Reader Problems Tag

I love watching tag videos on BookTube, and have been writing posts on tags whenever I feel inspired to do so!  The Reader Problems Tag was created by About to Read, and you can see the original video here.

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?
I've tried all kinds of things, from TBR jars to having my husband pick my next book. I've tried sticking to TBR lists too, but in the end I just pick what I'm in the mood for. Sometimes I have to pick up and put down a few books before I find something that sticks.

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?
Definitely quit. If I can tell that I'm just not in the mood for the book, I'll set it aside to read at a different time. But if it's a book that just won't work for me, I have no problem DNFing the book. Life's too short to waste time reading books that aren't my cup of tea!

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've purposely set my Goodreads challenge way lower than I need to because I don't like the pressure of trying to read a certain number of books by the end of the year. So, as a result, I'm never behind!

4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?
It bugs me but I wouldn't waste money replacing the books of the series. Except Harry Potter -- I'm on a mission to acquire all of the original Canadian hardcovers.

5. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?
Hmmmm.... I have similar bookish taste with Jessica @ Novel Cravings and Lauren @ Lose Time Reading, so chances are I'll be able to chat with one of them about the book.

6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?
I'd just go with it! This has actually happened to me on a ferry with Jodi Picoult's Nineteen Minutes and it ended with a sweet little old lady sharing her chocolate and Kleenex with me.

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?!?!?!?
It depends on my love for the series. Sometimes I'll re-read it, but other times I'll just look up a synopsis online and then dive in. If it's been a long, long time since I read the series, and I've lost interest in the series, I'll just move on with my life.

8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?
I don't mind lending out books, but I'm always cautious about lending books to people who know how to take care of their books. I lent a book to a coworker once whose cat knocked over a glass of water and water damaged the book, like the book would never lay flat again because the pages were utterly warped. While I understand that accidents can happen, this coworker returned the book without even acknowledging the damage or apologizing, just said "Thanks for lending it to me; it was pretty good." Needless to say, I didn't lend any other books to her.

9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?
This happened to me a couple of years ago, and it was AWFUL. In all honesty, I just stopped reading altogether. I watched a lot of BookTube, binge watched Dance Academy on Netflix, and reading was there waiting for me when I was ready to come back.

10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?
I buy the books that I know I'll love and want to cherish forever. Generally, I research my book purchases pretty well, so I have a pretty good idea ahead of time that it's a book that I'll love. If it's a book that I'm not sure about, I'll borrow it from the library instead.

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?
Honestly, since I'm such a mood reader, it totally depends. I've read about half, or a little more than half, of the books that I've bought this year. I'm pretty proud of that, and I know that the books that I haven't read are the ones that I just haven't been in the mood to read just yet. But they're there and they're shiny and pretty and waiting for me when I'm ready.

And now the fun part -- I tag Jessica @ Novel Cravings and Lauren @ Lose Time Reading, since I mentioned you both in my post!



  1. I've tried doing a TBR jar too, but it never helps! I'm a mood reader, so I guess I just have to go with the flow, because if I don't, I usually end up picking something up and putting it down a few pages/chapters in!

    1. Ahhh, the curse of the mood reader! I'm famous for picking up and putting things down until I find something that grabs my attention too =)

  2. Sadly my TBR jat has sat upon my shelf for two years now. LOL.

    1. I finally tossed all the slips of paper in mine a couple of weeks ago, because I know that the number of books is so outdated. BUT, I still want to make another one. Sucker for punishment?


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