Reader Problems Tag

I liked doing the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag so much that I found myself another one. It’s hard for me to find the ones I’m up to doing because so many that I’ve seen ask about specific details so when you have a really bad memory, it can be hard to remember that type of stuff. Writing about my reading habits though is much easier so here we go.

1. You have 20,000 books in your TBR, how in the world do you decide what to read next?

I have somewhat of a priority list, which includes read alongs, physical ARCs and other books that might have a deadline. Beyond that, it depends a lot on what I feel like reading. Sometimes the hype from fellow reviewers pushes a book to the top or sometimes I just look at my shelf and know exactly what I want to read next. This morning, I couldn’t decide so I sorted my NetGalley ARCs by length and picked a novella from it. If I don’t enjoy it, at least it won’t be very long. It gives me a few days to decide on another and I’m still being productive.

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you put it down or are you committed?

It depends on whether it’s an ARC or not and the reason I don’t enjoy it. I hardly every DNF an ARC and try to be nice in reviews for those I don’t enjoy. I usually can find something positive to take away a little bit of the sting of the negative. Personal books… I hardly ever call it DNF. I usually keep them and try again later. It might just not be for me right now. If I really don’t like it though, it goes to Goodwill or another reader.

3. 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?

My mental health can often be gauged by the amount of books I read in a year because it shows how much time I have taken for myself. I set my goal at 100 books. It’s a goal I’ve beaten before so I know it’s attainable but it also challenges me enough to make reading (and therefore me time) a priority. I’m not usually behind but if I were, I would definitely try to catch up. I might try more novellas or graphic novels and add more audiobooks. Usually the reason I’m behind is because I’ve had a lot of super long SFF books. If I were to read more in other genres, the books I choose tend to be shorter and I stay ahead more easily.

4. The covers of a series you love do not match, how do you cope?

If I know I really want to read the book right now (rather than let it sit for several months), then I’ll go ahead and buy it unless there is a good kindle deal. Then I might buy the ebook until I can find the matching cover. If I know I’m not reading it anytime soon, then I’ll just hold off on buying it.

5. Everyone and their mother loves a book that you do not. Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?

That actually happened with a series this year. I literally could not find a single review that came close to my feelings about a certain series. It felt really weird at the time and I was wondering if there was something wrong with me. Several months later now, I found someone who felt similar so I feel less crazy now. I generally discuss on discord channels with different people but when my opinion is that different from everyone else’s, I’m usually too self-conscious to start the conversation myself. If someone else brings it up though, I’ll chime in.

6. You’re reading a book in public and you’re about to start crying. How do you deal?

I’ll cry. I’m not a huge snotty crier when I’m reading. It’ll just be a tear or two. Wipe it away and move on.

7. 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?

It depends on how much I remember and whether there is a comprehensive summary somewhere. Books like The Name of the Wind have a pretty detailed play-by-play online so I would just be able to read that and be caught up enough (though I do usually reread that series every year just in case Doors of Stone comes out…). If it’s a really detailed book that doesn’t have that, I’ll probably end up rereading it. That’s the reason I’ll be rereading Legacy of Ash by Matthew Ward again in a few weeks.

8. You do not want anyone to borrow your books, how do you politely say no when someone asks?

Thankfully that hasn’t happened often. I’m hesitant with it. Generally, my favorites don’t go to anyone. I’m more likely to buy a copy for you than let you borrow those. Some that aren’t my favorites, I’ll give with the understanding that I may not get them back (I don’t tell them that but that’s my personal expectation to avoid bad feelings later).

9. You have picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over this reading slump?

I just keep trying different books until I find something. I do have a couple of comfort reads so I might read favorite sections of those books until I get back into the flow of things. A lot of my reading is decided by deadlines (as I talked about in the first question) but if I really am truly struggling, then I let myself be a mood reader for a little while.

10. There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read, how many do you end up buying?

That depends on how much spending money I have that month and how much I can control myself. It varies widely.

11. After you purchase all of these books that you’re dying to read how long do they sit on your shelves before you get to them?

Oh, there’s no telling. Sometimes I buy books to support an author with no plans to read it anytime soon. Sometimes I plan on reading it right away but then something happens that pushes it back. I never know.

Well, that’s it with this tag. I’m hoping to do more of these this year so y’all can learn a little bit more about me. Let me know if there’s a specific one you’d like me to do. And also let me know: how do YOU choose your next read?

Look at this gorgeous book mail I received recently. Very excited to get into this!

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