Reader Problems Book Tag

Hello, everyone!

Today, I felt like doing a more fun and social post.

First, I must thank Cinderzena from Cinderzenablogs for tagging me. Please check out her blog if you want to be entertained. :]

This tag is perfect for Thursdays, which is when I usually post more personal posts and the occasional meme/tag. From now on, I will make it a regular segment called, Personal Thursdays. I hope you enjoy reading my ramblings!


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

That sounds horrifying. I currently have 144 books in my Goodreads TBR, which is too many, in  my opinion. I know 20,000 is hyperbole but I had a small heart attack thinking about that many books because I buy all my books and how would I ever afford so many?

Anyway, when it comes to what book I’ll read next to review in my blog, I’ll usually pick a book that will offer my blog some variety. This variety will come in either the genre, subject matter, or setting. For example, if I just finished reading a pirate fantasy novella, my next book will be something like a short story collection set in Pakistan! I genuinely enjoy reading diverse books. :]

I also read plenty of books that I don’t discuss in my blog. Usually those books are Fantasy or Science Fiction stories by authors like Brandon Sanderson, Pierce Brown, Ernest Cline, etc.

By the way, I am the hugest Brandon Sanderson fan and I got a chance to meet him last week for a book signing! I was literally the first person to pre-order his book at my bookstore’s website, and as a result I got to be first in line for the signing! That’s me below. Excuse my awkwardness. I didn’t know what to do with my hands as I stood next to my favorite author in the world.

BP

I got way off track! I apologize. Back to business. 

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

Generally, I have to put a book down if I’m not enjoying it, and I did so recently for two books. There are simply too many novels for me to read to feel like I’m wasting any of my time. But I am ashamed to admit that I could not get past 60 pages of Marlon Jame’s “A Brief History of Seven Killings” and only read 1/3 of Mark Lawrence’s “Prince of Thorns.” Both of these books for for a book club and I failed to finish both! I feel horrible. But hopefully I will join the next meeting.

MJML

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

This silly hypothetical question doesn’t apply to me. I set my goal at 75 books and I’ve already at 24. I will actually have to increase my reading goal later in the year.

4.) The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

I get over it like an adult? Sure, I’ll be a little disappointed that such an injustice happened, but I’ll be okay. First, however, I’ll have to complain on Twitter for a bit and hope the publishers hear me.

5.) Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

That’s how I feel about Chimamanda Adichie’s short story collection, The Thing Around Your Neck. I wouldn’t say I “didn’t like it” (couldn’t find the right book for this question), but it certainly wasn’t as great as every said it would be. It has glowing review from many people on Goodreads, and frankly I feel like they’re reviewing it with rose-colored glasses on and fond memories of how amazing her novels were. To answer the question, I’d probably just vent on Twitter and other blogs. I don’t have any friends who love reading as much as I do…They think I read too much. Whatever.

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

I can’t really answer this, as I don’t usually read in public. But I do cry freely and heavily in the comfort of my own reading nook. 

7.) 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 synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?! (oh my..calm down)

I will definitely have to read a synopsis before I proceed with the series. I  simply don’t read fast enough or have enough time to re-read books. Though, sometimes I make exceptions. For instance, I’m considering re-reading Brandon Sanderson’s first two books of The Stormlight Archive before book 3 comes out next year. Each book is 1000+ pages long, though, so maybe I’m crazy to think I’ll have the time to reread such massive novels.

Please read this amazing series!

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

I hope that never happens to me! A 5-book reading slump sounds like a nightmare, but we all have reading slumps in our own ways. If I’m in a slump, I’ll sometimes cave and pick up a book that is massively popular. If thousands of people are saying a book is incredible, I figured some of them are bound to be right. That was exactly my thinking when I picked up books like Half of a Yellow Sun, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and the Song of Ice and Fire series. They all got me out of reading slumps.

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

If you’ve read my Book Haul posts, you know that I buy all my books, and 90% of the time they’re new. The last time I went to the library must have been over 4 years ago! Though, somehow my book-buying habits haven’t led me into abject poverty yet.

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

When I buy a book during one of my weekly visits to Barnes & Noble, I genuinely believe that I will read the book within a month at least. But I seldom get to keep that promise. Sometimes, I don’t get to a book until 6 months later! I think I have a problem. One of these days I’m going to force myself to join one of those #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks challenges. One of these days…


That’s all for today’s Personal Thursday post. 

I tag:

Analee

Jackie

Chelsie

18 thoughts on “Reader Problems Book Tag

  1. I love your answers, highly amusing and I guess we now know where to find you when you go missing if you ever win the lottery. Your local B&N.
    Can I agree on the awkwardness? Where does one keep ones hands? lol. I guess its acceptable to go off track to tell people you met your favourite author. Mine’s long gone, so its okay to be giddy 🙂
    #6 cannot quite imagine it, and great job on your Goodreads challenge!

    1. Are you saying you can’t imagine me crying? Oh, believe it!
      It’s not always a heavy sobbing kind of crying, but plenty of books move me and make my lips quiver and eyes water. I’m an emotional creature..

  2. Oh my. I cannot quite believe it more than ever. More than the sobbing I absolutely hate it when there’s this ache inside, and you cannot do anything but wait it out till it disappears. Ok I believe you. (almost)

  3. Yep, that old buy the books and then don’t get around to reading them seems to be a common problem! I had to go to e-books in the end – no more room for shelving!

    Your posts haven’t been appearing in my Reader this last week or so, by the way – just to let you know. Have you changed your blog name or anything like that?

    1. You know, I’ve had a lot of weird experiences with my blog lately. I had to switch to custom excerpts on my home page because everything started to show as curtailed and bundled text. I tried to fix it many different ways, but it wasn’t working.

      Honestly, I haven’t had the easiest experience with blogging, and it’s been stressful. It may be because I have a self-hosted/Jetpack website that I then connected to WordPress and that has caused all kinds of complications! I actually have this weird blog domain called readdiversebooksdotcom.wordpress.com that WordPress created for me when I made an account that is messing everything up!

      I’m trying not to freak out about this too much lol. But it’s been annoying and now I have to worry about my posts not appearing on the WordPress reader. :/

  4. Yeah, WordPress is great when it all goes smoothly but when it starts to go wrong…

    I’ve tried re-following you, but then it just comes up with a message saying I’m already following you! In the past, I’ve found these things usually clear themselves after a bit – I’ll let you know if you re-appear…

    1. I’ve tried something.

      Last week I tried to upgrade to a premium plan but then cancelled it to get a refund. That actually seemed to have cancelled out my previous domain mapping from readdiversebooksdotcom.wordpress.com TO readdiversebooks.com.

      I had to pay $13 to map it back, but hopefully that works.

    2. What I’ve learned — I’m going to have to be OK with lacking the benefits that a wordpress.com blog brings.

      It looks like the only way my followers will see my blog consistently in their Reader is if they manually add my website’s URL to their Follwed Sites. I can’t ask that of everyone, unfortunately.

  5. I’ll let you know – maybe you could reply to this comment next time you post, if you remember, and I can check my reader and see if it comes through. Another thing I do is follow my own blog – then when I post I can check whether it has actually shown up in my Reader. If it doesn’t (and it’s surprising how often it doesn’t) I’ve found going into Edit and Updating the post without any changes, often forces it through.

    1. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I had no idea. And here I was wondering why my daily visits had plummeted so drastically..

      I post every day so I will reply and let you know. :]

  6. No, sorry, no sign of it. It might be worth asking someone else to check too just in case it’s my Reader that’s the problem – though I don’t think it is.

  7. Love the picture of you with Brandon Sanderson!
    I would love to know what you do with your books after you read them. Do you keep them all? Give them away? Some of both?

    1. I keep them all!
      I have a dedicated home library with plenty of space for more books. That’s mostly because I started collecting books about a year ago, so eventually I might have a problem. Until then, I will keep all my books because having a home library is amazing.

      What about you?
      You take regular trips to the library, right?

  8. I read lots of books from the library, but I also own a lot, mostly from used book sales. I try to go through them every once in a while, but I have a hard time getting rid of them, so my husband usually ends up building me more shelves. There’s not much space left – I don’t know what I’ll do then… 🙂

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