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Top Ten Books Related Problems I Have
I’m definitely excited for this topic! I can’t wait to see what everyone’s problems are!
In no particular order…
1. I can’t stop reading in the middle of a chapter.
I don’t care how ridiculous this is, I can’t just stop anywhere. I recently read a book that had ZERO chapters. Once I figured this out I had to stop for the night, but I finished it in one sitting the next day because there was no place to stop.
2. I keep my books in pristine condition.
I know you’re questioning why this is a problem, but I had this conversation at a book signing a couple of weeks ago. None of my books look well read because I am always careful. And even the books I love that I reread I take extra care of.
3. No one wants to read my books.
I found out a few months ago that the other members of my book club are afraid to borrow my books. One of them borrowed a book and returned it unread because they were afraid to read it. Anther borrowed a book and I guess spilled something on it and bought me a new book (which was totally not necessary). I know I like my books in pristine condition, but I wouldn’t loan out a book to someone if it was that important in my life that it couldn’t handle a little damage.
4. I have to read books in order.
I don’t care if its a continuous series or companion novels, I have a hard time with not reading them in order. There have been a couple of companion novels I’ve read out of order and even though I know it’s not a huge deal it still frustrates me.
5. I have a hard time being “told” what to read.
It doesn’t matter how amazing the book is, when someone tells me I have to read it (for any reason) I kind of don’t want to. This is especially true for books that aren’t my normal style. It doesn’t even matter if I’m told that I will like it by people I trust to know my tastes, I resist. Most of the time when I finally do read it I love it, but getting there is hard. This is especially hard to deal with in book club as most of the books recommended aren’t books I would pick for myself.
6. No romance usually means I won’t like the book.
I love romance in books. I read a good mix of books where romance is the main plot and where romance is the side plot, but no romance at all generally leaves me unsettled and I end up not really enjoying the book. There doesn’t have to be a lot of romance, just a little bit. And it doesn’t even have to be characters hooking up, it could just be flirting. I just need a little something!
7. I haven’t read a lot of my BEA books.
I’ve gone to BEA twice and come home with a lot of books. Some of them don’t get read because later on I realize I don’t really have interest in reading it (or I fell for the hype at BEA). Some of them don’t get read because I just have a ton of books. I tried putting myself on a schedule last year but that didn’t work (see #5).
8. I can change my mind on a dime.
I could read about a character/plot in one book and love it, and completely hate it in another book. Sometimes I love the alpha hero that saves the day and sometimes it pisses me off. Sometimes I don’t care that the plot is completely implausible, sometimes I nitpick the implausibility to death. Depends on my mood I guess.
9. I’m a sucker for a pretty cover.
Who isn’t, right? There are books I know in advance I want to purchase the print edition because the cover is so pretty. On the flip side there have been some books I’ve intentionally purchased the ebook version because I hated the cover. I have books on my shelves that I didn’t particularly like (Wither, I’m looking at you) but the cover is so gorgeous that I can’t bear to part with it.
10. All the books in a series need to be in the same format/cover style.
I am super picky about this. If I start a series in hardcover, I continue in hardcover, and follow the same rules for paperback and ebooks. I can’t stand when series changes covers and I have mismatching covers.
What bookish problems do you have?