirks

Every other Thursday here at the Broke & The Bookish is  A Cocktail Conversation time. One of the TB&TB members will pose a question to 2-3 of the other members of TB&TB crew about books, life, music, etc and then they'll answer and we can converse about it. So grab a cocktail & cozy up for some conversation. It's 5 o'clock somewhere, friends. 

What is one of your reader quirks?

Lauren says:  

My reader quirk is almost more of an annoyance than a quirk. Because I read so much and many of my FB and IRL friends don't, as soon as a bestseller or popular book comes out, they all automatically assume I've read it or am going to read it. Just because a book is on the NYT Bestsellers List does not mean I want to read it or that I should read it. When 50 Shades of Grey became popular, my friends were literally BAFFLED that I hadn't read it. I'd explain the normal reason why: it's Twilight fan fiction, it was first published with unspeakable grammatical errors, that I really don't care, etc.... but people that don't read as much as us still don't get it. So basically I tell all my non-frequent reader friends that I read what I want, when I want. BOOM.

Julia says:  

I have to read series books in order. It is really hard for me to jump around or start in the middle, even if people tell me "The first two are crap, just read the third." It pains me. I am getting a little better with this lately when it comes to romance novels where I don't want to get sucked into another mega-book series, or another regency sibling set of stories. But I just like to read things the way they were written. I like knowing all the jokes because I too was there for them instead of scratching my head in wonder. This is doubly true for me when it comes to TV series. I haven't gotten better with those :)

Jana says:  

Good quirk, Julia! I have the same one! I can't figure one out for myself... I'm quirky, but I think I've mentioned many of them on the blog already!

Tahleen says:  

My quirk is I've often got at least four books going: two audios (one for running, one for the car), one in print, and one on my nook. Not to mention the kids' books I read for book club at the library!

Lori says:  

I think I've got a lot of reader quirks, but they just seem normal to me, so I don't notice them.  However, my mom routinely comments on this one, so it must be a quirk.  I have two copies of my favorite books.  One is my nice, pristine, sits on my shelf of favorites copy and the other one is marked all over--notes in the margins, dog-eared pages, highlighter marks, scraps of paper sticking out at off angles.

What are some of your reader quirks?


  1. My reader quirk is similar to Julia's where I have to read a series in order - BUT, I will read other books in between. For example, while I was reading the "With Me in Seattle" series, I would read one, then read something else. Then read the next "With Me: book, and so on. I have no idea why I do this. Maybe in my mind it builds anticipation for the next book.

  2. These are some interesting quirks. :) I read books and most of the people I talk to have never heard of them, so when they're like "What are you reading?" or "Read anything good lately?" and I tell them, they 100% have never heard of the book in their lives. Though sometimes that's because they (the books)haven't been published yet. ;)

    I have never heard of someone telling someone to just read the third book in a series. That seems like such blasphemy. Haha.

    One of mine is that I like reading books with similar subjects around the same time, so like, We Were Liars and Dangerous Girls or Making Pretty and Finding Paris and most recently (that I've yet to start) The Night We Said Yes and Joyride (and in September, it will be Never Always Sometimes and Hello Goodbye and Everything In Between, though maybe TNWS fits better with Hello). :)

  3. I didn't realise that reading book series in order was a quirk, I thought that was just being sensible! I've never heard of anyone recommending to read a later book in th series before the first. I probably do have some reader quirks, but whatever they are, they're normal to me and I don't notice them. I guess one would be that I fold down the pages of my books, people think that's weird but I can never find a bookmark and if I do have a bookmark then I nearly always lose it, so folding the corners of the pages is easier for me.

  4. My quark is that print books are meant to be looked at and if possible not read thanks to the world of the digital age... My books are my treasures and I like to keep them safe... But I'll read the crap out of a digital copy!

  5. Like Lauren, I struggle with people who assume I read every single book on the best seller list. Actually, I tend to shy away from those books, so chances are I have not read them. Those looks from others who assume that their favorite author is your favorite author also slay me. I just try to be polite and say how happy I am that they have found someone they love to read. In the end, who and what they read is less important to me than the fact that people are actually reading!

  6. I share several of these 'quirks'. Lauren's life is my life - I don't have many friends, outside of the blogging world and my book group, who read much of anything. Everyone was saying, 50 shades, 50 shades, even ladies I go to church with - which I found hilarious. I don't necessarily read the NY Times bestsellers. Sometimes I do, often I don't. Love your response, Lauren.

    Series order - well, like Julia, I really, really want to read in order. Trying to let that go a bit, but honestly, I haven't had much luck. The issue is that I love mystery series and sometimes I find an author after they've written 18 books or something. Sigh. What to do. What to do.

    Another one is that I never and I mean never turn a corner down on a bookpage. I don't care if it is a used book and looks well, well read. That's what bookmarks are for people!! That might be all. LOL

  7. I am the same way I have to read a series in order. I can't just jump into the middle and hope for the best.

    I really don't read much of the bestsellers unless it happens to be one of my very very beloved authors and even then it will probably be later on (to many books not enough time).

    I can't bend my pages at all ever heck I can even stand to crease the spine on my paperbacks (I'm quite OCD in that regards). And writing in one of my books is just not happening even my school textbooks I couldn't bring myself to do so.

  8. I have a ton of reader quirks, but two of them stand out to me. First off, I have a bad habit of not finishing books. I don't know why. They really have to suck me in and grab me, or else I'll just set it back in my library basket and forget about them. Most of the reviews on my blog are good ones, because I can only finish good books.

    Also, unlike other people, I can jump into a series late and piece everything together. Many times, I only read the third book of a trilogy because, well, it's the end. Either that, or I read the first and third books, because--let's be honest--it's really easy for authors to mess up on the second one, and besides, what's the point of reading the second one if the third's already out? Will I even really be missing out on anything?

    Haha, I love this discussion thing. Thanks for including this question!

  9. My number one reader quirk is that I yell at my books when I'm reading them. My mom will be walking by while I'm just screaming at a book. One thing, who would ever not read a series in order? That is an unknown concept to me. I have to read the other ones or else the one I'm reading won't make any sense!


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