Did somebody say reading tag?
Stand back guys, I got this! *Rolls up sleeves.*
Thank you to the lovely Emma over at She Reads Books (*Whispers* Emma’s kind of awesome, you should check out her blog.) for bestowing me with this most prestigious and trusted task of completing The Reader Problems Book Tag. I will guard it with my bookish enthusiasm and gifs! Here we go…
1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?
I base this purely on my mood. It usually comprises of me standing in front of my bookshelves hands on hips pulling my concentration face and considering my options.
I like to mix up my genres a lot, so if I’ve just read a fantasy I might go for a contemporary book next, and if I’ve recently finished a classic I’ll probably find myself grabbing at some engrossing YA. Of course, if I have a review request or there’s a novel about to be adapted into a film those books take top priority!
2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or commit?
I commit! I am physically incapable of giving up a book half way through. The only exception would be if it had horrendous grammar or was impossible to understand. I’m an optimist in the sense that I always want to give a book the opportunity to get better. Plus, I like to see how things end whether for good or bad. Then there’s also point that when you don’t like a book it can teach you things, whether about writing or plotting or you own reading tastes! However, I am trying to give up reading series I’m half way through if I’m not enjoying them because they take up so much time and effort.
3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close yet so far away on your Goodreads Challenge. Do you quit or commit?
I guess I’m quite rare as a Goodreads member because I have never set up a Goodreads Challenge where you race yourself to try and complete a set amount of books in a year. I don’t like the idea of putting an emphasis on numbers because with books, I think it should always be quality over quantity. I feel this challenge would make me focus on the wrong thing – finishing books for the sake or it rather taking the time to savour and enjoy them. Especially as once I set a goal I am insanely determined to complete it and get tunnel vision. Also, who needs the added pressure?!? So often I see people stressing about their Goodreads Challenges! Although I know a lot of people have fun taking part, for me personally, it’s not worth it!
4. The covers of a series you love DO. NOT. MATCH. How do you cope?
I SCRUNCH UP INTO A FIERY BALL OF VENGEANCE TO WRECK DESTRUCTION UPON THOSE WHO WOULD DARE MESS WITH THE CONSISTENCY OF MY PRETTY BOOKSHELVES.
No, but seriously, I hate it. Usually, I avoid it at all costs, but when it does happen it infuriates me to no end and I proceed to scowl at its lack of matchiness each time I look at it.
5. Everyone and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?
My internet blogging buddies of course! While I do have friends that read in the non-virtual world, they don’t tend to feel as strongly about the things they read and have this tendency to like/love everything, which I’ve always found a bit strange! Subsequently, this makes it quite difficult for me to fangirl or rant about anything in a satisfying way, so I turn to my blog and let it out by writing a review to you guys. Then I hope that someone out there reading my post happens to feel the same way. Usually, it turns out you’re less alone than you think!
6. You’re reading a book and you’re about to start crying in public. How do you deal?
Normally I just scrunch up my eyes, hope for the best and try to think of cute fluffy kittens…and also how that character DID NOT JUST DIE RIGHT IN FRONT OF MY EYES….IN MY HEAD. IN THE MOST TRAGIC WAY POSSIBLE. No, wait, back to the kittens, Becky, BACK TO THE KITTENS.
7. 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 summary on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?
It really depends on how much I liked the first book. If I loved it I’d probably be tempted to do reread, if it fell into the ‘meh’ category I’d either wing it and hope things came back to me or would look up a synopsis online. If I didn’t like the original book, however, I would try to defy the area of my brain that likes to finish things and not pick it up, but sometimes this is easier said than done! Luckily, with my blog as a reference, I don’t tend to forget many of the books I read anymore.
8. You don’t want ANYONE borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people “nope” when they ask?
Well, you see, I have this very small list; it’s exclusive and invitation only. These are the lucky people who get to borrow my books, but not before getting a long speech in which I usually clutch the helpless book to my chest and inform the person that they are not allowed to dog ear, bend or drop food on the pages.
Anyone else has to get through my dragon first, and he eats book stealers for breakfast.
9. You’ve picked up and put down five different books in the past month. How do you get over your slump?
I don’t really have a solution to this one. I don’t suffer with reading slumps much, which I think is due to me switching up the genres of my reads so often (so I recommend that). Sometimes taking a break for a couple of days without reading helps, but mostly I just keep trying until something finally grabs my attention. Quite often if I get into a reading slump, it’s usually related to something bothering me in real life e.g. stress or heavy workload, so I usually find that once that’s resolved my reading sorts itself out!
10. There are so many new books coming out that you are dying to read! How many do you actually buy?
Currently? Not many at all. I’m trying hard to be good about buying books at the moment! My to-read list is so large right now and I feel like I have so many great stories ahead of me that I haven’t had time to read because of university. I’m looking forward to getting to them over summer, and then maybe I’ll treat myself to some new ones *cackles mischievously.*
11. After you’ve bought a new book you want to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf until you actually read them?
Well, this one is a little embarrassing because I’m somewhat attracted to shiny new things, okay? So I’ll see a new release, pine over it BADLY and eventually buy it.
At this point, I’ll feel like I want to read it IMMEDIATELY and will be determined to do so! But then I’ll be browsing and get distracted by another book I just HAVE to buy because LOOK AT THAT PRETTY COVER.
During this process I forget all about that other book which looked SO AMAZING two day ago. As a result (and also because I’m a slow reader and have a massive tbr pile) books tend to stay unread on my shelves for quite a long time…sometimes years…
I AM A BAD, MEAN AND FLIGHTY BOOKWORK, OKAY? I PROMISE TO LOVE AND CHERISH A NOVEL BUT AS SOON AS I HAVE IT I DROP IT AND BREAK IT’S HEART FASTER THAN A CASANOVA. *Ahem.*
Thanks again to Emma for tagging me! This was a lot of fun. I tag:
…and anybody else who wishes to do this!