I have a weakness for bookish tags, don’t I? I love them. They’re so much fun! This one comes from Cait @ Paper Fury – she didn’t tag me, but she DID say that we should feel free to steal it!
1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?
I have 700 books shelved as “to-read” on Goodreads. I don’t have a specific plan of attack, though. Rather, I just read whatever looks good. Sometimes, a shiny cover attracts me. Sometimes, I think, “Well, haven’t read much science fiction lately. I’d better find some.”
2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or commit?
I usually commit. I don’t know why. I’ve wasted so much time on books that bored me…
3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close yet so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up, and how?
Honestly, this seems highly unlikely for me because I read so much and so often. But if it DID happen, I would definitely try to catch up – probably by blowing off all my other responsibilities such as schoolwork and chores in order to read as many books as possible!
4. The covers of a series you love DO. NOT. MATCH. How do you cope?!
Pffft. It’s STORY TIME WITH ENGIE, everyone! Gather ’round and I’ll tell you a tale. Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, I decided to buy Derek Landy’s entire Skulduggery Pleasant series. They’re excellent books, but there’s a lot of them – nine books in the series proper, plus a novella and a collection of short stories.
I did not want to spend gazillions of dollars on these books. So I ordered them from AbeBooks.com, a fantastic used-book online marketplace.
And now, within that eleven-book collection, I can spot SIX different cover designs. Hardly any of them match! Additionally, some of these books are hardcover editions, while others are paperbacks. (And one was mailed to me without its dust jacket. I’m sure it feels quite naked.) Some of the books are taller than others, too.
And you know what? I REALLY DON’T MIND. When I was little, it used to bother me if the books in a series I owned didn’t match, but eventually it didn’t matter to me so much. Now I’m just happy to own the books – you can’t find Derek Landy’s books at any bookstores around here. At best, you’d have to order them from the stores’ websites, and like I said, that was really expensive.
5. Everyone and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?
Even if almost everyone loves a particular book, there will always be a few who don’t – so I talk to the friends who share my opinion, or I read the one- and two-star reviews because I generally agree with them! For example, I found a Goodreads thread for people who disliked The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and was relieved to know that I’m not the only one who doesn’t understand all the hype. (I’m not so happy about some of the comments on that thread, though. The conversation often gets derailed by fans who want to argue with us. Just… no. Stop.)
6. You’re reading a book and are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?
I don’t usually read in public… because my parents think it’s weird and antisocial! (So I’m actually more likely to cry in public because I don’t have a book.) But when I do manage to sneak a book into my purse and it makes me sad, well, I just go with it. After all, there are weirder things to do in public, right?!
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?!
First, I’d cry in frustration. Then, if I had time, I’d reread the prior novel. If not, I’d just find a description on Goodreads or ask one of my friends who’s also read it to provide a quick recap. (Because my friends are awesome that way.)
8. You do not want anyone, ANYONE, borrowing your books! How do you politely tell people “nope” when they ask?
I would hit them over the head with a book and knock them out cold.
I’m just kidding. I would never do that. I’m not a very violent person. (Except, perhaps, when it comes to reading looooooong high fantasy books where the body count is almost higher than the page count.)
Actually, unless I really really REALLY love a particular book, I’d let people borrow my books. The problem, of course, is that I don’t usually buy books unless I love them, so most of the books I own ARE my favorites! But I do have some books that I only liked, and those were generally bought at library book sales and the like.
9. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?
I am experiencing a reading slump right now and I DON’T LIKE IT but I’ve learned to just wait it out. Eventually, I do find something that looks good to me and then I devour the whole book in about an hour.
10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?
As I wrote above, I don’t usually buy books unless I love them, and that obviously requires reading them first! So in this situation… I probably wouldn’t buy any. Not right away, at least. I’d borrow them from the library!
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?
HAHAHAHAHA. For a ridiculously long period of time, probably. A few months, at least. I have a short attention span when it comes to books.
- Matt @ The Little Engine That Couldn’t
- Artgirl @ Alien Cows
- Orphu @ A Mirror Made of Words
- Taylor Lynn @ Paper Daydreams
- Chloe @ Free As A Girl With Wings
And as always, feel free to A) ignore this tag if you’re not fond of them or B) answer these questions on your own blog even if I didn’t tag you!
Well, that’s all I have for today, readers/minions! QUESTION TIME: What are you reading at the moment?