The Reader Problems Book Tag

Hello everyone,

I hope you had a fantastic weekend! It is time for another book tag, and I have come across this one on several other blogs, most recently on LauReads. If anyone knows who created the tag, let me know!

Here are the questions…

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

I wrote a discussion post back in February about how I choose my next read, and there are a lot of things I take into consideration.

I mostly decide based on what are my most anticipated reads, and which books that I have owned/been on my TBR the longest. Add to that the fact I also like to read a range a genres. It does not make the decision any easier!

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

I hardly ever DNF books, but if I was to reach a stage where I was really not liking the book and it hardly had any redeeming features, I would probably put it down.

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 would definitely try to catch up, and that is why I avoid setting myself really high reading targets as it adds unnecessary extra pressure. My 2019 Goodreads challenge is 50. 🙂

If I was behind, my ways of catching up would be to read some of the shortest books on my TBR, and spend much more of my spare time reading.

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

I can cope with it, but I won’t pretend it is not a little frustrating! When I keep a series books lined up together on my bookcase, I love the aesthetics of seeing matching covers, and without them it is not quite the same.

It happened recently with the Cormoran Strike series. The covers for the first three books all matched, but when Lethal White was released it had a cover inspired by the television adaptation. It is a nice cover, but it looks slightly out of place!

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

It has to be my friend and fellow blogger Gem. We have a similar taste in books and often agree on things. On the few occasions we don’t agree, we still have very constructive discussions.

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

I don’t cry at very many books, but if this did happen in public I would not go out of my way to hide my feelings!

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?

Yes! If I have forgotten a lot of the first book and I am really looking forward to the sequel, I would definitely reread it. It would also fill me with even more anticipation for the sequel when it arrives!

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

It would have to be a very polite ‘no’, including at least one ‘sorry’!

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

I find that reading a genre such as YA helps me escape a reading slump as the writing style is often very engaging and easy to follow. If not, I would reread one of my favourite books.

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

I like to read my most anticipated new releases as soon as they arrive, so I do end up buying a fair few.

But equally, I am quite a patient in that I am often happy to wait for the paperback to be released before buying the book.

After you purchase all of these books that you’re dying to read, how long do they sit on your shelf before you read them?

I try to prioritise the physical books that I own, so there are never many books on my shelves that are left unread for long. I read most of them within three or four months of buying them.


I Tag


It is completely up to you if you want to this tag, but if you do please tag me so I can see your answers!

Happy reading 🙂

23 thoughts on “The Reader Problems Book Tag

  1. Ah, that Cormoran Strike cover! I’m glad i got book #4 on kindle, cuz it just wouldn’t look so good next to the rest.

    I have to admire your ability of reading those books you buy…i have some books i bought 5 years ago but haven’t felt like reading them just yet. I mean, i do want to, just not now 😀

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    1. Lethal White does look slightly out of place on my bookcase next to the rest of the series, but I had to buy the physical book!

      And thanks! Yes, I just don’t like the thought of books lying unread on my shelves for too long!


  2. I agree! It’s a little annoying when the covers in a series don’t match up on the bookcase. And well done for reading those books you buy within a few months! Thank you for the tag, Stephen! 🙂

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  3. Love this post! On the question on series, this is the reason why I rarely read series Unless it comes highly recommended by someone I trust and the series is complete haha I do make exceptions though! Same reason I write reviews so I won’t forget what I read 😅

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