Reading Habits

   I was nominated by Kayla Johnson (The First Twenty Rows) to share my reading habits. I want to say thank you to Ms. Kayla. I love talking about reading and books in general. If you haven’t read anything from Kayla I highly recommend checking her blog out.
   Without further ado, let’s get started!

1) You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?
   This is always a struggle for me. First, I start by deciding what kind of genre I want to read. This is generally an easy decision for me considering I mainly read Fantasy/Sci-fi, Thriller, and YA. Though occasionally I’ll reach for a classic work or Christian fiction, I generally grab a book from one the first three genres mentioned.
   After I decide what type of book I’m going to read, the hard part begins.
I can’t say I have this amazing system that works unfailingly every time. Because, quite honestly, sometimes I just grab the first book I see. However, I do sometimes go on YouTube or a book blog and read/listen to people’s thoughts on a particular book. If I like what they have to say, I’ll give their recommendation a try.
2) You’re half-way through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or commit?
   This is difficult. Honestly, I do both depending on the author, genre, and whether I don’t like it for the story or the writing.
If I hate the story but love the author I will stop reading it with the expectation that I will pick it up again in a year or so.
If I don’t know the author and dislike the story or the writing I will keep with it, hoping it gets better.

3) 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?
   To be honest, this is the first year I’ve ever had a GoodReads challenge. So I can’t really tell you what I would do. I think that I would have to prioritize. If something more important came up I would have to quit. However, it is always good to achieve the goals you set for yourself.

4) The covers of a series you love DO. NOT. MATCH. How do you cope?
   I am guilty of owning “ugly” or “mismatched” covers. The words inside are more important than the cover. That being said, it does bother me when the covers don’t match and/or are unattractive.
   I tend to just focus on the writing and story and try not to be too concerned with the covers. “You can’t judge a book by its cover.”

5) Everyone and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?
   I don’t really have anyone. If I need to rant about how bad (or good) a book is I will write about it on here or just talk to someone, who generally doesn’t really care.

6) You’re reading a book and you’re about to start crying in public. How do you deal?
   I don’t often cry, for any reason. I also don’t often read in public because there is rarely an opportunity for me to do so. For those reasons I have never encountered this situation. However, if I did happen to be in this sort of situation, I would probably stop reading until I knew my eyes were dry enough to continue, as to not cry in public.

7) You don’t want ANYONE borrowing your book. How do you politely tell people “nope” when they ask?
   I am happy to share my books with others, on the condition that they don’t dog-ear the pages and/or bend the spine back on itself. So again, I don’t really encounter this sort of situation.

8) You’ve picked up and put down five different books in the past month. How do you get over the reading slump?
   Ugh! I hate when this sort of thing happens! Oftentimes when I have this problem I will stop trying to read for a little while. Maybe focus more on my music or binge something on Netflix. And then I try again. If that doesn’t work, I will read some poetry until I get out of the slump.

7) There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?
   This question assumes that you have money. I, however, have very little. Because of this fact I often can’t buy books when they come out. If I had an infinite amount of money, though, I would probably buy all of them. If not the physical copy, a Kindle version (which is generally cheaper).

8) After you’ve bought a new book you want to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you actually read them?
   It depends on whether or not I’m already reading a book and what genre the new book is. Sometimes it never even touches my shelf before I start it but sometimes it sits there for years.

   I want to say thanks again to Kayla Johnson for nominating me.
I would like to nominate a couple people. You are in no way obligated to participate.
Every Book You Need to Read and More
Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Books

Here is a link to Kayla’s post.


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