Tag Tuesday | Reader Problems

I thought it was time for another tag, this time an actual Tag Tuesday! I saw the reader problems tag over on Starlight Booktales, and it looked fun to do. Hope you enjoy!

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

It depends on what I feel like reading. Most of the time I just stare at my shelves until something jumps out to me. Or I’ll read the first pages of a few books and see which one draws me in the most!

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

I’ve only ever DNF’d two books, so usually I am committed. But if I really don’t like it, and I’ve read more than half, I won’t torture myself by continuing reading. However, I do need to justify it. Sometimes the story just doesn’t appeal to me, or I don’t like the characters. One time I read a book with a lot of sassy characters, which I normally like, but at one point it was more childish than sassy.

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 won’t beat myself up for not making my reading goal, but I do try to make it every year. If I’m behind I’ll either reread a favorite like Harry Potter or I’ll read shorter YA books that I can read in a day. That’s always a sure way to catch up!

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

If the entire series is already out then I guess I’ll have to deal with it. But otherwise I wait until everything matches before I buy the series. I first refused to buy the first Throne of Glass book because I hated the cover. But thankfully they changed it to what it now is.

My Divergent books also don’t match. The covers are all the same style, but the third book is a good inch taller than the other two and it drives me mad.

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

I will probably vent to a friend that doesn’t read as often. I won’t have to worry about accidentally spoiling something, and I know that when I don’t like something, they won’t like it either.

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

Nope, close the book asap. There are actually a lot of situations I don’t like reading in public, like really intense moments. I also strongly dislike finishing a book in public because I’d rather be in my room in silence by myself to have the complete experience.

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?

It kind of depends. Sometimes I don’t want to spend a couple of days extra trying to refresh my memory, so I’d sooner search for a recap online. But some books are just so good that rereading them is mostly a lot of fun! Revisiting characters sometimes feels like coming home, and most of the time you read things that you didn’t even catch the last time.

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

I just say no. I’ve lent a book just once to a very good friend of mine who knows how crazy I am about keeping my books clean and in perfect condition. She literally handled the book like it was a newborn baby, haha.

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

I’ve made a post about getting out of reading slumps before (that will be updated soon!), so usually it’s one of the tips from there. Most of the time I need to either reread a favorite or do something else entirely. Harry Potter is usually my go-to, because the first two books especially are so short, and it usually is enough to drag me out of a slump!

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

To be honest, probably all of them. But I’m very good at buying things when they’re on sale, and now that I work in a book shop I get employee discount too! However, if I truly can’t afford to buy new books, I won’t. I still have a little self control left, haha.

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?

Eh… probably… a while. I have books on my shelves that have been there since the beginning and are still unread. On the other hand, sometimes I’m so enthusiastic about a book I’ll immediately read it. That’s what happened when I bought House of Salt and Sorrows! I was planning to read just the first page, and then I accidentally finished the book.

Hope you enjoyed reading my answers! Consider yourself tagged if you want to participate as well.

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