I haven’t done a book tag for a little while so I welcomed this one when I noticed that Not Capulet had tagged me, so thank you for tagging me Juliet and let’s dive into the questions!
1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How on earth do you decide what to read next?
It all depends on what I last read. If the previous book I read was apart of a series then I will stick to that series, but if it’s the final book or simply a stand alone then I try and pick a book of a different genre to mix things up a little. If I have a new book I’m really excited for I will lean towards reading that one, if not and I’m really struggling to make a decision I’ll pick one that I’ve had on my TBR for a while.
2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or commit?
Again, it depends. If it’s something I’ve requested for review I will commit to it, although I might put it down for a while and come back to it again later. However, if I’ve bought it, I’ll try and stick it out, but if I’m really not liking it I will give up and similarly if I’m borrowing a book.
3. The end of the year is coming and you’re close yet so far away on your GoodReads challenge. Do you quit or commit?
Commit! I’ll try and read lots of small books to make up the numbers, then in the new year I’ll try extra hard to read some bigger books.
4. The covers of a series you love do not match. How do you cope?
By gazing lovingly at photos online of everyone else’s complete and matching book covers and hiding my mismatched ones at the back of my bookshelf.
5. Everyone and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?
Books are completely subjective which means that if you don’t like a book there is likely to be someone else who doesn’t like it too and with the incredible invention of internet they hopefully shouldn’t be too hard to find. Otherwise, I’ll just rant about what I don’t like to my mum even though she’ll have no idea what I am going on about.
6. You’re reading a book and you’re about to start crying in public. How do you deal?
Leave. Runaway. Call a friend who has read the same book. When I read The Fault in Our Stars I remember it being my third read through and I was in the library at college and my best friend at the time was texting me and I was geting to one of the sad bits so she rang me (don’t worry, I did leave the library).
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 summary on GoodReads? Cry in frustration?
The good thing about reviewing books is that if you have forgotten what happened in the previous book of the series you can go back and read your own review to remind yourself and hopefully it’ll prompt your brain. Of course, re-reading the book is desirable, but there never seems to be enough time.
8. You don’t want anyone borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people ‘nope’ when they ask?
Say yes then forget about it and never give it to them… MWAHAHAHA. That is my new policy though because I have too many experiences with people, even my best friends, borrowing books and I’ve either not got them back or they’ve been returned in less than the perfect condition I keep them in. If you want to read a book buy it yourself (that’s what I had to do).
9. You’ve picked up and put down five different books in the past month. How do you get over the reading slump?
Read a novella. Reread Harry Potter. Read some fairy tales. Basically, find something short and nostalgic.
10. There are so many new books coming out that you are dying to read! How many do you actually buy?
If they are sequels I buy them instantly, otherwise I’ll buy one or two at a time.
11. After you’ve bought a new book you want to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you actually read them?
This varies with all books. I’ve had books sit on my shelf for about two years before, though I think all my current books have been here no longer than a year now which is still pretty bad… But if it’s a book I’m really excited for then it won’t be sat on my shelf for very long e.g. Lady Midnight didn’t even get a chance to sit on my shelf before I read it.
Thank you again Juliet for tagging me! I won’t be tagging anyone myself, but feel free to do it yourselves, or even share your responses in the comments.