Dilemmas of a Book Nerd Tag


My Jane Austen books.

One of my favorite podcasters, Miranda Mills, started a YouTube channel all about books. A recent video of hers is titled “Dilemmas of a Book Nerd Tag” where she answers bookish questions. It was so much fun to watch and I wanted to join in. This fun tag was created by Lindsey’s Little Library.

I haven’t been tagged and I don’t plan to tag anyone, but because I do love books and talking about books, I’m going to participate. Here we go…

Dilemma #1: Book Storage – How do you store and organize your books?

I have limited space in my small house. I have two overflowing bookshelves in my study and one in the living room. Every once in a while I make room for new books by donating books I don’t want to keep. It’s not feasible for me to keep every book.

Dilemma #2: Tracking – How do you keep track of what you have read and what books you own?

I don’t normally keep track of what I’ve read, but for 2020 I’m going to keep track of the read books in my 2020 Planner. It should be easy to jot down the title of the book and the name of the author. Also, I daydream of creating a spreadsheet to keep track of the books I own. Someday I may get to that project.

Dilemma #3: Borrow – Do you lend your books out?

Absolutely not. I’d never get them back. And I learned that lesson the hard way.

Dilemma #4: Buying – How do you buy or acquire your books?

I’d say that 75% of my books are borrowed from the library. 20% are bought from bookstores during my travels. (I scope out bookstores in advance of a trip. Please tell me you do the same?) And 5% are bought from Amazon. I have it down to a science because I really do borrow most of my books.

Dilemma #5: Comments – How do you respond to the β€œHow do you read so much” comment or similar comments?

No one has ever asked me this question, actually.

Dilemma #6: Next Book – How do you pick your next read?

It depends on my mood (or on which books come through my library hold).

Dilemma #7: Travel – How do you pick what book(s) you bring on vacation with you?

I don’t really do much reading on vacation. I’ll read on the plane, but I’m normally way too tired to read after spending a day exploring a city. And we hardly ever take beach vacations. But I do bring a paperback or two with me, just in case. Plus I have books on my reading device. The key is not to be weighted down by books because I want to come home with book purchases.

Dilemma #8: Annotate – Do you write or highlight or mark up your books in any way?

No. That really bothers me. I like to keep my books pristine. But I have a reader’s journal in case I want to write quotes or keep plot notes.

Dilemma #9: New or Backlist – Which do you prefer, new releases or backlist books?

It doesn’t matter. Depends on what I want to read.

Dilemma #10: Sequels – Do you read books as they are released or wait for an entire series to be published before reading 1 book?

I read them as they are released. For example, I’m waiting with bated breath for the next Clara Vine book by Jane Thynne.


This was fun. Thank you for reading!

You should leave your own answers below or at least direct me to your blog so I can read your answers!

xoxo, Jane

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6 thoughts on “Dilemmas of a Book Nerd Tag”

  1. I enjoyed reading this post, Jane! I know you’re an avid reader, let me be the first to ask–How do you read so much? πŸ˜‰

    We gave most of our books away when we downsized, there simply wasn’t enough room for books AND teddy bears, so I had to make a choice. I kept my bears. I like to keep my books pristine too: no marks or dog-ears. My books are on a one small bookshelf and I have a few books with my bears in case they want to read.


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