Happy Top Ten Tuesday everyone! This week I’m deviating from the given prompt again. The prompt is: ten books I want to throw into the ocean, which was submitted by Beauty & Her Books, but… I’ve never had the urge to throw a book in the ocean lol.
So what I’m going to do instead is list ten bookworm problems I’m sure we can all relate to! Let me know if you recognize yourself in any of these, and whether you have any bookworm problems to add!
1: Buying a new book and having to rearrange everything
This was a very big problem for me back in the U.S. I had three Billy shelves, but they were essentially full by the time my time there came to an end. During Black Friday/Christmas sales I bought another 20 books or so (I know, that’s a heckin lot), and I just stacked them on my desk because I really didn’t feel like rearranging my shelves so close to my moving date.
The previous owners of our new house in NL left their huge bookshelves, so now I have about four empty shelves left. You know what that means… More books!!
2: Accidentally buying the wrong edition so now your books mismatch
Thankfully, this has only happened to me once. I have these super awesome, minimalistic editions of the Divergent series. When Allegiant came out I decided to order it at my local bookstore, and when I got home I realized it was a full centimeter bigger than the other two books. A CENTIMETER!! I never rectified this mistake, but I am still grumbling about it lol.
Now when I order a book I check if the dimensions are listed, just in case.
3: Thinking you’ll remember everything about a book
Ha, as if. Every time I think “oh, I’ll remember the plot of this book, I don’t need to read a summary.” And then I start the second book and am royally confused. I NEVER remember the plot, ever. The people who write super comprehensive summaries are truly the backbone of society.
I could of course wait until the whole series is published, but I also happen to not have patience.
4: Mid-series cover changes
Out of all the bookworm problems, this one upsets me the most. Just WHY?! It’s fine if covers get a redesign, but do it after the whole series has been published? I mean, I love having multiple editions of the same book. But I also want the whole series to match.
Unpopular opinion time: I kinda like the ACOSF cover. I’ve never truly thought of it as a continuation of the ACOTAR series, but rather as a new series. So, the new cover doesn’t bother me at all. It could’ve been prettier, but it’s definitely not the worst cover out there.
5: Looking up fan-art and accidentally spoiling a book
This one might be a bit specific, but I’ve done this multiple times. The fact that I did not learn from my mistake the first time truly says a lot about my intelligence. Anyway I did this with ACOTAR and with From Blood & Ash. Thankfully, spoilers never really discourage me from reading a book, but the surprise is definitely gone.
Nowadays I try to wait with looking up fan-art until I’ve finished a book or series, just in case.
6: Accidentally damaging a book and being truly upset
Anyone else not lend out books for this very reason? I always want my books to remain in pristine condition. So no spine cracking, earmarking, or any of that. But sometimes it just so happens that you accidentally fold a page. Or bend the cover. Or spill food.
And if you think this only applies to physical books, you’d be wrong. I once dropped my e-reader in my noodle soup. Don’t ask… Anyway, I told everyone I dropped it in the pool because that’s a lot less embarrassing. So uhh, the e-reader I bought as a replacement is waterproof.
7: People who keep talking to you while reading
“WhAt aRe YoU rEadInG?”
A book, now shut up.
8: Your TBR pile is probably so big it has its own gravity
Funny thing is that a few days ago I actually counted which books I have on my shelf that I have’t read yet. I truly thought that I had made good progress with getting rid of my physical TBR. BUT ALAS, I HAD NOT. And let’s not speak about how many unread books I have on my e-reader…
9: When your parents ask what the book you’re reading is about…
… and you’d really rather throw yourself, and your book, off a cliff. Related to this is when people think you must be very smart because you read so much. Like yes, half of my English vocabulary comes from reading, but… I can’t say I’ve gotten much smarter by reading smut.
10: Feeling like you missed something when someone doesn’t like a book you loved
This happens to me a lot because I am just so easily entertained. I am not a great critical reader, so my rating is usually pretty much based on how much I liked the story. But sometimes it so happens that I love a book and someone else hated it. Which is perfectly valid, but it makes me question my own opinion on it lol.
Alternatively, sometimes I think a book is just “okay” and don’t understand it when people rave about it. It happens to all of us, I think. As long as we’re all still nice to each other, it’s all okay!