Book Reader Problems Tag Post

I am determined to make the most of my week off before I start my new job next week. So I am hoping to post at least one post a day.

For today’s blog I have come across a tag that I fancied doing.

I found this on Booklovingnut‘s page. Have a look at their blog!!

This is the Book Reader Problems Tag

So here we go:

1. You have 20,000 books in your TBR, how in the world do you decide what to read next?

I tend to pick up the book that I fancy at that particular time. If I am not in the mood for it I tend to struggle with it.

Saying that I also I have book jar. I intend to read at least one book from the jar a month. However, it is important for me to state that this does depend on my monthly plans. The books included in my jar range from classics that I just haven’t gotten to, to new releases.

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you put it down or are you committed?

I have a theory. Time is too precious to waste (Yes. I know it’s not specifically mine but it is a good one to live by).  Why should I read a book that I am not enjoying? I believe that time should be spent reading the books you enjoy. You never know they might end up on your favourites list in the end and you won’t regret it at the end.

3. 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?

It doesn’t phase me if I have not reached my target goal by the end of the year. Anything could have happened to take your reading time away from you. Take last year for example. I lost two members of my family in a short space of time. I didn’t have the time to read. With travelling between home 1 and home number 2 and work full time in between I had no time to myself. What little time I did have honestly, I didn’t want to read. How can you expect a person to complete something like this when there are genuinely more important things going on in their lives?

4. The covers of a series you love do not match, how do you cope?

This one is super easy to answer. I don’t!  I recently persuaded my mum to read a series so that I could switch the books over before she started reading them just so my series matches. The perks of having family in a different city. I suppose. You can’t really lend and borrow books.

5. Everyone and their mother loves a book that you do not. Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?

I don’t tend to bond with people. Is this weird? I appreciate everyone has different options and I respect those that others may have even if I don’t agree. I love it when others think differently as it starts so many conversations and debates.

6. You’re reading a book in public and you’re about to start crying. How do you deal?

I’ve been on the metro on my way to work when this has happened so many times. I tend to stop reading and call someone to distract me. I usually ring my sister. We can chat for a while once we get started so it is easy to avoid crying in public.

7. 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?

It depends on how much time I have spare. Most of the time I don’t have a minute to myself so I’ll read reviews and synopsis’ online to recap.

8. You do not want anyone to borrow your books, how do you politely say no when someone asks?

I live too far away for my family to borrow books and I live with my husband to be so I have nothing to worry about there as he doesn’t read (as irritating as this is). If friends ask to borrow my books I tend to refer them to the used section on Amazon as it’s cheap. I don’t lend my books out to many people. There has to be a strong trusting relationship before I would maybe consider it.

9. You have picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over this reading slump?

This depends on how bad the slump is or what has caused it. Recently, I have started asking for recommendations from others. I will ask them to tell me their most recent 5 star read to see what all of the fuss is about. 

Moreover, romance or contemporary are great genres for me to go to when I’m in a slump as they can be quick and easy to read.

10. There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read, how many do you end up buying?

It depends. On payday I tend to preorder / buy any books that I really really want. If I’m short of funds I will wait. This is not an issue for me. I suppose this one of the perks of buying a house and having a wedding to save up for. I can no longer be irresponsible with my pennies.

11. After you purchase all of the books that you’re dying to read how long do they sit on your shelves before you get to them?

This also depends on what I am currently reading.

I am not going to lie there are books from series’ that I have started and loved over the past few years and the new instalments are still on my TBR shelves untouched. I’m a proper mood reader. If I don’t fancy it, I won’t read it. This is why I introduced the book jar into my life so there is at least one book a month that I have to pick up to clear the shelf. Though I am beginning to think the shelves will never be clear.


Please copy this tag and post it yourself. I’m really interested to see what fellow readers are like in these situations.

Lucy xx




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