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I was nominated by Macy over at Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Books. Be sure to stop by and check out her blog! The idea behind this tag is to share my personal reading habits and compare them to those of others who’ve been tagged. So, here are mine, and I’ve tagged some unsuspecting bloggers at the end.

1) You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?
This is really tough. I have more books on my TBR than I’ll ever be able to read in my lifetime. I always start with ARCs, but I never read just one book at a time. I’m usually reading at least one ARC, plus something in my own genre, and usually something totally fun and fluffy. I’m drawn to book covers. I know they say you should never judge a book by a cover –and I’ll admit to reading some fantastic ARCs that I never would have picked up because of the cover — but I still do. I judge. Don’t judge me. A really snappy cover will get me to start reading when I don’t know what to pick next.

2) You’re half-way through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or commit?
Up until about ten years ago, I could honestly say I’d never, ever not finished a book. The one that finally did me in was Tales of the Body Thief. Just couldn’t do it. But once I gave myself permission to not finish books, I realized it’s easy to quit. It’s liberating and freeing, like taking off my shoes and running through fresh cut grass. The exception I usually make is with ARCs. But even then, if it’s really not something that’s holding my interest, I’d rather let the author know and move onto something I want to read rather than leave a mediocre or unfavorable review.

3) 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?
Dude, I commit! Because I’m nothing if not goal-oriented. If I find it tough to make the challenge, and last year I did, I choose a more attainable goal for the next year. Last year, I read 100 books. I read in On Writing by Stephen King that he reads 100 books a year, and I thought that was one way I could be like Stephen King. It was fun, and like running my one and only half marathon, I’m glad I did it, but I knew I couldn’t do it again and still write at the same pace I wanted to, so I scaled back to 75 for this year.

4) The covers of a series you love DO. NOT. MATCH. How do you cope?
Although I’m all about the covers, and I love consistency (I’m a tad OCD), because 95% of my books live on my Kindle, I can overlook non-matching covers.

5) Everyone and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?
I find someone. Hunt them down on Goodreads and comment on their review. Because I hate when I’m the only one who loathes a popular book. It’s like when I discovered I really don’t like Dexter. It’s disturbing and wrong, and didn’t have all that campy good stuff that made Fargo so great. I felt like the only person on the planet who just doesn’t get Dexter. Sadly, I still feel that way.

6) You’re reading a book and you’re about to start crying in public. How do you deal?
Yeah, I hate crying. Public or private. But if I must cry (Always and Forever, thankyouverymuch Karla J. Nellenbach), I do it in private. Even if it means finding something else right now on my Kindle to distract me (note the fun and fluffy thing I’m always reading in response to #1 above).

7) You don’t want ANYONE borrowing your book. How do you politely tell people “nope” when they ask?
Since most of my books are eBooks, that’s easy. No one gets their hands on my Kindle. But if it was an actual physical copy…I only have those of books I really love and I wouldn’t have any qualms about saying that.

8) You’ve picked up and put down five different books in the past month. How do you get over the reading slump?
I can honestly say this has never happened.

7) There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?
I buy as I read. So it varies depending on how many ARCs I have and what my Kindle backlog looks like. But there are definitely books in series that I pre-order and count down the days until it arrives on my Kindle, sometimes impatiently refreshing at 12:01 AM.

8) After you’ve bought a new book you want to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you actually read them?
Depends. If its a book in a series, I’ll often put down something else I’m reading and get right on it. Sometimes it can sit for months before I remember it’s there.

That’s it for me. I now nominate the following:

Jennifer DiGiovanni | Karole Cozzo | Stephanie’s Book Reviews | Heather at Not Everyone’s Mama
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