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6 October 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Bookish Things I Want to Quit (or have quit)

'Top Ten Tuesday' is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. I love making lists, so this feature fits me perfectly! If you also take part in this feature or have any additions to my lists, please get in touch; I'd love to hear from you!
10 Bookish Things I Want to Quit (or have quit)

Oh, I have to admit I have been struggling quite a bit with this week's top 10 list! I haven't quit a lot of book series or books, because I have this thing which makes me want to finish every single book I start and I can't stop it, no matter how awful the book is! So, I decided to go with some bookish things in general I want to quit or have decided to quit in the past... Is there anything on the list that rings a bell for you as well? Be sure to share your own TTT lists by leaving a comment below! :)

1. Buying second-hand books

I know a lot of people think buying second-hand books has its charm, and I'm sure it does. However, after I bought a few second-hand books in different places that all had pages missing, I've given up on buying second-hand books; I guess it's just not for me!

2. Not finishing books

I think the last book I put aside and never finished has to be 'The Lord of the Rings' and it has been years since I picked that one up. Somewhere somehow I decided to finish every single book I would decide to read and it has become some kind of habit I can't seem to shake. Perhaps I should finally give 'Lord of the Rings' another chance...?

3. Trying to read 'The Lord of the Rings'

Yes, coming back to that, I think this is definitely something I just have to give up. I've tried 3 times in my life and I never managed to get further than the first 80 pages or so. I think I have to accept it's just not my cup of tea and it's not going to happen!

4. Not folding the pages of books I'm reading

One of the best bookish things I decided to quit a few years ago! I now always use book marks because it makes books look much prettier.

5. Reading books in Dutch

My first language is Dutch, not English, but I really don't enjoy reading Dutch books. I think the last Dutch fiction book I picked up... It must be at least 8 years ago or something? And I didn't finish it because it was an absolutely horrible read. Give me English any day!

6. Making notes while I am reading a book

When I first started reviewing books I tried my very best to make notes while reading, reminding me of things I would perhaps like to add to my review later on. However, I quickly stopped doing that because it just didn't work for me. It somehow ruined the reading experience and I wasn't able to really dive into a book because I was busy thinking of what to write down... Glad I decided to stop trying to!

7. Skipping to the ending of a book to see what will happen

Sometimes I just can't stop myself, but I really really want to quit doing this!

8. Saying 'yes' to almost every review request I receive

I used to want to say 'yes' to every single review request I received, and this was possible because I just didn't receive that many requests! However, this has definitely changed and right now I just know I can't say 'yes' to every request because it would be simply impossible to read that many books in the free time that I have.

9. Doubt whether I want to read/watch 'Game of Thrones'

Another thing which I simply have to give up. I hate it when characters die in novels, so friends have advised me to definitely NOT start reading 'Game of Thrones', so I guess I should stop doubting and just follow their advice.

10. Feel like I MUST read even when I'm not in a reading mood

I'm sure this is a feeling a lot of bloggers will recognise; the feeling you have to read because otherwise your TBR-pile will never get any smaller. However, I have decided I want to make sure reading stays something I love and enjoy, so when I don't feel like picking up a book... I just don't, how difficult it may be at times!


  1. We overlap on quite a few of these! I'm sorry you had such bad experiences with second hand books. I don't think I'd be able to afford my reading habit if I didn't pick up a lot of second hand books, but there are always a few terrible ones that have been marked or ruined in some way that are incredibly frustrating.
    My TTT

    1. Glad to hear it, Rosy! :) I completely understand the feeling, it's definitely more expensive only buying new books. However, I'd rather spend money on something I'm sure is good-quality than a book that is suddenly missing its entire ending (yes, that actually happened, haha!). Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I love buying second hand books at yard sales, antique shops, etc... :)

    Check out my TTT.

    1. A lot of people do, I guess too many bad experiences just ruined it for me! Thanks for commenting, Lauren!

  3. #7 is one that I have a problem with too!
    My TTT: