I saw this tag over on A Little But a Lot and knew I had to join in! Make sure you check out Steph’s original post because her answers are great!!
YOU HAVE 20,000 BOOKS ON YOUR TBR. HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHAT TO READ NEXT?
I have this complicated system that involves the alignment of the stars, the outside temperature, time of day, and how long since I last ate.
But for reals, it’s complicated. Sometimes it’s a mood thing. Sometimes I pick off a TBR list I’ve somehow cultivated. Sometimes it’s because I have a review due. Sometimes I just grab whatever is closest. There is no set method.
YOU’RE HALFWAY THROUGH A BOOK, AND YOU’RE JUST NOT LOVING IT; DO YOU PUT IT DOWN OR ARE YOU COMMITTED?
I VERY rarely DNF a book. The reason is multifold, but a lot of it is pure stubborness and the refusal to let a book defeat me. Also, I am rather picky about what I read and feel like I am pretty well able to avoid books I won’t like. For example, if we look at my Year in Books last year, my average rating across 179 books was 4.3/5 stars. So….yeah.
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?
Well, I have never actually come to the end of the year and not already been ahead of my goal. I usually hit it sometime between October and November. I purposefully set it to a comfortable number so I know I don’t have to stress. That being said, when I want to increase my count for the month, I just read some easy contemporary books, which I can generally finish in a few hours.
THE COVERS OF A SERIES YOU LOVE DO NOT MATCH, HOW DO YOU COPE?
I don’t. I hate this so much. I will go out of my way to have a matched set, so for the-love-of-the-bibliophile-gods publishers, just do a full series reprint and I will buy them all again!
EVERYONE AND THEIR MOTHER LOVE A BOOK THAT YOU DO NOT. WHO DO YOU BOND WITH OVER YOUR SHARED FEELINGS?
I actually don’t usually need to fangirl or lament over books, so if I didn’t like a book that everyone else does, I just don’t join in on those conversations. That being said, I will always rant about The-Book-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named and Amanda (@frayedbindings) is usually down for that with me.
YOU’RE READING A BOOK IN PUBLIC, AND YOU’RE ABOUT TO START CRYING; HOW DO YOU DEAL?
I actually can’t think of a time this has happened? I very rarely am in a public place while reading, since I am a homebody at heart, so I am happy to say this issue has not come up. I *have* started crying in my car while listening to audiobooks, which is always fun when you are on your way to work and have to compose yourself first so you don’t look like an emotional wreck when you enter the office.
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?
Oh, I am that person who rereads all previous books before starting the new one. SO for super long series like Throne of Glass, I have read those first books so many times! This is part of why my TBR is so extensive, but it’s okay because I want to go into a new book with the freshest mindset possible! Good think I’m a fast reader 😉
YOU DO NOT WANT ANYONE TO BORROW YOUR BOOKS. HOW DO YOU POLITELY SAY NO WHEN SOMEONE ASKS?
I just never offer to let people borrow, and the VERY few people I do let borrow are aware that they are special. I will literally buy you your own copy otherwise. Oh, and I am fairly liberal among my bookish friend group when it comes to my kindle login 😉
YOU HAVE PICKED UP AND PUT DOWN FIVE BOOKS IN THE LAST MONTH. HOW DO YOU GET OVER THIS READING SLUMP?
YA Contemporary! I don’t know why these are my hangover cure, but they are. It’s probably the comfort of a good trope (or two, or three) and pretty much knowing what you’re going to get. Some adult contemporary works too, like anything by Nora Roberts.
THERE ARE SO MANY BOOKS COMING OUT THAT YOU ARE DYING TO READ. HOW MANY DO YOU END UP BUYING?
All of them. Literally. I have a one-click problem AND a FOMO problem AND take advantage of the Amazon Pre-Order Price Guarantee and pretty much pre-order everything that catches my eye.
AFTER YOU PURCHASE ALL OF THESE BOOKS THAT YOU’RE DYING TO READ, HOW LONG DO THEY SIT ON YOUR SHELF BEFORE YOU READ THEM?
It depends. Sometimes I read them right away, if its something I’m SUPER anticipating. Sometimes it’s a few weeks, or a month, or two months, or oh wait the NEXT book is coming out in three days and I still haven’t read the last one? Being a bibliophile is a tricky and complicated job; I can’t explain it.