Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular blog meme, Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week they ask us:
February 17: Ten Book Related Problems I Have (could be serious or fun!)
I would call most book bloggers’serious’ readers, not necessarily more than non-bloggers nor in subject matter, but we tend to take our hobby seriously. We love books, talking books, seeking out new books, bookstores, libraries, etc. For book bloggers, reading and reviewing almost becomes an unpaid second job, or first job depending on how you divvy up your time. With the amount of work and passion that goes into this hobby there is bound to be some problems that can overtake your life if you let them. Listed below are some of my bookish problems (some serious, some not), I’m sure many of you will be able to relate…
Ten bookish problems that plague my life.
- New Releases: This is mainly a problem with my favorite authors. When I see a new book in some series I adore I want to read it now, not six months from now. I will push back books that have been patiently waiting their turn to wow me with their plots for a coveted new release. Which leads us to our next problem…
- Owning Books: Because I don’t like to wait to read my favs and it can be difficult to obtain them from a library or I am turned down for an ARC edition I will often end up buying the book. While this is great for the authors, not so pocketbook friendly most of the time. If I would just wait a few months I can get most titles through the library or wait just a tad longer and buy the hardcover in the clearance bin or used. I need to get over having to own the book.
- Cheap Books: I also need to stop bringing home so many cheap books, like the weeded quarter titles you can find at library sales. This is especially a problem when it is part of an unknown series and there are like 5-10 titles I need to read before I get to the cheap read I brought home. I need to learn it is okay to walk away.
- Accosting People: In bookstores, libraries, Target… When I see someone looking like they need help, or they are picking up a title that I loved, or for any other reason. Some people do not appreciate talking books for 20 minutes with the strange bibliophile.
- Feeling ashamed or defensive: A lot of what I read is considered trash by people. Not me, but I have read the blog and Facebook posts that are critical of the genres, and select titles, I love. Quite often they hurt my feelings and I take their words as a personal attack on my character. How could I read and love such garbage, I shouldn’t be wasting my time, they tell me. I need to get over it and develop a thicker skin. It is just their opinion, most of the time they are book snobs anyway, either way what does it matter. Authors are writing the books for people to enjoy, so I need to just enjoy them.
- Weeding Books: All those books that I had to have by authors I adore are now taking up three bookcases. Three. And those are just the ones I’ve read, I have one whole other bookcase of unread titles from #3. I need to re-evaluate from time to time if a series is really worth hanging onto. Author love is a little like those crushes you get in your youth, over the years you will fall in and out of love with many of them. It is alright to let some go that don’t necessarily hold the same appeal to you anymore.
- ARCS: I need to just step away from the Net Galley site from time to time. I have four titles right now, three of which need to be read and reviewed by the end of the month. Sure it is great to get a title by authors I love and find new ones to try, but there are only so many hours in a day people.
- Keeping an Open Mind: I’m just as bad sometimes as the people I mentioned in #5. I will look at a title and know I’m going to hate it before even opening up the cover. This is especially true when it comes to books I have to read for work or recommendations from patrons. Now granted I am usually right when it comes to knowing what sort of books interest me, but I need to be willing to try something outside of my comfort zone from time to time without all the fuss.
- Relax: I need to do this when it comes to challenges. I get so wrapped up in falling behind in my reading goals that it takes all the fun out of reading and makes it a chore. I did make a more modest goal this year in an attempt to take the pressure off, but that freaking little widget on the side of Goodread’s page still tells me I am three books behind…
- Participating More: I love this hobby and the community of book bloggers I have joined. I do a fairly decent job of staying on top of my posts, but I don’t participate as much as I should. I need to read other people’s posts and reviews more and comment on them. Bad blogger.