The Reader’s Problem’s Tag is a tag in which us readers express our problems. Thanks so much to Michelle (The Writing Hufflepuff) for nominating us! Go check out her blog! (After you read ours. Hehe.) Let’s get started!
“You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?”
A: AAAAAACCCKKK!!!! 20,000 books? I hope not! That would take me a lifetime to finish. Anyway, to answer the question, I would just start with the books I had added first. And I would have to not even look at other books! Wouldn’t want to add to the crazy number…
N: Honestly, I pretty much do already. I literally have like forty books in my book basket right now, with new holds from the library coming in every day. Even I can’t read that fast. 😉 So to decide which to read next, I usually lay out all of my books (this takes really long time), and narrow it down to a smaller number, and then, I go with my gut and pick the one I really, super-duper want to read the most. Then, I go from there.
“You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or commit?”
A: Commit. Every time. Why, you may ask? Well, maybe it’ll get better later on, but even the books that I know just get worse I keep reading. I don’t like to leave loose ends. However, if I didn’t like the book I probably wouldn’t keep going with the series.
N: Depends on how horrible it is. 99.9% of the time I’ll commit, but sometimes the book is horrible I’ll burn it. (Just kidding, I would ever do that, even if it is a waste of paper.) Most of the time I’ll actually end up liking the book. I’ve only ever read a few books that I didn’t really love, so I don’t have much experience in this area.
“The end of the year is coming and you’re so close yet so far away on your GoodReads challenge. Do you quit or commit?”
A: Oh man. Absolutely commit. After all, there’s no way I’ll stop reading for the rest of the year. If it really gets close, I’ll cheat and read shorter books!
N: Of course I commit. Why would I quit? I still love reading the books and I’ll do it because I enjoy it. Deadlines are stupid.
“The covers of a series you love DO. NOT. MATCH. How do you cope?”
N: I don’t. I scream like a banshee, unleash a river of tears, and fold into myself like a hermit. Not really, but I’m still really upset. I’ll usually talk to Amy about it because that always makes me feel better.
“Everyone and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?”
A: Nikki. We almost never have different opinions when it comes to books.
N: Amy. We almost never have different opinions about anything. Except for maybe fashion… come to think if it, we’re really different, and we don’t fight too much. (I can count the number of times we’ve fought on my fingers.) Anyway, you probably don’t want to hear our life story, but my point is: Amy is my best friend and I tell her everything, especially when it comes to book problems.
“You’re reading a book and you’re about to start crying in public. How do you deal?”
A: Um, sorry, but I can’t relate. I’m never in this situation. I’ve been told I have no heart. Seriously, my fingernails are always blue and I didn’t cry reading Allegiant. I cry inwardly. It’s a skill.
N: If I really need to cry, I’ll do it. I’d rather cry than have a big lump in my throat all day. This happens to me I lot. Like, a lot. I don’t really care what people think of me, and I’m crying for a good cause. If people stare at me, I’ll stare back. If they ask me why I’m crying, I’ll tell them. It’s no big deal.
“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 summary on GoodReads? Cry in frustration?”
A: Um, probably just stumble through. Yep, that’s it.
N: Same as Amy. This happened to me during The Heroes of Olympus series and the Lunar Chronicles. I mean, I would have to wait a year for the next installment, so by then I’d forgotten all about it. I hated it so much, but eventually I regained all my memories.
“You don’t want ANYONE borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people “nope” when they ask?”
A: This is totally my situation! Actually, I never say no. I just say like, “Yeah, you can borrow it sometime!” They eventually just forget about it.
N: The kids at my school don’t read, like at all, so I don’t usually stumble upon this type of situation. So… yeah.
“You’ve picked up and put down five different books in the past month. How do you get over the reading slump?”
A: Slumps are the worst! *slumps* Usually I watch a whole lot of Drop Dead Diva and then I try picking up an easy read.
N: Like, Amy, I usually do something else. That something else is usually watching T.V. Or listening to music. There’s nothing Fall Out Boy or Sleeping with Sirens Fortunately, I’ve only ever had a few of these slumps and they usually pass quickly. The cure is a good book you’ve been dying to read, or a classic you’ve read over and over again.
“There are so many new books coming out that you are dying to read! How many do you actually buy?”
A: I’d love to say all of them. But there’s not enough money in the world. No, I’m a big supporter of the library. But I also buy the top three.
N: My dad says I can’t buy anymore books because I already have so many, therefore I am also a huge supporter of the library. If Amy buys some books I want to read, I’ll borrow them effective immediately.
“After you’ve bought a new book you want to get to, how long does it sit on your shelf until you actually read it?”
A: Um… I usually buy two books per trip to Barnes and Noble. (I live in a smallish town) Often, I read the first on the way home (I enjoy spending the day with my mom) and the second… well, maybe two months later it will get read?
N: I’m going to change that to “After I check a new book out from the library I want to get to, how long does it sit in my book bin until I actually read it?” Well, it depends on how many books I already have.
And that’s the Readers Problems Tag! This has been fun! And our nominees are: What About That Book, Pink Polka Dot Books, Becca and Books, Reading is Dreaming with Eyes Open, Great Imaginations, and the rest of our fantastic followers who are currently reading this! You know who you are! Once you read this, you can’t stop. Don’t be a coward. I can’t wait to see how you guys solve your problems! I hope you enjoyed this tag! Let us know if you’d like to see more stuff like this on our blog, or you can tell us if you totally hated it. Until next time!
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