I decided to take part in a Reader Problems book tag today as a means of doing something a little but fun! It has been absolutely ages since I have done one of these and I really enjoyed Joleen at Starlight Book Tales’ take on the post!
So, what is my take on these 11 reader problems?
You have 20,000 books in your TBR, how in the world do you decide what to read next?
I try to make an effort to read some of the older books on my TBR first, but it doesn’t always work out that way. I’m quite a balanced reader overall, but if I feel the overwhelming urge to pick up something specific (title or genre) then I will. If I’m in a mood-read state of mind then I’m not going to concentrate on the book I am “supposed to be” reading anyway.
You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you put it down or are you committed?
It really depends. There’s not loving it and there is REALLY NOT LOVING IT. It’s rare I pick up a book that falls into the latter category, but if sitting down and picking up a certain book feels like a chore then I will really question what I am doing and DNF it.
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?
I have never really been in this situation before, but I would probably deliberately pick up shorter books or novellas to try and get that count up!! I mean, at the end of the day it doesn’t really matter how many books you read, it’s that you enjoy the ones you do. But I totally get it. There’s a degree of pride in being able to say you met that target!
The covers of a series you love do not match, how do you cope?
It’s a slight annoyance but it’s not something that would bug me every day… just once in a while. The best thing to do is try and wait until the series is complete and editions of the book are made to match.
Everyone and their mother loves a book that you do not. Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?
No one really. If everyone likes a book and I don’t then that’s fair game. I’ll express my opinion and I don’t need the validation of others thinking the same to justify myself.
That said, it is highly unlikely you won’t come across someone in the blogosphere that is of the same opinion as you.
You’re reading a book in public and you’re about to start crying. How do you deal?
I recently had this with Me Before You at work. The simple answer is ABORT MISSION! Do not read! I save it for when I get home and no-one can laugh or judge me for the puffy red eyes and being a soft shite.
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?
If I really love a book that much there probably isn’t too much I forget. I quite enjoy re-reading books though, as I’ve proven with re-reading almost all books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series over the last year. I’m definitely more likely to re-read than re-cap online.
You do not want anyone to borrow your books, how do you politely say no when someone asks?
I agree with Starlight on this, I’d just say no and suggest a visit to the library. That is what they are there for after all…
You have picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over this reading slump?
I would either try a re-read of a book I know I absolutely love or failing that, step away for a little while. Pick up another hobby. I really enjoy crocheting (yes, you read that right…) or playing video games. We all need a break sometimes.
There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read, how many do you end up buying?
It really depends on the format. As a general rule, I try to only buy physical copies of books from authors I love love LOVE. Otherwise, it’s an e-book copy on my kindle. Naturally physical books are more expensive so there would be fewer of these compared to e-books in the scenario.
As it happens, I don’t TEND to read books as soon as they come out…(she says having bought and binge-read The Testaments in a matter of 12 days earlier this month).
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?
A lot of the books can be sat there for a while. Sorry! I have so many books on the TBR and such temptation to take part in blog tours. I wish I had more hours in the day, but I don’t. I just have to keep struggling on and the books will have to keep waiting their turn.
How do you handle these bookish problems? If you think this is a fun tag to take part in then – TAG!! I would love to see your answers!