Hello everyone, today I have another book tag for you all! I was not tagged by anyone in particular but saw this tag on Books and Dachshunds and thought that it looked like fun, so let’s get started!
1. You have 20,000 books in your TBR, how in the world do you decide what to read next?
I’m a mood reader and will pick up whatever I’m feeling at the time. I usually prioritize library check outs first, then ARCs, then books borrowed from friends, and lastly books I’ve purchased or gotten for free.
2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you put it down or are you committed?
Nine times out of ten I push through it, there are some books that I ended up enjoying that started off really slow but paid off at the end. I also like to review any book that I read and try to read at least 2/3 of the book so that I can write a proper review. As I’ve gotten older I’ve become more okay with the idea of DNFing books, but I have a really hard time pushing myself to actually do it.
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 usually don’t have this issue anymore because I try to set low goals for myself and up my reading challenge goals as I pass them. If it’s a reading challenge from a blog and I can’t keep up I will typically just drop it. I don’t like pressuring myself to read when I don’t want to.
4. The covers of a series you love do not match, how do you cope?
…Thank goodness I’m a standalone reader. I don’t read too many book series, but when I do and I am purchasing physical copies for myself then I do actually go out of my way to get matching covers, even if I have to go digging around thrift stores or search for used books online. I also usually don’t purchase physical books in a series until the full series has already been released, so this helps. Otherwise I usually just read books from the library or buy ebooks, so I don’t normally run into this issue.
5. Everyone and their mother loves a book that you do not. Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?
There’s bound to be someone out there that didn’t like the book as well. Many of my friends and blogger friends tend to like and dislike similar books, so I can almost always find someone close to me to ramble about an overhyped book or author.
6. You’re reading a book in public and you’re about to start crying. How do you deal?
I’m soft when it comes to sad stuff and cry pretty regularly when reading, watching films, or playing video games. When I’m in public, and this has happened to me a few times, I typically try to move to a less busy area and weep quietly to myself as I read. I try my best to hold it in but I’m not that great at it. If it gets really bad I’ll generally get up, walk around, and give myself a break until I can pull myself together.
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, I have to, I have difficulty getting into the book otherwise. I don’t re-read books very often, so this is one of the biggest reasons why I tend to read more standalone books or wait until a series is fully released.
8. You do not want anyone to borrow your books, how do you politely say no when someone asks?
What’s that? I can’t hear you over the sound of me hurling books at anyone willing to read them. I talk to folks about books often but most that I know in person really don’t read and balk at offers to borrow a book, so I tend to leap when I meet someone that shares my love of reading. I’ve gotten burned a few times by people that didn’t return a book or returned it damaged, but I think they usually feel bad and never ask to borrow another book.
Otherwise I have only one friend who I do mutual exchanges with that has a physical book collection that is more impressive than my own. He was the one that suggested picking a book out for the other to read and we were both equally anxious that our books would be taken care of, so I know my book is in good hands.
9. You have picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over this reading slump?
If I’m having difficulty with the books I’m reading I generally try to read something light and short that I can finish in one sitting. Manga, a short story, some essays, or poetry collections. I think experiencing a story beginning to end in a small and easily digestible form really helps me feel better and gets me to focus my attention again on reading.
10. There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read, how many do you end up buying?
None. Very rarely do I buy a book on release and when I do I have to really want that book. The only reason I have some new books in my collection from last year was because I got pretty addicted to the idea of book boxes and tried a few different ones for fun. I don’t have the sort of disposable income to buy new release books and if there is one I really want to read I just check it out from my local library.
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?
I feel personally attacked by this question oof ouch my feelings. It really depends on the book and how hyped I am to read it, sometimes it’s right away, most times though I am completely guilty of putting that book on my shelf and a few months pass by before I go, “I should really read that.” I’m really bad about checking out far too many books at the library or taking on too many ARCs from NetGalley so I end up busy with those.
…And of course any of you that is reading this and you would like to do this tag for yourself then consider yourself tagged!