Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Things I Have/Nearly/Should Quit

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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Things I Have/Nearly/Should Quit

I just finished this, like, 30 minutes ago. I wasn’t even sure I’d get one together at all. Totally ironic considering the topic, haha. I almost quit this topic. I didn’t have an easy time putting this together this week, but here it is!


Things I Have Quit

Pre-ordering ALL The New Releases – There was one year where I pre-ordered SO many new releases I couldn’t even look at my bank statement without breaking a sweat. NO MORE! That was also a time where I was fresh to reading again and fresh to the Young Adult genre, so I was very excited about all the books. I feel like I know what and who I like now, so it’s not as bad for my money anymore.

Buying Complete Sets of Series I’ve Yet To Read – I mean… why did I have to buy the complete set of a series IN HARDCOVER when I’ve yet to read the first book. Ugh. I had terrible book buying habits.

Holding On To Physical Books I KNOW I’ll Never Read – So as a result of buying ALL the books years ago, I had a lot of unread books on my shelves. And it was books I’d never buy today because my tastes have changed and I now know what I like best. I donated A TON of them this year.

Requesting Physical ARCs – It is RAAAARE nowadays. Most of the ARCs I get now are from conventions or were unsolicited. I definitely opt for egalleys, which was SO not the case a couple of years ago.


Things I’ve Nearly Quit

Paranormal Reads – When I do read them it’s mostly about angels. If I do read a vampire or werewolf book it’s most likely a series I’ve already been reading for years.

Urban Fantasy Reads – I used to DEVOUR this genre, and it’s not as almost cut-off as Paranormal, but I don’t read many of them anymore. One I’m still following is the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. It’s a total winner!

Reading Books On My iPad – It hurt my eyes and it was kinda heavy! I recently got a Kindle Voyage and I’ve been loving it SO much. But if there’s an egalley that’s a pdf, I’ll opt to read it on my iPad’s Bluefire Reader app because they are so much better to read on that app. The formatting gets really screwy when reading a pdf on Kindles.


Things I Should Quit

Waiting So Long After Reading Books To Write The Reviews – Because let me tell you! When you get behind on reviews, it’s really hard to get caught up. At least for me it is. 

Requesting/Downloading Too Many eGalleys – Probably one of the main reasons I don’t request physical ARCs anymore is because I never know what to do with them when I’m done, but with egalleys that problem doesn’t exist! But it can get out of control REAL FAST. Which is what my current situation is like, lol.

Buying So Many Ebooks – DAMN THOSE SALES! I’m a weak, weak person, ok! I can’t say no to a cheap ebook.


What are some bookish things you have/nearly/should quit??



Jess @ Gone with the Words

22 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Things I Have/Nearly/Should Quit”

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    Oh my god, I always buy complete series in Hardcover even if I’ve never even read the first book >< it's because I always worry that I'll love the first one then I have to wait for the sequel to ship or to find time to pick it up from my local bookstore. But then it's happened where I own an entire set of books I don't enjoy. I do enjoy giving books away though and that's what I've been doing but it would be better if I would just buy the first book (if I can't get it in the library or by borrowing it from someone) before committing to entire series.

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    Teisha @ Girl Writes Reviews

    I can relate to ALL of your “Things I Should Quit”. I will wait literally months and months before I write a review unless it was a book that I absolutely loved and can’t stop thinking about. I recently started writing Mini-Reviews because I’m just SO behind. Also, I request way too many galleys. I am drowning in the galleys. I don’t even know how I get approved for galleys because my Feedback to Approval Ratio is sooooo low. This is a great list!

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    Jess @ Curiouser and Curiouser

    Great list! You’re not alone; I have a really bad habit of requesting too many books on NetGalley, and I definitely need to get better at letting go of books I know I’m never going to read. I’ve gotten a little better at that over the years, but there are some I can’t quite bring myself to let go of on the off chance I will get to it soon.

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    Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

    Oh I share so many with you!!! The buying too many ebooks made my list too. I can’t resist a sale – so bad. Also waiting to write reviews is something I used to do. I was awful. Now I try to do it right away. I still have a ton I haven’t written reviews for and probably never will now. Oops! Great list!

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    Mishma @ Chasing Faerytales

    Buying the whole series is a hit or miss situation. If I love the the first book, then it’s awesome, because unless I have the whole series in hand, I won’t try hunting for the sequel even if the first one was amazing. But if I don’t like it…. then there’s the problem.
    I miss reading Urban Fantasy! I think the fantasy genre is dominated by high fantasy these days.

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    Candice @ The Grown-Up YA

    Oh man… requesting e-galleys. This is my complete and total weakness. I always feel bad because if I request 10 and get approved for 8 I’ll read 0 of them. They’re always books that I WANT TO MUST HAVE NOW IN MY HANDS read. But I just don’t.

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    Quinn's Book Nook

    I really want a Kindle Voyage! I read ebooks on my iPad, too, and it is heavy. I have an older iPad, 2nd generation I think, so it is even heavier than current models. I often read while I’m lying on my back and I hold the iPad infront of me. And so many times I accidentally drop it and it lands on my nose and it hurts so badly!

    But I can’t quite justifying buying a Kindle because I can read books on my iPad. The struggle!!

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    Amber Elise @ Du Livre

    Urban Fantasy used to be my jam back before blogging. I would just grab a book from Borders and have a go at it. I miss it. *lone tear*

    I’ve actually JUST started pre-ordering! I can’t say no to the swag!

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    Morgan @ Gone with the Words

    Okay friend, I love your post and kudos to finishing it! Hehe.

    I’ve stopped pre-ordering all the new releases too. Back in 2012/2013 I really really got into YA and I had disposable income for the first time as an adult. I preordered everythinggggg and there are STILL books on my shelf to read! Ack. I got better last year (not great) and this year, and I’m goign to be really strict next year. Only book series I’m caught up on/authors I love/a select few debuts. It’s embarrassing when the next book comes out or the paperback and I haven’t read the book still. I have a couple sequels for series I haven’t read and I’ve stopped that now too.

    I’m getting burnt out on arcs and e-galleys after only a year! It’s hard to keep up so I’ve already slowed down a lot, which has done wonders for my stress levels.

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    I pre-ordered a book twice and both times were a big fail, so I don’t do it anymore. I also like to buy the book when it’s truly there, so I can get it as soon as possible. I’m still in a state between I WANT TO KEEP THEM ALL and ‘I should donate these, because I will not read them.’ It is hard to let go.

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    Def feel you! I also tended to buy a lot of full series in Hardcover, even when I haven’t read the first book! I’ve been getting better about it – and have also stopped requesting sequels and book sin series if I know I haven’t read the first book.
    I hear ya!

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    Ugh, I’m totally there with you when it comes to being behind reviews. I’m pretty useless, especially lately. I was looking through my goodreads the other day and cringed at all the “Review to come later” I’d written in there. xD

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    Alexa S.

    “Holding On To Physical Books I KNOW I’ll Never Read” — This is definitely a bad habit of mine! Or, it WAS a bad habit of mine, anyway. I was really terrible about this at the start of the year, but I’ve slowly gotten better at culling my own TBR and buying only the books I know I’m going to read soon!

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    Lyn Kaye

    “Waiting So Long After Reading Books To Write The Reviews”

    I so agree on this. I have a horrible time putting things off until the last minute.

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