Reading Rules

- carry a book everywhere - read one book at a time - finish reading at least 75% - don't skip ahead - speed reading is OK - read...



- carry a book everywhere
- read one book at a time
- finish reading at least 75%
- don't skip ahead
- speed reading is OK
- read what you want to not what you think you should
- books and ebooks are all equal
- take a (short) break in between books
- think over what you've read
- talk about it
- well loved books look well loved
- great books deserve to be reread
- silence please

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  1. I agree wholeheartedly with everything on this list!

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

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  2. I love this post. So simple yet so true and effective. Thank you for this, I absolutely love losing myself in a book.
    Eilidh xx


    http://herprettystateofmind.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. Argh, I need to read more I just can't find the time. :( I suppose I should make time. I have so many unread books.

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  4. Yes, yes, yes! :)

    I especially like this one ''Well loved books look well loved''. For me, books should look like someone reads it, not as you just bought it in a bookstore.

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  5. I rarely ever reread books, but you know it's a great piece of literature if I'm willing to pick it up again!

    Mel // izzipenelope

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  6. I slowly getting back to reading after months of hiatus and its so so good for the soul! :-)

    TheConscienceFund

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  7. Allow yourself to get lost in the world of that book... http://madelienerose.com/

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  8. Yup, #1 is a must for me. I've never left the house without taking a book with me. I also really relate to your last point; in order to read and become fully immersed in a book, I need complete silence (or classical music playing softly in the background).

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  9. Haha I should really start doing some of these as I'm falling back on my reading. I think I'll start with the first rule, always carry a book in my handbag :)


    www.imaniqbal.blogspot.com

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  10. I love rule #1


    www.sarahjaihelee.com

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  11. I always have a book with me! But I am in the middle of a few books at once...different genres. I sometimes skip ahead or (gasp) read the ending so that any stress from wondering who/what/why is eliminated. And if a book is "ehh" and not grabbing my attention (or annoying me)..I'll give it a chapter or two and then stop reading the book without feeling any guilt! Guess I'm a rule breaker! :)

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  12. We all have our own rules! :)) If I don't like a book I am reading, I read 75% and then stop reading.. or I will speed reading (or skim read) until the end.

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  13. Most important too!

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  14. Definitely! All those 10 minutes waiting add up and you can get through books so much faster.

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  15. I like to be able to hear "bustle" going on outside my window (although it's only the birds, we live in a super quiet area!) but I can't have music or people talking.

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  16. I stopped reading as much as I used to (due to work) and now I'm back to reading at least two books a week, which feels really good. I miss it when I don't have time to read.

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  17. I rarely reread them.. but I will always (eventually) return to excellent books :))

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  18. I find it hard to get brand new books battered and used.. but I much prefer my second hand books, they have so much more character!

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  19. It can be hard! But honestly, take a book everywhere and read in those moments where you're waiting or if you have a spare 10 minutes. I set aside an hour or two (at least!) to read every day and making a conscious effort to do that really helps.

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  20. Hearing birds singing in the background is SO relaxing!

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  21. Phoebe Tee7/24/2014

    I feel like posting this list on my bedroom door and highlighting, underlining and pointing to the last rule! I cannot bear to have someone in my ear when I'm reading, it makes taking everything in that much harder, great post Sophie!
    Phoebe xx

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  22. Love this. If I ever succeed in collating enough books for a library room I'm going to calligraph this list and frame it (if that's ok!) The only one I'm not sure about is the 75% rule - life's too short to waste energy on reading books you don't enjoy - but each to their own :) x

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  23. I couldn't agree more!

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  24. tiggles7/25/2014

    1 book at a time is a good rule. I get to confused otherwise haha


    Beauty
    Challenged

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  25. Completely agree with you Sophie! Regularly reading has such a good affect on my mood and my well being in general! I am just a lot more happier and content.. its almost therapeutic! I started reading Freedom by Jonathan Franzen only today lets see how it goes.

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  26. One book at a time. What a great rule! I've been following it for all my life except during school when I had to read books for class. Anyway, I'm dreading to have started A Song of Ice and Fire. The thought of dropping it is so appealing. I much prefer books with a certain message as opposed to long and drawn out fiction! Which is probably why my favorite book of all time is Faust by Goethe.
    Elina | missblueeyes.com

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  27. Until this year I had only ever read one book at at time. Last month I tried reading two at the same time and failed completely! It was so weird and alien to me and it goes as far as saying that I got to page 15 in the second book and then had to return to the other and finish that one first. I'll never do that again!
    Amy

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  28. That's amazing, thanks Tamsin!
    I think I just give myself that 75% rule because I figure, sometimes you've got to push yourself but often (if the book is really bad) I quit before 75%

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  29. I simply cannot concentrate properly on either book and I always end up showing preferential treatment to one more than the other!

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  30. Sometimes I might read fiction alongside non-fiction, if I'm not in a rush to finish either.. but I rarely do it because I just end up reading one over the other.

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  31. I just can't work it properly, I always prefer one over the other. I think it's best just to get through one at a time.

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