A BOOKWORM'S RELATIONSHIP WITH BOOKS ISN'T ALL SUNSHINE AND RAINBOWS
If anything, it's probably a slightly more dangerous life than ideal. This is obviously owing to our TBR piles and how they're out for blood. Either we're crushed by the guilt of not reading the books we were supposed to three Christmases ago or we get crushed under the tower of books in our sleep.
But! The problems bookworms face don't stop there! In fact, the struggles we deal with are numerous enough to create a book tag with. The 'Reader Problems' book tag is one that countless book bloggers and booktubers have given a swing and today, I will, too!
Every bookworm tackles these little dilemmas in their own way (though the process usually involves polishing off 7 slices of cake and procrastinating) as do I. But what are these dilemmas? Well...
I tend to lean toward genres I haven't read recently. If I've just finished a dystopian, I'll be more likely to go for a historical fiction or say, a fantasy. Otherwise, I stand in front of my bookshelves and wait for one of them to choose me. Sometimes my books like to remind me of who's truly in charge and I have no choice but to accept their decision. In those cases, I'll be inexplicably drawn to a certain book and I'll pluck it off the shelf.
This is an issue I rarely have to face because I simply can't bring myself to leave a book unfinished. If I've decided the book really isn't my cup of tea and I'm halfway through, I convince myself to stay committed 'til the very end. This is mainly because I, who refuses to believe that a book could ever let me down, want to give it a chance to throw one final twist my way. A curve ball! A surprise! Though I must say, if powering through really isn't worth it and reading's starting to lose its charm, I'll have to put it down. Good thing that rarely happens when you read, huh?
I don't let this happen. It's a crime of the highest order. It's sacrilegious. And yet, sometimes these things happen and there's nothing you can do but sob silently. And then buy the right cover, of course. We're not barbaric. I'll usually replace the cover that doesn't match as it's likely to be a single odd edition. They usually tend to be books bought because they were on sale and I didn't have the ability to pick and choose different covers and publishers.
Accept it! Write about it on the blog! Maybe a little review or a discussion post. We all like different things and no two people have identical tastes. A blog post usually does the trick, not only can I flesh out my thoughts and pin-point what exactly I wasn't a fan of, but I also discover the things I quite enjoyed.
Now, this is a problem if I've ever seen one. It happens every other month. What do I do? I'll probably read a few reviews of the prequel or even skim through the book. Or at least, that's what I'll plan to do. In reality, it'll probably join other sequels on my TBR and silently hope that I return for it. Which I will! Don't get me wrong! In 73 years, perhaps, but I most certainly will. Until then, it'll have to be content with watching me read every other book on my shelves. :D
Reading slumps are a bookworm's worst nightmare. I've slipped into plenty of slumps and climbed out of all of them, yet I can never seem to put my finger on how. The best way is to wait it out. There will be times where you just can't seem to read, the urge to pick up a book is non-existent and forcing yourself to read is futile. There's nothing to be done.
Once you've sat on the horrid feeling for a while, pick up a book you'd otherwise not opt for. I tend to favour a really light read when I'm wrestling a slump, a one-sitting sort of book. That way you can give reading a quick shot and if you're still not up to it, no biggie! But what you must do in a reading slump? Mope. Mope and mope. Show your books that you do love them and that this distance pains you. It's not you it's me.
Ha. This question. Or this threat, should I say? My TBR is watching me type this answer over my shoulder (or above my head, that pile of books isn't getting any shorter). I'd hope to get around to it in a week or two but I just know I'll suddenly develop a deep interest in every book but the new, shiny one. So, realistically, give it about 2 years? :D
WHICH READER PROBLEMS DO YOU FIND YOURSELF STRUGGLING WITH MOST OFTEN? HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH THEM? (AND HOW MUCH CHOCOLATE IS HARMED?)