My Reading Process

I’ve been debating doing this post for a while. And I was debating even more what to do in it. I tried organizing this in some way shape or form. I sat there are watched several other people’s videos on BookTube about this and saw how they set up theirs. I knew for a fact I wanted to include what makes me DNF a books and how I flag my books. So, let’s just get into this.

Favorite Reading Format

To start out, let’s talk about my favorite reading formats.

I read just about every format. I read physical books, eBooks and listen to audiobooks. It all depends on what I’m doing. My favorite way to read is definitely physical book. I love just sitting down with a physical book and reading. I also prefer hardcover books. They stay open and usually are aesthetically more pleasing.

Favorite Genre

Now, onto my favorite genre. I love to read contemporary and fantasy. I don’t enjoy sci-fi at all. I’ve given a lot of sci-fi a chance and I haven’t liked any of them really. Specifically space/alien stories. Those just aren’t for me. At least, not right now.

What I Do While Reading

I listen to music almost every time I’m reading. The only time I don’t listen to music is when I’m at home and my son and husband are sleeping. Usually, it’s at night during these times so no one around my apartment are awake. Therefore, it’s quiet inside and outside. Pure silence.

How do I listen to music while reading, you may ask just like everyone else? I listen to Kpop. I can’t listen to anything in English or with words. Now, sometimes Kpop does have some phrases in English, but that doesn’t distract me enough. I need to block everything out. Kpop does that. I’m too easily distracted. If I hear someone talking, I can’t focus on what I’m reading.

Where I Read

That brings us into where I read. I have 4 main places that I read which will also change which method I’m using.

At home, I usually don’t read unless my husband and son are both awake or both asleep. If they are both awake, I will lay down on my bed and read a physical book. I will have music playing but the door is open so my son can come running back into the room. In case you didn’t guess, I don’t get much reading done at home.

I also read at work on my breaks. I work 10pm to 7am with 3 breaks throughout the night: 15 minutes at midnight, an hour lunch at 2 or 3, then another 15 minutes at 5. I usually try to read at the very least on my first break and my lunch. That’s when I pop in some headphones, turn on the Kpop, and read my physical books. Because I work at Walmart, a lot of the time I end up going out on the floor to buy my lunch. So that leaves me about a half hour to read and eat my lunch after buying it and making it.

The third place that I read is while I’m working. I usually try to listen to audiobooks while I’m working. I haven’t really been listening to many recently, though.

The fourth place that I read is on the way to work and on the way home, which are completely different for me.

On the way to work, it’s dark. We go straight to work and meet my mom there so she can pick up my son. So, I don’t get much time to read but when I do read in the car, I end up reading on my Kindle. That’s usually when I get reading some of my arcs.

On the way home, we have to meet my mom at her work an hour after I get out then we bring a friend home before heading home ourselves. So normally that about an hour and a half to two hours in the car to read. I normally read my physical book but I’ve been trying to change that so I read on my Kindle so I have more time for my ARCs.

Now, I’d like to address how I can read in the car. I know a lot of people can’t because they are either driving or they get motion sickness.

I have double vision pretty badly. When I work my eyes too much (like looking around in the dark), it gets worse. I’ve had instances where I’ve thought that a car in a different lane driving the other direction was in our lane. So I can’t drive and can’t look out the windows. So, I read.

And before you ask, no glasses didn’t work and I don’t want to get the surgery because I’m sure it’ll be expensive and my cousin got it. She can feel the muscles behind her eyes pulling when she looks to the side. Yeah, I’ll pass.

And to address how I can read when straining my eyes makes it worse, good question. Maybe it’s just distance for me. I don’t really know. I’m not going to complain, though.

Now, back to my reading process.

How I Choose What To Read

I’m going to break this up into the different formats because it changes for each.

Physical Books

When I try to decide what to read in physical form, it all really depends on what I’m in the mood for. I have a TBR and I try to stick to it but it’s not rare for me to stray from it.

eBooks

When it comes to reading on my Kindle, I don’t pay for anything that I read. I use BookBub, Kindle Unlimited (yes, I pay for that), and NetGalley for ARCs.

I try to keep my Kindle reading to quick easy contemporaries, though. I find it easier to read fantasy and other stuff in physical form.

Audiobooks

This is pretty much just whatever I can find for free. I don’t go through a library right now so it’s whatever Kindle Unlimited has. I listened to the whole Penryn and the End of Days (or whatever it’s called) series on audio while I was working. I also listened to most of the Harry Potter series.

The only problem I seem to have is that out of the 3 books I’ve DNFed, 2 were audiobooks and I had the same issue with both. And I generally seem to give audiobooks lower ratings.

What Makes Me DNF a Book

I figured now would be a good time to get into what makes me DNF a book. There is one thing I would like to address and I addressed it in my review for Beautifully Damaged by LA Fiore.

I have a huge issue with the “overprotective male” trope. It drives me insane. I was able to push through one book that had that and it drove me insane that it wasn’t addressed and they still ended up together.

Alpha male is fine. That’s whatever. But when you try fighting because she’s friends with another guy, no. That’s not okay. If someone is harming her in anyway, fine. Have at it. That’s fine. But don’t try locking her away in your home.

I’m going to get into a little spoiler discussion about Sweet As Sin right now. I’ll have another line in bold, italics, and underlined where you can continue if you don’t want the spoilers.

Now, I had SEVERAL issues with this book. The main character even questioned how overprotective the guy was being. She knew it was unhealthy. But she still turned around and slept with him. No. That’s not okay. She even said that she was doing it to “get it over with.” No. Don’t do that. You should have left. You weren’t comfortable in the relationship. She should have just left. It wasn’t even halfway through the book that this happened. Like, no.

Okay, spoilers over! Keep reading below!

I think that this is a common trope in several books. It’s a huge issue for me and I think that’s why I don’t like a lot of adult romances.

Hardback Hoarder explained my thoughts perfectly about New Adult books in her Drunk Tag. Watch it here.

How I Flag My Books

Alright. Time to move on before that makes me really mad!

I love love love flagging my books. I started out by flagging Cinder by Marissa Meyer and I only used a couple. Picture below.

Then I most recently flagged A Court of Wings and Ruin and… Well, see for yourself… Below…

Now, time to explain what they all mean. I don’t know if Cinder had the same meanings but in ACOWAR, this is what they meant.

I buy my flags from Walmart and they come with 5 different colors: blue, green, yellow, pink, and orange. I have each color representing it’s own thing.

Blue is anything that makes me sad. It doesn’t have to be an actually sad part of the book but if I felt sad or disappointed, then I pop in a blue flag.

Green is all the parts that made me laugh. Normally, it’s a legit LOL. In ACOWAR, it was definitely a legit LOL every time I put a green flag. A lot of them were screw yous to whoever it was to. But green is laughter.

Yellow is any part in the book that I find important like quotes or a part that I feel the need to talk about. That’s when I will write down either on a piece of paper, a flashcard, or in my phone whatever it is that I wanted to talk about. Normally those are things I want to include in my review.

Pink is whenever there’s a part that is romantic that hits me deep down in my soul. Well, anything that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I want to spoil something for ACOWAR but I’m not going to! Just know there was one part at the end that made me feel all warm and fuzzy. Melted my ice cold heart. Just a bit though.

And orange. I used orange a lot in the beginning of ACOWAR. It’s parts that make me angry. If the character makes me want to slap them upside the head, they get an orange flag.

I originally didn’t have orange in my line up until ACOWAR. I knew that I would need it. A lot. And I realized that I loved these flags (pictured below, they don’t have them on their website) and they came with the 5 colors I needed. I believe I paid $1.27 for them. My store doesn’t usually have them in stock so I make sure to stock up whenever I get the chance.

I don’t really know what else to talk about on this topic so I will end it here. Do you flag your books? What colors do you use? If not, what’s your favorite format of reading?

Happy Reading!

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13 Comments

  1. I am reading The Black Witch right now and it is the first and only book I have ever used tabs in. Typically I have no problem remembering all the things I want to say about a book for reviews … but TBW I knew was going to have a ton of content. I actually like the tab system and might continue it. I love the idea of different tabs meaning different things too. I thought about that but I had already gone WAY too far.

    I fear my ACOWAR book would have been over run with orange tabs though lol

    I love listening to music while I read! It is a whole other level of emersion when your music and book really line up properly!!

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    1. I love tabbing my books. Actually, I was doing a book tag once and it asked about a book that made me cry. I completely forgot Cinder did until I saw the blue tabs. I was like “aw. No 😞”

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  2. I’m curious about what you use the flags for?

    Reviewing purposes to make it easier to find something you may reference? Or is so you can look at the tags later and realize which books give you the most blue or green? Or is it pages and giggles?

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    1. It’s kind of a mix of both normally I don’t tab contemporaries I’m not planning on doing full reviews for. But books that I know I’m going to have a lot of thoughts on (like ACOMAF and ACOWAR), I tab. I am very forgetful and looking back helps me see whether I cried or laughed more during it. It also is helpful with book tags when they ask for a book that made me laugh, cry, angry.

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      1. (With every word, I drop knowledge, I’m a diamond in the rough, a shiny piece of coal, my power of speech: unimpeachable) I wasn’t really for it in the beginning but I’ve grown to love it.

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      2. I hope you were wearing a cape while you said that, expanding it further and further with each word. Then, with knowledge dropped, you leap into the darkness, never to be seen again (unless you want to be.)

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      3. I always wear a cape. I only wear a mask when I need to save the day. Don’t want to reveal my secret identity. 😉

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