Being a bookworm is great, but if you are one, you know it’s not all fun and games. There are numerous sites, hashtags, blogs, etc. devoted simply to bookworm/book nerd/etc. problems, so clearly we’ve all got some issues to work out in the bookish world. Here are some of the bookish problems I’ve been having lately:
1. I have to own a complete series before I start reading a series. I am not a huge fan of series. I have dreadful series amnesia and always end up having to read the previous book in a series when I’m reading a series that’s currently in the process of coming out. Because of my series amnesia, I tend to avoid series at all costs, but there are some series, like the Raven Cycle and the Grisha trilogy, that I really want to read still. However, I’ve come to decide that I have to own all the books before I start reading, because binge-reading a series is the only way to avoid series amnesia.
2. My bookshelves don’t match. I have two bookshelves in my apartment, but they are both different colors, one dark wood and one white. This is kind of okay now, except when I want to bookstagram them and my style is more white and minimalist. However, when we eventually move into a bigger place (the day cannot come soon enough, our apartment is TINY), we’ll have space to put the shelves next to each other, and then they WON’T MATCH. It will be so aesthetically displeasing.
3. Not enough space for books. Because my boyfriend and I are now living together and we are both bookworms, I can no longer use both entire shelves for my own books, so, when I run out of space on my second shelf, I don’t know where I’m going to be able to put them. Living in an apartment as a bookworm is a hazard for the books.
4. I don’t even have all my books in my apartment. An entire shelf’s worth of books are still at my parent’s house in Connecticut. So many precious babies, so far away! How will I get all of them down to my apartment? Idk. It is a mystery. I’ve had my mom send me some books as I want them, and I’ll probably have my parents bring books down every time they visit when they decide to drive instead of fly, but it will be a process.
5. I cannot keep track of unread physical ARCs. For some reason I’m way better at keeping track of eARCs that are unread, even though I hardly ever actually read them on time. I think it’s because I have a Goodreads shelf dedicated to 2018 eARCs that I look at whenever I’m not sure what to read next. I need a better organizational system to keep track of my unread physical ARCs because I somehow have so many now.
6. I really need to read more middle grade books but I’m not a huge fan of them. Since I am a teen librarian, I serve kids from ages 12-18, which means I sometimes need to give booktalks for middle grade reads. However, it’s harder for me to get into reading MG because they don’t interest me as much as YA. Still, I know I should read some more so I can have as many booktalks as I can prepared for school visits to the library and outreach to schools and other youth organizations.
Can you relate to any of these bookish problems? Got any tips for me?