I’m back with another tag, and I’m specifically excited about this one because I get to complain about being a reader. You don’t see this everywhere, folks. This is unique to the book blogging community. We. Know. The. Struggles.
I saw this tag over at The Quirky Book Nerd and I KNEW that I had to do it as well. I cannot wait to answer the questions so let’s goo.
1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?
I’m a HUGE mood reader. What I read next depends on what mood I’m in. If I’m sad, I go for a depressing book which will make me cry. If I’m happy or if I want a quick read, I go for romance. If I want something which will make me forget about the real world, I pick up fantasy.
A huge problem of mine is looking for new books to fit my current mood instead of going through my TBR on Goodreads and getting those backlist books done. I am super guilty of adding books to my list and just.. forgetting about them for two years. I did a partial “Goodreads to-be-read list cleaning” last year but I stopped quickly because 1) I HAVE SO MANY BOOKS MARKED?? WHAT WAS I THINKING? and 2) I barely remove books because I still want to give most of the books a shot.
2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?
It depends on the the hype, the series, and the author.
If the book has a lot of hype, I stick through and read just so I can share my views as well. Especially if I hate a popularly loved book because we like shouting unpopular opinions in this house. I read Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi completely, with several annotations of frustration, just so I can declare that I did not like the book AT ALL.
If the book is part of a series I like, I will read it to completion. In fact, I read the complete series. This happened with the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. I lost interest in the 5th book but I read until the end of the 7th book just because I liked the series before and I wanted to know how it ends. I didn’t enjoy it again, sadly.
If the author is one of my favourites, I won’t quit. No matter what, I WILL read all the books by my favourites authors which I can get my hands on. Until the author stops being a favourite, which would be after multiple bad books, I keep reading.
3. 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?
Oh this happened to me a couple times. I totally cheat. I reduce my Goodreads goal to one that I can easily achieve, so I can “complete the challenge” and then I keep increasing the goal by 5 books every time until the end of the year.
The last few months of the year are usually the busiest for me, especially in college. I have my FINALS in December. It’s the worst timing, and I cannot concentrate on my reading challenge, so I prioritize real life more.
4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?
I. DO. NOT.
I have different sized books of the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu and I HATE IT. Out of the first four Throne of Glass books that I own, three are UK edition and the second book is somehow the US edition?! I DON’T KNOW HOW. I MADE SURE TO ORDER THEM RIGHT. Argh. Mismatching covers annoy me to no end and I kinda cope by trying to ignore them.
5. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?
I rant to my friends who DON’T read. Especially my best friend Hema. She has heard so many book rants from me. I love her for having the patience to listen to me talk about things she doesn’t care about. And she always understands my point of view so half-way through she gives appropriate reactions which is THE BEST FEELING EVER. I have the best best friend,. Fight me.
6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?
Oh this has happened quite a few times. I usually stop reading and blink real fast. I also try to talk to people around me (if I know them) or involve myself in my real surroundings until my eyes dry. I don’t return to the book for a while and I’m more prepared then. If that doesn’t work, I somehow control myself and don’t resume reading until I get home.
The only time when I simply could NOT control myself was in 12th grade. We had a free period so I was reading, obviously. I had to close the book and run to the washroom for privacy so I could cry. Right as I was done (after around 5 minutes) and was wiping my eyes, a girl from my class walked into the washroom and saw me. She became so worried! I’m NOT the type to cry, especially in public. She assumed it was something to do with a person who hurt me (because it’s high school and girls were crying over boys) but I said that someone in the book died. She stopped, rolled her eyes and said “I should have known.” Her reaction actually made me laugh.
7. 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 read book recaps. There are whole blogs dedicated to book recaps for this very reason, and I make complete use of them. Very rarely will I reread the previous book(s). We just don’t have the time. Too many books to read!
8. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?
I utilize my reading slump to catch up on TV shows and movies. I barely watch anything when I’m reading all day every day, so I take my slumps as a silver lining to make sure that I don’t lag far behind on cultural references. I let my want to read come back on it’s own. It eventually will.
On the rare times that it doesn’t even after a whole month, I reread a few of my favourite books. They never fail to get me back into reading.
9. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?
Okay so I actually don’t buy books ASAP unless they’re a series sequel or by one of my favourite authors. I’m always wary. I read other books and wait for a while. Then, depending on the hype and reviews, I decide whether to buy the paperback or not. I usually end up reading on my Kindle, though. I don’t trust impulse buying new books because it hasn’t worked well for me in the past.
10. 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?
I feel attacked.
They sit on my shelf until I get the mood to read them, which may be immediately or after two years. Who knows.
YOU! If you’d like to do the tag, consider yourself tagged 🙂
What are your reader problems? Do you have any rants about the reader life? Tell me in the comments!