Top Ten Book-Related Problems I Have

Apologies for postponing my movie review of “50 Shades of Grey,” but it’s taking me a bit longer to gather my thoughts! Goodness knows I have plenty to say about that film, and I don’t want to leave anything out! Bear with me!

So in the meantime, let’s discuss this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is about all the book-related problems that come up when you’re an avid reader. Reading can be an emotional rollercoaster, so why not explain the ride with some gifs?

1. Too many books. Over 300,000 books are published in the United States alone every single year, and since I read about 20 each year, that’s only 0.000067%. No one can ever make a dent in that enormous TBR list, and that’s crazy depressing.

2. Not enough time. Even if I live to be 100 years old, assuming I continue my annual reading rate, that means I only have time to read 1,500 more books in my life. That might sound like a lot, but all I think is, “THAT’S ALL?!”

3. Not enough money. Ok, so after looking over my budget from last year, it seems that I only spent about $300 on books in 2014. That’s only $25 a month, which isn’t lavish by any means. BUT! We all wish we could make it rain when it comes to books, especially in audio form, which are much more expensive than paperbacks. Sure, I could go to the library more often and get books for free, but boy do I love collecting them (see problem #4).

4. Not enough space. Every year I collect a bunch of new books, and I’m forced to thin the herd. To a reader, that’s like giving away your own children! If I won the lottery, after doing all the responsible things with the money, I’d buy my dream home with a library that could rival Belle’s in “Beauty and the Beast.” No more book spring-cleaning for me!

5. Jumping on a bandwagon too early. There’s nothing like falling in love with a new series, only to realize nobody’s even heard of it. Maybe the movie’s not coming out for several years, so you have to sit there twiddling your thumbs. And you will, because you can’t wait to tell everyone else, “I TOLD you so!”

6. Jumping on a bandwagon too late. The reverse situation is even more painful, because I hate feeling left out of things. If too much time has passed on a novel, I won’t even bother reading it. I’m looking at you, The Fault in Our Stars!

7. Not getting a seat on public transit. This is why audiobooks exist, people! It’s awful trying to read an old-fashioned book standing up, as the train jerks and jostles you around. It’s hard enough trying not to trip with nothing to distract you, so unless I can get a seat, there’s no point pulling a book out of my bag.

8. Floor sitters. Look, it sucks having to buy books (see problem #2). But if you’re a floor sitter, meaning you can be found on the floor of a bookstore camping with a book until you finish reading it, then don’t be surprised when I kick you accidentally-on-purpose. This especially applies in the graphic novel/manga section, since there’s even a term in Japanese for these annoying people. Stop being cheap and taking up space. Buy your book and GTFO.

9. Bad romance novels. Insta-love, Mary Sue characters, and really bad sex. I could go on and on, but just check out my rant from last week’s Top Ten Tuesday! I’m convinced that there must be a circle in hell for crappy romance novels specifically, because there’s nothing worse than expecting a ‘happily ever after’ and getting a ‘never again’ instead.

10. WAITING! I feel for Game of Thrones fans, waiting years and years for a sequel. It’s one thing to get a sequel after several decades when you never knew one was in the works, like Harper Lee’s upcoming release. But when you’re counting down the days until you can dive back into an amazing story? Absolute torture!

So if you’ve got 99 problems, how many of them relate to books? Shout ’em out in the comments!

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18 thoughts on “Top Ten Book-Related Problems I Have

  1. Floor sitters! Totally agree with that one. Attention Floor Sitters: There is such a thing called a library. Maybe you should use it. I certainly do, because sitting on the floor at Barnes and Noble day after day is just not that appealing, no matter how much I love that place.

  2. Floor sitters, ugh! I own a bookstore and I hate this…I really do. I’ve always hated it when i’m trying to buy stuff but now I just wanted to be like “this isn’t a library buy it or get out!” I don’t, but the urge is definitely there.

  3. Good list! I should have added some pictures to mine but by the time I was done I was too tired hahaha.
    Number three actually is one I really relate to at the moment – after having earned a decent amount in Australia I’m living off practically nothing here in Sweden at the moment, so buying books is really hard. At least the library has a good English section.
    Also I do get number 10….the main one I’m waiting for is the third part of Patrick Rothfuss’ main trilogy. But he took 10 years to write book 1, and 4 to write book 2. And he apparently revises each manuscript some 100 times…at least the wait is worth it, when the writer is such a perfectionist.

  4. Jumping on the bandwagon too early! YES! I kind of said that in mine and I completely agree. It sucks. I hate not having anyone to talk to about the book while I just sit in the corner mumbling to myself about how much I love it. Lol.

  5. Re: jumping on the bandwagon too early—there’s another problem here, and it’s when the first book is great but the rest are terrible! Then you’re stuck being like “Well I PROMISE the first was really good but…” Ugh.

  6. First of all, love your GIFs. They pretty much sum up my life.

    And I am definitely feeling #3 right now 😀 The only one I can’t relate to is #7, being from Boise, Idaho…our public transportation system is nearly nonexistant!

    Great list!

  7. I can relate to so many of these! I don’t know if this qualifies for the bandwagon ones, but when Libba Bray’s first series came out (A Great and Terrible Beauty and its sequels), I was so excited about it, and no one had read them. Then there was the promise of a movie that will probably never be made now because tastes in YA fiction have changed. Maybe there should be an item on the list for when you read a book, but can’t find anyone to discuss it with you?

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