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BOOK RELATED PROBLEMS, HUH? WELL THAT’S HARD. *cough* I don’t just want to copy my Book Nerd Problems posts, so I’ll try to mix it up here and there.
1. Overflowing bookshelves
Admittedly I do not have this issue so much right at this moment, as I just moved and got a ton of extra shelf space. But sooner or later, we’ll return to how it was back at my old place: books doublestacked, piles on the floor, EVERYWHERE. I’m trying to get better at constantly culling my bookshelves though. This weeked I actually managed to sell 13 books, and I got €35 back! (Of course I did go out and order 3 more books as a result but THAT’S BESIDES THE POINT.)
2. I’m a book buying addict though
I did write a whole post
about this. I just can’t help it. I’m constantly hearing about awesome books and finding pretty covers. Amazon is opened five times a day to add things to my wishlist or a cart that I just barely manage to keep myself from purchasing. *sigh* And I know I have like 100 unread books on my shelves, but I swear I have NOTHING TO READ.
3. The hype train
I have a serious aversion to book hype, which I’ve talked about at length
. Like, I like how shouty and excitable our community can be, but sometimes the hype gets so intense that it’s just impossible for the books to live up to it. I’ve taken to muting certain book titles on Tweetdeck so I just don’t see that stuff (especially if the book’s not coming out for ages
*cough*ACOTAR*cough* DO NOT SPEAK OF IT).
4. Matching covers / series redesigns
My problem with this begs repeating
. I am very
perfectionistic and shallow but I just neeeeeeeeed matching covers. Especially when redesigns suck, my heart BREAKS. But if they’re awesome, then what do I do? Buy the first in the redesigned paperback and the rest in hardcovers? THAT DOESN’T REALLY MATCH EITHER. Seriously, I’ve re-purchased so many series to achieve optimal matching and it is a never ending process.
Honestly, I hate spoilers. And I’ve talked about how I take enough precautions to keep myself unspoiled, because I expect spoilers lurking in some places.
But still, I wish people would be a bit more courteous.
6. I’m a slow reader
I’m not completely a turtle, but honestly I feel inadequate sometimes when I see the speed at which some friends blaze through books. I’m lucky if I manage 3 per week. And not only do I not read particularly quickly, I have whole bouts where I just don’t really feel like reading – I seldom read before bed and often hardly read in the weekend. Which leads to a ton of angst about ALL THE BOOKS I want to read but am not reading and will probably NEVER GET TO because I’m SO GOSH DARN SLOW.
7. Reading with disruptions
I more or less need perfect quiet while I’m reading. That’s why I like reading in the train – particularly in the morning commute. BUT IF SOMEONE DARES GET CHATTY NEAR ME… a glare or two WILL be sent their way. Make no mistake. On the other side of this, I also get a bit peeved if I let slip on social media what I’m reading and I’m bombarded with EITHER “OMG THAT BOOK IS SOOOOOOO AMAZING” (because hello hype train) or “UGH I HATED THAT ONE” (because hello RUDE MUCH?) – so I mostly don’t do that anymore, unless I already have a pretty firm opinion on it.
8. Containing my feels
This comes in two parts. When I read a book that is particularly feelsy in PUBLIC – like on the train, as always – it takes a lot of effort to keep that inner fangirl contained. I have often wondered how awkward I must appear to others with the sly grins, soft giggles, half-gasps, and trembling feet (containing my flailing). THIS IS PERFECTLY NORMAL OKAY, NOTHING TO SEE HERE, MOVING ON. I also just can’t help but ramble on for ages in my reviews.
9. Books > People
I wrote about this in one of my first BNP posts
, and I still love it. I just love reading and love the time spent by myself. However, it makes me feel kind of socially awkward at times because I have so little ELSE to talk about. Right now at work it’s the worst, because none of my colleagues care about the books I’m reading at all. Yeah those “What did you do over the weekend?” questions will only get short answers in that case. *sigh* I mean I guess I should make more of an effort to go out more though. But…
10. Too many series!!
I think we’re all on the same page as far as the series plague
goes. Don’t get me wrong, I love series – I love getting majorly invested in a story and that story having the room to have excellent world building, characters, and plot development. But there are just SO MANY. I’m in the middle of SO MANY. And I want to start new ones, but um that’s probably not that good, because then I won’t remember what happened in that other series, and I’ll have to reread all of it before I continue and ASDFJKL; And when do you give up? That first book was rather average, but the ending promised some more action and stuff. So should I stick around anyway? BUT SO MANY OTHER BOOKS AND ASDFJKL; And do I really want to start a new series and then WAIT for years in between for the eventual resolution 2-5 YEARS from now???
Those are some of my book nerd problems…
Do we have any in common?