Fun for Monday: The Reader Problems Tag

Fun for Monday

This is a tag that started over at About To Read, but I learnt about it from imyril who answered it more recently and I wanted in (I’m so sorry imyril! I’m such a copycat!).

I think I may be developing an addiction to tags, actually…



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

My favourite thing to do, and there’s rarely time these days, is to read the opening paragraph of a select pile of books that have caught my eye and see which book hooks me. Or, I like to scoop up something as absolutely unlike what I have just read as possible. Or, I read whatever I’ve promised to read next. Or, I read something because I’ve had an idea for a blog post … which doesn’t often come to anything because someone nearly always goes and writes the post I was thinking of writing before me (this literally happened a couple of weeks ago and I’m still bitter) and does it heaps better than I ever could have done, or I find that it’s not such a great idea after all and give up on the idea.

Did that even answer the question?


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

This absolutely depends on how I’m feeling. Sometimes I’ll put it down with the intention of giving it another go when I’m in a better frame of mind. Other times I’ll DNF and never think of it again. Because sometimes you’re just not loving what you’re reading right now, and other times you’re not loving what you’re reading full stop.


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’m trying to stop this kind of behaviour because it gets me all worked up for no good reason. My own Book Bingo cards were stressing me out for Pete’s sake! I’ve taken a leaf out of my friend S’s book and now set my Goodreads challenge counter to one book. I therefore achieved my goal in the first week of January *bows with a flourish* and don’t have to get all messed up about it in December which, for the record, is NOT and never will be a great month for me.

But, yes, to answer the question I did used to try to catch up. I’d look for the slimmest volumes on my shelves, see if a graphic novel or three would fit the bill, and generally wangle and finagle my way to completion. I’d have counted cereal packets and food wrappers if Goodreads allowed it. I had no shame.

Goodreads Challenge Owned
That’s right! I OWN the Goodreads Reading Challenge!


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

I have no real problem with this. I kind of like things to be mismatched. As long as I like the covers, matched or unmatched, I’m good.

I did have a (financially comfortable!) period in which I started replacing all my most battered and beloved copies with hardback or beautifully illustrated copies instead, but then the replacement books didn’t have any of the feel or smell or memories attached to them that my battered copies had. And as I reread as much for the sensory pleasure of the remembered volume as for the joys of the remembered story, I’ve stopped replacing my books.


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

Well before I started this bloggy business I just quietly seethed to myself.

Now I have all you wonderful people to share my booky thoughts with – hi peeps! *waves* – and you are all so fabulously diverse in your opinions that there’s always someone who’ll share a dislike for something that has otherwise been raved about.

So, the answer is YOU! *points at all of you*


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

If I’m going to cry nothing’s going to stop me! I do try to tuck into myself, pull my hood up, if I can. Thankfully, the general consensus in Britain is to leave others alone, especially if they appear to be in some sort of distress, so I usually pass unnoticed.

Mei Crying
At least, I don’t think anyone notices when I cry …


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?



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

I don’t think anyone has ever asked to borrow one of my books. If I have it and I trust the person, I’ll offer it out, (I’ve done this a few times with longstanding customers when we’ve no longer had a copy of a book in the library and I’ve never yet had cause to regret doing so).

My husband, Thumbs, has loaned out a few of his own books and not got them back, however. He’s a lot friendlier than I am in general and I think he does it to increase friendship, like in a video game, which is where he and I differ. If we’re not already best buds I ain’t giving you squat.


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

I struggle with the occasional Slump. And I don’t quite know how to get out of them – it just sort of happens. I try not to stress too much and tend to turn to binge watching DVDs or obsessive farming in Stardew Valley for a while. Then the hunger for stories just kind of creeps back and I’ll find myself sitting on the floor next to a pile of books somewhere and completely swept away by something. And that’s how I know the Slump is over.


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

As many of them as I can afford. Which right now, isn’t very many at all.

As it is I’m so behind on everything that it hardly matters.


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?

Anything between a day and … runs off to check … thirteen years. That’s how long Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill has been on my shelf. I bought it brand new in 2007. I remain unrepentant. There’s just so much to read, man.

Chito Reading





15 thoughts on “Fun for Monday: The Reader Problems Tag

  1. I wish I wanted to reread books, especially to jog my brain when the sequel is coming out, but for every book I reread, that’s one new, undiscovered book I’ll never get to read🙁 Ok that was sadder than I expected!

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  2. LOL, you had me with the British fear of comforting someone in distress! 😄

    I do love reading takes on tags, especially by people I already have a blogging relationship with as it creates a more complete picture of the in my mind.

    I very rarely re-read books; I’m usually too busy reading the ones I haven’t read yet! 😉

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    1. I like tags for the same reason. 🙂
      When I was very young my aim was to read all the books that had ever been written … now I’m just happy reading a mix of the new and the familiar. 🙂

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      1. What a gloriously impossible aim! 😀
        These days I just choose what I like, or expect to like, and re-read only very rarely, once or twice a year, books that have become friends over the years 😀

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