Most of us here are avid readers, and I like to think that’s a special label. Readers understand other readers, and the title sometimes lends itself to automatic friendship.
As a reader, I LOVE talking about books. Airports are my favorite places to book-stalk people. Travelers are more likely to have a book in their hands, and I want to know what they’re reading.
I worked in two different bookstores while I was in college, and I enjoyed chatting with shoppers at the register.
“What do you know about this one?”
“My cousin recommended it to me. She said it was the best cozy mystery she’d read all year!”
“You’re going to love this one! It’s my favorite Denise Hunter book.”
“I love all of her books. The characters are just so real!”
“Narnia is the best!”
“I know! I’m reading them to my son right now, and he loves them too!”
The excitement of a reader is contagious. Even if the genre isn’t my favorite, I still enjoy hearing about interesting stories. There are so many, and I’m glad there are books out there for every kind of reader.
I sometimes stumble upon these reading pet peeves on the internet, and the teams that form over reading styles or handling of books is always entertaining.
Here are some common reading rules:
- Absolutely NO dog earring pages!
- Never read the last page first.
- Always start a series with book one.
- If you start a book, you have to finish it.
- Books should be read while drinking coffee or tea.
- Don’t break the spine!
- Borrowed books should always be returned.
- Stickers are not made for book covers!
- Silence is essential while reading.
- Don’t diss my book boyfriend.
- The book is better than the movie.
- The original cover is the best.
- Never judge a book before reading it.
- No liquids near paperbacks.
- The characters need to look like the people on the cover.
- Never spoil the ending!
- Never write, underline, or highlight in books.
- Always buy more books than you’ll ever be able to read.
This is just a short list, but they’re things I’ve heard over and over as a reader.
I confess, I’m conflicted on ten of these. I often highlight and write in books. I’ll dog-ear a page if I’m in a hurry. I’ve been guilty of dropping a book in the bathtub. A few times, I’ve admitted that the movie was better.
The truth is, there are no hard rules for reading. Start with the last book in the series, read on the subway if you want, and split that spine if you care more about the story than the spine!
I have one piece of advice that I think you’ll agree with: Keep reading!
What are your rules (or preferences) for reading?