Reader Problems Tag

This lovely tag was created by YouTuber, About to Read a hot minute ago in 2014. Oh, what better times we were in then... This tag looked like a lot of fun, so I thought I'd try to give it a revival.

Shaming the blogosphere: I cannot express to you how long it took for me to find the original posting of this tag. I probably searched through two dozen versions of this tag to find the creator. I love you all, but it is SO important to link back to the original creator and give them credit for their hard work!

Okay, lecture aside, let's get into this tag!

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

HA! I love that this prompt assumes there is any method to my madness. Some people may say I'm a mood reader, but I think it's more random than that. I don't just pick up a book because of what mood or vibe I'm going for. I never make TBRs, unless I'm walking into a readeathon with challenges. I think there are five things that all play into my decision, but what I pick to be my preference in each of the five categories can change at any given moment. The categories that affect my reading choices:

  1. Length of book (I just don't always have the mental capacity to be invested for a long time...)

  2. Genre and whether the book is adult or YA

  3. Frequency at which I hear about the book (This can really go either way. Sometimes I simply won't want to read a book because I've heard about it too much. Other times, I forget about my excitement for a book because it's dead to the book world.)

  4. How long the book has been on my shelves

  5. Generally how excited I am about reading the book (This, again, can go both ways. Sometimes I'll avoid a book I'm particularly excited for because I'm scared it will let me down, or I don't think I'm in the right mindset to enjoy something properly. Crazy, I know.)

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

Well, a healthy human would probably realize that life is too short to suffer through the insufferable.

I am not a healthy human.

I will see literary monstrosities out to the bitter end... because I hate myself? @Twilight

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'm trying very hard to stop letting the Goodreads challenge run my life. When I first discovered it in 2015, I was obsessed with increasing my total each year. I found I was reading short books I wasn't interested in, just for the sake of increasing my number. I also began to notice I was no longer really processing the books I was reading below surface level. I was too concerned with getting through as many books as possible, as quickly as possible.

Sometime in 2017 or 2018, I made the decision to review every book I read. Yes, EVERY book. It was rather redundant, and in many cases, the reviews were atrociously written. (If you run into any old GR reviews of mine... I'm SO sorry.) I wasn't really concerned with eloquent writing, but in making sure I really was digesting what I was reading. I no longer force myself to write reviews for absolutely everything I read, but I do try to make sure I am more concerned with quality over quantity.

So... to answer the question. Ideally, I'd shrug my shoulders and move on with my reading as normal. However, I'm sure I'd feel some pressure to catch up, and may pick up some shorter books as my next reads, but I'd still ensure they are short books I actually want to read. However, I do try very hard to enjoy the massive floppy paperbacks I love so dearly, regardless where I stand on my GR goal.

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

....How does one "cope" with such a crime?

5. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

I'd like to think that Karo has my back... but then again, she has terrible taste in certain fantasy series. Ahem.

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

Honestly, I've never been in this position, so I'm not really sure. Books simply don't make me cry very often, regardless where I am. Except for that time Scythe made me cry at work.

Books that typically make people cry, put me under an emotional trance instead. Rather than getting teared-up, I almost feel ripped out of my bookish world and thrust into the real world--which always feels too bleak in comparison. I then spend the rest of my time in public spaces sort of shell-shocked.

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?!?!?!?

This depends on several things. If it's a chunky series' sequel, I will probably find a synopsis online for the series to that point. If I REALLY loved the books leading up to the sequel, OR too much time has passed for me to feel an emotional attachment to the characters, I will reread. If the books in the series have been relatively fluffy or short, I will probably just dive right into the story, because the plot will pick up early enough on to hook me. I almost never read a series as the books are coming out, so I'm typically in this situation by my own procrastination. I can't be too upset with anyone but myself there.

8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

I can't. Saying no is something I struggle with in all aspects of my life. Mx. Book Tag... please stop attacking me.

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

A reading slump typically kicks in when the rest of life is too hectic for me. My cure-all for reading slumps is to pick up a reread. Alternately, I may try a super short book. If I'm still struggling with one of these, I just don't force it. I enjoy far too many creative outlets to get frustrated over one slump. I'll take a break from reading and game or paint. I find that once I've exhausted that desire, I'm typically ready to dive into books again.

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

I rarely buy new releases, so this doesn't really apply to me. I just can't get behind spending the new-release price when I can get the book in almost half the price after waiting a year or so for the paperback.

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?

The lack of new releases on my shelves does not mean I read my purchases right away. I currently have books that have been sitting for over 5 years on my bookshelf! I never mean to procrastinate... but it happens anyway. Don't worry, I hate myself for it too...

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