Top Ten Relatable Bookworm Problems

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.

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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!

And that’s it for today! Do you relate to any of these bookworm problems? Feel free to add your own in the comments!

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    • simonevanheijst
      April 6, 2021 / 8:10 pm

      It’s such a struggle lol

  1. April 6, 2021 / 2:20 pm

    lol number 1 is a weekly struggle. I’m completely out of space on my shelves. I’ve just started putting new books on top of the ones already there. It’s starting to look very cluttered >.< OMG And number 2 I just did! With From Blood and Ash. I rushed to amazon to get it but they only had paperback so I didn't think the hardcover existed…but then I saw it at Barnes & Noble. So…I now have 2 editions of a book I've never read hahah Honestly all of these are so true h ahah

    Here's my TTT:

    • simonevanheijst
      April 6, 2021 / 8:11 pm

      Haha, I have the paperback versions of From Blood and Ash and Kingdom of Flesh and Fire because the hardcovers didn’t yet exist. I think they went back into print not too long ago because the series is still so popular. I’m sad though, because I want a hardcover version too!?

    • simonevanheijst
      April 6, 2021 / 8:14 pm

      Ooh more shelves is always fun! I think I’ll be able to finish my TBR in my lifetime too, because I haven’t been buying that many books lately. I just have to stop adding books ?

  2. April 6, 2021 / 6:36 pm

    Oof, these are so relatable–especially the ones on covers! The only thing more annoying than mismatched covers is when the covers match, but the sizes are off. I am now infuriated too, haha–great list!

    • simonevanheijst
      April 6, 2021 / 8:16 pm

      I have a friend who loves owning mismatched books and I cannot handle that level of chaos ? I think that I find matching covers but wrong size the most annoying too! Thanks for reading!?

  3. April 6, 2021 / 6:38 pm

    I actually quite happily lend my books out, I always feel a little bit of an odd one out about that as so many other bookworms say they don’t, but my best friend has very similar book tastes to me and I like talking to her about books I’ve read so I lend her a lot of books! I actually had the having to rearrange problem fairly recently when I got some books back from my friend, I had to try and fit one of the books back on the shelf it had come from and in that time I’d got a new one by the same author which was in its place, it took a lot of shuffling to fit everything properly! I’ve definitely experienced all of these at one point or another.
    My TTT:

    • simonevanheijst
      April 6, 2021 / 8:18 pm

      Ooh in such cases sharing books can be so fun! I’ve been trying to get one of my good friends back into reading so I’ve been chucking various books at her. She knows how particular I am about the condition of my books though, so she’s super careful with them haha. It’s too bad we live on separate continents now. Thanks for reading!?

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