Book Tag – Reader Problems

Readers vary in style and opinion; just saying you’re a bookworm doesn’t narrow down your habits any. I’m of the opinion that, just like anything, people can love books in as ways as individual as they are in this world.

I’ve been invited by Terri over at to participate in Book Tag! The topic is Reader Problems.

Let’s get to it!


Reader Problems

  1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

I believe books can be medicine, so I tend to approach my TBR list while trying to keep my intuition sharp. I read by subject and by month, so if I’m feeling in the mood for mysteries, I’d fish those out, start with three and see how many I get through.

  1. You’re halfway through a book, and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

Oh I am not above lemming a book. “Did Not Finish (DNF)” makes up a whole shelf on my Goodreads account. Of course, if it’s a book I’m reading with or for a friend, I’ll make more of an effort. If I really don’t love it, I don’t need that negativity in my reading life. I just wasn’t the right audience for that book at that time.

  1. 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?

Goodreads isn’t too fussy about the length of the books you can count. I’d probably go hang out in the picture book section and burn through a bunch of nostalgic favorites with my niece and count those if the challenge mattered that much to me.

Usually, the challenge is meant to help remind me to finish and log, rather than to plow through as many as I can. I don’t read as much as some, but I like to take my time and balance reading with other interests. Like dog cuddling.

Dog cuddling does take priority some days. Books are great, but puppy breath is fleeting.

  1. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

I would get more irritated if they were different sizes! But if it’s just cover art, I’d get over it eventually. Especially, if they’re copies I’d made notes in or otherwise made mine.

And I may or may not buy a matching set for loaner copies, if I liked it enough.

  1. Everyone and their mother love a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

Generally, them. I can not like a book while still seeing why others like it. Sometimes it’s an interesting exercise in seeing how the other readers live – what appeals to them about it, how many people love it or hate it, and how its timing/history makes it popular with so many.

Sometimes, like in the case of Harry Potter or Twilight, the fad fades at least enough to let people who didn’t like them either have a chance to voice their opinions. It’s amazing what time will do to books.

  1. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

Oh geez, this has so happened. I like deep books, with deep rivers of feels that sometimes you’re happy to drown in. Typically, I read in places that are quiet by nature and have nooks and crannies to hide in. Like libraries with study rooms, or close by my car so I can go hide.

But other times, like on public transit, I just do my best to show people I don’t want to be disturbed and get the tissues out. I can usually get away with a pretty cry when faced with the threat of public humiliation. At home, ugly cries happen.

  1. A sequel to 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?!?!?!?

A Goodreads synopsis would be my second option. My first would be to find a friend who’s read the book more recently or who is a super fan, so as I read the next one I can have someone to text/call with questions or review the book chapter by chapter. If it just came out, odds are we’d be reading it at the same time so that’d be awesome!

  1. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people no when they ask?

I’d say, usually, either it’s a signed copy (sometimes it isn’t) or say I’m already loaning it to someone currently/when I’m finished. I know that’s not too polite to lie, but it depends on the situation. If I feel like they wouldn’t press, I could more confidently go with, “I prefer not to loan out my books” and then offer to help them find a cheap/free copy somewhere else. But people aren’t always so quick to back down, and I hate confrontation!

It’s fascinating how many people don’t want to borrow a book that’s been written in, and I like to annotate if I have a print copy of my own.

  1. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

I make a commitment. I either commit to borrowing and reading a friend’s book, especially a friend who will continually check in with me on how I like it or how far I’ve read, or I pick up something that has an assignment attached. An early review copy is good for that, but if I pick up a book that I can learn from and try out, then write a blog post with the experience, I’m more likely to finish it.

  1. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

If I haven’t reviewed them in advance, then usually I’ll see if any of my friends have bought, read, and are willing to loan them to me. Honestly, I don’t buy too many books myself. Comes from a limited budget. When I buy a book, I’ll buy it because I’m sure I want it on my shelves. I won’t buy it to see if I like it. … As a person whose largest gamble in life is playing those claw machines at fairs and grocery stores, $15+ for a book I don’t know if I’ll like is pretty steep!

  1. 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?

This is another reason I wouldn’t buy a new book right off the shelf. If I did, I’d be waiting at least 3 months for a good crop of consumer reviews to roll in.

Those reviews save me from the anxiety of gambling on books, especially reviewers that are willing to point out what might turn people off the book, and what the best audience is for said book. A rating of 2-3 stars won’t turn me off a book directly, especially if there are a couple of solid reviews that help me make an informed decision about reading it.


That’s fun! I’m looking forward to hearing what the other bloggers have to say in their answers.

Passing it on to:

Two Girls and a Book Obsession




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