Reading rituals

Do you have rituals that you follow when it comes to reading?

This is something that I hadn’t thought about until recently when I sat down to read a book and had barely got one paragraph in when I realised that something wasn’t right. What was it? I hadn’t made a drink. Sounds silly I know, particularly when I wasn’t even thirsty, but I couldn’t continue until I had one next to me. This got me thinking about what other rituals I follow when it comes to reading and so I thought I would share them with you.

Are there any that you follow too?


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1 – Make a drink. As I said above I need to have a drink next to me when I’m reading. If it’s daytime then it will more than likely be a coffee. In the evening it tends to be a glass of wine or a herbal tea. This will depend on my mood/what kind of day I have had/what my current read is.

2 – Grab a notebook. I have to have a notebook next to me when I’m reading so that I can jot down thoughts and quotes. This might be with a blog post in mind or it might simply be for me to look back over at some point. I love reminding myself of quotes that resonated with me in books that I have read.

3 – Get comfy. Maybe I will put my pyjamas on or load up the sofa with cushions that I can sink into. Perhaps I will settle into bed and make sure my phone is out of the way so I don’t get distracted. Whatever it means at that moment, it is important to me that I am comfortable so I can enjoy my time with my book.

4 – Check over my bookshelf. This one is a bit of a strange habit that I have found myself following recently. I don’t get as much time to read as I would like, (does anyone?!) so when I pick up a book I feel the need to double check my bookshelf and make sure there isn’t anything else that I would rather be reading.

5 – Make sure I have a bookmark. I hate pages being folded down in books! I find it messy and unnecessary. I have a couple of really pretty bookmarks and I love using them, but if it comes to it I’m happy to just grab a scrap of paper, an old receipt…anything that can mark my page without me having to fold down the corner.

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And that’s it. The rituals that I always follow when I’m reading. It’s only recently that I have realised I do these things and yet, I can’t remember a time where I didn’t do any of them, so, I figure they must be pretty longstanding.

Has this post made you realise that you have any book related habits? Does it bother you or are you okay with it?

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I’m fine with mine. I have little quirks and habits in most areas of my life so it doesn’t surprise me that some would have crept in with reading.


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Until the next time…Jess x

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