The Reader Problems Book Tag

By Angela Maria Hart

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

I do not have a system for reading books. Sometimes I buy a book with every intention of going right home to read it. Then, life happens and I need to allocate my time elsewhere. Other times, I put them aside until I can read the book in its entirety in one day or evening.

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

If I am invested in a book, I am not putting it down. In the past, I have stayed up until 4:00 or 5:00 in the morning to finish a well-written novel.

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?

I just started taking part in the Goodreads reading challenge. I’m not behind, but if I were, I would try to catch up. A goal is a goal and it should be conquered!

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

When book covers do not match, I hide them in my bookshelves (on the bottom shelf).

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

As a reader, I try to focus on the positives and not the negatives. If I really did not enjoy a book, it is my opinion. I’m happy they liked it!

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

I cry in public. Sometimes book emotions need to be let out. This is truly a reader problem non-readers do not understand. But, as a literature lover, I have had this issue numerous times.

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?!

If a sequel is released and I do not remember the prior story, I will probably reread it. But, that being said, I have a good memory for books I truly enjoy. If I don’t recall the story well, then I may not want to read the sequel.

8. You do not want anyone borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

People who know me well enough, know not to ask to borrow my books. I write in the margins and include post-it notes over dialogue and passages that struck me while reading. Those are my personal reactions for my private library.

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

I do not have reading slumps! If I pick a book up, I will finish it.

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

I love the world we live in! Books are always being published that I genuinely want to read. I will buy some of them on Amazon (and by some I mean a majority of them) and a few at local bookstores. I then add the ones I did not physically buy to my to-be-read list on Goodreads.

11. 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?

This is a difficult question to answer. The amount of time certain books wait to-be-read varies for a number of reasons. I’m a graduate student, so if there is a project or conference coming up, then they may have to sadly wait a little longer.