I spotted this tag on Hammock of Books and decided to give it a go!
1. You have 20,000 books in your TBR, how in the world do you decide what to read next?
I am completely a mood reader – sometimes I will anticipate a book for ages, then not pick it up to read straightaway when I do finally get my hands on it! I also have a terrible habit of putting off finishing a trilogy or series that I love because I don’t want it to be over…
I surround myself with books as much as possible, so something I want to read is never far away!
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 yet to DNF (did-not-finish) a book so I usually persevere to the end, even if it’s not a favourite. However, joining the book blogging world and being more aware of all the great books out there, makes me feel a little more resentful if I feel that I have wasted time on a book that I didn’t enjoy. Still, every book has some value, even if you don’t love it! In many ways, reading books you dislike hones your taste as a reader and writing style more than anything else!
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?
I have only recently joined Goodreads (just over a year ago) so have taken part in just two reading challenges. I have yet to be behind on a challenge, but I read tonnes of picture books in my line of work (teaching) and for enjoyment, so I could always quickly catch up by spending an enjoyable morning in the picture book section of my library or a local bookshop.
4. The covers of a series you love do not match, how do you cope?
I didn’t use to care at all about the covers of books and some of my favourite books from my childhood have truly terrible covers to modern eyes. The content is much more important!
However, it is nice to have matching or complementary covers. For me, more annoying than covers isn’t matching, is the height of the books not matching. I once bought a trilogy from Amazon and the middle book was a large paperback edition so has to live on a different shelf to Book 1 and 2. Terrible!
5. Everyone and their mother loves a book that you do not. Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?
Luckily, I have quite a few bookish friends so I would probably be able to find someone to have a moan to! Generally, I try to big up books I love rather than rant about those I don’t though. Unless there really is something truly problematic in a book, I always try to remember that a book represents hours of effort and tears from an author so I should be kind!
6. You’re reading a book in public and you’re about to start crying. How do you deal?
Ooh, this is a hard one and it happens to me quite a lot! Choosing a suitable book for a commute is really difficult – you need something which is interesting enough to hold your interest, yet won’t suffer too much from being interrupted for changing trains etc. It needs to be light enough to hold, ideally with one hand, and preferably compact. It also needs to have a cover that isn’t too embarrassing…
When I feel like crying, I sometimes have to take a break from the book to get myself back under control…
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?
Yup, most definitely! I know that there are a tonne of cool books coming out every day, but I have favourites that I will read and reread over and over again. One of my favourite series is scheduled to have five books and only three are out so far, so I will reread all of them before the fourth book comes out!
8. You do not want anyone to borrow your books, how do you politely say no when someone asks?
This is hard too! I love sharing books and book recommendations, but have been stung many times by people borrowing books and never giving them back. The worst, by far, was when I bought a series of eight books with my birthday book vouchers. I had already read them in the library, so immediately lent them to a friend, brand new and in pristine condition…I never saw them again! I guess that I would direct them to the library or buy them their own copy. Only a few, trusted people get to borrow my books now!
9. You have picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over this reading slump?
Usually by reading an old favourite! I have times when I read loads and other times where I don’t read as much, usually down to work being busy, but I have yet to be stuck in a reading slump for too long…
10. There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read, how many do you end up buying?
ALL THE BOOKS! I am trying my best to borrow books from the library rather than buying everything straightaway. Usually, however, I end up going and buying my own copy after reading the library copy, because I’ve loved it so much! When attending bookish events I always make a point of buying the author’s books, and perhaps a few extras, as publicists and bookshops base future events on the number of sales made – so, if you want more cool events, buy the books!
11. After you purchase all of these books that you’re dying to read how long do they sit on your shelves before you get to them?
It depends! It could be that they never make it to my shelves unread, but are instead devoured between the bookshop and shelf. In other cases, a book can sit there for a long time, especially, weirdly, if it’s a book that I’m really excited for as I am always scared of being disappointed!
Hope you enjoyed my answers and I would love to see yours – if you do this tag, please link back to me or post your link in the comments and I will definitely come and check it out!
Thanks for reading!