Reader’s Problem Book Tag

So I saw this tag over at the The Irrelevant Bookworm and loved Rosaline’s responses. It made me excited to give this a try! I love reading about other people’s book habits and thought it might be fun to share my own. Without further ado…

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

This is something I’ve considering writing a discussion post about but since I’ve never written a discussion post before (and am quite nervous about writing them) I’ve been avoiding it. I’ve been a reader for as long as I can remember (literally) and I had never noticed that I read in terms of cover colour. It’s only since I’ve been blogging and collaging images of my current reads that I realised they ALL MATCH IN COLOUR for certain periods of time.

I thought maybe I was just un-intentionally picking books like this until I went back on to my Goodreads Reading Challenge and realised I’ve been doing this THE WHOLE YEAR without noticing it. I could have been doing this my WHOLE LIFE and NOT HAVE REALISED IT. The only exception I’ve been able to find in this is if I’m reading a series back-to-back. Does anyone else do this too?

Exhibit A: Third week of August Reads

Exhibit B: My Current Reads

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

I’ll quit. Life is WAY too short to read something you’re not in to. Plus, it may not be a forever type of quit. I might just not be in to it with my current mood and will probably come back to it later when I’m feeling more inclined. Reading is meant to be FUN and it’s my escape time from everything else in the world. I enjoy just relaxing and reading something I’m interested in.

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?

Honestly, this is my first year of doing a Goodreads Challenge but I’ve never really had a problem not reading enough. I get through about a book a day generally. If anything, I think I read TOO MUCH and it takes away some of the balance from my life… like socialising with REAL PEOPLE instead of characters. They’re my friends though!

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

I don’t cope. I can read them if they’re in ebook format since it’s less obvious but if they’re in paperback and hardcover sitting on my shelf… I’ll probably give away/sell the different ones and buy a complete matching set.

5. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

Ooh this one is easy! Nen haha. She loves a good book rant even more than me! We often have very similar thoughts on issues after reading hyped up books (we have the same pet peeves…) so it’s nice to have someone else who will generally agree with my complaints on a book.

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

I stop. It’s not that I don’t think people should cry in public… it’s just that I’m a terribly ugly crier. My face goes tomato red and splotchy. And then I try to hold my crying in (if that’s even possible) and my face contorts. It’s not a welcome sight!

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?!?!?!?

Oh man, this has happened to me so many times. I generally ADORE re-reads… I think they make up around half of the books I read in a year but for some ODD REASON I don’t enjoy re-reading books before a sequel.

Even if I’ve forgotten the plot I’ll just barge straight on. I’m likely to remember it as I go along and if not… at least I can have an objective view on the characters without too many lingering feelings for them. It’s like experiencing the series for the first time again and I generally enjoy it. Plus, if it’s a good series I’m bound to read them all in sequence again anyway.

8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

I actually love sharing my books! I don’t think I’d be able to say no to someone else who wanted to experience it! I mean… death to them if they ruin the book… but they’re always welcome to borrow one (at least once haha).

9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

I generally will re-read my favourite series to get out of the slump. These usually are the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Immortals After Dark and Psy-Changeling. They always work like a charm to bring back my reading mojo!

10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

I’m a frugal gal at heart so majority of the books I read come from the library or secondhand stores. I do tend to still buy quite a few books but a brand new book doesn’t appeal to me in the same way an older one does (even if they end up costing the same). They lack the used texture and slightly frayed edges. I’m not in to pristine books. They should be well- used and loved.

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?

Ooh I’m so so guilty of leaving books for months, if not years, on my shelf unread. I tend to not prioritise them over library books (which have a deadline!) as I think they’ll always be there and I can get to them later. This ends up turning in to a REALLY LONG TIME for majority of the books on there!

// do you have any of the same reader habits as me? how do our habits differ? //


18 thoughts on “Reader’s Problem Book Tag

  1. LOVE your answers!!! And omg definitely do discussion posts!! You are more than capable Jen and your voice and opinions are as important as anyone else out there. I know that I can’t wait to read all it is you have to say on any bookish topic <3333 :)))))

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    • Thanks Emer, you’re too kind!! ❤ I think I'm going to try my hand at one this week. You've helped me to not be as nervous about it and try to just see them as any other post. Thank you for your support!

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  2. I’ll quit. Life is WAY too short to read something you’re not in to. Plus, it may not be a forever type of quit.

    *stands up and claps*


    why waste your time on something you don’t love?! there’s so much out there.

    and i’ll definitely try your reading slump idea…that’s a good one. love your answers.

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    • Thanks Amanda! I’m glad that you aren’t shy to put books down if you’re not enjoying them. What’t the point otherwise? 😛 I hope the reading slump idea works for you!


  3. Oh my god !! It’s true that all the covers have the same colors!! Wow, that’s insane .. I’ve never seen anything like that before. Which is also pretty cool too- though I can’t say i’ve done that xD consciously or not.

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    • I have to admit… it freaked me out a bit when I first realised it 😂😂 it’s certainly not a common thing. So far, I haven’t found anyone else who does it but hopefully one day I’ll find a similar reading soul! Thanks for commenting! 🙏 Jen

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  4. Hahaha I’m also guilty of buying ebooks if the books in a series don’t match (looking at you, The Diviners!) And how amazing is it to have a fellow bookworm to rant to?! I’ve actually ranted to Nish at uni about books that have made me mad & other people have overheard & joined in on the conversation – it’s SO satisfying hahaha 😂

    💛 Ngoc

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    • I know exactly what you mean Ngoc! 😂 I can’t count the number of times being a book lover has saved me from being the loner in a room. There’s always someone to chat to and rant about a book! I’m glad I’m not the only one who buys books if they don’t match! 😄💙 Jen

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