TTT“Top 10 Tuesday” is a weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish

Another freebie round for Top 10 Tuesday this week, at least sort of since the actual topic is „Rewind“ which means we could go back in the history of TTT and do a topic we have missed but still want to do. I decided to pick one from 2012 which fits perfectly to my character: „Top Ten OCD Bookish Habits“. Of course I’m far away from suffering from an actual obsessive-compulsive disorder (at least I hope so^^) but I definitely have some quirks that could be seen as a very light form of OCD and this also effects my reading habits and how I deal with books.

1. I can’t DNF books

This might sound like a joke but once I’ve started reading a book I just have to finish it, no matter how bad it turns out. I know it makes absolutely no sense to waste precious lifetime on terrible books but I just can’t help it. My only comfort is that I get rewarded with the opportunity to write a really angry and/or snarky review after a disappointing read.

2. I have to review every book I’ve read

This point makes me feel just as stupid as the first one, but ever since I started blogging more than 5 years ago I’ve reviewed every single book I’ve read, even if it was just a short story, and now I kinda have to keep this streak going even if it means a lot of work and often comes with unwanted pressure. Better don’t ask.

3. I continue series even when I don’t like them

I feel more and more stupid with every point, I’m not sure this post was a good idea XD But it’s true, as soon as I’ve started a series I find it very hard not to finish or at least continue it. That might be still understandable when it comes to trilogies to find out how the story ends but I also do it with endless crime series that don’t have any continuous plot at all, just to complete them.

4. I rather break my fingers than my book spines

I’m hopeful that at least some of you can understand this point because for me there’s almost nothing worse than breaking book spines. The stupid thing though is that I don’t even mind if someone breaks them after I’ve finished the books but as long as I have to hold them in my hands their condition has to be perfect, no matter how uncomfortable or even painful it can be to hold the book in a way that perfectly protects the spine.

5. I am a book hoarder

One reason why I never can’t have enough bookshelves is that I never get rid of books. No matter how old they are, how much I liked or disliked them or how used and ugly they look – I like having some kind of archive of all the print copies I’ve read and find it extremely difficult to say goodbye to my books, that’s why I never give any away or sell them, even when I know for sure that I’m never going to read them again.

6. I hate reading used books

When I was a child almost every book I’ve read was in a used condition because I either got it from my parents or from the library but when I got older I kinda developed an aversion for used books. I can’t help it but I want my books to look new and be in a perfect condition when I read them and I treat them so carefully that you usually won’t be able to tell if a book has been read or not. That’s the main reason for why I don’t get books from the library anymore because I can’t stand filthy books and even hate it when they have those typical library stickers.

7. I never read blurbs shortly before reading books

I hate being spoilered about books and I’m not even worried about being spoilered by other reader but by book blurbs since they often give away way too much about the story. That’s why I only read them when I hear of a book for the first time or shortly before buying it but NEVER before I start reading. Thanks to my lousy brain I usually forget about the descriptions so that I can dive into my books more or less completely blind and let myself get surprised by the story.

8. I never write in my books

I know a lot of readers like to highlight quotes or write annotations in their books but I could never ever get myself to do that. The obvious reason is that I want to keep my books in a perfect condition like I explained above but I would also be too afraid of making any mistakes and having to correct them so that the notes would look super ugly.

9. Books in a series need to have a consistent look

I know I wrote above that there’s nothing worse than breaking book spines but in my opinion it’s even a graver crime when publishers change the look of a book within a series, whether it’s the cover design, the typography, the height, the position of the book title or the author’s name on the spine or switching from HC to PB or the other way round – STOP DOING THAT, PUBLISHERS! Seriously, it’s like stabbing us readers with a knife in our back and I’m sure your authors hate it too, so JUST. STOP. IT. My OCD will appreciate it because it always makes me go crazy when I see a series on my bookshelves where the books don’t perfectly match.

10. I have to read the whole book

… and by whole book I don’t mean the story from the first to the last page but also any form of dedication, foreword, afterword or acknowledgements. I’m just afraid I miss something interesting, funny or important if I don’t read EVERYTHING and every time I find something that goes beyond boring „Thank you“s I’m glad that I read it all, even if it’s just seeing that the author is friends with another favorite author of mine and mentions them in his acknowledgements 😀

Can you relate to any of this habits or do you have any weird quirks yourself when it comes to books/reading?

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