One of the most important things to do as a writer is to read. It’s like exercise for the brain, the muse, and a silent teacher working all together at once.
How often do you read? What would you answer to the Book Tag questions below. It’s all about fun and learning about ourselves and others.
I have a huge stack in my TBR (to be read) pile and was intrigued by a book tag I tripped upon over on Twitter TheWriteReads. Recently there was a retweet of this cool tag by Becky over at Becky’s Book Blog which I thought would be fun to do–not only for me but for you too. This tag from Becky’s post the was orininally created by Tiffany on her YouTube channel About to Read.
So feel free to tag yourself or answer one or more in the comments sections. I’m always curious what other readers do. The ‘tag’ questions are in blue followed by my answers.
The sequel to a book you loved just came out but you’ve forgotten a lot of what happens. Are you going to re-read it?
I don’t know about you but I love to reread books. My hubby doesn’t get it. After he reads a book he gets rid of it (collection sigh of horror!)–I know, I know…sheer craziness if you ask me. If I have a book it’s a lifelong commitment–that’s my reality.
If a sequel came out and I couldn’t remember the nuances of the story I wouldn’t hesitate to curl up and reread it first before diving into the next one. To me this would feel like a familiar hug from an old friend as I reacquainted myself with the characters that obviously meant enough for me to buy the second book.
You do not want anyone to borrow your books, how do you politely say no when someone asks?
Oh, this is a bit of a touchy one isn’t it?
I do let people borrow books but it’s few and far between. Often times it’ll be someone who lives close by (if my book is traveling too far from mama then it needs to stay in its place on the shelf.
If I have to refuse someone I’ll place the blame on myself and not them. After all it’s me with the anxiety of letting them out of my sight. They’re like precious pieces of treasure.
You have picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over this reading slump?
I do this all the time. Sometimes it can be difficult to be the mood for reading. I don’t know about you but the pandemic really dampened my creative spirit–both reading and writing. I’d start a book and my mind would wander away to a point where I couldn’t bring it back to the story. Sometimes I’d go and start another but after trying five I’d allow myself the break.
There are times for me when I need to allow my reading brain a break from the adventure. This can happen in one of two ways. First: an all out break from reading anything long or heavy. I’ll still read articles or short stories. and Two: Switch up my bookshelf for the audio shelf. I’ll listen to a book while walking or laying down. I find this really useful and idk but I think it stimulates a different part of my brain as it gets me thinking in different ways.
There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read, how many do you end up buying?
Lol. I’ll buy them all. Don’t let me in a book store without my wallet. I want to have them all. I love to touch them, collect them, read them, review them… Books hold a very special place in my heart.
After you purchase all of these books that you’re dying to read how long do they sit on your shelves before you get to them?
I can not tell a lie–sometimes they sit there for an extended period of time. I think the longest one’s ever waited is a couple of years. But rest assured it was very comfortable and well taken care of as it waited its turn for attention.
I do have a few books that I simply *could not* get into. They’re bestsellers and people have raved about the story and characters but no matter how many times I try, the book doesn’t catch my interest. I continue to allow them on my shelf not only in hopes that I’ll be able to read them and see what others are seeing but also as a reminder that every reader is different and we don’t all need to like the same thing.
Well, that’s it for me. I’d love to hear what you do with your TBR books and how long your list is–drop me a comment below.
My current TBR is huge but the first five out of the gate will be:
- Hate List by Jennifer Brown (Little Brown and Company/Hachette Books 2009)
- Rules For Being A Girl by Candace Bshnell & Katie Cotugno (Harper Collins 2020)
- Blow by Jodi Lundgren (Sidestreets/Lorimer 2014)
- All the Wrong Places by Joy Fielding (Penguin Random House 2019)
- By Gaslight by Steven Price (Random House 2016)
And TBR ReReads (Equally as important IMO)
- Plague by C.C. Humphreys (Random House 2014)
- The House of One Thousand Eyes by Michelle Barker (Annick Press 2018)
- The Immortal Gene by Jonas Saul (Vesuvian Books 20218)
- Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (Orion Publishing 2012)
- My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell (Harper Collins 2020)