You move your lips while you read
There’s a name for mouthing out words while you read: subvocalization. You might have picked up this habit as a child, while you were learning to sound out words, but it may actually impair your reading speed today. The University of Alabama’s Center for Academic Success lists this and the actual vocalization of words as reading habits to break, due to a slowing of reading speed. How can you stop? Put your fingers on your lips or vocal cords to be more aware of it. These are the 20 books you really should have read by now.
You read the last page of a book first
People who don’t do this think it sounds crazy—why would anyone want to know what happens at the end of the book before even starting it? But it turns out that people who “spoil” stories for themselves may actually have a more enjoyable time reading them, according to a study from the University of California at San Diego. If this is you, keep it up! (Just don’t ruin the endings for the rest of us!)