As usual, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the fantastic blog The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Book Related Problems You Have.
1) Storage: I feel like this is going to be on everyone’s list this week, but it’s a serious issue! I feel like I am pretty good about using the library (probably about 40% of the books I read I check out) but even with three tall bookcases I am overflowing. My book buying has definitely increased since starting my blog, but it’s also made me much better at avoiding buying titles that I won’t like! I also just can’t get on the e-reader bandwagon because books are like art for my house- part of the experience of reading is holding it in your hands and displaying the beautiful covers!
2) Time: As I try to challenge myself a little more each year with my reading goals, it of course takes up more and more time (not to mention the time to write reviews for almost every book I read!) I love reading and blogging but sometimes it’s hard to balance both (finding enough time to read content to blog about and then finding the time to write about it!)
3) Staying On Top of Reviews: Piggybacking on #2, it can make me a bit anxious if I end up reading faster than I’m reviewing. I’m usually very good at keeping on top of this but right now I have 4 books I’ve read in the past 2 weeks that I’ve yet to write reviews for.
4) Book Hangovers: I don’t know about you but sometimes books just put me in moods. (For instance, it’s hard not to feel melancholy right now after finishing I Was Here by Gayle Forman.) Sometimes the residual feels make it hard to be able to get on with my reading list.
5) Book to Movie Adaptations: A curse and a blessing, sometimes there is nothing worse than seeing one of your favorite books of ALL TIME be turned into a cringe-inducing movie. (I was SO disappointed in the Beautiful Creatures movie, and let’s not discuss Twilight and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix…) But sometimes they can be glorious (I loved the adaptations of If I Stay and Divergent).
6) When People Ask to Borrow Books: Unless you are my boyfriend or my aunt (both whom I know extremely well/know where they live so I can check on my pretties) it’s not happening. This has put me in SO many awkward positions before, but I’m so OCD about the condition of my books that I cannot lend them out and feel OK about it. Likewise, I never ask to borrow others’ books because I don’t want to put them in that position! There’s obviously an exception for books that I’m not planning on keeping, which I’m happy to pass along/donate.
7) Spending Hours Wandering Around the Bookstore: And being with people who don’t understand why you can’t just go in, grab something, pay for it and leave. It’s not about the purchase it’s about the whole experience. A trip to the bookstore (or library) is never a quick errand for me.
8) My Bag/Backpack Weighing 5,000 Pounds: Because I always have some sort of reading material with me. I’m THAT person who brought four HARDCOVER books to London for a 12 day trip because I was scared I was going to run out of reading material and I’m not about that e-reader life.
9) Having Others “Judge” My Reading Taste: This is so not cool, but something I faced a lot of as an English Lit major. “YA” was practically a sacrilegious term for some of my classmates, and most of them thought I was kidding when I told them my senior thesis was on Harry Potter. As long as what someone is reading isn’t derogatory/demeaning/abusive I won’t be one to judge.
10) Buying Books Feels Good: There’s nothing better than seeing books in your mailbox. Sometimes my heart screams yes but my wallet says no.
Do you share any of my bookish problems? Let me know in the comments!