Monday, April 29, 2019

Reader Problems Book Tag!

Hello all! Today I'm super excited to be doing a new tag that I found recently. This is all about reader problems and since there's 11 questions, I'm just going to go ahead and dive right in! Enjoy!

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

Honestly I made super detailed monthly TBRs so I probably just chose the books I'm most excited about reading at the moment and put those on the list. These can be anything from what's currently being buzzed about on bookstagram, a book I've had forever, a new anticipated release, etc. Then, from my detailed TBR, I mood read based on what I'm feeling at that moment.

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

Put it down. I consider halfway enough to write a review and include it in my Goodreads challenge. I have so many books to read that if I'm not liking a book then I'm not going to spend my time on it. It's different if it's a book for review from a publisher or author, or if one of my friends really hyped it up to me, because then I'll try to stick it out and see if it gets better. But a big thing for me is that I don't enjoy books when I have to force myself through them, so I've DNF-ed books before only to read them a few months later and absolutely love them.

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re behind on your reading challenge, do you try to catch up? And if so, how?

Yes. I had beaten my initial challenge last year but kept raising it and I ended up wanting to hit 100 books read. So, in the last four days, I tried to read six books. And I hit it! Honestly a huge thing about this is that, as a college student, I have winter break and I can spend the last two or so weeks of the year trying to catch up on my reading challenge. Additionally, the last few New Year's Eves I didn't really do anything and instead just binge read books all day. For two years, I've completed my challenge right on New Year's Eve.

4. The covers of a series you love do not match, how do you cope?

Not well. Honestly I'll rebuy all the new covers, if possible and financially viable. If it's a small cover change that doesn't look too different on my bookshelf, I'll just let it be. However, as an example, the Dark Elements trilogy underwent a cover change in the US before the third book came out and I absolutely HATED the new covers. I had the first two in the original covers but the third would have been a gross difference. So I discovered that they had a matching cover in Australia and ordered it, spent months waiting for it to arrive, only for the publisher to have sent the wrong book. I ended up having to wait even longer for the correct book to arrive, but it finally did and my covers match! Of course, they have different heights but that would have happened whether or not I got the new cover or the Australian cover, so I'm not too mad about that. Especially now that the trilogy went through another cover change and I have those gorgeous new ones now!

5. Everyone and their mother loves a book that you do not. Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?

Honestly I can usually find a fellow bookstagrammer friend who shares the same feelings as me. While a few of my bookstagram friends may love a book, there's usually at least one friend who doesn't like it as well. So, honestly, it's not that hard to find someone to bond with but it's usually bookstagram friends!

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

I've definitely cried in public before but usually I try to keep the tears in. Sometimes it doesn't happen but if I'm close to sobbing and I'm in a place where I would embarrass myself, I put down the book and wait to continue reading until I'm in a more suitable place. Of course, I may let a few tears slip out if I'm in a place where no one will notice.

7. The sequel to a book you loved just came out but you’ve forgotten a lot of what happens. Are you going to reread it?

Probably. I do for most of the series I read. It's both good and bad, honestly, because I can go into a book with reinvigorated information but also I sometimes let new releases sit for months because I'm too lazy to read the previous books (take An Ember in the Ashes series for example). If it's for a series that I really love, I'll reread it. If it's for a series I liked but didn't love, I'll probably just look up a spoilery review on Goodreads or YouTube.

8. You do not want anyone to borrow your books, how do you politely say no when someone asks?

"Sorry, I don't lend books out."

There is a very very tiny list of people I loan books to. I also have rules for people borrowing my books, which can be annoying to them at times but my books my rules. I keep a running list of who has what book if I've lent any out. If it's a hardcover book, I keep the dust jacket on my bookshelf and let them borrow it without that. If it's a paperback book, I let them borrow the book with a booksleeve to protect it from travels (unless it's Lexi, who knows how to keep my books safe). I also stick a bookmark in so that there's no pages being folded. Lastly, if a book comes back more than a little damaged I tend to ask for help buying a new copy. I've had too many instances of people either not returning a book or returning it damaged (we're talking a special edition hardcover that somehow had compromised binding) for me to not be protective over my books.

9. You have picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over this reading slump?

Reread a favorite. Usually it'll be an easy book that was addictive the first (or second) time that I read it, such as The Veil Diaries series by B.L. Brunnemer. It helps because I know that I already like the book, I know what happens, and I don't have to exert too much brain power as I would in reading a new story.

10. There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read, how many do you end up buying?

A lot. If it's any example, I have seven new releases preordered for May. If it's the next in a series that I haven't caught up to yet, I won't buy it but I will put in on my wishlist. I try to be more strict about my new release buying, though, so this upcoming month is definitely the outlier for what the rest of this year has been so far.

11. After you purchase all of these books that you’re dying to read how long do they sit on your shelves before you get to them?

Honestly it varies. I've had super anticipated books that I'd been dying to read since finishing the first book sit on my shelf for over a year before I read it. There are some books on my shelf that I bought back when I first got back into reading and I still haven't read. There are other books that I start reading the same day that I get them. Honestly, I have no clue since it varies based on the book, the genre, the author, etc.

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Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed this look into my reading habits and quirks! Do you relate to any of my answers above? Let me know in the comments below!


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  1. Everyone is interested in the selection of books for himself. I agree with the author, if the book is not readable, put it aside, then the time has not yet come. Modern, fashionable books are sometimes very mediocre.

  2. I enjoyed reading this post and reviewing your informal look at this problem. Hopefully, it would be as global as it could actually be.