Top Ten Bookish Problems I Have

But it’s been a while since I’ve participated in a Top Ten Tuesday but I this weeks was one that didn’t make me feel like I don’t read enough to be considered a true book nerd.

For those of you who don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature run by the ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they feature a different top ten book related list and welcome others to create their own. This weeks list is “Ten Book Related Problems I Have“. Here’s mine:

1. Not having enough money to buy all the books I want, especially now that everything is a series. Oh my God why are there so many books and why do they have to cost so damn much? And why do I have to be so damn poor? This is so frustrating. There are so many great books I am missing out on because of money. This is one of the great tragedies of life. Thank God for thrift stores.

2. Not having enough time to read all the books I want. Then, when I am finally able to buy a few books, it turns out I have no time to read them anyway. I am working on learning to read in 5 and 10 minute segments because if I don’t I won’t get to read at all.

3. Deciding instead to read before bed and losing track of time. I always decide that I should read right before I go to bed. This is always a bad idea. I either lose track of time or I consciously decide, fuck it I am going to read as much as I want, and end up going to bed 3 hours late.

4. Getting distracted and finding new books to read before I finish the old one. This is the main reason I haven’t read as many books as I’d like to. I start reading another book before I have finished one and I never go back to finish the first. I don’t know why I keep doing this to myself.

5. I do not own a proper book shelf, and at this point I doubt I will ever get around to buying one. Right now my books are kept on a very old, very shitty book shelf I got from my mom. She was going to throw it out and I kept it. Seriously, it’s the crappiest bookshelf ever and I never get around to replacing it. It’s not even big enough! I have books all over the place and at this point I am just shuffling them from surface to surface around the house.

6. Loving print books more than ebooks. I get that ebooks are cheaper and more convenient. I think the are even better for the environment, but I just can’t make the leap 100%. Not even 50%! I love the look, and feel, and even the smell of a new book. I can’t help it.

7. Having to read the foreword, the introduction, the notes, the dedication, the afterward, and any other extras. I don’t feel like I got the whole picture unless I read everything in the book. My girlfriend thinks this is so dorky but I think I know more about the book than she does so ha!

8. People asking what I’m reading while I’m reading. Why do people do this? If you are someone who does this please stop doing this, its hella rude. I don’t have a lot of time to read and while I appreciate that you are interested in me and my book I know than after I answer you you are still going to talk. Not even about the book, you are going to talk to me about your reading habits, which I don’t care about right now. Right now, I just want to read my book.

9. People don’t understand what I mean when I say they have to read this book. Then when I do decide to open up about a book I feel passionate about no one gives a shit. I don’t understand this. Just last week I had to tell so many people how good of a book A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle was and how good it is for young girls to read and people looked at me like I was insane. I may have gotten a tad too excited though.

10. The emotional emptiness that comes after you read a particularly good book and you don’t know what to do with your life. When I read a book I get wholly invested in it, mentally and emotionally. The main characters life becomes my own and I feel everything they do, every heartbreak and every triumph is mine too. When the book has ended and I have to go back to boring old real life I get instantly depressed.

Thank god there are always more books and more adventures to have :)


4 Replies to “Top Ten Bookish Problems I Have”

  1. I have read “A Wrinkle in Time” before, and I remember really liking it. But it’s been so, so many years since I read it, I don’t really remember why I actually liked it. (Might be time to re-read it!) Come to think of it, this is probably one of my biggest book-related problems: that I will read a book, absolutely love it (to the same extent that you’ve described in #10), and then a few months later, when I’m trying to convince others to read it, I just cannot remember the details of the story.


  2. Lisa,

    I can totally identify with most of your list! When you mentioned A Wrinkle in Time, I knew immediately you were a lot like me. I’m fortunate to get a lot of free ARCs (Advance Reading Copies) of books because I work in a bookstore. That doesn’t stop me from spending more of my paycheque than I should on other books, though! And I can’t count the number of times I’ve enthusiastically recommended a book to someone only to have them look at me oddly and say, “Wow. You really like books, don’t you?”


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