I saw this tag on Alli the Book Giraffe and wanted to try it out for myself! The tag was originally created by BookTuber About to Read, but as Alli notes, their channel is no longer around.
You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How do you decide what to read next?
Pick something that’s not on my TBR list of course!
All jokes aside, I usually just pick books that interest me for whatever reason, regardless of whether it’s on my TBR list or not. Maybe the cover’s speaking to me, maybe I feel like choosing a book from a particular genre, or maybe I’ll pick something that I think fits a reading challenge I’m working on.
You’re halfway through a book and just aren’t feeling it. Do you quit or are you committed to finishing?
If it’s a book that I’ve purchased, I’ll try my best to finish reading it so that I can get my money’s worth. I also try to finish ARCs so that I can leave the author and publisher as good of a review as I can.
If it’s a book that I borrowed from the library or found for free online, I’ll quit if I’m just not feeling it. I don’t feel as guilty about quitting in this situation as I spent nothing to read these books. And if I return a library book earlier, it means that someone else can have the opportunity to read the book sooner!
The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but also so far away from your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and if so how?
I’d lower my reading challenge so that it is something I can feasibly meet (and hope no one notices)! I’d also try to set aside some more time for reading in the hopes that I’ll get a bit closer to my original goal. If I really wanted to catch my original goal, I might purposely pick books that I know are likely to be quick and easy reads, but I don’t think it’d ever get that far.
The covers of a series you love do not match. How do you deal with that?
If they’re easy enough to find, I’d try to make sure that future books in the series have the same title. Covers not matching isn’t the biggest deal for me though. I’m more interested in finding the book than in making sure that everything in the series is matching.
I used to scour used books stores for books from the Little House in the Prairie series, books from the Babysitter’s Club series, and books from the Nancy Drew/The Hardy Boys crossovers from the 1980s and 1990s. It was hard enough finding books in reasonable condition that I wanted to add to my collection. Adding the task of trying to find matching covers would have been too much!
Everyone you can think of loves a book that you don’t. Who do you talk to about your feelings?
Goodreads and this blog, of course! Everyone’s taste is different and there’s bound to be someone on Goodreads or someone in the book blogging community that I can talk to about my feelings.
You’re reading a book and you’re about to start crying in public. What do you do?
Get out a tissue, try to hide my crying, and put the book down.
In all honesty, I rarely cry when reading books – Bridge to Terabithia by Katharine Paterson being a notable exception – so this isn’t a problem I run into very often. While I don’t mind reading books with heavier themes, I generally don’t enjoy books that are very sad.
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 previous book?
I rarely re-read books, so no. I’d just try to find a summary from Wikipedia or from someone’s review if I wanted to update myself about what happened in the prior novel.
You aren’t a fan of letting people borrow your books. How do you politely tell them you don’t want them to borrow your books?
I rarely get requests from people to borrow my books in real life, so this isn’t a question I’ve had to deal with a lot. I’d either tell them that it’s an eBook so I can’t lend it out (which is true for most books I’m reading lately), or that I’m still working on finishing it so I’m not ready to lend it out yet.
You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?
I might take a look at the books that I’m reading and try to find what they all have in common. If they’re all heavier reads for example, maybe this is a sign that I should be looking for lighter and more humourous reads.
Otherwise, there’s no shame in taking a break from reading! I read for fun, and if reading isn’t fun for me anymore, I won’t force myself to continue.
There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?
Very few of them. As a student, I don’t have a ton of disposable income. On top of that, I’m a quick reader and I don’t often re-read books. If there’s a book I’m dying to read, I’ll see if the library has it. If not, I’ll think hard about whether it’s something I want to buy instead of borrow.
I’ll only purchase a book if I really want to add it to my collection. It also has to be a book I could see myself re-reading or a book that I can’t see myself finishing before my library loan expires.
After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to read them, but how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?
It could be minutes, it could be months – it just depends on what I feel like reading and whether I have the time to read. I’m a full time student, so that puts a pretty big damper on how much time I have to read unfortunately.
Now’s your turn! If you’re interested, I invite you to answer this tag. I’d love to see your responses!