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This weeks theme is: Ten Book Related Problems I Have (could be serious or fun!)
I like the sound of this topic. I’m definitely going down the ‘fun’ road with this, because reading and blogging is a hobby for me, and hobbies should definitely be fun.
Buying too many books – Why is this a problem, you may ask?
I’ve been an avid reader as long as I can remember, which is a good number of years in which to collect books. Eventually, it’s inevitable – YOU RUN OUT OF STORAGE SPACE! This could be listed as a whole separate problem. The bookcases are double stacked, all space is taken, I have boxes of books which are artfully concealed in several locations, and have even resorted to keeping some of them outside in the garage (!!!). Criminal, I know, but what’s a girl to do when all other options have been exhausted?
I am on a self-imposed book buying ban, although I do still treat myself to e-books (NO STORAGE ISSUES!!), and I am a regular library user, which brings me to my next point…
Being drawn to the library – The library and my regular visits there are something of a vicious circle, because I ALWAYS find something new I want to borrow, which of course means that three weeks down the line that book has to be returned, leading me once more back to the library. I am utterly incapable of walking past the ‘Just In’ shelves with all those new, shiny, untouched books, without picking up at least one. Trouble is, it’s never just one, is it?
Getting distracted online – Sometimes I’ll pause in my reading and go online, looking up facts about the book, or character details, or reviews and opinions about the book. I also like to find fan art based around the book I’m reading, because there is a lot of great work out there. I pass SO MUCH time lost in blog-land, and every minute of it is wonderful but terrible for my TBR list, because one book always leads to another, and one blog leads to another too!
The Endless Dilemma AKA What Should I Read Next? – You all know how this one goes – the massive TBR list, the library loan deadline, the urge to re-read an old favourite, the gorgeous covers all just crying out for your attention. So many choices, so little time leads on to…
So many to read NOW – You read the blogs, and this book sounds wonderful, and everyone loves it, but then, so does this book, and this one, and this one, and I WANT TO READ ALL THE BOOKS NOW PLEASE!!
Reviews to catch up on – This is something that happened to me towards the latter end of last year. Somehow I had documents full of notes but I couldn’t seem to devote the time to getting a review together. I’m catching up now, and am happy to be on top of things and hope to remain so, but for a time it was definitely an issue.
Fictional crushes – What do you mean, Jericho Barrons isn’t real? And neither is Robb Stark? Or Jareth the Goblin King? Thranduil? Or any of the countless wonderful characters from some of my favourite books. This is NOT good!
Mastering the art of juggling the book – You’re reading the most amazing book, and simply can’t put it down until you’ve finished just one more chapter, and so you want to grab every reading moment you can. This leads to mastering the fine art of reading your book whilst walking around the house, balancing the book while you go into the bath (because dropping a library book into the bath is UNFORGIVABLE), and working out how to prop it up so your hands are free for other things (like holding your cup of tea in one hand and the biscuit you’re about to dunk in the other). Multitasking!
And here’s a problem for those around me – Other people have the problem of trying to get my attention when I’m lost in a book. I wouldn’t deliberately try to ignore someone who was talking to me, but I’m getting used to tuning out background noise, so sometimes it’s pretty hard to drag me back into the land of reality.
And my final ‘problem’ is something I’ve overcome a little bit since discovering the wonderful book blogging community – Not having too many people to share book love with. In creating my little space here on the internet and discovering all the great book blogs out there this is less of a problem than it has been in the past, which is good.
I loved writing for this topic, and could add a bonus item to my list – having to limit myself to just ten items! Can you relate to any of these wonderful bookish issues? As always, feel free to talk to me in the comments…