Reader Problems Tag

Decided to do another tag today! This was posted over on Thrice Read the other day and I decided I really wanted to do another tag so here we are! The original tag was posted by About To Read on Youtube back in 2014!

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

I usually panic and go over all of the books a million times until I pick a book randomly. Then go scroll through social media instead of reading. Then pick an e-book instead. Go back to social media. Read a chapter in one book, maybe read that book. Repeat in a variety of patterns and so on.

I’m really not good at picking books.

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

It depends on why I’m reading the book. If I’m reading it to review it, I force myself to get through it. I just feel like if I was provided a copy to review, I can at least give it the time to finish it. I might put it down temporarily though and come back to it in a few hours or days… Or weeks.

Most of the time I’ll just put the book down though for either a brief or extended period of time until I either feel like I can pick it up again or if I decide to pass it on.

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?

This year I only challenged myself to read 12 books. So that would come out to one book a month. When I had chosen the goal, I really wasn’t sure if I was going to continue wanting to read as much as I was motivated to at the time. I think that the yearly reading challenge is fun to keep track of all the books that I’ve read but I will probably from here on out just set my goal to 12. So in case I have another bad year then I won’t feel guilty for not reading.

But to people who actually do use the challenge to actually try and beat a challenge, good on you!! And graphic novels are always a great way to catch up if you’re behind 😉

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

Just accept it and move on. A lot of my series have mismatched covers. I have series that are hardcovers and paperbacks and even some series that I have some physical books and some e-books… Now that shows how ambivalent I am to the situation.

If the cover change makes the books uglier, I cry a little and curse the publishers but then just move on. I’m definitely not a person to care about the aesthetic of books on a shelf. I just want the books!

Everyone and their mothers love a book that you do not. Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?

I would probably just write a review on it? Rant a little bit? I usually keep this kind of stuff to myself. Sometimes I can talk to my best friend if she’s around when I’m thinking about the book but usually I just keep my thoughts to myself. I don’t exactly have anyone that I can go to to talk about stuff like this.

My roommates used to be great to rant to but I live with my family again and they don’t want to hear it.

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

If I can hide the fact that I’m crying, I’ll just cry. I’m really good at silently crying. But I tend to also just not cry if I’m in public no matter how sad I am? Like tears will well, but that’s about as far as it goes.

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?

This is what happens with almost every single book with a sequel… I will get super hyped for the sequel and maybe even buy it and have every intention to reread the first one and then hop straight into the sequel…. And then it just sits there. Forever.

If I don’t wait until a series is fully out to read, I can guarantee there’s a good chance that I won’t finish it in a timely manner.

You do not want anyone borrow your books. How do you politely say no when someone asks?

No one borrows my books. I just tell people that my books have been stolen in the past and I don’t feel comfortable loaning them out. Which is the truth. I used to loan people books all the time! I used to love loaning people books! But then my ex stole about six or seven of my favorite books of all time and that was the end of that. Also I’ve never quite gotten over the time I loaned some books to my aunt and she gave them back covered in coffee stains (only I am allowed to physically ruin my books).

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

Sit on social media and mindlessly scroll until I’m so mad at myself for doing that that I pick up a book I know I love and reread it. Works every time. Might take a few days or a week or something but it works.

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

Just the ones I know I’ll want to reread someday! If it’s a book that I think I’ll only read once, I’ll get it from the library. Actually most of the time I’ll try to get the books I want from the library before I buy them. It just kind of depends on how much money I have to spend on books. I’m actually pretty good at just waiting for books from the library.

Ater you purchase all of these books that you’ve been dying to read, how long do they sit on your shelves before you get to them?

I will usually pick up at least one book right away. Then it just depends on what I feel like reading because I’m definitely a mood reader. So if I’m in a contemporary mood and I bought a lot of fantasy, well they’ll sit there until I’m in a fantasy mood. Or vice versa. Or whatever.

So there we have it, the Reader Problems Tag. Let me know if you’ve done this one before, or if you decide to do it, comment the link to your post so I can read your answers!

2 replies on “Reader Problems Tag”

Really interesting. The first one really caught up to me. I usually buy a book and then instead of reading it immediately, I stay on social media. Thank you for sharing, I really enjoyed reading this.

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