~ ThursTAG: Reader Problems Book Tag ~

I saw this book tag on multiple blogs over the years. The ones that I remember seeing it, they, unfortunately, did not tag the creator, so I apologize to them for not tagging in this post. Since reader problems are something I, along with many other readers, deal with a lot, this sounded like a perfect tag for me!

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

Like most others, I am a mood reader. My TBR is seemingly endless, so usually I try to narrow it down by genre and then just randomly select a novel to try. If I really can’t choose, usually I select either an author that I have enjoyed before or a sequel that I still need to read.

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

If the novel is part of a series, I may be committed to finishing it. Usually, though, I put down a novel when I am not enjoying it and will attempt to pick it up later. If a novel is truly not working for me, I may quit, but I prefer to keep with a novel until the end as I always hold out hope that the ending will be worth it.

3. 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?

If it is the Goodreads challenge where I set a goal for the number of books to complete, I just leave it as is. For this, the number I finish is the number I finish and I do not put pressure on myself to read this number.

For the other challenges that involve prompts, I may change my original selections to easier reads where I can still complete a novel from my TBR, but it will help me complete a challenge while being a faster read.

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

I usually try to find versions that match as sometimes an Australian or UK edition (or another county) may have published that matched. This recently happened with the Castles in Their Bones series where the UK edition of the sequel matched my original US edition of the first novel. If this is not possible, I at least try to buy the same type (paperback/hard cover) and the same size, so they can at least look nice on the shelf when I am not reading them.

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

If am in the minority for liking a certain book, I usually bond with others around me who don’t like it or the online community. Since books are subjective and readers all have different opinions, I bond with everyone as I like seeing the other side, too.

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

Usually if I am about to cry while reading, I can try and think of something happy at the same time to counteract it; however, if I really am about to cry, then I usually stop reading for a short time and distract myself with something else.

7. 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?

If I have time to reread, then I will read the previous novel(s) before beginning the sequel. However, usually I have a lot of novels that I want to read, so if I forgot what happened in a previous novel, I will, instead, read a summary before beginning the new novel.

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

I am pretty straightforward with those in my life, so if I do not want them borrowing my books, then I will politely just say I am not comfortable lending them out.

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

If I am in a reading slump, I like to either read a new novel by one of my go-to authors. If one of those is not available, I will usually pick up a favorite. My latest ones are Jane Austen as I can read those faster and they work out nicely to get me back into reading.

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

I used to buy a ton of new novels almost weekly. Unfortunately, I haven’t been buying as many, but I have been borrowing them a lot from the library. I end up borrowing as many as I can as I love to read new adventures.

11. 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?

This just depends on my mood at the time. Some books I get to right away and others, unfortunately, end up sitting on the shelf for longer than I would prefer.

This tag was a lot of fun as reader problems are very relatable! The answers were fun to come up with as even I was not sure what I would write when I first read the questions. I loved thinking about the questions and I highly encourage any other readers to try this tag for themselves!

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