I haven’t done a book tag in a while. (I went a little crazy with them my first couple of months blogging. I had so many answers to book tags I had been wanting to do for years, I burned out of options pretty quickly but just the other day I was blog hopping and found the Reader Problems Book Tag which seemed fun! I found the tag on Stephen Writes blog.
You have 20,000 books on your TBR, how do you decide what to read next?
It all depends on the mood I’m in. I have tried time and time again to stick to a set TBR but I am so rarely successful. I like having access to different books from different genres so going the library helps a lot with finding books to read. I think about what books I’m in the mood for at that moment. I also have certain books that are more seasonal. For example a lot of mysteries feel more like Fall books and a lot of fantasy feels like winter.
You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you put it down or are you committed?
I put it down. I don’t feel any shame in not finishing a book I’m not interested in. Most of the time I will pick up a book later on if it’s something that I know I might be in the mood for at a different time.
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?
Ok, so I’m awful and I always set the reading challenge lower than my actual goal. Partly because you just never know what’s going to happen in a year and you never know when the dreaded reading slump will kick in. I typically set my challenges to 50 book each year which for most people is pretty high but last year I read 104 and before than I never counted how many books I read. This year my challenge was set at 50 but ideally I would love to get to 100 books. I’m starting a new job soon so it’s highly unlikely that will happen. But a girl can try!
The covers of a series you love do not match, how do you cope?
I get really sad! It sounds silly but I love having an aesthetically please bookshelf to look at! Considering I’ve read almost all of the books on my shelf I’m allowed to focus on aesthetics at least a little bit? Right? Recently it seems like publishers have been listening and haven’t done too many re-brands. I’m hoping that it doesn’t happen with any of my all time favorites because I would go a little crazy!
Everyone and their mother loves a book that you do not. Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?
The readers of my blog. I don’t know anyone in real life who like to read the types of books I do and generally if I don’t like a book I’m not going to recommend it to people. There aren’t many popular books that I dislike which makes everything a little bit better.
You’re reading a book in public and you’re about to start crying. How do you deal?
I drink a disturbing amount of water. Anytime I feel like I’m about to start crying I drink water and my urge to cry lessens. I don’t read a ton of cry-worthy books but sometimes it just hits you when you least expect it.
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?
I haven’t reread a book in a long time. I’ve been wanting to reread the Red Rising series before Dark Age comes out but to be honest I’m scared to. I’m always scared I won’t love it nearly as much the second time around. I know that’s unlikely but there’s always that “what if” nagging in the back of my mind.
You do not want anyone to borrow your books, how do you politely say no when someone asks?
I don’t. I’m not good at telling people no. To be fair though I really haven’t had anyone ask to borrow my books that would return them to me in total disrepair. The only people who really borrow my books are family members and I have never had issues.
You have picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over this reading slump?
It depends. I usually try to pick up something fun like a contemporary romance or something I know will make me laugh. Audio books typically help with slumps as well.
There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read. How many do you end up buying?
Budget. It all depends on my budget. I work really hard to save money so I don’t like the idea of going crazy with my book buying especially when libraries exist. Since I live in Houston I have access to an awesome library. I also love pre-ordering books for authors I’m a big fan of so anytime I get an Amazon gift card or a Barnes and Noble gift card I use it to pre-order as many books as I can. Usually for my birthday and Christmas I’ll get a gift card or money and that typically goes to pre-orders. I’m also a big fan of used book stores, Thrift books, and sales! As much as I love an aesthetically pleasing bookshelf, I love an affordable bookshelf even more!
After you purchase all of these books that you’re dying to read, how long do they sit on your shelf before you read them?
I read most books I receive pretty quickly because I don’t buy books unless they sound exciting or interesting to me. My reading tastes will change depending on my mood so having books unread for a long period of time doesn’t bother me too much because I know that I will be in the mood for it again at some point.