I’ve never really considered the “problems” I might have as a reader, and this tag made me take a good look at some of the bad habits I have!
01 You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?
Here’s a dirty secret I have: I don’t actually have a TBR that I keep up with. Sure, I’ve got books on my shelf that have been there for years, and I’ve got approximately 100 books on my GoodReads “Want to Read” list, but most of the time that’s just to keep track of books so I don’t forget them. I recently took almost 200 books off my Want to Read list because I’d entered a contest and didn’t actually want to read the book (I just wanted something for free, I guess?). This year, especially with the pace I’ve been burning through books at, I just pick a book at random off my shelf that I haven’t read before (or have, if I’m feeling lonely and want to read something I know before diving back into the unknown). Or I’ll scroll through my Kindle library and see what I’ve bought and haven’t read yet and give those a shot.
02 You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?
So prior to last year, my answer would have been committed. And then I realized that life is way too short to continue to read books that you are currently struggling with. However, I don’t let myself get halfway through. I’ll get a third of the way through (in the case of Bloodline) or even just five chapters in (Throne of Glass), and if the book just isn’t doing it for me, I’ll put it down. Life is too short to waste time on things you don’t like. I’d rather DNF a ton of books than read a book that I dread picking back up.
03 The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?
I mean, last year I just read a lot of really short books that I knew I could get through in a day/books I’d read before so I didn’t have to pay a lot of attention to them. It’s why I read the entire first Percy Jackson series again, which got me hooked on the Heroes of Olympus series, which is leading me to the Apollo Trials series. Send help, I’m in too deep.
Luckily, I’m going to blow my GoodReads challenge out of the water this year, unless something terrible happens. I can’t remember the last time I read this many books in this short of a time.
04 The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?
It depends. If they released the whole series before the new covers were released, I would go on Thriftbooks and look for the old covers. It may take a while (sometimes they don’t get a lot in, but you can get on a notification list if anything comes in), or I’ll check out the local used book store. I’ll put my mom on alert for the book because she works at a library and they get donations all the time. I bought 3/5 of the Lost Years of Merlin books on eBay, because they not only redesigned the covers multiple times, they RENAMED THE BOOKS at least twice. It’s madness.
If it’s a book series that they redesigned the covers halfway through releasing the series, I just give up on collecting them. Like the Kiki Strike series. I loved the old covers so, so much and then they went and did that for the third/final book? Ugh. Just, ugh. (Also, Diviners, because I’m pretending that it doesn’t exist after what they did to the covers.)
05 Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?
Usually I just find a cesspit on the internet and crawl into that hole to commiserate. I, personally, can’t stand To Kill a Mockingbird. The writing is abysmal, the storyline is white saviorism, and I just can’t stomach it. I had to read it in ninth grade, and I’ve re-read it about six times since then, to see if there will be some day that it finally clicks in my head and I start worshipping it like everyone else seems to do. That day hasn’t happened yet. I actually much preferred Go Set a Watchman.
06 You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?
Pretend it’s allergies? I don’t know. I don’t go out in public anymore, and haven’t since last March, except for essentials (and for my wedding/honeymoon, but even then, it was a tiny affair and we spent the honeymoon hiking away from civilization, soooo). And even then, I didn’t really read books in public that would have caused me to cry, so this is a situation I have never had happen to me.
07 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?!
I always re-read the book, especially if it’s been a long time. Earlier this year I bought The Night Country, and so I went back and re-read The Hazel Wood so I would remember what happened. I actually enjoyed The Hazel Wood much better on my second time through it! This year, for example, The Last Graduate is coming out in June (or July?) so I’ll be re-reading A Deadly Education as soon as my preorder arrives, just so I make sure everything is fresh in my mind. It’s been so long since I pre-ordered a book!
08 You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?
“Sorry, I don’t lend books out.” Easy as that. I lent books to several friends in high school and I always regretted it, because they were always returned to me in terrible condition. I just never learned my lesson. Nowadays, only my husband is allowed to touch my books (which makes sense, because it’s kinda hard to keep him from reading them when everything’s under the same roof). Also, I don’t see people outside of my immediate family, so nobody’s got time to ask to borrow my books.
09 Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?
I re-read an old book that I love, like The Hobbit or one of the Redwall books. Pick an old favorite and that’s sure to get you out of your slump. It always works for me.
10 There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?
Very, very few. At this point in time, I only really buy books if they’re a direct sequel to a book I already own/have read/have loved, or if they’re by an author I really, really love. I’ve got 15 holds on my library e-reading app currently, all for books that have recently released. (The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue had a 250 person waiting list on 3 copies of the book at the time I’m writing this tag.)
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?
The limit does not exist. This year, I literally read a book that’s been sitting on my shelf for five years, and a book that I received in the mail that day. It really depends on how I’m feeling, and if I think that book is the right reading material for the mood I’m in. I still have books on my shelf that I bought when I worked at the bookstore, and I quit the bookstore in March 2016.
Well, there you have it – some pretty horrifying confessions as to how long I let books linger on my shelf, among other things. If you’re reading this, consider yourself tagged! Please tag me back so I can read your answers, too!
And as always, keep reading.