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.)
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]
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.)
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.)
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)
- The Winds of Winter by George R.R. Martin (TBH HE’LL PROBABLY DIE BEFORE HE FINISHES THIS BOOK, LET ALONE THE REST OF THE SERIES)
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.
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?!