18 January 2015

I've Been Tagged!: Reader Problems

Here are the details . . .

Earlier today, the wonderful Paperback Princess nominated me to participate in the Reader Problems Tag. (Go say hello to her and tell her how amazing she is!!) Listed below are the prompts, which helped to pass the time in a very pleasant way.

Here are the bloggers I'm tagging in return:

It Was Lovely Reading You
Lili Lost in a Book
Books Equal Awesomeness

Let's get moving!

1. You have 20K books in your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?
If I can, I tend to read shorter novels first because I can read them in a shorter amount of time and then move on to more books faster. When I have enough time (i.e. at least a week) to dedicate to reading a book for leisure, I'll usually choose a standalone book (meaning it isn't part of a series). The exception is when I've just finished a book in a series -- I don't like to read part of a series and abandon the series for a standalone book, only to return to the series upon finishing the standalone book. Consistency is everything!

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

This is my fatal flaw: I'm so stubborn that I'll force myself to finish it. It's terrible when the book I dislike is part of a series, because then I'll force myself to finish the entire series. (I think I'll just link to this post . . .)

3. 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 actually haven't used Goodreads for much. (Maybe that will change in the future.)
But if I was in that position, I would probably not try to catch up unless there were less than five books left to read. Otherwise, I would just start again upon the new year.

4. The covers of the series you love do not match. How do you cope?
Express my frustration by crying. Then, I would try to organise the series on my bookshelf as best as possible (probably in chronological order of the series's books) and frown every time I see the shelf in passing.

5. Everyone and their mothers love a book you really don't like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?
Probably fellow book-bloggers! Or, if I can find him/her, a friend who doesn't read often and therefore won't have an interest in the book . . . at least I won't be completely alone!

6. You're reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal with it?
I'd try to hide it, but would probably tear up anyway. Sigh.

7. 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?!
I would probably go ahead and read the sequel. If I'm a little bit into the sequel and have forgotten the plot of the prior novel, I might look up a synopsis online -- or, even better, I would watch a film adaptation of the prior novel (if one exists).

8. You do not want anyone borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?
First, I would say, "Sorry, I don't really lend books." If they asked me to elaborate, I would mention something along the lines of "it's too valuable," or if I'm really desperate, I might pretend that the book is someone else's copy that I borrowed. Nevertheless, I would make sure that the reasons I give don't have to do with the specific person I'm rejecting (because they almost always don't, unless I know the person takes poor care of books).

9. Reading ADD. You've picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?
Take a break. Post on my book blog, focus more extensively on my schoolwork, or write poetry and fiction for a while. This might take a few weeks or a few months, but it's temporary.

10. There are so many books coming out that you're dying to read! How many books do you buy?
I rarely purchase more than three books during one trip to the bookstore. All of the remaining ones, I add to my wishlist and wait for my birthday or a holiday to come around so that I can ask somebody else to buy the books for me as a gift.

11. After you've bought the new books you can't wait to get to get, how long do they sit in your shelf before you get to them?

If they're short in length, or if they're standalone books that aren't part of a series, and if I have the time to commit to reading them, then I'll probably read at least one of them within the month. Otherwise, they might be lonely for months or even a couple of years. (It has happened. Oops.)

Once again, I'm sending a lot of thanks to Paperback PrincessHappy reading, everyone!

- Kira


  1. So happy you did the tag! It's good that you try to finish books that you don't like, I just give up and come back later! And I agree, there's always someone on here that could share your feelings of a not-so-great book!

  2. I feel like part of the struggle with series books are when you can't get the next one right away and you see that amazing other book you want to read right on your bookshelf...that dilemma...Love your post though!


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