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Reader Problems Tag


A big thank you to E. Rawls for tagging me for this fun blog hop! I’m finally getting around to doing it! It’s been a few weeks now, but life never seems to slow down. I’m excited to get started, though. So here’s the deal: I’m going to be answering a few questions centered upon the problems of being a reader. Are you a reader, too? Maybe you can identify! 🙂

Q: You have 20,000 books on your TBR (to be read). How in the world do you decide what to read next?

Uhhhh. Eenie-meenie-miney-mo? If it’s on my TBR then I want to read it, but generally, I’ll choose based off my current mood and/or author. Certain authors, I know their work and trust that their writing will be enjoyable, so that’s why I throw that out there. More often than not, though, I decide which to read next based off whatever genre I’m in the mood for at the moment.

Q: You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or commit?

It really depends on how much I’m not loving it. If it’s got a plot that I can’t even believe then I’ll stop reading, but most of the time I slog on through. I’m always looking for an end that’s redeeming for the rest of the book, I think. I’m always interested in the imaginings of others, so it’s rare that I don’t enjoy the slogging process.

Q: The end of the year is coming and you’re so close yet so far away on your GoodReads challenge. Do you quit or commit?

Oooo, I’ve never done a GoodReads challenge. Something I’ll have to consider in the future. I have a feeling if I accepted the challenge, I’d commit. That’s just how I roll.

Q: The covers of a series you love DO. NOT. MATCH. How do you cope?

I like a color scheme and similar style in a series, but I’m not married to the idea. I actually love covers that are beautiful and don’t care for much else when it comes to matchy-matchiness. I’m lucky when my clothes match.

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

That’s a tough question! It’s amazing how differing opinions about a book can drive a little wedge into a friendship you thought was already bonded. I try not to let this happen, of course, but some people get offended when you don’t like the book they love. Go figure. I’m like E. Rawls, though, and go on an online quest to find like-minded individuals, if the need arises.

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

I cry. I just do it. Either people will nod in complete understanding, or they’ll look at me like I’m a loon. And for me, that’s nothing new. haha

Q: 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 summary on GoodReads? Cry in frustration?

RE-READ. That’s the best! 🙂 I read and re-read my favorite books even when I remember all the important details.

Q: You don’t want ANYONE borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people “nope” when they ask?

This is a toughy for me. I am a lender. I believe in sharing the written word. What’s the point of a beautiful book if it’s never read? 🙂 Of course, this means I’ve gotten some back in disrepair and some not at all, but for the most part, people are careful and kind when they borrow my book-babies. If I was compelled to say “nope” I’d probably go into a long explanation about why I couldn’t possibly loan them my books and suggest they try the local library. I always suggest the library anyway. Love the library!

Q: You’ve picked up and put down five different books in the past month. How do you get over the reading slump?

If I’m dissatisfied by my current reading repertoire I’d probably switch to movies then head back to my books. Like I said before, I rarely don’t finish a book I start.

Q: There are so many new books coming out that you are dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

Depends. But I’d say a minimum of one. Since books are not cheap and the cost adds up, I often have to keep it to the minimum and hope to borrow others from the library. If I MUST have more, I will try to space out my buying habit over the course of weeks or months. 😉

Q: After you’ve bought a new book you want to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf until you actually read them?

I almost always read the new book right away, but sometimes they will wait for a month or two before I can get to them. For instance, I have a book that I’ve started on my Kindle, but I haven’t had time to read as I’ve been working on #BlogBattle and my own Book Two manuscript. I’ll need to start it again when I have time, and that could be at least another month!

That was fun! Thanks for being curious enough about me to stick it out through my rambling answers. 🙂

Time to Nominate!

Here is my nominee for the Reader Problems Tag:

Nicholas Hughes

If you weren’t nominated but would like to join in, please feel free! Just link your post to mine so we can all read it and enjoy.

32 thoughts on “Reader Problems Tag”

  1. Yay, this was fun to read! I’m glad you enjoyed answering these fun questions as I did. 😀 I feel your pain about having little time to read through your tbr list. I’m having to make it a point where I read at least a little bit every or every-other day. It’s helped improve my writing, or maybe just opened my mind to more ways of using words and descriptions that I lack. I’m on Storm Siren now, 🙂 what book are you planning on reading (when there’s time)?

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  2. Great answers, Rachael! I’m also a lender; I like to think of my bookshelves as a personal library. 🙂 I’m also like you in that I feel committed to read a book to the end. Although I will DNF a book if I stop caring about the main character(s). If I fail to connect with him / her / them, why continue?

    “It’s amazing how differing opinions about a book can drive a little wedge into a friendship you thought was already bonded. I try not to let this happen, of course, but some people get offended when you don’t like the book they love.”

    I’ve seen that a few times, but it hasn’t happened to me personally yet. Most readers I’ve met seem to understand – and accept – that everyone is entitled to their own opinions about books. It’s all a matter of how those opinions are worded. Even if I don’t like a book, I try to be honest yet respectful when I review it.

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    1. A personal library. Exactly. 🙂 very good point about sharing a connection with the characters. That would be another good reason to DNF. 🙂
      You are a lovely reviewer, Sara. 🙂 I’ve had a falling out with a friend(not online) over a book after a long conversation where we didn’t meet eye to eye about it. She took it really hard, but I think it wasn’t the book so much as the question of faith it raised. I think you’re completely right, though! The way we word things does matter! When I review I do try to be respectful. 🙂

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          1. I’m always adding books to my TBR list, plus bringing more home (I volunteer in a charity used book store and 99% of the books are $1.50 each; best sellers are more.) I’ve stopped downloading even free books on my iPad Kindle as I can’t keep up. Eek. 😦

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