I saw this tag a few days ago on Becky’s Book Blog and decided to get involved.
Readers’ Problems Book Tag
I read, a lot, so how do I deal with readers problems? Well here’s how.
1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How do you decide what to read next?
I’ve been thinking a lot about my TBR shelf and feeling a bit guilty about the number of books on it, I’d been struggling to decide which one to read, eventually settling on Normal People by Sally Rooney. In general, it completely depends on how I’m feeling and how much I want to be challenged. I’ve had Michelle Obama’s book for 18-months, I just haven’t been in the right mood to read it.
2. You’re halfway through a book, and you’re just not loving it; do you put it down or are you committed?
I will stick it out until the bitter end. I read Atonement by Ian McEwan years ago, it took me weeks to read it, I struggled to get into it. I read it all, once I’ve started something, I have to finish it, I have need to see how things turn out and will stubbornly plough on.
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?
Well this is the first year I’ve done a reading challenge, I was going for a book a week, I fell behind within two months (that didn’t surprise me). I think I’m on track now, to be honest I think I’ll end up reading more in all likelihood, I suddenly have a lot more time on my hands.
4. The covers of a series you love do not match, how do you cope?
This irritates the hell out of me, I like series to match. I’m generally a bit of a slob but certain things like books in a series need to match.
5. Everyone and their mother love a book that you do not. Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?
I’m not sure to be honest, I tend to read different books to my friends. If I don’t like a book, I’ll say so.
6. You’re reading a book in public, and you’re about to start crying; how do you deal?
I just blub away. I pretend to be hard faced but I’m a big softie really. Lots of books have made cry; I sobbed my heart out over “Kite Runner” and “And the Mountains Echoed”, a book doesn’t necessarily have to be sad to make me cry, a happy ending will have me reaching for the tissues too. I’ve cried live on the radio before so crying reading a book in public doesn’t phase me.
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 really depends, most book series I’ve read I’ve come to fashionably late (I’m the same with TV too) so in that case I’ll read them all at once. I do feel like I need to read “The Handmaid’s Tale” again before starting “The Testaments”. I did read “To Kill A Mockingbird” again (though I’ve this countless times) before reading “Go Set a Watchman” – I wish I hadn’t read the follow up.
8. You do not want anyone to borrow your books. How do you politely say no when someone asks?
I do lend books out. Spread the knowledge and love!
9. You have picked up and put down five books in the last month. How do you get over this reading slump?
Sometimes I just have to take a break for a week or so. I can’t say I’ve ever had a long slump, sometimes I just take a few days before starting the next book especially if I’ve just finished reading something I loved.
10. There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read. How many do you end up buying?
Probably all of them, I like to have plenty options available to me. I’m never without anything to read.
11. After you purchase all of these books that you’re dying to read, how long do they sit on your shelf before you read them?
I will get around to them one day, it may take weeks, months or even years. It’s very rare that I’ll have a book and never read it.
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