Reader Problems Book Tag
I’ve always enjoyed reading tag memes because, not only are they better to get to know the person behind the blog or the post or whichever it may be, they’re fun for both the readers to read and the writer to complete. Though, when it comes to taking part in one or any of them personally, I’ve always been hesitant to do so as there’s usually the connotation that you have to be ‘tagged’ by another person to then carry on the meme yourself. Whilst this is great and I think it allows great interaction throughout whichever community the tag may be linked to, it does mean that people who don’t as actively interact with other bloggers are less likely to be able to get involved.
However, I’ve decided that I’m just going to combat this and say ‘to the hell with it’. If I want to fill out a tag meme and post it on my own blog, even if I haven’t been tagged or asked by somebody else to do it, what’s stopping me?
When I stumbled across the ‘Reader Problems Book Tag’ posted over on TheNamelessBookBlog, I thought that it looked fun and inviting and I wanted to join in. The questions looked fun and, if nothing else, it would allow me to add a bit of variety to the posts being published to my blog, so I decided to grab the incentive before I pushed it away and sit down and write my own answers.
(That being said, I also just want to say that if you happen to think I should check out any particular book tags or blog memes – whether they’re well known or whether you came up with it and posted it on your own blog – please do feel free to let me know! I’d definitely be happy to check it out and, hey, I would love to make more connections within the community.)
1. You have 20,000 books in your TBR, how in the world do you decide what to read next?
Usually, once I finish reading a book, I’ll try to make sure that the next book is something completely different just to shake it up and keep me ‘on my toes’ in a sense. Therefore, I would probably go for something the extreme opposite of whatever the last book I read was. Though with having 20,000 books in my TBR, I wouldn’t know where to start anyway, so I’d probably pick one at random or whatever happened to catch my eye first at that moment of choosing what to read next.
2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you put it down or are you committed?
I’m committed – even if I’m not feeling a story or if I’m clashing with the characters, I’m still committed to finishing the book for the sake of finishing it. I really don’t like just leaving books unfinished because it feels like there’s either more to be explored or I’ve just wasted the time I did spend reading what I did of it, so I try to finish books whenever I can. Though if I really get on with it badly, then I’m making no promises that I’m not abandoning that to a dusty shelf somewhere.
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?
I’ve only recently started doing reading challenges because I didn’t want to commit myself to something that I know I would feel that I either had to achieve or I’d be a great big failure. Therefore, I don’t have a lot of experience in completing them, especially not yearly ones. I’d want to say that I wouldn’t let myself stress out over it because it’s not necessarily all about completing the challenge – it’s about experiencing it – but I would probably still beat myself up if I set out to achieve a goal and just didn’t get it done in time. It’s a pain in the ass.
4. The covers of a series you love do not match, how do you cope?
I probably won’t be able to cope all that well, if we’re being honest. It would piss me the hell off because it wouldn’t look right. I have such a problem with covers that don’t match, it just puts me on edge and generally makes me feel uncomfortable. I also then have a problem of rebuying special cover-editions of books that I already have just because I might like the covers better.
5. Everyone and their mother loves a book that you do not. Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?
I would probably just keep quiet and keep my thoughts to myself if people loved it that much. I wouldn’t want to cause a major issue just by trying to share how I felt. Though I would probably take to ranting to one of my friends that I know wouldn’t mind, or I would just get my feelings out in a blog post and endlessly shouting into the void that way.
6. You’re reading a book in public and you’re about to start crying. How do you deal?
Books don’t make me cry easily, so it would have to be one hell of a book. I would probably deal by trying to distract myself and get the hell out of that situation, or I’d just suddenly claim that I’ve been struck by an attack of pollen. That usually does the trick.
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?
Yes, if I loved the book that much but I knew that I wouldn’t be able to experience the sequel to the full extent without re-reading it, then I would definitely go back to the start of the series again. I want to ensure I get the most out of the experience, and if I didn’t reread the first book, then the second book could be rather ruined by misconceptions and so on.
8. You do not want anyone to borrow your books, how do you politely say no when someone asks?
People don’t really ask me because of the fact that they know how I am about my books. Though, if somebody were to ask me, I would probably come up with an excuse or try to brush the situation off and make it seem like I had ‘forgotten’ – though in good nature. If I was comfortable enough with them, though, I’d probably just tell them that I didn’t want to let them borrow my books and then I’d hope they’d be understanding.
9. You have picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over this reading slump?
This is tough because I’ve definitely been in many reading slumps before, sometimes for a hell of a long time due to distractions or just general low moods. Reading inspires me to write, and writing inspires me to read, so I would probably try and inspire myself by working on projects or researching books that I want to read and just trying to get more involved in the reading community online. I would read articles about upcoming books and book list recommendations and see which ones interest me the most as that would motivate me more to read. Though sometimes your mood just prevents you from reading, and I’m not entirely sure how to deal with that just yet so I’m not the best person to give advice.
10. There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read, how many do you end up buying?
As many as I can find – honestly, I’m so terrible when it comes to buying books, it’s ridiculous. If there’s a book that I want to read, I’m probably going to buy it and then my family will curse me for buying even more books.
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?
It depends on my mood and what type of book it was. If it was a series, then I would have to read the books beforehand, and I’d have to make sure I completed any prior series. I don’t like reading the same genre consistently back to back, I like to switch it up, so it would really depend. If all else fails, I’d pick one at random and hope it works out for the best.
So those are my answers to the ‘Readers Problems Book Tag’! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post – I definitely enjoyed writing it, and I hope to do quite a few more in the future! Like I said, if you have any suggestions, please let me know, and if you want to answer the questions yourself then why not write up a blog post of your own and tag me in it? I would love to hear your answers and get to know you guys better as well!
Thanks for reading and I’ll write you later.