It’s always so hard to choose which tag to do next. I usually have a few of them lined up and I try to make sure I don’t do two in a row that are too similar. When I came across the Book Reader Problems Tag on The Book Nut, I couldn’t resist doing this one.
You have 20.000 books in your TBR. How do you decide what to read next?
I’m not saying I ~literally~ have that, but I think it’s kinda close. I am really a horrible person when it comes to my TBR: I always favour new books over the ones I already have lying around. So I have a TBR that has books added to it years ago, which I still haven’t read. If I do decide to read from my TBR, it depends on what I am in the mood for. I don’t have an order, because I read what I like and whenever I like to do it.
You’re halfway through a book and just not loving it – do you put it down or are you committed?
I put it down. If I am not enjoying the book I’m reading, and if I’m not reading it for academic purposes, I don’t see the point of it. Also, if I really struggle to finish a book, I will always associate that book with not-fun-reading and never go back to it. Considering that it’s always possible I’m just not in the mood, by putting it down I’m giving myself a chance to like it on the second try.
There is, of course, the other scenario in which I already know I’m not going to want to read it later. Maybe it’s because the writing is bad, the plot is predictable, or I dislike the characters. That are usually not things that will change over time. If I do want to know how it ends, I speed up my reading. I will skip over non-relevant parts to surmise what will happen and read the ending. If I don’t want to know how it ends, I’m sorry. Life s too short to read bad books.
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 am doing a reading challenge, but it’s purely to see how many books I read in a year. Otherwise I can never keep track, and I just want to know how many there are. I read because I love reading, and I want to enjoy the books I read. They are for my personal fulfillment, stimulation and relaxation. Sometimes it means tearing through a story, sometimes it means savouring one. A book comes as it comes. If I rush through for the sake of a tally, I’m defeating the point of reading as a whole.
I know that there are people who read comics or short stories specifically to get them over the top. To me, that’s cheating while there is no one you’re competing with but yourself. You do you, of course, and maybe it’s because I’m in my early thirties and look at life differently. I’m quite confident in my ability to read. Also (not unimportant) I’m really not into comics, manga or short stories – the option is easy to resist even if I would get competitive. I haven’t yet, though. I set myself at 90 at the beginning of the year and I’m lucky if I get 60. I’m at 57 and reading a loooong book. Not putting it aside, though.
The covers of a series you love do not match. How do you cope?
Hmm, badly I think. I like it when things fit. Not so much that I will re-buy a series to get them all to match, but if they don’t match up it would still annoy me whenever I walked past the book case. And if I did find one in the right cover, and I had money to spare, I might buy it and replace the non-matching one. But there is a lot in my life that doesn’t fit, and sometimes you need to learn to embrace it. At least I have the entire series at home and can reread it whenever I want, right? That said: if I’m buying the series new, I will wait a bit longer for the right edition if necessary – no need to actually INVITE chaos into your home. ,
Everyone and their mother loves a book that you do not. Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?
My brother. He’s usually more critical of books that I am, which means that if I dislike something he will probably agree. And even if he doesn’t, we can always fall back on each other when one of us needs to gripe about something. The other will just be supportive and accept the rant.
You’re reading a book in public and you’re about to start crying. How do you deal?
I just silently cry. No one is paying attention anyway and if they were, I’m never seeing those people again. I’m a big believer of feeling your emotions – it is part of the reading experience if you want to experience fully. Same goes for laughing, by the way. Although silent laughing is a lot harder than silent crying, I’ve noticed.
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?
First of all, that would never happen if it’s a book I love. Secondly, I always reread. I love rereading the things I adored the most. And I usually don’t need an excuse for it! But yes, if a sequel comes out, I always go back and reread the entire series again. What better way to get in the mood for a sequel than with the rest of the series?
You do not want anyone to borrow your books. How do you politely say no when someone asks?
This doesn’t really happen to me, but I’m a big fan of saying “I’ll bring it with me sometime!” and then never actually doing it. I have a terrible memory, so I’m just one of those people who always forgets to follow through. In this case, on purpose. If I ever had someone standing in the middle of my room, picking up a book and asking me if they could borrow it… I would politely say “I’m sorry, I have lent books to people before and it gives me anxiety, so I would rather not.” But honestly, I would lend a book to some (well, 3) people. I do always have to remind them to give them back, though. But at least they are respectful with the books.
You have picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over this reading slump?
I reread one of my favourites. It is the perfect recipe for getting out of slumps, even if it means I will spend a few weeks on rereads if it’s an entire series. It’s perfect if you want to continue reading, because your favourites are always a sure bet when it comes to enjoying them. And as a tip, go back to some childhood favourites. It really makes you relive that part of your youth – if you’re like me and are the kind of reader who pours their heart and soul into a book.
There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read, how many do you end up buying?
You’re serious? All of them. I never know what I will be in the mood for at what time, and I will 100% buy them all anyway. I best get them all into my house before the paycheck runs out.
After you purchase all of these books you’re dying to read, how long do they sit on your shelves before you get to them?
Totally depends. I can read it the same day, a week later, a month later, or keep it on my TBR for a year. If I want to read a certain book, that is the one I will pick next. I have sat down to start reading immediately, and I have put them on the shelf for when I would get in the mood for it. So… it depends on the book, the mood and the circumstances.