Reader Problems Book Tag

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I was tagged by Ashleigh at A Frolic Through Fiction to do the Reader Problems Book Tag. So thanks Ashleigh! This looks like a really fun tag and I’m excited to get into it.

You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

I’m definitely a mood reader – I choose books depending on what I feel like reading next. Recently, I was in the mood for YA fantasy, so I picked out five books on my TBR and read the one with the highest Goodreads rating. I also just made a TBR jar with little challenges to help me decide. But sometimes, I have to read the first page of a few books to find one I’m interested in at the moment.

You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

Generally, I force myself to stick with it. But lately, I’ve been better at putting them down (or reading the summaries online). Life’s too short to read bad books. While there are some books I don’t intend to pick up again, there are a few I’m just saving for when I’m more in the mood for them. Just yesterday, I decided to put a book on hold, because I liked it, but I kist wasn’t in the mood to read it.

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?

Hell yes! If I can read all seven Harry Potter books in three days, I can fit fifty books in a month if I have to. That’s what novellas and graphic novels are for, right? (Just kidding.)

The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

I hate this so much! I really loved the cover of The Diviners by Libba Bray, but the cover change on the sequel? Not so much. Sometimes I will repurchase so they match. Other times, I will just hide them in the back of my bookshelf – my shelf is really deep and has two rows of books.

Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

I really don’t know anyone in real life who reads a lot. So I usually just go and read all the bad reviews on Goodreads – that always makes me feel better about not liking a book. It took me a while to be okay hating a book everyone else loves.

You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

Stop reading and do something else. Because, to be honest, if I saw a girl start sobbing over a book in Starbucks, I’d probably just back away slowly. That said, I don’t read in public very often. But I definitely did cry in the car on the way home listening to the audiobooks of both The Fault in Our Stars and The Book Thief.

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?!?!?!  

I usually reread – I’m really excited about rereading Red Rising and Golden Son before Morning Star comes out in February. But if I’m really short on time, I will try to find a synopsis. Or hope that when I start the sequel the first book will come back to me.

You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

Honestly, very few people borrow my books. But I kind of just always assume that when they do, I won’t be getting them back. (I learned that lesson the hard way – Alex, if you’re reading this, I want my vintage copy of Walden back!) So if they ask for a book I really love or can’t replace, I lie and say I lent it to someone else. Sometimes, I’ll say yes and then pretend to forget about it. Yes, I know, I’m a horrible person.

Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?  

I’m actually going through this right now. I either try to reread something I know I love or take a break from reading. Although sometimes I just keep picking up books until I find one that interests me. Sometimes all it takes is a different genre or format.

There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

All of them? I’m so bad at this. I have been getting better at not buying every book in sight, though. If I really want it, I try to get it on NetGalley if it’s available, and then if I know I’m not going to read it right away, I add it to my Amazon book wish list, which has weirdly kind of helped me since it’s a great way to keep track of what I want to buy later.

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?

Sometimes, I’ll read them right away. Other times, they will sit on my shelf for forever. I still have books I was really excited about buying like a year or two ago, and then just never read.

I really enjoyed doing this tag! I hope you enjoyed reading it. Let me know your answers to these questions in the comments!

I’m going to tag:

Whitney @ Brown Books & Green Tea

Jordyn @ J. Bookish

April @ R. Sativus

And anyone else who wants to do this tag!


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