Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, which features (you guessed it!) top ten lists on a given topic each week. This week’s topic is. . . .Top Ten Book-Related Problems I Have.
1. Where the heck do I fit all these books?
Seriously, where? I own a LOT of physical books. A Lot. I think I read probably 60% physical books and 40% ebooks, so you think e-reading would cut down on space needed, and I suppose technically it does but so often it doesn’t feel like it does. I don’t have a preference between physical books and ebooks, BUT I do tend to buy a lot of physical books because I buy them used, so they’re cheaper than buying ebooks in the end anyway.
2. Books that don’t have a series # somewhere.
SO few series do this and I don’t understand. How difficult is it to put which # in a series a book is somewhere on the cover? It’s not so bad if I find a series I want to read due to the internet because all the answers are right there at my fingertips, but if I’m just browsing a bookstore how do I know? I once bought book #2 in a fantasy series because there was no sign on the cover or in the first few pages that the book was actually a sequel.
Remember how I said I owned several hundred physical books? Yeah, well. . . I haven’t read a lot of them. I still own more books I HAVE read than those I haven’t, but it’s a close call. It’s those darn book sales and finding books for super cheap! But every time I go to the library or buy a new book there’s a voice in the back of my head counting all the books I own and haven’t read yet.
4. Book amnesia
This is a big problem when reading a series as it releases. I get so excited about books but I can’t remember what happened! Sometimes I use the cure of re-reading, but other times I just want to get to the new story. I know there are sites like Recaptains that recap series(which is super helpful), but they can’t recap every book I want to recall.
5. No one to talk to IRL
I love the internet. I love talking about books on my blog, on Goodreads, on twitter. I love that I’ve made friends because I love to read, but sometimes I just really want to be able to talk about books with someone offline, face to face. I have a few friends who like to read, but no one who still lives in the area.
6. Having a series in different formats
I don’t mean having a series in a mix of paperback & hardback–that doesn’t bother me. What does though, is this: So I spot a kindle sale for #1 in a series I want to try. I buy it & enjoy it. Then, I find a used paperback of #2 in the series for cheap cheap cheap, so I snag it too. And then maybe book 3 is coming out soon so I go on twitter or on a site like YA Book Exchange and end up trading for an ARC of the third book. Suddenly I have an ebook, a paperback, & an ARC.
7. When there are spoilers in the synopsis
WHY? What purpose does this serve? Originally, I was going to say my problem was when sequels have spoilers for the first book in their synopsis(because again, if I’m just randomly browsing in the bookstore I might not KNOW it’s not the first book in a series), and that’s annoying, but I’ve even seen this in standalone books, particularly thrillers. I don’t even mind spoilers that much(sometimes I seek them out, actually) but I want that to be on *my* terms.
8. No local bookstores
I’ve talked about recently how I’ve moved back to my tiny, tiny hometown. I’ve recently gone from a small city that had 4 bookstores(two chains and then two local used bookstores) to a town that has NOTHING. You know where you can buy books in my hometown? The dollar store sells Harlequin paperbacks. The grocery store sometimes has a few of the big bestsellers. And that’s it. Nothing else. Nada. The nearest book store is a few towns over.
Of course, as we all know from my TBR guilt above I don’t really NEED to buy more books, but I like having the option. And sometimes I like to go to bookstores when I feel anxious or upset and just walk around. It’s my happy place.
9. The SHINY! problem
Sometimes I buy or pre-order a book because my brain just goes “OOOH, shiny!” Then, something happens. Maybe now that I own it my enthusiasm wanes. Maybe it starts to get a lot of terrible reviews from people I know have similar taste to me. Maybe I learn it has one of my book turn-offs in it that I didn’t know about before. Then, I’m stuck with a dilemma. I paid money for this book, and I’m a bit stingy with my money, so I don’t want to just lose out on that money I invested in the book. . . but I also have no pull to read it anymore. So it sits on the shelf, gathering dust as I waver back and forth on what I should do with it.
10. A limited local library
It’s tough to be a book lover in a small town sometimes. There’s no where to really buy books, and my local library is extremely limited. I have good memories of that library, don’t get me wrong. I’m pretty sentimental towards those memories, actually. BUT they offer very few of the types of books I like to read now. I looked at every single book on my wishlist in the online catalog to see what they had. Out of 90 books, my local library has THREE of them. And I’m glad I can read those three from the library, but I do wish there was a better selection.
LET’S CHAT: Do we share any of the same bookish problems?