Avid readers worldwide have unique hobbies and habits when it comes to the reading routine. Most of them are common, so there’s no wonder when seeing someone who stays in a library for hours.
But some book lovers have, let’s call them “special” habits. As much as you were trying to explain some gestures, the answers to our questions are often superficial. But scientists, yes, scientists have studied book lovers’ behavior, so they developed some simple explanations about what we thought about those weird conducts.
5 explanations for 5 weird reading habits
If you love to read, you may have already a list of strange habits that you are constantly doing. Let’s dig in and see how scientists have explained those manners.
You tend to read the last page firstly
It sounds so crazy when someone is doing this, why would you like to see how all the story will end? Well, according to a study from the University of California at San Diego, readers who do this tend to have a more enjoyable reading experience. While knowing what it’s going to happen, they pay much more attention to the unfolding of the action.
You are very particular when arranging the bookshelves
Some people arrange their books on the alphabetical order, some by colors or their own system, according to the favorite lecture. Whatever the technique you will use, this habit of arranging books it’s a matter of giving satisfaction to the brain. Especially in the case of avid readers who live for organizing everything.
You can talk for hours about the smell of books
The saying of “having your nose in the book” is so true among those of us who absolutely love the smell of old books. It’s no wonder that sometimes I feel hypnotized by the smell of an old library. The scientific explanation is that there are over 15 chemical compounds that waft out during the degradation of the ink and paper. Also, the reason why the smell is so appealing is that it has a hint of vanilla, due to the wood-based paper lignin, which is closely related to vanillin.
You are reading on the horizontal
The approach of reading on the horizontal is assigned to professional readers. The main idea is to read as much as possible. There aren’t so many people that reached the capacity of reading on the horizontal without losing details from the story.
You move your lips while reading
Subvocalization is when people are mouthing out the words they are reading. This habit comes from childhood when we were learning to read. Sometimes is bothering when someone is reading loud next to you, but sometimes is better to do that, especially when you are learning a foreign language. The researchers from the University of Alabama’s Center for Academic Success have demonstrated that the vocalization of words as reading habit comes to break and to slow down the reading speed.