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Weird Thoughts and Habits While Reading – A GIF Post

Posted by on March 15, 2014


As you all know, I’m weird. If you didn’t, well now you do. And I have a lot of weird habits and thoughts when reading. Which I’m sure we all have. A few of mine?

1. Wondering why the villain can’t just kill the main character and finally win. I mean, come on. The author that finally writes that –

2. Wanting that best friend – the one that usually wants to be more than a friend – to die. And have the unappreciative main character feel horrible. He/she would have deserved it.

3. Struggling to pronounce a character’s name. I usually end up naming them myself. Or calling them something else. (This doesn’t always happen though) But when it does, it’s annoying.

4. Flipping a few pages ahead to see if a specific character will be coming back. Yep, I’m VERY guilty of that.

5. Wondering why sometimes the main character who has absolutely no friends in the beginning, has a lot of friends in the end. That is very unrealistic. But also very common.

6. Creating a happy ending in my head. I’m sure we all do that. No? Too bad.

So, what are some weird thoughts that cross your mind while reading?

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  1. Lol! Totally relatable post, Asma. Especially the one about flipping pages! I actually used to read the first 50 pages of a book, and then the last 10 pages, and then the middle, lol! I stopped doing that, but now I still check out the next few chapters to get myself some character love! Sometimes, I give characters nicknames when I can’t pronounce their real ones, ha! Hating the best friend, though.. I almost always love them! :o Thanks for sharing–wonderful post! <3

  2. When I was reading Quintana of Charyn I kept getting so frustrated because I’d be all into Froi and then she’d start a new chapter back with Quintana and I was like, NOOOOOO… So for the first time, ever, I’d skip that chapter, find out how Froi was, and then, when satisfied, go back and read Quintana’s chapter.

    And regarding character name pronunciations, it’s funny how you think your way is right until you hear it a different way. My freshman and I will be talking and say a name differently and then it’s a standoff because neither one of us thinks the other’s version is acceptable. Ha ha.

  3. Number 4! Oh, I totally do that all the time.
    I’m a reader who often pick books based on the ending (I’m a HEA kind of a person, you might say), so when I’m on bookstores and interested in a particular book, I would peek at the last pages to find out if the story ends happily or not. If the answer is no, eh, I’d just put it back on the shelf.

    By the way, great blog, Asma! <3

  4. I would love for an author to let the villain win! Every time it looks like it might go down that way, the villain always starts laying out their diabolical plan and why it succeeded. Isn’t there one intelligent villain out there??

    I used to have an awful habit of reading the last paragraph/page of whatever book I was about to start reading. My feelings towards that last page were usually a pretty good indicator of how I would feel about the book as a whole, and I loved having that reference to draw on as I read the book. (If they do that, then how do they end up there in the end?!) It was half maddening, and half satisfying.

  5. HAHAHA! I loved so hard at #2! Sorry. I know it’s supposed to be all sad and sombre when best friend who wants to be more than a friend does die but it’s such a salient point. Main characters so often get their happy endings at the expense of other characters. The reverse would make for an interesting shake-up.

  6. I love this post!
    Ohmygosh YES to the villain being killed off. I mean I know the hero is supposed to be all moral and goodly and everything but COME ON. All your problems would simply disappear!
    Haha, the unappreciative MC. Oh yeah. I don’t wish the best friend would die, but maybe just leave the MC. “You’re a jerk, you don’t deserve me, I’m leaving.” TAKE THAT.
    EURGH. I hate it when names are hard to pronounce. I usually just try and make sense of it, and the name is pretty much gibberish in my mind.
    I do sometimes flip ahead, but not too often because suspense is one of my favourite parts of reading a book. :D
    Yes, to the suddenly popular MC. THEY’RE NOT ALL PERFECT. geez.
    Of course I need to create a happily ever after sometimes. It’s just one of those things.
    The only weird thing I have is keeping track of how many pages I have until the end. I’ll always see how many pages are, and for some reason I will always keep track of how many pages I have until I finish the book. I don’t know why, I guess it has something to do with having an idea of how long the author has given for plots to come to an end? :P

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