Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Problems

I've decided to jump on board with Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the topic is: top ten bookish problems. 

I'm sure there are going to be a LOT of similar items on other TTTs!

1. Not enough time to read - honestly, there's NEVER enough time to read. By which I mean I can't ever aspire to read ALL the books! I seriously want one day (one whole day) every week that I can devote just to reading and absolutely nothing else. Never going to happen. 

2. Which doesn't stop me from wanting to read ALL the books - let's face it, as a book junkie I acquire way too many books. Many, many more than I can ever tackle. This was particularly bad when I was a bookseller as any shelving day would result in a stack of books to buy. 

3. My big TBR = a guilty conscience - sometimes I think the books are staring back at me accusingly. 

4. Traveling, vacations, and being sick - soooo I know I'm not the only one who thinks that when I'm sick as a dog and can't do anything else at least I can still read. I honestly look at it the same way as a vacation in terms of TBR tackling even though I don't even get to read all that much on vacation! And don't even get me started on packing what to read while traveling.

5. eBooks vs physical books - ebooks are never going to win. They almost never get priority over my physical books. When I do choose one, my ereader will inevitably be in need of charging. And half the time I think I've loaded a file, when I go to read it it's gone. 

6. I need a TARDIS to hold my books - my available shelving space needs to magically grow along with my book collection. 

7. The dreaded reading slump - I've battled this a bit more effectively of late simply by committing myself to scheduled reviews. No, it doesn't necessarily make the slump go away but it makes it harder to succumb to it and it usually does end rather quickly (thankfully).

8. Choosing the next book - I'm a mood reader but I also have that guilt mentioned above, which means that when I do get to choose my next book on my own I often become crippled by the decision. I sit and stare at the shelves and then I feel guilty about the time I'm wasting when I could be reading something!

9. My brain is becoming Swiss cheese - I feel like I used to remember details much better in years past. I never understood how a person couldn't remember if they owned a book (people used to complain about new covers and buying books they'd already read). Yeah, I get that now. I can't remember anything! 

10. Hoarding - let me just say I'm definitely NOT a true hoarder. I get rid of books ALL the time. But,  I do have a definite fear that I'll get rid of something that I want to come back to later on. It's awful. And it's happened! The worst part, though, is hanging onto series titles. If it's something I really want to read but maybe haven't had a chance to get to, I'll still buy later installments planning to tackle the whole thing when I have a chance. But of course there's #1 and #2 and #3 above isn't there?


Amanda said...

I love the idea of a book Tardis! That's just perfection. Great list!

Krystianna said...

I've a huge TBR as well and it really gets to me sometimes! It makes me feel bad when I go out and buy more but at the same time I just want to read everything! Great list. :)
Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

Kay said...

I love the "if I'm sick at least I get to read". When I had surgery several years ago and had to be off work for 6+ weeks, all I could think about was "I can read all day long and not feel guilty". I don't think other people feel that way.

And series. Yes, I love them. Totally. But, the mystery series that I still want to try kind of give me anxiety when I think of the 5 or 10 or 15 books already in the series. Must. Start. At. The. Beginning. ;-)

As the Crowe Flies and Reads said...

I love your list! It's been probably two years since I've participated in the Top Ten Tuesday meme, but I still love reading certain lists.

I have SO many of the same book problems as you. I reckon they're pretty universal among readers.

Becky LeJeune said...

Yes, Emily, I'm pretty sure a lot of these are definitely universal. At least we all know we're not alone in our pain!

Kay, the worst was when I brought a HUGE doorstopper over to my parents' after I had my wisdom teeth out. Everything that could go wrong went wrong and I was zonked out on pain pills for seven days. That book stayed in my TBR for way too many years after that and never got cracked open.

Krystianna, I once tried to tell myself I had to tackled the TBR exponentially - reading multiples from the shelf before I'd allow myself to buy 1 new book - yeah, that didn't work.

Amanda - wouldn't that be awesome?! It would solve ALL of my book space issues. Though I bet I could fill even a TARDIS!

Literary Feline said...

I enjoyed reading through your list and can relate to a number of them.

There never is enough time to read, is there? And like you, I know I will never be able to read all the books I want to even though I still am going to try.

I wish I could read when I am sick. Usually if I'm sick enough to stay home from work, I can't focus on a book. I hate that about me. :-(

I want a Tardis too.

Becky LeJeune said...

Literary Feline - that's why it's a problem! I always THINK I'm going to get all this reading done when I'm sick and I never do!

Madigan Mirza said...

What to pack while reading! Oh ho, my family mocks me for loading up my suitcases with books. I try to bring paperbacks that I've been meaning to read, so I can get them out of the way and then abandon them on my travels.