Nemo’s Weird Reading Rules

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  1. Some people have a rule about stopping at the end of a chapter. I don’t. I’ll stop reading whenever. The end of a chapter. The end of a paragraph. The middle of a sentence. My one rule about finishing at the end of a chapter is when I’m reading something dense. It was my university lecturer who suggested it, when I read Jane Eyre. After every chapter I put the book down and thought about what had just happened and reflected on it. It really helped in the understanding and retention of the book.
  2. I use bookmarks. When I was a child I used to simply remember the page number of the book but as I’ve grown older I’ve found myself unable to do this anymore. I have lots of nice bookmarks waiting to be used on my bookshelf but often when I’m looking for a bookmark, I’ll just use whatever’s closest like a scrap of paper or an envelope or my cat. I don’t like using wood or metal, or anything that can damage the pages.
  3. Speaking of damage, I always take the dust jacket off and put it somewhere safe until I’ve read the book. I find they tend to get damaged easily if I leave them on while reading.
  4. Speaking of damage, I generally don’t buy second hand books. I think this largely has to do with me being particularly sensitive to other people’s emotions, and the residue or whatever you want to call it of a previous owner tends to linger in such objects. I will however buy book second hand if it’s out of print. But that book never really feels like it’s ‘mine’.
  5. I love to re-read, but as a blogger I can’t really afford the time to re-read. As a child I had a very small amount of books so I reread them constantly. The first chapter book I ever finished was Black Beauty when I was about six or seven and I turned straight back to the first page and started to read it again.
  6. I don’t keep duplicates except for ebook/physical.
  7. I always check the bargain bin for hidden gems.
  8. I read ARCs on my Kindle, ebooks on my iPad, and keep a physical book for reading around the house. Sometimes I listen to an audiobook at work so I can have 4 on the go at the same time.
  9. When I’m buying books to complete a series I like to a) have the covers match or b) buy the cheapest version possible.
  10. I need to have my phone with me when I read in case I want to update Goodreads.



About Nemo

A lover of kittens and all things sparkly, Nemo has a degree in English Literature and specialises in reviewing contemporary, paranormal, mystery/thriller, historical, sci-fi and fantasy Young Adult fiction. She is especially drawn to novels about princesses, strong female friendships, magical powers, and assassins.

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One thought on “Nemo’s Weird Reading Rules

  1. Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight

    OOOH we have so, so many in common! Not #1, but like, basically every other one! When I was younger I just remembered page numbers too! But now, I can’t either. And I do the same with the dust jacket! ANd I also don’t like used books, scour bargain bins, and I also love to reread but haven’t in a long time because of blogging. ANd I mostly do ARCs on my Kindle and then physical books- the Kindle one first, and then the physical, right before bed 😀 This was fun, thanks for sharing these!

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