Book Tag: Reader Problems

This Reader Problems Tag was fun to fill out and gave me some introspection and made me realize that I’ve got some serious reading problems, but I ain’t mad about it. You should do this tag as well and find out what problems you have! It’s fun.

Source: Amanda @ Literary Weaponry

How do you decide which book to read next?

I narrow it down by what I feel like reading at the time. I’m a mood reader, so if I’m not in the mood for a thriller, I won’t enjoy it/won’t finish it. Another way I decide is if I have to read a certain book by a date, such as for book club/a tv series or movie adaptation is coming out soon.

If you’re not enjoying a book, do you DNF it, or do you continue to the very end?

This depends on the size of the book and the reason that I’m reading it. If it’s as big as It by Stephen King, I’ll definitely push through. I know this because that’s exactly what I did with that book (read my review here). However, if it’s a shorter book, I’ll likely put it down because I haven’t put as much time into it. If I’m reading the book because I’m reading it with someone or for my book club, I’ll likely push through, but if it’s just a book that has no strings attached, I have no problem with quitting.

You’re behind on your Goodreads Reading Challenge, and the end of the year is near! Do you accept your fate or try your best to catch up?

It depends on how far behind I am. If it’s just a few books, I will probably find some short ones to read and catch up that way (shame, I know). But if I’m ridiculously behind schedule, I won’t worry about it too much. The goal of the Goodreads challenge is to get people to push themselves to read more, and as long as I’ve done that, I’m okay with not completing it.

The covers of a series don’t match. How do you cope?

I don’t because this is unacceptable. Why do publishers do this to us persnickety book owners?!

Who do you turn to when you need to complain about a bad book that everyone else seems to like?

Probably my husband. Even though we rarely read the same books, he is always down to discuss a bad book.

You’re in public and you’re about to start crying over a book. What do you do?

I honestly don’t think that I’ve ever cried when reading a book. Except maaaybe Harry Potter, but I wasn’t in public then. But if it did happen, I would stop reading, tell myself that it’s just a story (unless it’s non-fiction), and try to think of something else.

The next book in a series has just been released, but you can’t remember a thing about the last book! Do you re-read the first book, look up the synopsis, or just pretend you remember and read the sequel?

I have terrible short-term memory, so if I can’t remember the first novel (which is very probable) I will most definitely just reread the book. 

No one is allowed to borrow your books! How do you let them down gently?

I really don’t have this problem because no one asks to borrow my books, except one friend who is in the same book club as I am. But I let her borrow my books because she takes good care of them.

How do you get over a reading slump?

I will usually choose a light, easy read and listen to it on audio. But if the slump is really bad, I won’t force myself to read — that doesn’t help anything and often makes the slump even worse.

All of your highly anticipated books are being released at the same time! Do you buy them all, or prioritize some over others?

I will just buy a few. My mom works at Barnes & Noble so she has an employee discount, but she won’t buy me very many at once 😉 I will almost always get my books on Amazon if they’re cheap enough and I’m sure I’ll read them.

Once you’ve bought those highly anticipated books, do you pick them up straight away, or surrender them to your shelves for a year?

A very long time, more often than not. I don’t have a very good attention span and I will likely get distracted and read something totally off-the-wall.


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