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The Reader Problems Book Tag!

Hi everyone! I have a ton of reviews coming soon so I thought I would break them up by doing a few tags and I saw this one over on Becky’s Book Blog
Check out her post, I loved reading her answers! I think this tag was created by Tiffany of About To Read over on BookTube.

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You have 20,000 books in your TBR, how in the world do you decide what to read next?

Okay, usually I just go for what I’m currently in the mood for. I’m known for being really bad at actually sticking to a tbr. But lately, I participated in a lot of Blog Tours and this means that I have to be semi-consistent with actually reading what I set out to read. It’s both a very good thing (because I don’t waste hours after finishing a book to decide what to read next but it also means that a lot of the books I really want to read have to wait a bit. (Especially right now since I’m in a reading slump)

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

I wish I could dnf more but I really really struggle with it. My brain won’t shut up about that book when I don’t finish it so usually, it’s just easier to finish them. I think I’ve dnf’ed a total of … maybe 6 books in all my life?
But sometimes I put books down to finish them later, this is the case when I think I would enjoy a book just not right now.

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 try to catch up! I’m really ambitious when it comes to reading. Not compared to other people but to what I think I can manage. I do set the Goodreads goal as something I genuinely think I can manage though, so I rarely fall behind. Usually, I can even up the goal later in the year.
But if I would fall behind I would try to listen to more audiobooks and read the shorter books on my tbr. I’m not the biggest comic book/graphic novel reader but if I find one that interests me it’s on the list as well!

The covers of a series you love do not match, how do you cope?

Ahh, I just hate when they don’t match!! But it’s even worse when they are very close in height but not completely? I have a series of four books, all paperbacks, where every book is a different height. Sometimes by like 3 mm … ??? Why?! That drives me up the wall!

Everyone and their mother loves a book that you do not. Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?

Hmm, sometimes when I really have to rant and vent I talk to my irl best friend. She’s an avid reader, too. I can only talk to her about books she’s already read or doesn’t ever plan to read though. Other than that … I look for other negative reviews of that book and read some lovely snarky comments there.

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

This only happens on train rides for me and I try to stop reading for a bit to collect myself but that doesn’t always help. If I can’t stop the tears … well, there is not much to do except to try and be as quiet as possible so maybe people don’t notice ^^

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?

Mmm depends. Usually, I try to reread because I think I will enjoy the sequel more if I’m really immersed in the world and characters again. But if the book is really long or I’d have to reread multiple books … I try to find a summary or just hope I will remember while reading.
Some authors (like Mark Lawrence) include a ‘previously on’ chapter though and I wish everyone would do that!! It’s so helpful!

You do not want anyone to borrow your books, how do you politely say no when someone asks?

Depends on how well I know the person. I flat out told my mom that I won’t let her borrow my paperbacks because she always breaks the spine! Hardbacks I lent ut but without the dustjacket. Other people I just tell that I really care about my books and that they have to be really careful. But I hadn’t had a lot of people ask lately.

You have picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over this reading slump?

Agatha Christie. Agatha Christie is my go-to when I’m in a reading slump, when I feel bad, when I’m stressed, when I miss my mom and/or sister … it’s my miracle wonder medicine. And after binging a couple of Christie’s books I tend to pick up fast-paced, easy to read books. Bonus points if they are available as an audiobook.

There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read, how many do you end up buying?

Lately, I’m very good at not buying new books!! I’m very proud of that because I have sooo many unread books on my shelves that I want to focus on. You would think that my reading ca 100 books and buying ca 40 in a year would mean I have lowered my tbr by 60 … but no, it increased … wanna know why? Because I discovered Scribd and am reading all the new releases anyway … I’m working on that, okay?
I splurge on books regularly though. And then I buy multiple at once!

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?

Is this a personal attack?? ^^

But as I said before I’m currently trying to read all the backlist books on my tbr and I would looooove to get to the point where I can read a new book within 6 months. Now I try to read books within a year after buying them so they don’t turn into tbr corpses … I’m only semi-successful in that but … what can ya do when there are so many books out there and you want to read them all? And then you get review copies (priority) and Scribd (priority because they could vanish) and all such things!!

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I’m not going to tag anyone specifically but please feel free to take part & tag me so I can read your answers.
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