As the title suggests, I have been nominated to discuss my reading habits. I would first like to take the opportunity to give a big “Thank You” to Charles French for nominating me for this challenge.
The rules are simple, answer a bunch of questions about your reading habits and then nominate a bunch of people to do the same. Don’t forget to tag the person who nominated you!
OK! And now for the questions:
You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?
This is actually an extremely interesting question for me. I frequently find topics that I want to read about and find books to add to my TBR pile. I have a hard time deciding what to read and generally start more than one book at a time. In terms of deciding what I want to read, I usually go through phases of genre or topics that I like. I am usually reading at least one book about zombies, one or two books in various topics such as watches, autobiographies of crime bosses, etc. and at least a few “guilty pleasure” books. With this said, I have a long TBR pile, and a long list of books I am “currently reading”, and it generally takes me a while to finish reading any one book, as I frequently find myself board and like jumping from book to book. So really, I don’t have any rhyme or reason to how I choose books, I just add things that I find interesting.
You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or commit?
I have a hard time with this, mostly because there are certain things that I just can’t get past. If I have committed to reading the book for a review I will likely stick to it, but if its a book that I have picked up for pleasure, I think it depends on why I am not loving it. historical inaccuracies are a big one for me, I will likely put a book down if I come across any inaccuracies. But, if its just a part of the book that is not entirely interesting, I might continue reading to see if it gets better. I know my books aren’t always right in the adventure of it all, and I know that I would want readers to give me the chance of developing into a well rounded novel, so I try to give others that opportunity as well.
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 know some of you may hate me for this, but I’m not actually a big fan of the GoodReads Challenge. I read for pleasure and to escape into another world. By having a goal of how many books to read, I feel trapped, I get antsy and I stop reading all together to avoid the likely failure. I read on my own time, in my own way. I don’t usually read very many books in a year (actually thats a lie, I have no idea how many books I read in a year…), but the books that I do read I greatly enjoy.
The covers of a series you love DO. NOT. MATCH. How do you cope?
I don’t usually pay too much attention to the covers of books. Although, I must admit that now being an author I realize that many people DO judge a book by its cover. Occasionally I see a cover that I love, but if book covers don’t match, it does’t exactly bother me.
Everyone and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?
My wife and I tend to have very similar feelings about books. So usually, if I don’t like a book that is seemingly loved by everyone, I will see what she thought and discuss this with her. In fact, I have turned her on to a few of my author friends that I have met through here and she has really enjoyed their books.
You’re reading a book and you’re about to start crying in public. How do you deal?
Well…to be honest, I don’t think that has ever happened to me…I have randomly jumped up in a Starbucks when something really great has happened in a book…I usually just pretend like I jumped up to go to the bathroom…
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 think this depends on how long it has been since I read the first book. If I feel like I remember the majority of the book, I will skip to the sequel, knowing that as things happen it will remind me of what happened in the previous book. If I don’t remember the first one, I will probably skim it to remember what happened.
You don’t want ANYONE borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people “nope” when they ask?
I don’t like to loan people books often, I have found in the past that they don’t always get returned in the condition that they left it, or returned at all. I don’t always have people ask to borrow my books, but if I am concerned that I would not get it back I just simply say “I don’t loan out my books”. However, because I tend to just buy books when they catch my eye, I tend to have multiple copies of books, and in that case I would have no issue loaning out a book.
You’ve picked up and put down five different books in the past month. How do you get over the reading slump?
I don’t really consider my self as having reading slumps, I read when I want and don’t read when I want. I purely think that the concept of reading is done for pleasure and should be done on your own terms.
There are so many new books coming out that you are dying to read! How many do you actually buy?
Well, I think this depends on my financial situation. Both my wife and I like reading and buying books, but we don’t always have the money to. Sometimes, it’s best to wait and see when you can get it at discount.
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?
Generally books sit on my shelf for a long time before I get to them. I am constantly finding new and interesting things to add to my TBR pile and therefore, it is quite lengthy. Books that are sequels jump to the front of the list, along with books that I have been asked to give reviews on.
Alright, Now For The Nominees: