Bookworms have a lot of problems. Which is why, when Jolien @ The Fictional Reader tagged for the Reader Problems Tag I was like…
Yes please and thank you, Jolien!
1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?
Ugh. This is the hardest part of reading, I honestly promise you.
I mostly read books by release date and library-due-date. Which is why books that I own get pushed to the back of the pile and I literally never get to read them.
I also put up blog polls and make you guys pick because I am the overlord and what else are minions for?
2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or commit?
I leave books unfinished about as much as I say I’m not Queen of the World. So basically: NEVER.
But there are always exceptions.
BOOKS I’VE DNF’D:
- You by Caroline Kepnes: I thought this was YA. HAHAHAHA. No. It was a psychotic murderer obsessing/stalking a women and…no.
- Wicked by Gregory Maguire: I tried and I tried, but it wasn’t about a witch getting evil. It was about the politics of Oz.
- Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin: I tried reading this about 4 years ago and now I would probably continue, but then I thought it was ridiculous and badly written.
- The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda: Because ugh to vampires having armpit sex. Don’t even ask.
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?
This has never happened. I’ve either met my goal or have exceeded by 220%. No in between, peoples.
4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?
My The Mortal Instruments series matches but NOT IN SIZE. It breaks my heart everyday when I look at them.
And this? This is just a catastrophe.
5. Everyone and their mother love a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?
What are you talking about? Everyone has to agree with me. I AM THE OVERLORD.
But on that off and very unlikely chance that the entire planet doesn’t agree with me (weirdness), then I get out my displeasure in a review. There’s always some popsicle who will console me.
- I hung out with Kristen @ My Friends Are Fiction because we both didn’t like Red Queen.
- I commiserated with Engie @ Musings From Neville’s Navel when I didn’t love Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters.
6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?
I…I don’t cry about books. I cry on the inside, but I’ve literally only shed a tear (singular tear) about once or twice.
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?!
CRY IN FRUSTRATION. That’s the first step. I have ginormous and glamorous intentions of rereading, but who really has time for that? There’s too many new shiny books that need attention.
Like Jolien, I find Recaptains extremely helpful. They recap books in series in great detail and…you should just read the recaps on Maggie Stiefvater’s books because SHE WROTE THEM and they’re hilarious.
8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. Borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?
This is nicely isn’t it?
9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?
Seriously is this what everyone does? I NEVER DO THIS. If I pick up a book, I finish it. Sometimes I read more than one book at once, but one is an ebook, one is a physical, and one might be audio.
If I get a slump, though, I just keep reading. I rate a lot of books 3-stars and whinge on twitter. But I get over it.
10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?
I don’t buy books.
I’m clearly not a typical bookworm by the standards of this tag, am I?! When I do buy books it’s because it’s my birthday/Christmas or I’m literally dying for the book and I CANNOT EXIST unless I read it. (Like, for instance, Heir of Fire or Blue Lily Lily Blue.)
I also only buy books I’m sure I’ll like. (My bookshelf is full of sequels.)
11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long they sit on your shelf before you get to them?
This is embarrassing but….it can be years. My to-be-read-pile (which is pictured for question #1) has about 10 books that I own and have not read. Purely because ARCs have first priority and then library books and I have a library addiction.
I’d give up my library addiction, but I’m not a quitter.
Books I’ve had a long time and really need to read:
- Dorothy Must Die: I’ve had this since April. My bad.
- Eon: I’ve had this since, like, September or something.
- The Karma Club: Agh. I don’t even know. Must be at least 12 months.
- The Diviners: I’ve had this for at least 6 months. The size scares me.
- The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making: Since April…
- The entire Gallagher Girl series: Well, we are missing one book, BUT STILL. We’ve had these for 2+ years.
Maybe I’ll tackle them this year? WHO KNOWS? One can always be optimistic, right?
Mawa @ All Things Wordy || Amanda & Stacie @ Beautiful Bookish Butterflies || Aimee @ To The Barricade || Kyra @ Blog of a Bookaholic || Anne @ Books Blogs and Baking || Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight
so, my bookish minions, do you relate to these questions? or are you an odd-reader-like-me? and (i’m super curious) what do you do when you’ve forgotten previous books in a series? share your secrets!
Cait hopes you enjoyed being compared to as puppies in this post. Because puppies are the cutest things in the universe (unless, of course, we’re talking about Cait’s puppy, which is cute but utterly naughty). Currently, she’s reading Percy Jackson and The Titan’s Curse and has met the infamous Nico.