1. Well the first problem I have is obvious and universal: MY TBR IS TOOOO GINORMOUS. There are just so many books to read and not enough time! It’s only gotten worse once I discovered blogging and twitter. There are shinies everywhere! I even have a shelf for 2016 already. Problem, thy name is Morgan.
2. I feel guilty about various things all the time. It’s in my nature unfortunately. And this translates to my TBR pile. Every time I stare at my books I’m elated and also filled with immense guilt that I have so many I haven’t read yet. (Does it stop me from buying more? Nope.)
3. Even though my shelves are covered in books and more arrive all the time, I can’t resist the siren call of the library. Sometimes the books there are just as shiny! I’ve also found some real gems perusing the shelves.
4. I also have a burning desire to hoard books like a dragon. I love my collection. I love looking at it on my shelves and just knowing the pretties are mine! I’m not as neurotic about it as I used to be; I even have *GASP* unfinished series missing book 1! I try to be more discerning about whether I’ll ACTUALLY read it again someday or if I want it just to have it.
5. I’m a snob when it comes to the condition of my books. I like the corners to be crisp, the covers and pages unbent. Used books, not really my thing. I don’t like blatant creases or rips (omg I would cry). BUT the paradoxical thing is even though I won’t buy them that way, I don’t mind if I crack the paperback spines, or dog ear the pages of my own books.
6. Rereading and I have a funny history. As a kid, I’d read my favorite books over and over again. I can’t even count the amount of times I’ve read Harry Potter; it’s basically all I read in college. Nowadays I feel too guilty to indulge most of the time because of, you guessed it, my TBR. The #ReRead2015 challenge has been amazing in letting me enjoy some rereads lately! It’s very relaxing. I watch the same movies over and over, why not do that with books?
7. A couple years ago I started preordering books like a madwoman. I liked supporting the authors, I liked the thrill of “buying” a book and not paying for it immediately, I love getting the best price for a book, and I love lists! It’s definitely a “problem”. I’m constantly browsing Amazon for upcoming titles so I can preorder them. I’m always checking on my orders. Something about it is so exciting to me!
But half the time I haven’t read the book even 6 months later. It sits on my shelf looking pretty and waiting patiently for its turn. That’s one reason I’m trying to focus on less preorders and more library use/birthday lists. Haha.
8. I have a tendency to read based on my mood. I want to think I can go with the flow but it doesn’t always work. Sometimes I can’t concentrate on elaborate worldbuilding so my fantasy pile grows even though it’s my favorite genre. Same with adult historical fiction- once I start I’m usually hooked but sometimes I just want a good fluffy read!
9. One of the problems I feel the worst about is how bad I am at reading books recommended to me! I love talking books and trading recs but I feel like most of my friends are quick to read what I suggest and I just add theirs to my list. It’s not a conscious decision! It’s mainly the fact that I have a huge pile of books I’ve been dying to read and need to work on.
10. Poor backlist, always pushed aside for the shiny and the new. I’m trying to be better at searching out older titles, both at the library and to purchase, because I’ve found a lot of amazing books that way! It’s always fun to champion the smaller, forgotten book too :)
Do we share any of the same book problems?
Any tips for me?
Let me know in the comments!