1.You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next? – This sounds like me at the moment. I usually pick the book that has been calling to me while I have been reading my current book, whether that book is a new release, a sequel, an old book that I’ve had for years. My next book I choose may also depend on what mood I’m in for, connecting to the genre I pick.
2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed? – I’m a big believer that there’s no point in wasting time and energy in reading a book that your just not loving, especially if you’re like me and you have loads more books on your TBR that you could be spending that time reading. But something must have gotten me to reach halfway through the book, so if I’m not enjoying and loving that book, then I would put it to one side for the time being, pick up another book, that I’d maybe enjoy more, and then come to the book from where I left off. If I’m still not loving the book then maybe I would take it a little bit at a time, while reading other books, until its finished so at least I finish it at some point.
3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads challenge. Do you try to catch up and how? – There is no way that I am quitting!!! I am definitely trying to catch up 100%. I would try and read shorter books, short stories, hell I would even read children’s books if it meant catching up and completing my goal. This is the first year that I have actually set a Goodreads Reading Challenge and with everything that’s been happening this year, I haven’t set the highest reading goal for myself.
4. The covers of a series you love DO. NOT. MATCH. How do you cope? – Let me start by saying that it’s not just with the series that I love, but I also have an issue with the miss-matched covers of the series that I’m not too fond of that I own and it drives me crazy!!! It’s not just the covers, but it can be me being impatient for paperbacks to come out (my favourite) so I buy the hardback version, knowing the rest of my series are all in paperbacks, ruining my set. My worse for this is my Dan Brown collection, where I was so into the series that by the time The Lost symbol came out I had already pre ordered the hardback version, already owning every paper back book he’s written, then doing the same with Inferno. I love Dan Brown, he’s by far my favourite author! I even own multiple copies of several books because of the covers and not just series, for example, I wanted my Stephen King books to match so I own two copies of Dreamcatcher, three copies of Mercy and so many more multiples copies of others books.
5. Everyone and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings? – The first thing I do after I read a book is write my review while its still fresh, on this blog, then Goodreads and Amazon. After posting these reviews, I can then search Goodreads and fellow bloggers for reviews on this books who have the same views and opinions as me. I can then comment on these reviews, joining in with discussions, people may even comment on my blog review of that book creating another discussion over shared feelings over that books.
6. You’re reading a book and you’re about to start crying in public. How do you deal? – If I was honestly about to start crying and become that overwhelmed then that would mean that I am so into that book and I probably wouldn’t realise that I was actually crying in public, so I would carry on and just roll with the emotions. It wouldn’t be until I came to a halt or stop in the book or someone said something to me, that I would realise that anything out of the usual had happened. And would you like to know something? I wouldn’t be that slightest bit embarrassed.
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 synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!? – If it’s a book that I loved then there’s no way that I am going to be skipping the sequel or crying in frustration, as that’s not going to get me anywhere. Re-reading the book would just take too long and I would just be too eager to read the sequel, so I will find several spoiler filled synopsis’ and reviews on Goodreads and hope it contains lots of key points and information from the previous novel and jogs memory back. I will also read the last few chapters of the book, so I know where I’m picking up from.
8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask? – I’ve had some bad experiences when it’s come to lending out my books in the past, where I’ve had books returned to me with pages ripped out and had to be tapped back together (my favourite book :() and people forgetting they’ve borrowed books. So now, unless I know for a FACT that I can trust you to return my books in the same condition as I lent them to you, or to at least apologise, I will tell you that I don’t lend my books out to anybody sorry, it’s just a personal thing.
9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over this slump? – For me I try to pick up and start reading a book that’s on my TBR and that I’ve been most excited about, but one that isn’t too long as it doesn’t give me too many opportunities to put the book down before finishing it. If that doesn’t work, I like to try reading one of my favourite books, or even one of my favourite childhood books to remind me why I got excited to read in the first place, plus children’s books are short. I also read sequels I’ve been waiting for, set myself challenges, or I simply take a break from reading. I’m having a slump for a reason and forcing books on myself isn’t going to work, so chill and put all the books away. Go outside, have a Netflix binge, have a catch up with some friends, etc… and you’ll be reading again in no time.
10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy? – I am on a self buying band at the moment as I have so many books that I already own that I haven’t read yet, so unless they are a part of a series that I already have and have read, they are all added to my amazon wish list for now. That is unless I decide to treat myself every now and again or some book really calls to me, then I’m buying.
11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them? – This answer is tough because there’s not a definite or certain answer. I always try to go for the next book in the series first before I forgot what happened previously, plus I’ve got all that excitement from the previous book/s, so I already have some understanding behind them. I have bought books, wanting to read them straight away but I never got round to it or I got distracted and they are still on my shelf unread.
Now it’s your turn! I am now challenging everyone who is viewing this to use the 11 question in bold to answer and create their own #ReadersProblem tag. I would love to see all of your own pages so please put a link to your page in the comments below.
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