A big thanks to the lovely Mahima at All Things Wordy for tagging me in the Reader Problems Book Tag!! Her blog is awesome and she’s such a wonderful person- definitely check her blog out!
Now, on with the tag!
1.You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?
Usually I go by my mood, to be honest. I always try to make TBR lists and stuff but it never really works out for me. If I’m not in the mood to read a certain book then I won’t enjoy it as much as I would otherwise if I was actually in the mood to read it.
2.You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or commit?
It depends on why I’m not loving a book. If I don’t like the writing style but the story and characters are good, then I would probably stick with it. However, if the characters and the story are bad as well then I would probably either skim the rest or just quit.
3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?
This happened to me a few years ago, and basically I spent my Christmas vacation reading short, quick books in order to reach my goal. I don’t know if I would necessarily do that again, though- now I care more about the quality of the books I read rather than the quantity of them.
4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?
I hate it when that happens! I’m not one to buy a book just to have matching covers, but it does annoy me a lot!
5. Everyone and their mother love a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?
The lovely book blogging community! There’s bound to be someone out there on the inter-webs that feels the same way, and we can rant about the book together!
6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?
Strangely enough, books rarely make me cry. I sometimes get teary-eyed and feel really emotional, but I never actually start crying. But if I did, I would probably just go with the flow and cry anyways. Unless it was in a more professional setting, in which case I’d go to the bathroom and cry there (although I don’t know why I would be reading in such a professional setting…).
7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!
This happens to me ALL THE TIME. It’s the worst, because who has time to go back and reread all the books in a series before the last one comes out? The most recent time I experienced this was with City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. It’s the last book in a detailed and pretty complex series, and I knew going into it that there was no way I was going to remember everything that had happened in the previous books. Instead of rereading them, I just decided to dive into the last one and see what I remembered. When I got confused I looked up some things online to clarify, but other than that most of the story came back to me. So I guess I usually just keep reading the series, unless I completely forget the story.
8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. Borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?
I’m usually okay with people borrowing my books, but there are some (like signed copies, for example) that I won’t let people borrow because I don’t want them to get lost or ruined. In that case I just tell people the truth: they’re signed or whatever and I would rather not lend them out to people. Usually they’re really understanding!
9. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?
Oh, the dreaded reading slump! Reading slumps tend to creep up on me after I finish a really good book. My mind is still in the world of the other story, and everything else seems so dull in comparison! To get out of a reading slump I pick up a book that I know I’ve been wanting to read for a while, and just start reading! Even if I’m not really into it at first, I make myself read about 50 pages or so, and by then the story has gotten more interesting and I’m excited about reading it again! Another trick I’ve used is to start reading a shorter, easier book. That way I can finish it rather quickly and feel as though I’m making progress with my reading goals. Instant pick-me-up!
10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?
I used to automatically go out and by books I was excited about, but that led to overly-crowded bookshelves and a lighter wallet than I would have liked. Now I only buy books that my local library (either school or town) doesn’t have or ones that I know I’ll reread in the future.
11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?
An embarrassingly long amount of time. Most of the books on my shelf have been sitting there for several months, if not over a year! It’s so bad! This year I’ve made a point of reading more books from my unread shelves, and it’s actually working pretty well. I’ve read over five books so far this year from that pile, which is a lot for me!
It’s tagging time! I tag the following lovely bloggers, as well as anyone else who would like to do this tag:
- Addlepates and Book Nerds
- Girl in the Pages
- Effortlessly Reading
- Books, Tea, and a Onesie
- Paperback Heart
What’s your biggest reader problem? Let me know in the comments section below!