Reading is a pastime done for entertainment. So it should be stress-free, right? Well, it’s not. There’s a lot of shit involved in reading. This tag addresses many of those things. How do I deal with reader problems? Well, let’s find out!
- You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?
I go with my gut. This may sound cliché, but that’s how I roll. Whatever calls out to me the most is what I read.
- You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?
I quit. DNF-ing books is good for your health. I will never again force myself to finish a book I don’t like.
- 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?
Last year I tried to catch up and I just met my goal. This year I made my goal ten books. That way I can read however many books I want with no stress involved.
- The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?
I don’t. If I’m ever able to, I may get new copies so my whole series matches, but it’s not a requirement. My editions of The Young Elites are all somehow all different sizes. Don’t know how that happened, but it makes me twitch whenever I see the series on my shelf.
- Everyone and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with overshared feelings?
Hopefully I’m able to find someone who agrees with me. Otherwise, I just rant about it on my private Twitter account.
- You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?
I try really hard not to. I hate when people see me cry. Fortunately, I rarely actually cry when reading, so this isn’t a problem I have often.
- 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?!?!?!
I guess it depends. Sometimes I reread the previous book, other times I just find a summary. There have also been occasions where I decided to just wing it and read the sequel with no prep. This was a mistake. Always at least find a summary of the previous book. Always.
- Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?
I either keep trying books until I find the right one or I reread an old favorite. Usually that’ll pull me right out of a slump.
- There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?
If I’m at a bookstore, usually buy around four or five books. If I’m buying online, I usually only get two or three (never one because free shipping, you know). I choose based on the ones I want most.
- 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?
It depends. Sometimes I read them right away, sometimes it takes months. Hell, I have a few books that have sat on my shelves for years. It all just depends on when my gut tells me to read them.
How do you deal with any of these issues? Tell me about it in the comments!