Top Ten Things Book Related Problems I Have {Top Ten Tuesday}

Posted February 17, 2015 by Stormy in Books / 25 Comments

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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.

3.TBR guilt

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?



25 responses to “Top Ten Things Book Related Problems I Have {Top Ten Tuesday}

  1. Great list! Oh the TBR guilt. Its massive. Your no bookstore point makes me sad for you though. Maybe just think of it as being good for your wallet? Can you do ebooks over a greater library system? I can’t remember if you’re an ebook person or not 🙂

  2. Great list! I couldn’t agree more about having the series number somewhere on the cover or title page. Why is that so hard? I hate buying a book, then finding out later that it’s book 2 or 3 in a series. And you’re not alone about TBR guilt, as I think most book bloggers suffer from it. lol

    • Stormy

      It’s so annoying for the series # because it could be such an EASY fix. BAM, add “#3(or whatever) in series” to the title page & the book would be good to go.

  3. Maraia

    Numbers 4 and 5 are both huge problems for me, too. I remember back in high school, I would get angry because I’d spend hours preparing for class, but I could never remember anything I’d just spent all those hours reading. I would seem like I didn’t know what I was talking about, while the kids who spent 20 minutes on their homework but had good retentive memories would sound like they were the ones who had worked so hard. Ugh. Now it’s just frustrating because, like you said, Recaptains can’t come through for us EVERY time. I hate having to spend half the book trying to figure out who everyone is and what exactly happened in the last book, etc.

    I used to have friends IRL who would fangirl over books with me, but as I got older, more and more of them stopped reading for fun. It breaks my heart, and I don’t understand how they can even function without reading. I still try to recommend books to my former bookish friends, but they rarely end up reading them. That leaves me with the Internet, which is why it’s been AMAZING getting to chat with you and Terri about books. Seriously, thank you so much. It’s such a relief to finally be able to talk about books, make suggestions, get suggestions, and fangirl over upcoming releases again.

    I don’t remember the last time I bought a book, but I still like going to bookstores and just LOOKING at all the books. It’s very comforting – totally a happy place. I can’t believe you have to go to the dollar store or grocery store to buy books.

    • Stormy

      The weird thing about book amnesia for me is that I have pretty good recall when it comes to remembering information, so studying was fairly easy for me. I think too is that I’m very much a visual learner, so as far as studying would go, if it was out of a textbook I could link things like “oh, this concept was on the same page as the illustration of the war, so I remember x, y, & z.” It’s harder to do that with fiction, because there’s rarely as many visual clues, especially in e-reading.

      I still have a few IRL friends who read for fun, but we don’t live in the same place, so most of my interactions with them are online, just like they are for people I only chat with on my blog or twitter. I’m so glad I found the bookish corner of the internet, though!

      My town is so tiny. And even going to the grocery store of dollar store, I think the dollar store stocks about 15 titles(all adult romance) and the grocery store is probably 10-20 different titles, all bestsellers? I really miss having the bookstore as a place to go & relax, even when I don’t buy books.

  4. Bee

    NOT HAVING A BOOK # MAKES ME SOOO MAD! Especially if I want to start a series and I cant even figure out which book is first. I shouldnt have to google that! It should just say! Thanks for sharing your list. <3 Bee @ Bee Reads Books

    • Stormy

      Yup, the ever-growing TBR pile is just one of the things I think comes pre-installed on the “loves books” programming chip!

  5. Oh my goodness, where to put the books indeed! I love that my books are all in alphabetical order, but the problem is that they take up ALL of my bookshelf room. If I add more, it’ll screw up the system since some will have to go in the front of other books. The horror! And yeah, bookish amnesia is my game. I’m HORRIBLE at remembering what happened in a previous book. Sometimes an author does a really good job at recaping without recaping, but other times I’m just like, what is going ON in this book?!? Great list!

    • Stormy

      That exact dilemma is why I can’t sort my books alphabetically–I have to double-stack some of them, and then that just throws the order off! Right now they’re organized by genre.

  6. Book amnesia is a big problem for me, too, which is why I try really hard to only read fully published series… but that doesn’t always work out for me when something new and amazing comes along. I just don’t have the patience to do a lot of rereading before getting to the new installments!

    • Stormy

      I always struggle with that because it seems like it would just be easier to wait until series are completely released, but there’s something I really love about reading an ongoing series. I really enjoy the anticipation, especially when the books have a big enough fanbase that I can talk to other people online who are also excited about it!

  7. Anonymous

    Yes! I need so much more space and shelves for my books. I clearly need a really big house that’s basically just a library with a bed for me to sleep in at night. 🙂 And it’s frustrating when series don’t include the #. So often, I’m like, “Which one is this??” I don’t want to accidentally start in the middle!

    • Stormy

      Yes, someday I will have my own house & it will have a library! That’s pretty much a necessity at this point for all my books, I think.

      I really don’t know why more books don’t have series # on them. It would be such an easy thing to include and save readers so much potential trouble.

  8. Ooo, that’s tough about your local library having a limited number of books. I’m lucky in that my library has almost all the books I’m looking for. Not everything, but nearly. Does your library do InterLibrary Loan. If it does, perhaps you can request books from outside your library system? My library offers that service and I know lots of other libraries do too.

    • Stormy

      Yeah, they have ILL because it’s not a very user-friendly process at all. I think it’s mainly because the online systems are all terrible(I can look at the catalogs online, but you can’t even place holds online), so it just never seems worth it to me.

  9. #2 – the series labeling problem – has in fact happened to me and was one of the worst series I’ve ever read and led to one of the angriest, gif-filled rage fest of reviews I have ever written. It was kind of glorious but yes, that is NOT OKAY PUBLISHERS.

    #7 – spoilers in the synopsis – PROBLEM! Also relevant: when they’re in the title. Like the title of book 2 tells you how the story is going to go and then the title of book 3 further spoils it. You couldn’t think of a better title? You had to just lay it all out there? I had this complaint with a specific series but I can’t tell from GoodReads if you’ve read it, so I’ll just agree with you wholeheartedly!!

    #10 – libraries – does your library do free/low-cost InterLibrary Loan? You have to wait longer but 90% of my library books come through ILL. Just gotta wait it out.

    • Stormy

      Ugh at this point in the series labeling problem I don’t even browse the fantasy/sci-fi sections of bookstores unless I’m looking for something specific because it seems like that’s ALWAYS where the labeling problem comes from. I recently sold two books back to a book store because they were books way later in a series & I didn’t really feel like reading 10 books before I could read the ones I bought.

      I don’t think I’ve even seen spoilers in the title, that I can think of? That’s so bizarre. Why would anyone do that?

      My library does do ILL, but it’s kinda a hassle. You have to go in & fill out a long request form, and I know it’s not free(It might be low cost–I’m not sure). My old library, back when I lived in an apartment by myself, was so easy to use ILL because you could do it online!

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