Reader Problems Tag // Revisited!

Hey all! I thought it’d be fun to take a little walk down memory lane, all the way to 2015. It was called the Reader Problems Tag, and it was one of my earliest posts I wrote for Short & Snappy. If you really want to, you can check it out here to see what young teenage Madeline wrote (cringe ๐Ÿ˜…). As I was looking back on it, I noticed how much my reading habits and preferences have changed in seven years. (Man, seven years…) So I’m going to attempt to answer the questions again! Let’s do it. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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

First of all, my TBR has got to be at least 30,000 books by now, if not more. ๐Ÿ˜… The way I usually go about deciding what to read next really varies and depends on my mood. Sometimes I’ll pick one up at random, or if there’s a particular genre I’m really craving. Other times I’ll make a list that I hope to get through. It’s hard because the type of book I’m craving can change while I’m in the middle of reading another book, so I’ll end up reading like three books at a time. ๐Ÿฅฒ

Youโ€™re halfway through a book and youโ€™re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

This is a hard one! I have gotten way better about setting books aside that just aren’t clicking with me (I used to be so bad about just powering through even when I was miserable ๐Ÿ˜†). I’ve also gotten better about telling when I’ll really love a book based on genre, story, characters, etc. pretty early on, so if I’m not digging it right away, I’ll probably quit. As a practical step, if I’m not sure I like it, I try to give a book 50-100 pages to decide if I should keep going. But honestly, there are just too many books to muscle through the ones I don’t like!

The end of the year is coming and youโ€™re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

I have gotten so bad about just reading on a regular basis, honestly. ๐Ÿ˜… I’m lucky if I can get through twenty books in a year. I don’t really use the Goodreads reading challenge anymore, because I feel like it puts a lot of unnecessary pressure on myself, but if I am challenging myself, I try to be flexible with my goal. Reading is supposed to be enjoyable, and if I’m just reading to beat a goal, then that kinda takes the relaxation out of it, in my opinion.

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

This used to bother me so. much. when I was younger. Nowadays, though it still irks me, it doesn’t exasperate me as much. I think mostly because I can understand why covers change for marketing and reprint reasons. Cover changes mid-series, however…

Every one and their mother loves a book you really donโ€™t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

I usually just keep it to myself, ha. I’m not about to get into an argument over something that’s a matter of very subjective opinion. It’s not worth it. But if there is someone who agrees with me, then it’s nice to have that camaraderie. ๐Ÿ˜Œ

Youโ€™re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

I don’t cry when I read books. And especially if I was in public, I likely wouldn’t show very much emotion at all. But I guess if the book was super emotional and I was feeling the urge to cry, I would stop reading and get myself together, maybe take a break from the book altogether.

A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but youโ€™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?!

Okay, this is such an annoying problem. I already have the memory of a goldfish, so it is next to impossible for me to remember literally anything about the first book. If it’s a book I really love, oftentimes I’ll re-read it. I’m definitely not skipping the sequel, that’s for sure. I should try that synopsis trick…might come in handy!

You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

I used to be really against sharing books with people. Mostly my siblings, because I knew what they would do to them. ๐Ÿ˜‚ But now that they’re older, I don’t really have a problem sharing books with them. Plus, then I get to talk with them about the book! But if I really, really don’t want to share a book with someone…I think I would still just let them borrow it. It’s just a book…I tell myself as I imagine all the crinkled, folded, pages and cracked spine. ๐Ÿฅฒ

Youโ€™ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

This happens to me SO frequently lately. It’s like I have reader ADHD. The second I start a book, I want to read another book. Thus goes the cycle and thus comes the slump. I’m like a little child who gets what they want, but then they see their sibling with something and they change their mind. ๐Ÿ˜… It’s always great when a really awesome book pulls me out of a slump though. It’s the best feeling.

There are so many new books coming out that youโ€™re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

Necessity has put a slight halt to book-buying for me, but I still usually buy a book if I’m super excited about it, especially if it’s from a fellow indie author. ๐Ÿฅฐ If I could buy all the books I want, I would need to get more shelves…mine are already nearly reaching their limit…

After youโ€™ve bought the new books you canโ€™t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

I am so ashamed to admit this, but there are books on my shelf that I bought when I was 16 that I still have not read. I’m almost 22. ๐Ÿ˜… It’s bad, I know. I’m just such a slow reader! I didn’t used to be, but with different priorities now…it’s made reading an occasional thing. Which is honestly really sad. I miss being able to read for hours and hours, just totally forgetting everything else and being immersed in the stories.

all these lovely gifs are thanks to Tatiana on GIPHY

There you go! I hope this was entertaining for you guys! If you want to answer these questions, feel free to snatch this tag and do it for yourself! Thanks for reading! ๐Ÿ’–


13 responses to “Reader Problems Tag // Revisited!”

  1. This is such a fun taaaag!!! (And those gifs are ADORABLE.)

    Man, I related to this so much. I, too, have a seemingly endless amount of books on my TBR, don’t read nearly as much as I used to, AND absolutely have unread books that have been on my shelves for like a decade. *hides face* The struggle is REAL. And, oh man, reading sequels. My memory is the WORST so I will often have to reread the first book yepppp. ‘Tis a problem!

    This was just so relatable and a delight to read. Thank you for sharing! I may very well have to steal this one sometime! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. It was so much fun! (AREN’T THEY? <3)

      Well, it's good to know I'm not alone. XD Reading sequels has gotten so bad for me that I've sometimes resorted to trying to find standalone books to read because I know I don't have the memory for series or trilogies. XD

      Yay! I'm glad you liked it! I'd love to see it if you did this tag. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  2. I relate to so many of these! I loved reading this aaand the adorable gifs! Thanks for revisiting this and sharing! (And totally agree, I don’t do Goodreads challenges anymore, because reading should be FUN!)

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    1. Yay, glad you liked it! The GIFs are literally the best. โค (That's really nice to hear, because I sometimes feel bad about not doing Goodreads challenges, but I'm glad to know I'm not alone in my thinking. ๐Ÿ™‚ )

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  3. Oh my goodness, I totally agree with all of these so much!! This seems like such a fun tag, I may just steal it. Also the gifs are SO CUTE!!!! Where did you find them?!

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    1. Yay!! It’s good to know I’m not alone. ๐Ÿ˜€ It was really fun to do, totally steal it if you’d like! They are ADORABLE!! I found them on GIPHY by an artist named Tatiana Kawkaw. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. thanks for letting me steal it lol and I’ll be sure to look up the artist

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  4. You always have the best tags. I am definitely swiping this one for later. Y’know… when I start blogging again after getting out of editing purgatory.

    Love your gifs!

    I use the goodreads reading challenge, but the past couple of years I’ve been setting the bar suuuuper low, because I just want to have the “list of all the books I read” each year in a handy, easy to find format. I usually blow past my “goal” somewhere in May, so it’s very low pressure and it feels like I’ve accomplished something… and then I get the fancy “your year in books” stats in December, which I love. LOL

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    1. Haha, I’m flattered! For sure, feel free to do this tag! Ha, editing purgatory…such a fun place to be. XD


      That’s what I did for a while, like 10-20 books max. But it was becoming a big source of pressure for me, since I wasn’t reading as much, with school and life and such, so I felt like I was just failing year after year. So that’s why I stopped. But I’m glad it works for you! I will admit, I do miss having those “year in books” stats. ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. I actually just did this tag today and it was so much fun to see how our answers differed!

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    1. I just checked out your post and I loved reading through all your answers! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. I like the idea. Nice post. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Glad you liked it! Thanks for reading! โค๏ธ

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