The Reader Problems Tag


I was tagged by Val @ The Innocent Smiley to do the Reader Problems Tag! Thank you, Val! <3 Hot on the heels of yesterday's Top Ten Tuesday where I listed ten book-related problems I have, here I talk about moooooore book-related problems. Yay.

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

Just go with my mood and pick up something and see if it's working for me. If not, put it down and repeat the process until I find something that I can keep reading.

You're halfway through a book and you're just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

Before I started book blogging, I would have just quit. But I haven't really yet DNF'd anything since I started book blogging. There was that one book which I just sort of stopped reading because even though I was enjoying it I just had too much on my plate and then I got distracted and I find it hard to pick up a book again if I put it down for too long. But otherwise I try to finish reading every book I start these days.

The end of the year is coming, and you're so close but so far away from your Goodreads reading challenge? Do you try to catch up and how?

No. I just don't try. This happened last year. I think I was only four books away from my goal? I can't remember. It doesn't really bother me.

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

I cope pretty easily because this isn't a problem for me. As I mentioned yesterday, I don't actually have a shelf for all my books because a) I move house very often and b) there's never space. My books, once I finish reading them, usually go in a cardboard box to be stored away, or I give them away to other people. So I don't ever get to see a series I've read and loved all lined up on a shelf.

Everyone and their mothers love a book you really don't like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

I tend to actually just go through pages and pages of Goodreads reviews until I finally find one that matches my feelings and then I silently click the like button. Sometimes I even leave a comment.

You're reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal with it?

I just deal. This happens sometimes. I'm a crybaby so actually crying in public is not really a foreign experience to me. I always have tissues in my bag that I can just immediately retrieve and use to dab at my eyes.

A sequel of a book you love just came out, but you've forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip to the sequel? Try to find a synopsis in Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!

WHO WOULD JUST SKIP THE SEQUEL lol. I would try and find synopsis somewhere on the Internet, but if I can't then I'll just read the book and hope it all makes sense in the end. It's nice when authors manage somehow to subtly do a brief recap of the previous book at the beginning of the sequel. Only when it's subtle, though.

You do not want anyone borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

I have no problem with people borrowing my books. I actually tend to shove books at people in desperation for them to read them.

Reading ADD. You've picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

I find it helps if I list a book as 'currently reading' on GR. Then I feel like I've announced to the whole world that I'm reading this book and I've gotta keep reading it. I don't really tend to have reading slumps like this. I go through periods when I don't even wanna read at all, in which case I won't even try to pick up books, but otherwise I usually find a book which captures my attention pretty quickly.

There are so many books coming out that you're dying to read! How many books do you buy?

Um. It all depends on how much they cost? Books which I can somehow get for under £3 are pretty much an immediate buy, though this doesn't happen often with new releases. But occasionally I see a new release for under £5 on Amazon (usually the Kindle edition) in which case I may buy it (depending on how badly I want to read it). Anything over £5 will probably not get bought until the price goes down one day. Or unless I'm really really desperate for the book.

After you've bought the new books you can't wait to get to, how long do they sit in your shelf before you get to them?

It really depends. Some books can sit there for years, some books I read immediately.

Time to tag some bloggers:

I feel like most people have definitely already done this but I will tag two people who I don't think have done this yet:

Meg @ Adrift on Vulcan
Lisa @ Tea Time and Paperbacks
... and obviously anyone else who wants to do it!

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4 thoughts on “The Reader Problems Tag

  1. I actually really want to do it because I feel like I'm a hugely peeved person when it comes to stuff like this. And wow! I've never considered letting people borrow my books. I actually cringe a little inside. It's because I can't afford books like a lot of bloggers so I treat the ones I do have really well.

    From reading this, I gather that you're seriously chill about your reading habits. Hahaha, I wonder what that would be like. I think i'm pretty insane when it comes to matching covers and having my shelves alphabetized. I'm sorry. I'm nuts and this tag will totally prove that :)
    Nova @ Out of Time recently posted Book Review: Cruel Beauty - Rosamund Hodge

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      I can't really afford to buy a lot of books either so I buy used books most of the time for very cheap, and like I said, I don't really have any space to put the books that I do have so I'm happy to give my books away! That way I can spread the love. I don't tend to reread books most of the time anyway so rather than hoarding the books for myself I think it's better to share them with other people so they can experience the books I love too. The best way to get people to read books you recommend them is to present them with a physical copy of the book, haha.

  2. Thanks for tagging me! :)

    I'm pretty much the same when it comes to buying new releases - there are very few book that I will buy just when they come out. I've gotten pretty good at waiting!
    The same about when I will read the books on my shelf - when you're a mood reader, books can sit on your shelf on such a long time.
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      I still hate waiting, haha. :P I'm good at doing it but I hate it. I just get so excited about new releases and jealous when everyone else reads them ;___;

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