Dilemma #1: How do you store and organise your books?
I have two bookcases at the minute so they are jam packed with piles on top of them. As for organising them I do this alphabetically by the authors last name, apart from my Nordic Noir shelf which has all my favourites from that genre on there. The books I read usually have dark covers and spines so I could never do any pretty rainbow shelves.
Dilemma #2: How do you keep track of what you have read and what books you own?
I use Goodreads, however I noticed at the end of 2019 that it didn’t give me the specifics I wanted as it was hard to find the right edition and I read a lot of audio books. I also wanted to keep track of where I sourced my books from so I am using the spreadsheet that Books With Emily Fox uses, I don’t know excel enough to be able to figure out how to sort all the charts out but I’m just putting all the information in that I want to.
Here is the link for the dropbox – it’s the 2018 version I just tailored it to what I wanted.
Dilemma #3: Do you lend your books out?
In all honesty I only have 1 person who would want to borrow my books and if I’m done with books that I know she will enjoy then I just give them to her. Obviously not the books that I really love, they definitely stay on my bookcase.
Dilemma #4: How do you buy or acquire your books?
I buy the majority of my books second hand from charity shops to be honest or when they are on sale, I very rarely pay full price for books.
Dilemma #5: How do you respond to the “How do you read so much” comment or similar comments?
My sister asks me this all the time, she constantly binge watches “shit TV” whereas I’d much rather read and enjoy getting lost in a story. Don’t get me wrong I do watch TV but not very often as I have a toddler who loves Blaze and Paw Patrol as well as a partner who watches every Football match that’s on so that leaves very little time for me even if I wanted to.
Dilemma #6: How do you pick your next read?
Recently I’ve piled so many blog tours on myself that I don’t have a choice of what to read, it just goes in order of the next one. However from March and April this will change as I don’t have any blog tours so it will be interesting to see how I got about choosing the books.
Dilemma #7: How do you pick what book(s) you bring on vacation with you?
I don’t really travel anyone but I would imagine it would be my current read and then about 4 or 5 extras that I want to get to!
Dilemma #8: Do you write or highlight or mark up your books in any way?
Until last year I had never heard about annotating fiction books, I only ever did this for my textbooks at uni! I do now use coloured tabs, however I just save these for fantasy books as I’m still new to the genre and there is a lot to take in so it helps to have markers that I can refer back to. For my other books, especially review copies I usually keep a piece of scrap paper near the book so that I can write any comments and questions down that I have.
Dilemma #9: Which do you prefer, new releases or backlist books?
I would definitely say backlist books as I don’t really read books as soon as they come out, I know that I will get to them one day and as I answered above I buy the majority of my books second.
Dilemma #10: Do you read books as they are released or wait for an entire series to be published before reading 1 book?
Usually I read them as they are published, this has only become evident in terms of the Helen Grace series by M. J. Arlidge, Robert Hunter series by Chris Carter and Joona Linna series by Lars Kepler as I adore each of these and I am completely caught up meaning that I’m impatiently waiting for them to be released. This is now possibly a contradiction of dilemma #9, hmm maybe this is why they are considered to be dilemmas as I know that each of these instalments I will be reading as soon as I can…
I don’t like putting pressure on people so I tag anyone who wants to do this, please just leave your link below so I can read your answers.
See you in the next one…