The Reader’s Problems Tag

I wasn’t sure what I was going to post today, since I had these ambitious plans to post every day for the last two weeks to meet my “ Views” goal on my blog for the month of July, but now that I’ve met my goal, I have space to fill with random posts, and I was tagged to do this post, so it works out! This tag was originally created by About To Read on YouTube and I was tagged by Musings of a (Book) Girl.

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

 A lot of times, I’m a mood reader, but lately I’ve been trying to read through some of my backlist titles – I have many – which means I have to give myself a smaller portion of my TBR. I then set myself a time limit – say, 3 months to read ~20 books – and I just do my best to work through them. OR I stare at everything I have to read, want to read it all, and then read none of it, because I can’t decide which book to pick up.

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

This depends – depends on a few things. If it’s a debut, I’m more likely to DNF it, especially if I honestly cannot get into it. An author I love, usually I push through. Sometimes the writing style can put me off, but if the story/plot has promise, I’ll try to push through. But an almost automatic DNF if the book is advertised in its synopsis than what the actual story is about. Nothing will anger me and cause me to put the book down faster. I will say that; I do really try to give books a fair chance 30-50% before DNF-ing them.

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?

I’ve never actually done a Goodreads challenge. I usually forget to set it up, and then start late, and haven’t quite figured out how to backlog my books and it’s all just frustrating so I give up. I’m 55(?) books read into 2019, with an informal goal of ~100, so we’ll see how it goes.

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

Hmm, depends on the series. Like, yes, I wish they’d match, but for some it’s not the end of the world. I’m more annoyed if the spines don’t match, since those are what stick out on my shelves. But I will say that the biggest cover change annoyance I have is with the Sy Chasers trilogy by Amy Kathleen Ryan, where each book is a different style of cover because the second and third books took so long coming out, that they rebooted the covers each time. The trilogy in no way matches, and it makes me so mad. (Not to mention the ending of the trilogy made me mad as well). Long story short, do I wish they wouldn’t reboot the covers mid series, hell yes, does it really bother me, not as much as it used to. I’m just glad the book is being published.

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

Mainly my best friend who for whatever lame reason (jk) isn’t on social media so I can’t tag her. But in the case, she hasn’t read the book, and assuming I’ve read the book while the hype is ongoing, I can usually find someone on Twitter to scream about the book with. My mom has also gotten her fair share of me complaining/gushing about whatever book(s) I’m currently reading.

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

F*c k it, I cry. If you have a problem with it, so be it. But if you come over and ask me why I’m crying, be prepared for me tot explain the book to you through tears.

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 is another “it depends”. Most of the time I’ll go into the sequel and pray the first book comes back to me – usually it does. If it’s been more than a year, the chances of me picking it up become less likely, and as more time passes, the chances are even slimmer. I will go back at re-read a synopsis or a review to refresh, if I feel like it.

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

 I’ll let people borrow my books, but there are rules. If it’s replaceable, then it’s if you break/wreck it you buy me a new copy. If it’s an ARC, then you take care of it, or I wreck you, especially if it’s for an author I collect, no dog earing the pages, and try not to break the spine. I just ask that you take care of it and don’t treat it like it is garbage. As long as you do that, you don’t lose your privileges when it comes to my library.

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

Give me a Jennifer L. Armentrout book and 9 times out of 10, it’ll get me out of my slump. There’s just something about her books that feels like coming home, and I usually know what to expect going into them, so I can just mindlessly lose myself in them, and jump start my reading again. And if JLA doesn’t work, any light, fluffy contemporary, or New Adult will do the trick. I just need something that doesn’t make me think, and that will have a happy outcome.

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

More than I should, though I’ve been better about that this year. I will buy a book based on the hype surrounding it, even if I might not read it right away. Now, there are definitely auto-buy authors, even if I don’t plan on reading the right when it comes out, but that’s more so to support them during release week. I’m running out of shelf space quickly, so I’ve had to be pickier in what I actually purchase, and when I do purchase, I try to do so during a sale, since books are so freaking expensive.

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?

This is another “it depends” – books I really want to read will get read. If I buy them more so to support the author during release week, they can sit on my shelves for months. Anything older than 2 years, I try to determine whether or not I still have an interest, and depending on the level of interest, determines if I keep the book or not to eventually read.

Feel free to tag yourselves or answer in the comments! I want to know your answers these questions! And thanks Mari for tagging me!




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