Reader Tag Game

Yesterday a fellow blogger and nano writer posted this to his site with his own answers. My thanks for giving me something to post today. https://thephantomchild.wordpress.com  if you want to check him out.

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

I don’t have 20, 000 books on my TBR list. In fact I try not to have a TBR list. I read based on what appeals to me at the moment I want to read. Even when I am researching like a mad woman, my TBR only includes those books I am actively pursuing from the library, ie on a wait list for or have ordered them to my branch.

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

I never say quit. What actually happens is I put it aside. I actually have a pile under my bedside table for these books. I pretend I am going to pick them back up some day and read them through. In reality what happens is they sit there partly read until they collect dust (this is assuming they are not public library books)and then I get irritated with the clutter and move them up to the library. There they sit until I realize I have run out of room on my shelves and then they get purged for trip to the used book store where I sell them back for more books to read. If they are public library books then they sit half read until the next week when I go to library and quietly return them.

3) The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, yet so far away on your Goodreads Reading Challenge. Do you quit or commit?

I don’t have a Goodreads Reading Challenge. It sounds suspiciously like a TBR list. I don’t do those.

In fact I don’t even have a Goodreads account. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone.

4) The covers of a series you love DO. NOT. MATCH. How do you cope?

blink, don’t even care. If the words are good, nothing else matters.

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

laughing. I rarely find myself reading what other people do. For example, Monday at my son’s co-op another mom saw my book and went “oooh, Death by Chocolate, that sounds delicious.” So I show her the whole cover, where she reads that it’s actually about a Victorian serial killer who used chocolates as her delivery mechanisms in Brighton. Her face fell. “I thought it was a cook book or something.”

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

Books rarely make me cry but if they do, I go for it. Why not. Most people don’t think twice about what others are doing anyway.

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 the synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?

God this is embarrassing to admit but…even when I remember exactly what happened in the previous books, I still read the whole series over again prior to reading the new book. Yes, I read all the Harry Potters each time a new one came out before I read the new one. Each time.

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

Um, I actually love to loan my books out. I keep a list of who has what, so I can be sure to get them back.

9) You’ve picked up and put down five books in the past month. How do you get over your slump?

This is also mildly embarrassing to admit but when I am in a “nothing reads good” slump, I read Agatha Christies until it passes. Sometimes it takes me reading every mystery she ever wrote. But it always works.

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

I only buy that which I cannot get at the library. Or that which I cannot live without once I have read it from the library.

11) After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf until you actually read them?

laughing, they don’t. If I’ve actually been waiting for something to release, I’ve usually pre-ordered it and will clear my schedule to the best of my ability to binge read it. If it’s a sequel I will have already read all the others to be waiting when the UPS guy knocks on my door with my new book.

If you feel like answering these questions will fill a hole in your blog this week or you just want to laugh while you write, I did, then consider yourself tagged. Answer on my friends.

2 thoughts on “Reader Tag Game

  1. Great questions! Here are my answers

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

    I don’t do a TBR list either. I’ll read whatever suits me at the time, and I have no problem with reading a couple of chapters of one book and putting it down to immediately read a couple of chapters of another book. Also, some books just work better in different environments. A book I would read on the couch is likely to be more demanding, and more rewarding, than one I would read on the bus. And I have yet to find a book I can read on a plane without having all of the joy sucked out of the experience due to all of the distractions and noise.

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

    Quit. The world is full of wonderful books, no need to stick with one that just isn’t for me.

    3) The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, yet so far away on your Goodreads Reading Challenge. Do you quit or commit?

    I don’t need an artificial challenge to urge me to read, so I don’t have a list.

    4) The covers of a series you love DO. NOT. MATCH. How do you cope?

    As long as all the books fit on my bookshelf it doesn’t matter. And any book can be made to fit on a bookshelf.

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

    Even if I don’t always like the same things other people like (and who does?), I can still relate their feelings towards their book with my feelings towards one of my favorite books.

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

    I’m about to do what now?

    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 the synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?

    Yes, no, no, and no. Some books are even better on a second reading because I can pick up on more details, foreshadowing, etc. than I did the first time around.

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

    “I should warn you, however, that I have several volumes devoted to curses for people who don’t return books”
    “I’d like to borrow those, too”
    — Steven Brust

    But honestly, why not share a good book?

    9) You’ve picked up and put down five books in the past month. How do you get over your slump?

    Visit a different library; clearly I’ve read all the good books at the one I’ve been frequenting.

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

    Not many. I tend to get most of my books at the library or as legitimately free ebooks.

    11) After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf until you actually read them?

    If I’ve reserved a book at the library, I’ll probably be reading it in the library or in my car in the parking lot before it has a chance to get home.

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