I was tagged by the lovely Cynthia @ Afterwritten to do the Reader Problems Tag.
You have 20k books in your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?
I stare at my shelf for far too long. Then I go through my eReader for even longer. Then I will usually pick up four different book, but end up reading none of those. Sometimes I even put off reading anything for days because I can't decide. I'm incredibly indecisive. In the end I usually end up reading the most random thing I can find.
You're halfway through a book and you're just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?
That all depends. If I feel like throwing the book at the wall every few page, I will put it down for a while, and then pick it up a little later. If I still feel like the book should be thrown out of the window I will put it down for good. It's only happened once before. I usually try and read through the book, but there is only so much a mind can take.
The end of the year is coming, and you're so close but so far away from your Goodreads reading challenge? Do you try to catch up and how?
I sort of try to catch up. To be honest, I don't really take the Goodreads reading challenge all that serious. Yes, of course I would love to read all the books I set out to, but if I don't it's all okay. Actually, last year was the first time I've ever reached my Goodreads reading goal, so there's that.
The covers of the series you love do not match. How do you cope?
I cope quite well actually. Most of the books I read are standalones, so I don't really have to think about covers matching. Even when I do have a series I love, I don't really mind if the covers don't match. I used to, but I just don't bother anymore. Plus, a lot of my books are ebooks, so matching covers is not really a big deal when it comes to that.1
Everyone and their mothers love a book you really don't like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?
I will probably complain to my cousin. We don't really read all the same books, but I still like to rant, and I know my cousin will listen (she does the same with the books she reads). Other than that, I will go through reviews on Goodreads until I find someone who has an opinion slightly similar to mine. Then I will just be happy that I'm not alone in my dislike for a book. Or else I will just sulk and stew in my own hatred.
You're reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal with it?
I close that book so quickly you won't even believe it. I cry really easily, so if I can see an emotional scene coming up I will put that book away and continue when I get home. If I didn't do that, I would be sobbing in public so many times a week it would be ridiculous.
A sequel of a book you love just came out, but you've forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip to the sequel? Try to find a synopsis in Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!
See, this is the perk of not really reading series. However, if I'm reading a series, and can't for the life of me remember what the hell happened in the first book, I'll just go to Goodreads and read the synopsis. Maybe I'll even look at some spoiler reviews (of the first book, of course), just to get a little more information about what I'm getting myself into once again.
You do not want anyone borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?
I don't. I have such a hard time saying no to people. I get so damn uncomfortable because I don't feel like a have a good enough reason to say no to something like people borrowing my books. Though, I have been known to actually hide certain books when certain people are coming over - if the can't see the book, they can't ask if they can borrow it. I'm a horrible person, I know!
Reading ADD. You've picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?
Reading slumps are the worst, and I've been in a reading slump, or two (or five), in my life. Actually I won't really do much about it - I will usually just try and ride it out, and hope that I'll get the urge and will to read again soon. Sometimes I'll just try and re-read some of my favorite short stories/novellas, and that has helped me in the past.
There are so many books coming out that you're dying to read! How many books do you buy?
None. Well, depending on how much they cost. If I can get them as ebooks for fairly cheap, I might buy them. But other than that, I will wait it out until they either show up at the library, or maybe if there's a sale where I buy my books. Even then, I'll still usually only buy them as an ebook.
After you've bought the new books you can't wait to get to, how long do they sit in your shelf before you get to them?
That really depends. I have a book on my shelf that I bought back in 2011, and I haven't read that one yet. I keep telling myself that I will at some point, and I might. But honestly I'm not counting on it. So it really all depends on what mood I'm in and what I fancy reading.