I’ve been tagged by Tony Talbot to answer some bookish questions. When is that not fun? Here we go …
You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?
That doesn’t sound too far from the truth! Disappointingly, I’m actually quite a slow reader. Seems odd for a writer, because I do read a lot, so you’d think I’d be faster at it by now. Unfortunately not. I mentioned this to my sister once and she asked, do you read slow or do you think slow? And I was much happier to accept that as the truth. I can read words fast but I like to mosey around the word gallery, taking my time, pausing to consider all the angles, what it meant to the writer and what it means to me.
Consequently, I’m generally cautious about adding books to my TBR pile, and only do it when I’m super keen. Then I try to be really structured about the order in which I read them, taking from the bottom of the pile so everything is read in the order it is added. Sounds great in theory, but sometimes I jump the queue when I just can’t wait any longer.
You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or commit?
I used to commit no matter what, because I have a really hard time not finishing things I’ve started. But I’ve wasted far too many good reading hours on books I don’t like, so this past year I’ve actually resolved myself to giving up halfway if I’m not enjoying it.
The end of the year is coming and you’re so close yet so far away on your Goodreads Challenge. Do you quit or commit?
I’m too scared to commit to a Goodreads Challenge because I know it would destroy me if I couldn’t complete what I set out to do! Theoretically I’d commit, even if it meant I couldn’t sleep for an entire month.
The covers of a series you love DO. NOT. MATCH. How do you cope?
Hahaha, this destroys me! Worse than the covers not matching would be the size of the book not matching! I’m not a big fan of hard covers because they’re so darned heavy, but the thought of having one hard cover and two paperbacks would send me loopy!
Everyone and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?
I tend to see it as my personal duty to convince everyone who loves it why they should hate it! Maybe they can see the fire in my eyes and decide it’s not worth debating. Most of them give in and silently nod (probably wishing they could punch me in the face).
You’re reading a book and you’re about to start crying in public. How do you deal?
Sunglasses. It’s so chic.
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 summary on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?
I try to avoid series until I know they’re finished to avoid this problem. I don’t have a great memory so I’d probably have to re-read.
You don’t want ANYONE borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people “nope” when they ask?
Tell them to get a Kindle. Happy to lend virtual copies 😛 Actually, in reality, I’d probably lend it despite the risk of not getting it back, or getting it back torn apart. I just get too excited to share the experience with someone.
You’ve picked up and put down five different books in the past month. How do you get over your slump?
This hasn’t been a problem for me so far. I’ve always read through slumps and eventually they fade away.
There are so many new books coming out that you are dying to read! How many do you actually buy?
I can easily resist buying digital copies but if I go the book store I’m in trouble!
After you’ve bought a new book you want to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf until you actually read them?
Could be anywhere from a week to a year, it depends how many others are next in the queue!