This is another one of those tags that I could have sworn I’d already done, but if I did, it wasn’t here. I know one of my Goodreads groups often does book tags as part of their read-a-thons a few times each year, so it must have been over there. This tag was originated on About To Read back in 2014, but it has become quite a popular one since then. I’ve felt like I’ve been in such a slump lately that I decided this would be a fun way to start thinking about my reading habits.
1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?
Well, my TBR hasn’t hit 20,000 books yet but I’m getting dangerously close to 2000! Since I do reading challenges, I start each year with a list of 150 or so books that I want to read to fit my challenge prompts, so that cuts things down considerably. Of those, I choose based on a few factors. I get the majority of my books from the library, so I usually try to request as many as possible and put them on hold but suspended until I need them. To help me decide what to read next, I sometimes look at what my challenge groups have picked for Book of the Month or monthly themes and choose accordingly. Otherwise, it’s a combination of what I’m in the mood for and what’s available. I tend to release 10 or so at a time from the library, so I make sure that I have a mix of different genres and lengths in that mix to keep things varied.
2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?
I have only ever quit reading one book, and that’s because it was something I picked up completely randomly while sitting at the library and hated. It was a “choose your own adventure” style story about a girl in high school, but very poorly written. The paths overlapped in illogical ways, so that following one thread of the story referenced characters or events from other storylines that you wouldn’t have read yet (or at all). Otherwise, I hate to DNF books, especially when I’m more than halfway through. It’s especially a problem when reading books for a challenge since I don’t want to “waste” the time I spent on the book by abandoning it, since I wouldn’t count a book I didn’t finish for my challenge. At least if I can get through it, I can cross a prompt off my list.
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?
I would absolutely try to catch up, and I have done that a couple of times in the past. Usually what I do is pick some graphic novels or shorter books that still interest me so I can read more quickly. Sometimes I do feel like it’s cheating to purposely put books off until the next year, even though there’s no one policing my challenge.
4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?
It annoys me a bit, but not as much as it seems to drive other people crazy. I do my best to buy copies that all match whenever possible, but at the end of the day, the contents of the book are much more important to me than the cover.
5. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?
This is a tough one. None of my friends read as much as I do or have very similar taste to me. Come to think of it, there is one person I work with who also loves to read and we do tend to have similar opinions, but we don’t have much time to discuss books.
6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?
I would close the book and escape to a washroom or something to compose myself. This hasn’t happened to me, but then again I don’t do much of my reading in public.
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?!?!?!?
It depends on the book. Ideally, I’d love to re-read the first one if it is a book that I enjoyed, but in reality what I usually end up doing is look for a synopsis or Wiki page that gives a detailed plot summary. I also have a (bad?) habit of waiting until a series has all been published before I pick it up, so I often end up reading them all pretty close together.
8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?
I hate lending out my books! Lucky for me, no one ever asks. Most of my books are scattered in piles on my floor or put away in my closest since I don’t have anywhere near enough shelves, so it’s very easy and believable for me to say that I have the book but don’t know where it is.
9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?
Good question, since I kind of feel like I’m in a slump now. I’m not the type to abandon books so I probably wouldn’t have started and stopped multiple in a row like this. For me, a slump usually looks more like taking absolutely forever to get through even a short book. To get over it, I usually read some shorter books or graphic novels, or pick up a book that I’m very excited for and pretty confident I would love, although this is a bit risky since the slump might affect my enjoyment. If all else fails, I’ll revisit favourites like Harry Potter or Jodi Picoult’s books.
10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?
Given how expensive books have become, I’m hesitant to buy anything new unless I’ve read it and know that I enjoy it. I’ve recently started using Book Outlet to get cheaper books, and I’m a lot more flexible with those ones. I’ve received 2 orders so far, both of which were mostly books I hadn’t read but really wanted to. Otherwise, I mostly use the library.
11. 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?
Longer than I would like! Another reason I don’t often buy books is because I have so many in my library stack that I know I won’t get to them any time soon. It’s actually pretty rare for me to start reading a book immediately after I bought it, which is a bit weird since if I haven’t already read it and I’ve decided to buy it, it’s something I really want to read.