Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Book Related Problems I Have

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish

10. Spine cracks.

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I know it’s inevitable, but I try really hard not to crack the spines of my books (to the point of ridiculousness). I will open them as carefully as possible and I NEVER put books down flat on the pages. Why do I do this? Because so many of the books I owned as a kid were subjected to that, and they have literally fallen apart because of how often I read them.

9. People who judge the genres you read as “childish”

sideyeI had a phase where I judged people on the regular for the things they chose to read, so I get why it’s so appealing to dismiss others’ genre choices. Then I realized that that literally doesn’t do anything to improve the state of the world. As long as people are reading and discussing their reading choices, I’m a happy girl.

8. Back problems

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Yup, I carry books like Gus Gus here carries corn kernels, and that is probably not the best idea for my back. That said, the last time I did that was for Maggie Stiefvater’s signing at the Toronto International Book Fair, with a record 9 books in my tote bag.

7. Getting nervous about recommending books to people

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When people ask me for book recommendations, I am simultaneously elated and plunged into a vat of anxiety. Reccing books to friends I talk to often is easier than doing the same thing for acquaintances or strangers, because it’s harder to tell what they’re looking to get from a book. These days, I tend to just rec the same five books, because I find few people have read them.

6. Not liking hyped books

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Reading tastes are subjective, and people understanding that is one of my favourite things about the YA/blogging community. However, I do get a little sad when I try a book that everyone seems to love love love and I just find it okay. Did I miss something? Should I have read it more slowly, more quickly, during a different time in my life, etc? And sometimes the answer is just that the book wasn’t for me. But (completely offensive/hurtful books aside), that hype can still be important because there might be someone out there who needs this book at this particular time in their life.

5. Reading slumps

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I struggle with a lot of these, especially after reading a highly anticipated book. I’m much pickier than I used to be, and so it’s hard for me to just read a book unless I feel motivated enough by the plot to set time aside for it.

4. Not having enough space for all my books

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While I now own more bookshelves than I’ve ever had in my entire life, it won’t be long before I run out of space (again), and need more shelves to display my collection.

3. Being spoiled for the ending of a book series–when I asked specifically not to be.

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I have a very weird relationship with spoilers. A lot of the time, I don’t really mind being spoiled for things, and will often ask for those spoilers, but when it’s the end of a book series? Then we might have a problem. Again, it depends on whether or not I’ve asked. I’m pretty chill about series that came out decades ago though.

2. Losing sleep over books

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I’ve developed insomnia as I’ve advanced through my 20s. These days, I try to avoid starting or continuing a book I know will likely keep me up just before bed, because otherwise, I become a total zombie.

1. Time? What time?

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As much as I would love to stay home and read all day, I often have to squeeze in reading time between work and writing. Over the last year, I definitely haven’t done as much reading as I wanted to, and I’d like that to change this year.

What are your top ten bookish problems? How do you deal with them?

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5 replies »

  1. Great list! I share most of these problems as well but probably my biggest problem is spoilers (or maybe that’s more of a peeve?) One time a coworker was like “Don’t worry, I won’t spoil it for you…” and then she did. That “why would you do that?!” face says it all. I’m still not over it.

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