Reader Problems Book Tag

I was tagged by Adventures of a Bibliophile for this meme! See her post: here.


 

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

This is a real life problem. I pick largely based on my mood, and what I’ve had the longest. Now that I think about it, its really rather arbitrary.

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

I just saw a blogger talk about this the other day—what to do when a book really doesn’t wow you. For me, it depends on why I dislike it. If its something I intellectually or politically object to, then I stop reading. This isn’t college anymore, so I definitely don’t have the emotional bandwidth to keep messing with books like that. But if its just that I don’t like the book, I’ll keep reading if I know that its something that was recommended to me, or something by an author I otherwise like.

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?

No, I do my best to keep going, but the holidays are not a time for stress. I’ll cram in all the books I can, but I’m much more concerned with my family obligations and other things. I’m much less likely to take on a bunch of large books, and much more likely to fill the gap with shorter stuff.

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

Pretty easily. It would irk me, but I would probably just put them on the bottom of my bookshelf.

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

Oh there’s always someone you can find online to help you commiserate. The internet is full of unpopular opinions!

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

I’m embarrassed to say this has happened twice in the last year—Allegiant and The Fault in Our Stars. With Allegiant, I finished the book while sitting in an empty classroom. Eventually the class came in and saw me with puffy eyes. Luckily, someone in the class saw the book I was reading, and commiserated with me about the ending.

…And I don’t know what persuaded me to read The Fault in Our Stars at work. It was foolish.

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?!?!?!  

If I loved it, then I’ll definitely re-read some of the book. But sometimes, I have to overlook reading and just find a synopsis. Otherwise, if I base reading the new book off a re-read, I’ll end up skipping the sequel in its entirety. It’s the same thing with movies—sometimes I tell myself I’ll read the book before the movie comes out, and then I end up not seeing the movie at all because I procrastinated with a re-read.

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

Just like that. I have no shame in telling people they can’t borrow things, because they’re not entitled to my belongings. If they’re a close friend, I’ll just say something along the lines of “Man, after so-and-so ruined my last book, I’m done being a public library. But I know the county library has X amount of copies!”

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

I get over my reading slump by reading something super short. I’ll feel the sense of accomplishment I get after finishing something, and it’ll give me the strength to continue!

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

As many as I can before my boyfriend stops me? But seriously, my budget dictates how many I buy. There are months where I buy virtually no new books, but other months where my budget is incredibly free and I can buy lots. I start by choosing the books that are by the most prolific or influential authors. For example, when God Help the Child was announced, there was no budget constraint that would have stopped me from pre-ordering that book.

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?

It depends! Room, I read straight away. With other books, I can wait a month or more. (don’t judge me!)

3 Comments

  1. Ha, my friend said she was reading TFIOS on the plane (on her Kindle) and crying and the girl next to her saw her crying and asked, “The Fault in Our Stars?”

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    1. Hahaha! That movie AND book made me cry so much, I thought I was dehydrated.

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  2. I enjoyed this post. Thank you for linking to mine!

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