As much as I love writing, I am totally into reading as well. Whether you’re a real bookworm or some sort, you can’t deny the fact that there are several common reading problems that could distract our own precious habit. Total ‘head-scratchers’ as what I like to call them. As much as possible, I try my hardest to stray away from the tough part when I get into my reading moment. If you’ve read a lot, you may have also stumbled on some odd quirks along the way.
I’ve first seen this tag on Katytastic’s vlog and I am actually pleased to learn that I could totally relate to all of the problems. This was originally created by Tiffany from youtube and I thought that this may as well be the first book tag for this site.
FYI: I have hopped on, by myself, in this tag for fun only. I know that tags like these are for ‘tagging’ the persons you want to take on the challenge—so if you’re reading this, feel free to join in, link in your blog post and tag some friends to do the tag!
Here’s my Reader Problems Book Tag:
1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?
I would be torn, to be honest. (20,000? Holy crap—that’s A LOT) But seriously, I would choose from the genre that I feel like I am more leaning on to at the moment. It’s more like if I’m in the mood for romance, historical fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, etc. If, for example, I went for romance, I would choose from the teen, young adult, and so on. The other option I would choose from is by weighing the synopsis if it’s a feel-good, heavy or that sort. The other option (a much proven choice) is based on how high it is rated in Goodreads (being very mindful of the spoilers, of course). Basically, the two main categories that most readers choose from are the classics and the mainstream/hyped ones. Sometimes though, as what I have noticed, I delve in for the “in-between”—the ones which doesn’t have that much following but has very remarkable reviews. A lot of the in-betweens are much better than the hyped ones, mind you.
2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?
I would usually drag another chapter or two if I feel like the book has lost its appeal to me. After that, I absolutely would mark it as DNF. There are lots of books to still be read and it would be a waste of time to still continue.
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?
Yes, I do. The most effective strategy, I think, is to create first a priority TBR list. That way, I would not be torn to choose from a lot of books. Mostly it is made of series, trilogies, duologies. That way the continuation of the story is uninterrupted.
4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?
Here in the Philippines, the books usually arrive late. Plus, you’d definitely get a problem with matching the books in the series since most hardcovers here are limited only. It’s frustrating, I know… but I have learned my lesson somehow to just choose the paperback version—ones with the rest of the books of the series are readily available in my local bookstore.
5. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?
I only have a few friends who I can really consider as bookworms or book nerds (or whatever). Sadly, we all have different tastes when it comes to the books. There are rare times where we would agree to like a certain book from a given genre. Good thing though is that we can share about the books we spitefully hate and we could always talk about it openly over a cup of coffee or tea.
6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?
Crying in public is really not my thing. If I feel like a certain scene is going to hit me in the feels and crush my heart, I would instantly stop and wait for it to be read at home. I do all the crying in my room afterwards.
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?!?!?!?
I would be all of these—a total mess, I know. If I still have the time, I would re-read the book. If not, find the synopsis and my own personal review (usually found in post-it notes in between the pages or the back of the book).
8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?
I could never say no, to be honest. All I can do is to handle the book with care—basically like handling my own child with utmost care before I hand it to them. That adds up to the warning for them, and well, they get the point.
9. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?
I either binge-watch TV series (American or Korean shows); I also like to watch anime; I write. Whenever I need that boost for ideas, that’s where I go back to reading.
10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?
It depends on how badly I wanted the book. As much as possible, I try not to buy that much since there are loooots of books at home that needs to be read. There are some authors though that seems to be on my auto-buy list. I always keep myself updated and would then save up if initial reviews were outstanding.
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?
It depends on my mood. Sometimes I could pick it up right after I bought it or sometimes it would take month/s. The new releases would often tempt me to turn away from what’s supposedly next on my TBR. The thing I just do just to not spoil the momentary excitement is to read the current book as fast as I can so that I can go on with the next one.
So that’s it for this book tag! Hopefully, these will help you and me out whenever we have a reading slump. Also, here’s to hoping that we could finish our reading challenges for this year! Thanks for reading!