Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Reader Problems Tag

Hello readers,

Last week Merphy over on Booktube (I will link her channel here) tagged me to do The Readers Problem Tag, which I am obviously doing today (yes I am still short on reviews, I promise that after December things will calm down and I will be back as usual).
So let’s dive into it!

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

Well I usually have a TBR with books I want to read, which I update every year. I go through it and see which books I still think off and which I have forgotten about. Those forgotten about I usually throw of that TBR. And then I usually pick two to three books that speak to my current mood and order them to read in the upcoming month. And that’s what I basically do every month around the 15th. Books that I do not have on the shelf yet I cannot read. It’s that simple since the library is pretty far away.

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

If I really do not like a book I probably won’t even make it through half of the book. And there are so many books that I want to read that I do not any longer feel ashamed to DNF a book that’s just not my thing. It is also a reason why I have decided to take in less review requests (I literally have a waiting list at the moment only taking what I really feel for at that moment). I can’t however do that with required reading there I have to finish the book wether I like it or not.

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

I have never set a too high reading goal yet so I do not know. I think I just read and what gets read gets read and what not who cares?

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

I never thought much about my book covers before I found Booktube, etc. Of course I try to find matching covers but I also fall in the category of I can’t wait to read the sequel when it comes to some of my favorite series and the new buy then in’s three different languages depending on what’s currently out first and then they do not match. So I guess it doesn’t bother me that much after all.

5. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

Well I feel reading taste is individual as everything else. I am fine with people having different opinions so and I am fine having an unpopular opinion. I do not feel the need to bond with someone over this. I am however happy when I see people on Booktube or other book bloggers and readers sharing my opinion and having a conversation about it.

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

I usually tend to not read sad books in public. However laughing out loud while reading in public is not less weird...Just go for it. There are weirder things.

7. 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 synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!.!?!?!

When I really loved a book it takes years for me to forget what it was about or what happened. I remember books I loved really detailed for a long time so that when the sequel comes it has never appended that I needed to do any of the above.

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

Well most people who know me know I do not let people borrow my books if someone however asks I honestly tell them that I have bad experiences with borrowing out books and ask them to check with the library or another friend first.
Close friends and family however can borrow most books on my shelf.

9. Reading ADD. You have picked up and put down 5 books the last month. How do you get over a reading slump?

Well as I am currently feeling I am in a reading slump I would say I just read my required reading and read some pages here in there of my own choices. Problem for me in the last year was that I took to many books for review and had too much required reading. So it normally helped to pick up something from an author I was sure never disappoints me such as Camilla Läckberg.

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

Well I usually keep an anticipated releases note with my TBR. But since I do not read books while they are hyped the too buy list narrows itself down naturally for most of the time.
Its also mostly sequels of series I am reading that are on that list...so go with one per month.

11. After you have bought the new books you can't wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

I usually have a TBR of 4 to 6 books per month. Which is totally utopic with university going on but works fine during vacation (if I do not get sick). I mostly buy books in the middle of the month so they arrive before the next begins and then I read them. So maximum for books I bought myself are 2 to 3 month. For other books it depends on the spot they have on the list in my head. I have some books on my shelf that are and have been unread for years, but I have stopped buying books randomly as well as picking books for reviews randomly (too much pressure too little joy).

So thats it for today!
I hope you enjoyed this tag. Thanks again to Merphy for tagging me.
I wish you all a happy 2nd advent. And I see you again soon with another bookish post.

Take care,
📚Nadja


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Competitive Reading - A Wrap Up - New Books on my Shelf

Hello readers,

You may wonder “where is the Sunday review?” - Sorry not today.
I have seen a topic that has been discussed frequently in the bookish community.
Competitive reading or the pressure to read more, buy more books, etc.
Today I wanted to respond on it from my point of view.
I love reading books that I pick for myself or take a look into books people recommend me and I also like  reviewing books. This however can also make me feel pressured, but that is due to myself and not due to the bookish community! It’s goals I set myself and I am perfectly aware that I do not need to reach them.
This however is different for me when it comes to reading novels that are required for my classes. They are often books I would have never picked up, there are no fun to read for me and I need to read them in a hurry. So those books pressure me a lot and by that often slow down my enjoyable and fun reading, as well as my blogging. But over the last couple of months I have seen that I do blogging like my reading for fun and I rather skip a week of blogging than bringing you just something.
So my response is that it is not the bookish community that pressures or makes it a competition it’s a problem caused by myself (well and my studies).

With that said I want to move on to November’s Wrap up. I have finished three novels and am 530 pages into Jane Eyre.
First book I finished this month was Kallocain by Karin Boye, which is a dystopian and i read it for class. I do not have to say much to it. I think I rated it 3 stars because thinking about the time when it’s was written it was a really solid dystopian with many great aspect. So professionally rated 3 stars. Personally I felt the format wasn’t really my think and it was really slowly moving and since it was a must read that has been read in a hurry I didn’t really enjoy it.

Second book I finished was German Autumn (Tysk höst) by Stig Dagerman and another book for class, while being forced to read this this one actually read really fast and was really interesting. The writing style made it easy to understand while at the same time painting a realistic picture of the situation.
I rated it 4 stars.

As per usual I do not review books I read for class. There are too many negative personal emotions towards the book that actually most times have nothing to do with the book but more with the situation I had to read them in.

And the book I picked for myself in November was Madam Tulip by David Ahern, which I have an in depth review of on the blog under the review tag.

As for Jane Eyre I wanted to finish it in November but with the beginning of the third part I needed a break from it and picked up Touch by Claire North. I am about 50 pages into that one.

I decided on not doing a December TBR. It is a stressful month with lots of required reading. So I rather wanted to let you now about the new books on my shelf because those are the ones I am most excited about reading. Besides Touch I picked up the Gunslinger by Stephen King which is the first book of his epic Fantasy Series The Dark Tower. I also picked up book four of the “Millenium Trilogy” by Stieg Larsson which is continued by David Lagercrantz after Stieg Larson’s notes if I am remembering right. And I really can’t wait to pick up The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Loved the first three books and the characters so I hope I won’t get disappointed.
And for my new books on my kindle I picked Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

That’s it for today. Let me know your thoughts and what you are reading in the comments below and I see you again soon for another bookish post.

Take care,
📚 Nadja