Book Tag: Reader Problems

This is a little different post than normal. No books to review just a fun post to share a little about me and meet more bloggers.  I have been tagged by Gayathri from Musings over Nothing to do a question and Answer session on Reader Problems. All I had to do was reply to the questions truthfully and tag friends who would be interested in doing the tag.


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

It depends on my mood, I guess. Sometimes, when I have a lot to read, I pick the shortest one or I look at how heavy the narrative is going to be. If it’s a heavy story, it may get put off until another time. I try to stay up on my review requests, but I have a hard time saying NO and then I get bogged down. I also look at the cover and the genre. I’ve been reading a lot of HEA lately and I’m a little bored with it. So those get moved to the end right now, but if I’m in a bad mood one of those might get moved up to the first place.  There are a few authors who will go to number one, no matter who else is on that list because I love what they write and I have a working relationship with them.

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

If someone asked me to read it, I always finish it except for two times. If I’m reading for pleasure, if I can scan the story to see if another section comes up that is better, then I will do that. If that doesn’t work, I stop reading. Life is too short to spend time on a book that is not doing it for you. I have gone back to try again with a few books and it’s worked. I just wasn’t in sync with the book the first time around. A couple of times, I watched the movie or TV show and I decided to give the book another chance because I liked what I saw.

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?

I go back and forth on the Goodreads challenge. I’ve not made it three times. I didn’t rush to catch up those years. However, I do like to challenge myself and see that number increase. I read a lot faster now than I used to so it is easy to get more read. Then sometimes I get a little obsessed because there are so many books I want to read.

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

This makes me bonkers. I don’t need to “cope” though. (I’ll let you in on a little secret- I have a fantasy to be on a cover one day. I want to be one of those a$$ kicking ladies who take on all sorts of evil in a wife beater and a tight pair of jean. I would also have long hair that always blows in the same direction.)

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

I recently joined a support group “I hate Jane Austin and that’s OK”. We have a lot of fun.

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

I don’t spend a lot of times in public places like coffee shops. Most of my time in public is normally waiting in the car for my kids to finish some activity or class. So I’m in my own world and I can do whatever I want. One time I was reading a fight scene and it was so well-written I actually started moving with the hero. I got some strange looks that time.

7. A sequel to 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?!?!?!?

I rarely read a book twice. I mean it has to be VERY good. The only series I have done this with was the Outlander Series. I love that series and so I think that had more to do with it than anything. I have a love/hate relationship with books in a series and this is one of the reasons why. I have, on occasion, created my own details to fill in the gaps if I needed to.

8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people no when they ask?

Not to be contrary to the question, but this doesn’t bother me. In fact, I have been known to give a book to someone because I think they need to read it and they haven’t even read it yet. I was a high school librarian for years and I enjoyed matching a reader to a book. I suppose in some ways I still see myself doing that. I guess you could call me a Book Matchmaker.  I also read a lot on my Kindle and it is harder to loan books that way.

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 turn to my favorite genre, urban fantasy. Give me a hot vampire or shifter any day of the week and I’m a happy reader. Or I binge watch a series on Netflix.

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

I can’t answer this because my husband reads my blog. So I will just use the international language of meme and you can interpret my answer for yourself.

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?

I tend to get to print books faster than e-books and I think that’s because it stare me in the face all the time. So a couple of weeks for print books. E-books I have some that are years old. Starting in October, I’m not taking any more requests for the rest of the year and I plan on working on my e-TBR.


Well, that wasn’t too painful. I tag the following bloggers:

Alison @ A.R. Beckert

Ashleigh @ Ashleigh Jayne Reads

Jenn @Bound to Writing 

Alisha @The Bohemian Housewife

If you are not tagged but would like to play, just let me know in the comments.





  1. Lol! First of all, all your memes are me, so thanks for that. Second, Jane Austen honestly bores e but I have been told it is because of my age. -Shrugs-
    I hate the fact that I buy books and am so excited to read them, but thne I have book buying issues, so I have about 4 other books…okay maybe 20, that I really want to read, so it’ll be there a while. I understand your pain in all of these.

  2. Great questions and wonderful answers too. I have re-read the first book before reading a sequel and just dived straight in. Depends on my mood and if I can wait that long to read the book.

  3. On the last one, I have 4 shelves. 1. books I really want to read 2. review books. 3. books I kinda want to read 4. my husband’s books. I have books on the first that I SUPER want to read but have been there for 3+ years. ahhh Love this post and I would totally do it 🙂

  4. I don’t usually reread books either. I feel like clues in a sequel will remind me of what happened and everything will be fine. And that has worked for me thus far! I would love a tag to do this post!

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