My Top 4 Reading Habits [2020]

Hello everyone! I’m back today with a post that covers all my reading habits! I thought it would be fun to go through my personal habits as a book blogger with you guys since I get asked about my reading lifestyle multiple times. This short post will hopefully give you guys a bit of inspiration on how to read books more efficiently, improve your relationship with reading in general, and perhaps integrate books and reading into your busy work life on a daily basis!

1. Setting The Scene

I like to get immersed in my surroundings, just like I do in the stories of the books that I’m reading! Lighting a candle, sitting in a park, or reading at a cafe can really enhance your reading experience! Look for a comfortable spot at home, make some tea, snuggle in your coziest outfit and get down to reading! Creating a lifestyle out of it could perhaps cultivate a reading habit. Make it something that you prioritise and look forward to everyday! Associate positive things with reading and you’ll find nothing but joy when you pick up a book!

2. Consider Annotating Your Books

If you guys know me long enough, you would know that I annotate my books (dog ears, highlights, etc), but for the longest time I’ve considered annotating taboo and did not dare to “damage” my books by writing in it or dog-earring any pages. I found my love for annotating a couple years back and ever since then, reading has felt so different to me. I realise that I’ve been holding myself back this whole time by keeping my thoughts to myself, . Writing in my books has allowed me to openly interact with the story and connect with the characters better. Now I bring a pen and post-it note everywhere I go. It’s a real game changer, you guys! Not only does it improve your reading experience, annotating actually helps you understand the stories better because you’re actively engaging with the book rather than passively reading the words. Plus, you get to read through your annotations in the future if you decide to pick up the same book again in the future! It’s always good fun doing this ❤ (more on annotating books can be found in this blog post)

3. Different Modes of Reading

It goes without saying that many reserve a huge amount of time in a day to sit down and read a book, and this does not have to be the case! For example, the first thing you can do in the morning (instead of going through your phone/social media) is to take the time to read! If you can’t normally focus on a physical book, consider trying out audiobooks! You can even put it on while you go through your morning routine. Leave it on for 30-60 minutes everyday for the rest of the week and you got yourself a solid reading habit!

I for one am able to listen to an audiobook while I’m working on a blog post, running errands around the city, commuting, or when I’m drawing on my Ipad for work! Sometimes I can finish a whole audiobook if I’m creating content or drawing all day! It’s literally killing two birds with one stone, and it’s amazing!

Additionally, ebooks are also great if you’re constantly busy at home and only have time to read when you’ve wrapped everything up at night. I like to save ebooks for my nights, preferably right before going to bed. I’m always way too tired to read a physical book at night (and when I do find the need to pick one up, I can only go through so many pages before my eyes fail me and I start dozing off). In this case, ebooks are great alternatives as they are lighter in weight and, personally, are easier on the eyes. Transitioning between these three formats can really boost your reading game while still keeping up with your day to day schedule and tasks!

4. TBRs Aren’t Always Your Friends

Having a set pile of books that you’re determined to get through will only pressure you. It’s great to have a selection of books to choose from, but don’t let it get to your head that those are the ONLY options you get to have. Personally, I’d suggest picking a book based on your mood and not from your set TBR pile. In full transparency, I’d recommend dropping TBR piles completely. You don’t want to treat reading like a chore and force yourself to read for the sake of proving to yourself that you can get through a pile of books in a short period of time, or fulfilling a monthly challenge. Reading should NOT come with any pressure. They’re just books, and you’re meant to enjoy them!

Thank you so much for getting through this fairly short post! I hope you enjoyed it and/or found it somewhat helpful 🙂 Please feel free to ask me questions down in the comments, or message me personally! My DMs are always opened ❤ Take care everyone 🙂

xx Cath


  1. blue ☾

    hi! i’m so in love with your blog aaah! i really loved this article. this year i seriously start to annote my books, especially my favourites that i reread. it’s so much fun and, as you said, i feel much closer to the characters!
    have a great day 💛

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    1. Cups and Thoughts

      i’m glad you enjoyed reading the post! i hope annotating goes well for you hehe ❤ have a lovely day yourself :')


  2. Macey @ Brine and Books

    I love what you shared here & your descriptions of how each habit works for you! I started annotating books over the past year or so, and even though I don’t always remember to grab my pen, I’ve really enjoyed all the times I have done & start to miss it when I forget :’) xx

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    1. Cups and Thoughts

      thank you macey! i’m glad you enjoyed the post :’) haha annotating does that to you! i often forget my pen too, but i always make sure to write down my thoughts in my phone so i can look back to it when i have the time hehe ❤

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  3. Sharon

    ❤ Totally great ideas, annotation yes, l always love it when I pick up second hand books that someone has left there personal responses in. Love your advice on TBR agree totally sometimes they are just a source of pressure.

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    1. Cups and Thoughts

      aww thank you sharon! oh i love when that happens! i’ve only had a few encounters with second-hand annotations and they’re always such gems! and i’m glad i’m not the only one who thinks that way about TBRs haha :’)


  4. Aldii

    I don’t annotate my books tbh but I want to annotate one, so when I reread it in the future I can see what got my attention or what stuck with me. I’ll definitely check out your other posts on that note as I was looking for some tips!
    Also I have started listening to audiobooks and it has been such a good experience so far! (better than the first time for sure!)

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    1. Cups and Thoughts

      exactly! ahh i hope you get into the habit of annotating hehe ❤ and i'm glad you've been loving listening to audiobooks! they're so amazing :')

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  5. Selena Davis

    I’ve been thinking of maybe trying to annotate for the first time, but I’m a little scared in writing in a book because I have never tried it and I honestly don’t know what to do.

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    1. Cups and Thoughts

      baby steps! i was afraid to annotate at the beginning too! i suggest writing down on a post-it note and then just pasting it onto your pages? or maybe start with a pencil so it doesn’t feel too permanent 🙂

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  6. literallyymel

    I like your idea of “setting the scene.” I think that would really help me when I sit down to read because I get so easily distracted and have trouble concentrating when I read. Lately I’ve been experimenting with listening to youtube playlists that have a certain vibe or aesthetic and that’s been helping. I also totally agree that TBRs are not always helpful. I’m a huge mood reader so it is nearly impossible for me to stick to one, lol. Great post!

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    1. Cups and Thoughts

      thanks mel! those ambient youtube videos are absolute GOLD. i am waiting for the weather to get cooler so i can put up those videos again (though really, these videos are great for any time of the year)! and i’m glad you feel the same way about TBRs :’) thank you so much!

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