I do this too, just to pick up on the things I missed the first time!
And other than that, the only habit I have is that if a book's really good, then I want to own it, not just borrow it from the library, so I buy it even though I've already read it.
Well first, I go through a picking ritual. I judge the title of the book. If it passes, I pick it up and judge the cover. If it looks dumb, I put down. If it looks moderately interesting (depending on how desperate I am for a book to read), I read the summary. If it doesn't have a summary, then screw it. Has anyone ever come across a book with no summary? None at all, not even on the inside cover? It pisses me off... Anyway, if it seems moderately interesting, I open it up at a random place and read some. Usually I end up reading the last page. If it passes all of this, I get it.
I don't think I really have a reading ritual. The one thing I always do is try not to read the end and then fail. Especially if it's a good book. I just can't help it! Also, I never reread a book. Never ever. Not even if I loved it. The only time I will is if I have to for school or if it's a series and the next book is coming out but I can't remember what happened in the one before. I don't know why, really. I guess I think I'll find it boring since I already know what happens. Or maybe it's because I'm afraid I'll find mistakes that I didn't see the first time and start to hate it.
First, I smell the book.
Second, I read the front and back covers, every single word.
Third, I read the dedications and thanks if there are any.
Fourth, I read the first chapter.
Fifth, I read the last sentence/ page.
Sixth, I read the rest of the book.
Depending on how much I like the book I might repeat steps. And I also might keep the book with me for a while after I finish.
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I do this with every book I read, so I've forgotten that it's even a "thing". I write my thoughts/reactions in the margins and underline parts that I like. Of course if I have to give the book back (to a friend, the library, etc.) I go through afterword to write down what I underlined and erase the marks.
Also, I can't stand dust covers, so whatever I'm readind stays naked until I'm done with it (though sometimes I forget to put the covers back on when I'm done, so I end up with a big stack of empty covers on the bookshelf).
I hate dust covers as well.
Everyone who sees me reading says, "If you'd put the cover on, the book will retain its quality and not be as tattered."
And I understand that...
but I can't read with the book covers. It makes me paranoid, and the book slides around in the cover sometimes which makes me irritated.
I like to just save the book covers in a box of mine (full of book covers and nothing else) because I think books without the covers look amazing. Sometimes the covers are just stupid and the plain book looks so much better.
Here's my rituals:
1. Sniff the book. You can tell a lot about a book by the smell of it's pages. :)
2. Read the first few chapters. Get a feel on how the author writes, get to know the characters.
3. Get so engrosssed in the book, that I do not put it down until I have read cover to cover and back. Who needs bookmark anyway, when you only put the book down once; when you've finished it. ;)
4.Read throught the book again and find all my favorite quotes.
5. Read and memorize my favorite scenes, so that I will remember them long after I finished the book.
I tend to bring a book with me every time I get into a car. Even though the car ride is only 5 minutes and I know that I won't read it. It's more of a habit and a security to know that I have a book by me if I need it.
For the Harry Potter books I have to read it from cover to cover and I usually call all of the books Harry. Like if I leave my book in the car and I can't find it. I'll say "Where's Harry?" lol