My Reading Method

I have a weird one. (idk if you care, but having weekly posts is #difficult)

STEP ONE: I go to the library.

Duh. I just examine all the titles and grab a few random books that look interesting. Then I go again. And again. Until I have a healthy stack of books.

I usually read the blurb, the author bio, and I flip through the book quickly. If it looks good, I keep it. If not, I PUT IT BACK WHERE IT GOES YOU MUGGLES. (sorry. People at my library just keep them lying in random places. ;/)


When I get home I take all the books out and organize them by how much I want to read them.

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STEP THREE: Read them!!!!!!!!

Obviously I read them. I read the less exciting ones first. I also annotate them in PENCIL, don’t worry. But yes I annotate. Lightly. Erasable.


When I’m done, I upload them to Goodreads and stack them like so:

(Unless I own the books: then I just put them back on the shelf)

That is all.

What is your reading style? What is your opinion on writing in books? (I don’t care as long as it’s light and in PENCIL and doesn’t distract me.)

13 thoughts on “My Reading Method

  1. Sophie @ Me and Ink says:

    Ahh.. I love that you stack them on how excited you are to get to the books!! That’s a good idea and makes it super easy to find the ones you want to read as mine are all spread out on my bookshelf so finding them takes me a few minutes πŸ˜‚ Seeing so many stacks of books many me so happy!! 😁
    I tend to buy most my books and them put them on my shelf. In my head I will have a list of the books I want to read next but I do just go with what I want. I then get my audio books from the library– I go through the list and see which are available and which take my fancy!! 😊
    I see you have a list of cages there– I really want to read that!! πŸ’›

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    • Beck @ SMELLFOY CAN READ says:

      I used to just keep all my books in a bag but it was so difficult to find them all. And I would read really really good books first and be stuck with the kinda boring ones… :/

      I would totally buy every book I could but 1) expensive!! 2) I get anxious spending more than ten dollars in a month (which is difficult sometimes…) (and I just bought myself the Illuminae files with some birthday money and I was anxious about it for several days… :///)

      And List of Cages is sooo good. Much better than what I was expecting. You should definitely read it.

      Thank you so much for subscribing and reading!!! πŸ’™πŸ’› *very furry virtual ferret hug*

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      • Sophie @ Me and Ink says:

        Yes I can imagine that would make them difficult to find!! Good to mix the books up!! 😊
        Yes I get that– I some times feel nervous about spending money. I tend to get a lot of books for gifts or get gift cards for bookstore as I don’t feel guilty spending them πŸ˜‚ I am very lucky to receive them as gifts!! But libraries are a great resource to have!!
        Yay I am glad to hear that– I can’t wait to read it!! 😊
        You’re very welcome!! πŸ’›πŸ’› *sends virtual hug back*

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    • Beck @ SMELLFOY CAN READ says:

      Aw! I hope your library starts getting in more new books. Maybe they just need some extra money, idk.

      But owning a bunch of books is fun. (maybe you’ll get to beauty and the beast book status!)

      Thanks for reading! πŸ’™πŸ’› *sends virtual chocolate ice cream sundae*

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  2. Kaya @ afictionalbookworm says:

    STACKING THEM IS SUCH A GOOD IDEA. I can’t believe I’ve never thought of that! Usually I just keep mine in a random stack haha.

    And I like your idea of annotating lightly in pencil!! Personally, I lean more towards tabbing if I own the book just because I struggle with writing in booksπŸ˜‚ This is such a cool post!!

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    • Beck @ SMELLFOY CAN READ says:

      Thank you so much, Kaya!

      Annotating books isn’t a big deal for me because I do it all the time for school, but with library/non school books, I want it to be erasable.

      Thanks for reading my post!!! πŸ’™πŸ’› *giant dragon hug- no fire included*

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    • Beck @ SMELLFOY CAN READ says:

      Ahaha ikr! There’s nothing like a good library book. (and the covers are taped on, which I actually prefer to the owned-non-taped-dust-covers because THEY DON’T FALL OFF!)

      Thank you so, so much for commenting!!!πŸ’™πŸ’› *lots of cat purrs*


  3. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer says:

    Hey Beck! What a great little post to meet you by… I love the library so much and am blessed to have a pretty decent one. I love that you read the less interesting books first ahaha I tend to do that too. Then when I start slumping I jump on a book that is sure to be a winner (hopefully!) and that pulls me right out. ❀️

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  4. prabhleen kaur says:

    omgggg it makes me SOO incredibly happy to see another person with such a huge stack of library books you don’t even understand!!! i thought i was the only one who actually still relied on the library this much – i feel like with consumerism being so prevalent within the book community, people often forget how nostalgic and just generally useful the library can be :’))

    i hope you enjoyed truly devious, it was so good!! definitely one of my favourites of the year ❀

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    • Beck @ SMELLFOY CAN READ says:

      I know- you get every single book for FREE!!! And if you really like the book you can buy it but if you’re broke… You can still read the latest books! And sometimes they have honor books (aka giveaways) and you can steal- um- eternally borrow them, too.

      Thank you SO much for reading my blog!! πŸ’™πŸ§‘ *sends you a virtual chocolate palace like the one in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory*


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