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The Reader Problems Book Tag. 

Hi everyone! 

I want to start this post with an apology. For a multitude of reasons my blogging has been rather sparse as of late and I am sorry about that. I’m not going to start reeling off all the details as to why I haven’t been blogging much these last couple of months, but what I do want to say is most recently it’s been because I’ve been sorting out some very exciting things! And although at this stage I can’t say too much until I’ve got all the right confirmation, I didn’t want to say nothing at all and leave you in the dark. So stay tuned! 2017 is already looking pretty peachy from where I’m standing. 😁 (More on that as it develops. *squee*)
So for now  I’ve decided to do something a little different. As I’ve said before I love reading and discovering other blogs, so I was very happy when Between The Pages’ Reader Problems Book Tag post landed in my inbox.  I instantly loved the tag and decided to give it a go. Here are my answers and if anyone else fancies doing this tag, go ahead, but be sure to link me to it in the comments. 😊

The Reader Problems Book Tag.

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

I feel like this question isn’t at all hypothetical. 😂 As soon as I finished the book I was reading I would walk over to my bookshelf and pick whatever book took my fancy in that exact moment. This may be influenced by the last book I read and what I thought of it or by what I’m currently writing or by the current season or by what is currently in media etc. However, I have seen on Instagram people who use jam jars filled with all the books currently on their TBR pile written on pieces of coloured paper. Whenever they need to decide what to read next they just pick one at random from the jar. I think this is a super cute way to organise your reading life. 

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

I quit. I have a shelf on my Goodreads for the books I “started but never finished”. Life’s too short and there are so many books out there. Don’t force yourself to finish something you’re just not into when you could be starting something you’ll love. 

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

Again, I’ve been here. I do try and catch up, even if I fail trying. (I feel like this is the first year I’m actually on track to finish my challenge! 😁) How? I read children’s books. Usually they’re shorter and easier to read. 

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

Surprisingly, I’m ok with this. It is annoying but, especially now I have a Kindle, I find that my series’ are in different formats, let alone have different covers. I think things will be different though when I get my new bookcase and my shelves turn into more of a display. I’ve asked for the new covers of the Mortal Instruments series for Christmas purely because I think their spines are really pretty. I think I won’t feel the same way about this question come next year. 😋

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

I find it difficult to read in places where I don’t have quiet, so I hardly read in public. However, if a book has the power to draw that kind of a reaction from you I believe, let it out, it’s a compliment to the author. I deal by always carrying a pack of tissues. 

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?

I’m a slow reader, so I tend to just dive straight into the sequel regardless. If I’m really struggling, I’ll flick back through the previous book to jog my memory but I won’t read it again cover to cover. I’d like to, but it would end up being like a month until I got to the new the story and if I was super excited about it, I’d get impatient. 😋

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

E-books have got me out of this dilemma so many times. Haha! I normally say I’m lending it to my Mom/ boyfriend (which is true 90% of the time!) Then take note of what book it is and buy it them as a gift. 

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

I do something else creative to help boost my imagination. If I’m not reading, I’m writing. If I’m not writing I’m knitting. I’m blessed with more than one hobby, so if the first one doesn’t work I move on to the next.

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

I have soooo many books already that I do have to restrain myself when book buying. I’ll probably choose the one I’m most excited about and buy that one. (Unless there’s an offer on at the book shop and then it would be rude not too.) After that I tend to watch the price of the e-book and wait for a baragain or check out my local library. 

After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf for before you get to them?

It depends. I was super excited for Red Queen, but it’s still sitting on my shelf right now. However, I read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in the week after I got it. Again it depends on my mood and the time I have to spare as well as any external pressures like the likelihood of spoilers. 😱

And there we go. Hope you have fun doing your own tag and that you enjoyed reading mine. 

Speak soon! 

– B xo


Briony Marshall is an author from the West Midlands in the UK. She is a graduate from the University of Wolverhampton with a degree in Creative & Professional Writing with English. Briony currently lives at home with her Mom, Dad, Fiancé & fur brother: Bob the Dog. When Briony is not writing, she’s crafting and when she’s not crafting, she’s drinking coffee. Her debut novel, cosy, romantic, knitting comedy: Unravelled, is available now and Briony looks forward to the adventures this new chapter will bring.

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