Reader Problems Book Tag

Hello everyone! I stumbled across this tag over at Thrice Read and it seemed like one of the more fun ones I’ve seen recently. I’ve always liked doing tags and love sharing with you all little insights about myself and hearing back from people in turn. Hope you enjoy!

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

I am completely a mood reader. Maybe one day I’m in the mood for a feel good romance so I grab a tried and true Nora Roberts off the shelf. The next day I have fury in my blood so I snag something more dark and violent. I read what I’m feeling, not what I told myself I’d read last week.

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

Hi, my name is Amanda and I am a self proclaimed DNF queen. If I’m not feeling it, I put it down. It is a choice to keep reading a book and if it doesn’t make you happy, why keep reading it?

The end of the year is coming and you’re behind on your reading challenge. Do you try to catch up? And if so, how?

I have not yet run into this issue. Each year for my reading goal I try to set something manageable and reasonable. Right now my goal is 45 books which is an attainable goal and I am content with that. I cannot see myself ever being one of those 100+ books a year readers.  

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

Honestly, I couldn’t care less. I read books for the story between the covers not to have pretty matching shelves. I am a mess of a person and my shelves reflect that beautifully in my opinion.

The one caveat to that is if a book has a spectacularly bad cover I tend to get the book as an ebook or audio so that I don’t have to look at it. I’m talking about you, Strange the Dreamer.  

Everyone and their mothers love a book that you do not. Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?

I post my thoughts on the book here on Literary Weaponry and put the review on the appropriate sites and move on. I’m not going to rain on someone else’s parade. If someone loves a book and I don’t, good for them. I’m glad they got something out of it that I didn’t.

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

Let the tears flow. I’m not much of a crier when it comes to books but if those tear ducts start to well up then so be it. It means that something has been impactful enough to cause that emotion and I’m not going to avoid it. If someone wants to judge me over it that is their problem, not mine.  

The sequel to a book you loved just came out but you’ve forgotten a lot of what happens. Are you going to reread it?

Often I will just go back and read my review of the previous book and likely skim a few other reviews. If it is a story I was REALLY into I may go back and reread the previous book but that is not my norm.

You do not want anyone borrow your books. How do you politely say no when someone asks?


It is really not that hard. No is a fantastic word that people seem to feel like they can’t use without some sort of long winded explanation. Guess what? You can. Just “no.” Two letters, one syllable. Can’t get much more simple than that.  

You have picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over this reading slump?

Don’t read. If I am in a reading slump then that is alright, I just won’t read for a week or so and there is nothing wrong with that. For most of the month of August I didn’t read and that was just fine with me. I wasn’t in the mood or the mindset to pick up a book. I read for enjoyment. If I’m not enjoying it why do it?

There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read. How many do you end up buying?

I’m not a particularly fast reader so I’ll just get one book, read it, and once I’m done with that move onto the next. I know week one sales and presales are important to authors but most people can’t afford to preorder books to their heart’s content.  

Ater you purchase all of these books that you’ve been dying to read, how long do they sit on your shelves before you get to them? 

I try not to let a book sit on my shelf too long before I pick up it up. I’m not always successful at that but I try. I hate the idea that money has been spent on said book and I have not yet taken the time to make use of it. Drives me batty.

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