Thursday, January 29, 2015

Reader Problems: Q&A

I loved this question set shared by Cait at Paper Fury. I'm going to share my own answers here!

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?
OK, it's not quite 20,000, but I do have 371 books on my to-read list right now. I consider this a reasonable amount given that I read 100 books a year. (Then again, a good chunk of those are book club reads not off my to-read list, so it will likely take me more than four years to get through everything on my list.) Books that fit with one of my goals for the year go to the top of the list. I use the Wish List feature on OverDrive to mark all the books I want to read, so when I need one to read next I'll just go to the "Available Now" tab of the Wish List and pick one. I'll also put a hold on whichever is most popular (has the most holds), so I'll read that when it becomes available.

2. You're halfway through a book and you're just not loving it. Do you quit or commit?
I used to never quit reading books, but as time has gone on I've determined that my to-read list is too long and my time is too valuable to waste it on books I really don't care to finish reading. In most cases I'll still finish a book — if it's a book club read, or a classic, or a bestseller everyone's talking about — but if it's a book I picked up randomly and I feel like I'm forcing myself through it, I may just let it go. Last year, I abandoned The Monuments Men and Mo' Meta Blues each halfway through, and The Coldest Winter Ever maybe a quarter of the way through.

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?
This has yet to happen. Last year my goal was 52 books, but I had already reached 60 about halfway through the year, so I upped the goal to 100 and ended up reading 120. However, I kept it at 100 for this year and I'm just barely keeping up so far, so we'll see how it ends up going.

4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?
This is how my Inkheart series is, with two in hardcover and one in paperback. It's annoying, but I buy so few books as it is that I'm not going to buy another copy of a book just to make everything match.

5. Everyone and their mother love a book you really don't like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?
One of the great things about book club is that there's usually at least one other person who shares your feelings, or will at least agree that the parts you didn't like weren't that great. If it's not a book club read, then I'll often skim the Goodreads reviews to find some people who had the same reaction I did (and maybe put it into words better than I could).

6. You're reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?
It's been a long time since this happened; books rarely make me cry, and I read at home most of the time. If it's a book where I have to know what happens next, and I'm among strangers (like on public transportation), I'll probably just keep reading/listening and let a few tears out. But if I can wait until I'm home, or I'm around people who are going to have a strong reaction to me crying, I'll put the book down right away.

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 a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!
It depends a lot on the book. When the third Thomas Cromwell book comes out, I don't feel I'll need to reread the last book because the events of the first and second books were fairly independent from one another, so I imagine the third will be the same (and it's based on history, so I can always Wikipedia the real story to get caught up again). But with The Madness Underneath, I'll probably reread The Name of the Star first because I'm guessing there will be a lot of carryover from the first book and I'll have to remember who everyone is to know what's going on.

8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. Borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?
Eh, I'm OK with people borrowing my books, even though I've had a number of books got lost or ruined. It's more important to me to share the stories with people than to keep my books in pristine condition. On my Delicious Library software I can mark who's borrowed a particular book so I know where it is if I'm ever looking for it.

9. Reading ADD. You've picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?
Umm... I don't do this. I'm generally reading three books at once (hard copy, ebook, and audiobook), but I won't pick up another one until I'm done with one of them. If I'm terribly bored with all of them (but determined to finish them for one reason or another), I'll try to power through whichever one I'm closest to finishing so I can start on something new that I really want to read.

10. There are so many new books coming out that you're dying to read! How many do you actually buy?
Probably none. I rarely buy books unless I get a gift card to a bookstore. I'll just put them on my to-read list, put holds on one or two at the library, and then read them whenever they manage to come up in my queue.

11. After you've bought the new books you can't wait to get to, how long they sit on your shelf before you get to them?
A long time, since I'm usually trying to finish book club reads and books due back to the library at any given time. I bought Hyperbole and a Half last year and haven't gotten to it yet (in part because of my 2014 reading goal), but I hope to read it soon once I'm done with this month's book club books.

How do you cope with these #BookwormProblems? What other problems do you run into as a reader?

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