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Reader Problems Book Tag

Hello readers! Today’s post is a tag. You guys really seem to love when I do tag posts, so I’m trying to do them more often.

This book tag was created by a Booktuber named About to Read, but from I can find, they no longer exist.

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Last thing before we move onto the tag, I want to remind you guys that I’m doing a celebratory post very soon and hope to include a Q and A! Please check out my Q and A announcement post OR drop your questions at the bottom of this post!

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

I just pick based on my mood. Usually, I just have a genre I want to read and I’ll find a book. Sometimes I will browse Libby or Hoopla, TBR post, my shelves, or on VERY rare occasions, my Want to Read shelf on Goodreads.

You’re halfway through a book and just aren’t feeling it. Do you quit or are you committed to finishing?

I don’t force myself to read books. I don’t care if I’ve read 20 or 200 pages, I will quit it if I don’t love it. I’ll even go out of my way to read spoiler reviews so I know what happens in the book, if it’s a thriller or something.

The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but also so far away from your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and if so how?

If I get behind on my Goodreads goal, I just drop it. I recently got behind on my goal. It was at 150, and I was doing SO AMAZING that I raised it to 200. THEN, hit some reading slumps the last few months. About a week ago, I noticed I was 10 books behind and dropped it down to 175, and now I’m ahead.

If I get ahead again, I’ll raise it, if not, 175 is fine for me!

The covers of a series you love do not match. How do you deal with that?

Most of the time, I don’t really care. I have multiple series which have different covers. I mostly care about paperback vs hardcover. I’m EXTRA excited to read A Court of Silver Flames, but I’m not read it until there’s a paperback.

Everyone you can think of loves a book that you don’t. Who do you talk to about your feelings?

If I can’t find even one person who dislikes the book, I would just talk about it to my husband. I tell my husband what most of the books I read are about, unless he is planning to read them.

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

I would just stop reading it. I don’t cry often in books, so stopping at a sad moment would be devastating, but I would do it!

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 previous book?

I don’t re-read books. I’m not saying NEVER, but most of the time I don’t reread books. If I can’t remember ANYTHING from the previous book, which would mean I read the previous one a really long time ago, I would reread it.

I’ve been tabbing my books in the recent years so I can go back and look at certain details OR I would watch/read some super spoilery reviews to catch up.

You aren’t a fan of letting people borrow your books. How do you politely tell them you don’t want them to borrow your books?

There are only 2 people who would borrow my books because most people I know don’t read. Those two people are my husband and daughter. My daughter isn’t very gentle with books, so we have been buying her a copy of whatever book of mine she wants to read. She has been making her way through Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and we’ve been buying the books as she goes. I would probably do the same if someone else happened to ask!

I’m not saying I don’t trust people, but I don’t know their habits. They may not value books like I do or dog ear my pages.

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

I actually have a post all about this! My favorite method is using audiobooks. However, you can check out my How to Get out of a Reading Slump post for more ideas!

I love audiobooks because I can listen to them while doing ANYTHING. I can put one on and do the dishes, play a game on my phone, or any other random task. They are perfect for a reading slump!

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

I don’t buy a lot of new releases, unless they are in a series. I am fortunate enough to have Libby and Hoopla, which is where I get most of my new releases. Authors actually make money when you use these services, so I love to take advantage!

I also hate buying a book, reading it, and hating it. I prefer to buy books in series and books I’m pretty sure I’ll love.

After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to read them, but how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

It depends on the book! I don’t like books sitting on my shelves too long. I have acquired 46 books in 2021 and have read 21 of them. I currently own 57 unread books and 9 of them were acquired before 2020. I used to let books sit on my shelves forever, but nowadays I will unhaul books that I haven’t read after a long time.

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