This Little Bookworm Has Problems

Ten of them, to be exact. Ten problems.

Today I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for their weekly feature, Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s prompt is “top ten book-related problems.” I HAD NO IDEA HOW MANY BOOKISH PROBLEMS I HAD UNTIL I WROTE THIS POST, PEOPLES. But now I know that I have a lot. Who would’ve thought?! I started writing this list and the ideas/problems just POURED out of my brain.

1. A never-ending TBR list

There are used books I’ve bought very cheaply. There are books I’ve received as gifts. There are books I need to read for school assignments. There are books I stumble across whilst exploring Goodreads, and books that friends recommend to me by saying, “THIS IS AN ENGIE BOOK READ IT READ IT.”

(Annie, if you’re reading this, I want you to know that… you’re awesome and all your recommendations have been spot-on so far, but… gah! YOU’VE RECOMMENDED AT LEAST 40 BOOKS TO ME AND I HAVE NO CLUE HOW I’M GOING TO CATCH UP ON ALL THOSE AWESOME BOOKS.)

How could they do that to me??????

How could they do that to me??????

2. Amazingly brilliant authors who’ve only written ONE book

Write more! Please, write more, because I don’t know what to do with myself after reading such awesome stories and I need MORE! I don’t even care whether their next book is a sequel… I just need more, please. [Commands Emily M. Danforth to write faster and stop slacking off]

Well, why would I, when it turns out that I haven't actually read about it yet?

Well, why would I, when it turns out that I haven’t actually read about it yet?

3. Reading comic books, short stories, and mysteries out of order

I read a BUNCH of Captain America comics last year – but not in order. I’m too lazy to google the proper chronology, and too impatient to read them in the right order. I pick up whatever volume looks the most exciting at the moment, all right?! This does make me kind of confused at times, though, because I’ll be like WAIT WHAT WHY IS BUCKY DOING THAT THING WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN?!?! And then I’m like… oh, wait, I think I skipped an issue or two of this story. Whoops.

I have the same problem when I read the Sherlock Holmes short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle and any of Agatha Christie’s mysteries. You don’t HAVE to read them in order, but sometimes the stories do reference earlier, already-solved cases.

4. When the library doesn’t have all the books in a particular series

One of the best decisions I made last year was to buy Derek Landy’s entire Skulduggery Pleasant series – eleven books total! I’d only read the first three and was a little leery of buying the whole set, because I don’t really buy books unless I’ve already read them. (What if I don’t like them? I don’t want to waste my money!)

But in the end, I was SO happy that I bought those books! They were well worth the money and, well, my library only had the first three. I wouldn’t have been able to continue reading this amazing series if I hadn’t broken down and said, “FINE! I’LL BUY THEM!”

(Sometimes I seriously question the librarians’ judgment. It doesn’t bother me if they don’t own a book that was published only last month but when they still don’t have a series book from, like, 2007? Come on.)

No, I won't tell you how this story ends. My lips are sealed.

No, I won’t tell you how this story ends. My lips are sealed.

5. Spoilers

I used to be absolutely terrible with spoilers. I’d spoil myself on purpose by reading websites and whatnot that I KNEW would have spoilers! I don’t know why I did that.

I’m much better about that now, happily, but I still encounter a few spoilers every now and then. I practice what I’ve dubbed “cautious googling,” which involves looking for more info about awesome stories and then quickly skimming down the webpage to determine whether the site is spoilery or not.

Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t.



6. No one to fangirl with

THIS IS SO TRAGIC. When I read something that just blows my mind, I want to squee about it with other fans! And I hate when I can’t find other fans, or very many of them.

I solve this problem by trying to persuade all my friends to read my favorite not-so-well-known books.

(If you would like to make me a VERY happy Engie indeed, read any of the following and report back with your thoughts: All Men of Genius by Lev AC Rosen, The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth, Ash and Adaptation and Inheritance by Malinda Lo, any of Bill Bryson’s books, V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd, the Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy, the Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins, Kirsten Miller’s books, and Sue Limb’s Girl, 15, Charming But Insane series.)

I'm just twiddling my thumbs and waiting for the next book... isn't that how it always works?

I’m just twiddling my thumbs and waiting for the next book… isn’t that how it always works?

7. That endless wait for upcoming books

At the moment, I’m anxiously waiting the publication of the following books:

  • The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (September 29, 2015)
  • The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan (October 6, 2015)
  • Winter by Marissa Meyer (November 10, 2015)

And I know that books take a loooooooot of time and effort and thinkyness (is that a word?) to write, but I am still an impatient little bookworm.

8. Growing far too attached to fictional characters

And I don’t just mean this in the sense of, “Oh my gosh, I can’t believe they’re dead! NOOOOOOO! Do not want!” I do have that reaction pretty often, of course, but mostly I have a DIFFERENT problem.

I want to be a character’s BFF. Or I develop a massive crush on them.

UGH THIS IS SOOOOO FRUSTRATING. Even if you’ll probably never meet your favorite celebrity, or even if your crush doesn’t notice you, at least you have a teeny-tiny chance of a Happily Ever After. But with fictional people? Nooooooo. I’LL NEVER BE PIPPIN TOOK’S BFF. I’LL NEVER DATE TANITH LOW. THIS IS QUITE QUITE TRAGIC.

Don't mind me, I'm just glumly cuddling my favorite characters because Bad Things are already happening and they haven't even reached the last book. This isn't supposed to happen yet, is it?

Don’t mind me, I’m just glumly cuddling my favorite characters because Bad Things are already happening and they haven’t even reached the last book. This isn’t supposed to happen yet, is it?

9. When a book breaks my heart and it’s not even the last one in the series

It’s bad enough when a book rips out my heart and stomps on it and breaks it into a million little pieces. But it’s even worse when the book in question isn’t even the conclusion to that series!

Because that means that, surely, even worse things will happen later on.

Oh, how I cried after reading Suzanne Collins’ Gregor and the Marks of Secret (the fourth book in a five-part series). And after finishing Mortal Coil by Derek Landy, I sat and stewed in my own misery because, damn it, it was only the fifth in a nine-book series and I HAD NO IDEA THERE WERE WORSE FATES THAN DEATH FOR FICTIONAL CHARACTERS.

Authors who do this kind of thing scare me.

10. A severe lack of film adaptations of my favorite books

Good film adaptations, of course. I don’t want crappy ones. If I ran the world, all book-to-movie adaptations would be ABSOLUTELY PERFECT, and adaptations would be made of all my favorite stories.

Clearly, I am awesome and should take over the world.

You have no idea what I’d do for glorious film adaptations of Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart, for example. I would sell my soul for those movies. If I had a soul, teehee.


So, tell me: What are YOUR bookish problems? Are any of them the same as mine? And why is being a bookworm so freaking hard at times?!


About nevillegirl

Elizabeth. University of Iowa class of 2019. Triple majoring in English & Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's, & Sexuality Studies. Twenty-one-year-old daydreamer, introvert, voracious reader, aspiring writer, and lesbian. Passionate about feminism, mental health, comic books, and cats.
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29 Responses to This Little Bookworm Has Problems

  1. Danny says:

    Tbh, I didn’t like Ash as much as I thought I would considering you really really love it. I dunno why, it just didn’t really interest me that much.
    I’m working on Cameron Post rn, actually 😛 and I think I’ve read the first two Sue Limb books but they weren’t particularly interesting at the time…? IM SORRY I’M HARD TO PLEASE
    Love your note on GRRM lol. But if you want an author that writes a lot, publishes a lot, and writes really hella well, check out Brandon Sanderson. Specifically, his Stormlight Archive series. The first one is The Way of Kings and it’s the best fantasy book I’ve read in a few years. (we don’t count HP in that bc it’s HP but like damn son it comes pretty close)

    • nevillegirl says:

      I think her other books (Adaptation & Inheritance) might be better choices for you, actually. Because science fiction and bi characters and kicking butt and ALIEN GENDER and… yeah.
      (Speaking of bi characters and kicking butt and science fiction – well, sort of – I am going through another “wow I have too many emotions about Steve Rogers” phase. Send help. Have you been watching Agent Carter, btw?)
      Yay! What do you think of it so far? 🙂 *is so excited that you’re reading it omg omg*
      Pff, I thought they were hilarious, but maybe that’s just me. 😛
      Yep, he’s on my TBR list. I’ve just been procrastinating on them because they’re so damn long…

      • Danny says:

        Ooh, I’ll go check em out sometime then!
        Yes yes I have and oh my god the season finale is next week I canNOT HANDLE THESE FEELINGS. I hope Cartinelli happens tbh. “Wow I have too many emotions about Steve Rogers” phases are the best tho XD I’m in that phase like 24/7. And I think I might have some bi-Steve-and-proud fics in my log, I can check if you want. I know I’ve got demiro/demisexual Tony, if you’re interested in that.
        I’m still getting through the exposition bc I’ve been reading other books for class, but so far? Hella.
        IDK MAN it was forever ago, like pre-baby-gay me which was like. 6th grade. Ish?
        Ok, the weird thing about his books is that you finish a 400k word long book of his, and then you look back at the plot, and you think “Huh. Nothing really eventful happened in this book. But somehow it’s so good. Nice.” But bro they’re really worth the time you put into them and I have no one to fangirl with hint hint.

    • nevillegirl says:

      Yay! Apparently they’re like the X-Files? Idk, man, I’ve never watched that show, but apparently that’s what inspired the author.
      (Oh, goodie, because if you hadn’t watched it I’d have had to yell at you to watch you. 😛 OMG OMG CARTINELLI ILU THEY HAVE BASICALLY BECOME MY OTP, INADVERTENTLY. ❤ OMG OMG.)
      I've never actually considered queer!Tony, but then I didn't like him for a long time either. xD I'm not so fond of him in the movies, but he's all right in all of the comics I've read.
      Yes yes yes it is hella.
      Awwww. *boops ur nose* Pre-baby-gay Danny. Awww.
      Ehehe, I got the hint. I'll try to read at least one of his books soon? 😀

      • Danny says:

        I’ve never either, but if they are it’ll be interesting to read them.
        Tbh in my head all of the Avengers are sort of queer. But yeah I get you Tony’s a really dickish character, but I love him. (You should give me your queervenger headcanons tho hint hinttt)
        Shut upppp skdhfajsg. But bro you don’t wanna see what pre-baby-gay me looked like. I cry in horror. Middle school was a very questionable time. (actually last year was a very questionable time up until The Haircut)
        Yesssssssssssss victory lol.

    • nevillegirl says:

      YES SAME MY LITTLE GAY HEART HAS DIED AND GONE TO HEAVEN. ❤ Like I think queer history is cool anyway and I freaking looooove old-timey queer couples (which is why I ship Vastra/Jenny so strongly tbh) so it's not really surprising that I adore Cartinelli. And seriously, Peggy always looks at Angie in a super-gay way. I mean, Angie does the same, but PEGGY. SHE ALWAYS LOOKS SO SMITTEN WITH HER AAAAAAAAAAAH OMG.
      Same. I could fangirl for literally hours about queer Black Widow, although tbh that isn't even a headcanon since apparently she's canonically bi anyway? 😀
      (Yeah, I will, eventually. xD)
      Ehehe, I've seen pictures, and you look so much awesome-r now. 😛 I liked the picture of you with some sort of tiny furry pet thing on your head. xDDDDDDD What was that, anyway?

      • Danny says:

        Sameeee. There’s just something about old-timey queerness (stealing your phrasing there whoops) that’s just so cool because like obv we know queer people existed before the last few decades but there’s something about actually seeing it (whether in fic or in photoset on Tumblr or w/e else) that’s just really fascinating, you get me? (related: I have an old-timey Bucky/Steve that actually really delves into the ripples their relationship would’ve caused in history–actually, scratch that, I have like 5)
        And yeah, the Cartinelli eyefucking is so so obvious it’s almost (almost) at Destiel level. AND IT’S SO CUTE WHEN ANGIE CALLS PEGGY “ENGLISH” LIKE OMG LET ME LOVE YOU.
        Oh really? Awesomeeee. You know what’s also not a hc? Bi Steve. It’s sooooo obvious. I’m in denial hush let me live.
        (I look forward to it uwu)
        Yes yes you have dear lord I need to burn them all. I don’t remember if I ever showed you how bad I looked in middle school though? Oh yes, that was one of my sugar gliders.

    • nevillegirl says:

      (So sorry about the late reply – I’m SUPER behind on blog comments!)

      Yesssss. Idk, for me, I think it’s partially that I didn’t even realize queer people existed until I was 11 (and even then, I only knew about gay men) because my parents were always weirdly uncomfortable and secretive about my uncle and the dude I eventually figured out was his boyfriend-now-husband. (Even though Mom and Dad claim to be soooooo supportive? Idk. Dude. Stop pretending kids can’t understand this stuff, really. If parents would just TELL their kids these things maybe their kids wouldn’t be so fucked up later on and feel horrible about their crushes on girls because they didn’t even know it was possible for girls to love other girls ughhhhh why anyway /endrant.)
      And queer people aren’t in the history books, especially not ordinary queer people who weren’t famous or anything, their existence isn’t even mentioned. So when I see pictures and letters and stuff from, like, queer ladies in the early 1900s or whatever I SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.
      (Ooh, I want to read those Steve/Bucky fics!!)
      It really is, though. And bi Peggy. And in general, Idk if Marvel has a master plan to reveal all the Captain America-related characters as bisexual, or if they inadvertently make every interaction between them hella fucking gay. Because Steve is soooo not heterosexual. (I can't believe I ever thought he was?? Omg.)
      Well, both it and you were absolutely adorable. *boops ur nose* 🙂

  2. Cait says:

    I don’t buy books unless I’ve read them/they’re in a series I love tooooo!! I AM SO WITH YOU! Why would we want to own bad books?! (Clearly I’m not a risk taker when it comes to money, lol.) XD AHHH. There are too many attachment feels when reading. No one warned me of the emotional trauma. Sure the characters might not die but I still have to say goodbye.


    • nevillegirl says:

      *high-five* I always feel weird when some of my other friends are like “lol check out all the books I bought, I can’t wait to read them!” because that is just SO not something I do, not without a TON of thought beforehand at the very least.
      I hate saying goodbye to characters. -_-


  3. Mo says:

    I have read all of those books you really like, although you recommended all of them but the Underland Chronicles to me. And I think I only read the first Girl, 15, Charming but Insane book because I was unaware of any sequels until this moment.

    Of late my bookish problems have included not knowing what to read and not wanting to read the books that I have in the house.

    • nevillegirl says:

      Well, that’s because you’re awesome and we have similar bookish tastes and great minds think alike. *nods*

      Indeed. I actually have a ton of books from the library right now, but I’m just so unmotivated to read anything right now.

  4. I feel these bookish problems so much. Especially the endless to be read list, getting too attached to characters, and when the darn library doesn’t have the whole series.

    Also I just read the Miseducation of Cameron Post and I loved it, so I went and looked up the author and couldn’t believe she doesn’t have anything else yet!

    • nevillegirl says:

      I think she might be working on a new project, though, and she HAS said that she had to cut some stuff about Cam’s life after Promise because it was too long… so maybe it’ll be in another book someday? I CERTAINLY HOPE SO.
      I’m always glad to find more people who’ve read that amazing book! ❤

  5. Bec Graham says:

    Agree, totally agree! I was a WRECK after Clockwork Prince. It totally destroyed me.

    And as for fictional crushes? I am 100% sure that my soulmate is Will Herondale and I will mever ever get to meet him. Real life men have a real hard time measuring up to Will in my head hahaha

  6. these. all of these.

    i’m 99% sure that ronan lynch is my soulmate, my gay heart has such a crush on him. and the dreaded to be read list /).(\ i keep adding books then procrastinating reading them lmao

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