So unfortunately due to final assignments and end of the year classes I have been absolutely swamped with coursework, which means my reading has suffered and I haven’t been posting much. However classes are now officially over for the trimester and so to get things kick started again I was nominated to the Reader Problems Tag by the lovely GoodGirlKills over at Watchable/Readable/Loveable. If you don’t follow her already you most definitely should, she posts loads of reviews, not just of books but movies and TV as well!
You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?
Oh dear, such a difficult question to start off! I’m a notorious book hoarder and my TBR list is probably close to that already! I tend to try and finish the series that I’ve been reading recently, or something that everyone is talking about so I can find out what all the fuss is about!
I have to finish it. It may take me a month or a year, but I will finish.The only book I think I ever gave up on was How Late it was, How Late by James Kelman. I had to read it for a Scottish literature module at University and I just hated it. I am determined that one day I will go back and finish it, but I doubt it will be any time soon haha.
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?
I would maybe read some shorter books in my TBR pile, as I said the list is endless so there’s always bound to be something on there that’s a short one. I like to complete my Goodreads challenge, although it’s currently December and I am a little behind, but now classes are finished I’m sure to catch up!
The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?
This used to really bother me, I liked to have complete sets but as my book collection grew it wasn’t really cost effective, so if I see a book in a second hand bookshop I tend to buy it, regardless of the cover. As long as it’s in good condition I don’t mind the edition. I think the moment I stopped bothered was with Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles. Seriously, my copy of each book in the series has a different cover!
Everyone and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feeling?
My boyfriend is very picky about the books he reads and so I would probably bond with him over it. If not there’s probably someone online who shares my feelings, that’s the great thing about the book blog community! There are quite a few series I am not fond of and so it’s a great way to hear different people’s opinions, you never know I may even change my mind!
You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?
Oh gosh, I suck it in and try not to weep, probably close the book and do something else and then when I get home I’ll have a right good blubber. I cry at most books so I’m a pro at waiting till I get home. Also I read the entire of The Fault in our Stars at home, because I knew there was just no way I’d get through that in public.
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?!?!?!?
My friends and family will tell you I’m always filled with the best intentions to reread the whole series before the new one comes out – I recently got Clariel by Garth Nix and I am determined to reread the whole series before I read it. It’s like a ten year gap since the previous one came out and I definitely do not remember what happened. I often get distracted or just given in and skip to the sequel though, I don’t always have the time to do a full reread unfortunately 😦
You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?
My close friends have very different taste books so I don’t tend to lend them books anyway, my family know how over the top I get if the book gets damaged (page folders are the devil) and so they tend not to borrow books off me anyway, if they do they tend to be extra careful!
Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?
I tend not to go through many reading slumps but if I do I go for something of a completely different genre, so maybe if I’ve picked up and put down lots of fantasy novels I’ll go for historical fiction or something. That or I reread something I just adore, like Harry Potter or A Song of Ice and Fire, which I actually just started rereading!
There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?
Goodbye bank account. I have absolutely zero willpower when it comes to buying books. If any of the authors I love have a new book out, I immediately have the itch to buy it. In fact my family tend to put me on a book buying ban during term time so that I stay focused, although it means I have plenty to read over winter and summer break!
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?
A while. It depends on how many books I have on my review pile before I get to anything else because they take priority. They probably sit on the shelf longer than I’d like, but hey I am a book hoarder!