Sara Letourneau tagged me in the Reader Problems Tag, a fun list of questions about problems nearly every reader can relate to. I don’t know enough about my fellow bloggers and what tags they have or haven’t done, so I nominate anyone who thinks this looks like fun!
You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?
A combination of gut instinct and whatever little phase I’m going through. I’ll hit spates of I just want to read classics! or Give me everything that’s super dark and depressing! or YA. I want your cheesiest, fluffiest, most shallow and shiniest YA ever. Then every book I read usually inspires me to pick up something related, no matter what other book I had been intending to read next.
I totally didn’t even blink at “20,000” books on your TBR. That seems a perfectly understandable, relatable number.
You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or commit?
Oh, drop it like it’s hot, drop it like it’s hot. If I’m not loving a book after ten pages I’m outta there. I have too little time and too much else I’m supposed to be doing, I can’t waste precious reading minutes on something lackluster. Same with mediocre TV shows or movies — I take my entertainment time seriously, dang it!
The end of the year is coming and you’re so close yet so far away on your GoodReads challenge. Do you quit or commit?
If I’m seriously in trouble of not reaching my GoodReads goal by like, October or November, I start lowering it by a book or two every week, lol. I want to keep it manageable, more an expectation of how many books I’m going to read, and less a lofty goal I’m going to have to fight in order to reach.
The covers of a series you love DO. NOT. MATCH. How do you cope?
I get a little itchy when I have a combination of paperbacks and hardcovers for a series, but it’s not the biggest deal. The only thing that annoys me is, I accidentally got rid of my first edition Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone paperback, that was all beat up from my repeated childhood readings. I have a hardcover 10th anniversary edition sitting all pristine and untouched beside my battered Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Azkaban and … ack. It just doesn’t look right. So I guess “suffer quietly” would be my answer.
Everyone and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?
Random blogs that I search out by googling “[Book Title] overrated”, lol. Or by complaining to a friend I know isn’t going to bother reading the book anyway.
You’re reading a book and you’re about start crying in public. How do you deal?
Bite the flesh of my thumb, that’s usually my go to “stop crying, Christina, I mean it,” method. I remember reading In Cold Blood in a dentist’s waiting room, and getting to the part where they … well, find the family. I was flinching so bad and taking slow, shallow breaths to keep myself from losing it entirely.
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 summary on GoodReads? Cry in frustration?
I’ll usually jump right into the sequel, realize how much I’ve forgotten, then pull up a plot summary on Wikipedia to refresh my memory. Usually I don’t have a problem remembering plot points from previous books though, because sequels usually have a handy recap of bits that are going to be important.
You don’t want ANYONE borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people “nope” when they ask?
I have such trust issues with lending out books, with people stealing them or returning them funky, people tend to know now not to ask. (If I could rely on someone to return the books they borrow I might lend things more freely, but … I get super attached to my books! They’re MINE! *clutches an armful of books to my chest*)
You’ve picked up and put down five different books in the past month. How do you get over the reading slump?
Go to a favorite old book for a reread. Harry Potter, Pride and Prejudice, something I know I’m going to enjoy, that’ll remind me why books are awesome. Then I’ll ease back in with either something high interest and fast-paced, or a classic I’ve always heard is beautiful. My reading slumps always come when I’ve read one too many books in a row that I’ve been disappointed by, so I like going back to classics that have entertained and entranced people for decades or centuries, since I know the stories are going to be strong and well-written, and I’m not going to be let down.
There are so many new books coming out that you are dying to read! How many do you actually buy?
I don’t actually read that many new, recent releases, so I can afford to buy the four or five a year that really strike my eye.
After you’ve bought a new book you want to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf until you actually read them?
Anywhere from days to months to years depending on how rapidly I’m collecting books, how voraciously I’m devouring them, and how easily I’m getting distracted by other potential reads. My eyes are bigger than my stomach, when it comes to my ratio of book buying to book reading.
That’s my biggest #readerproblem, for sure.