book problems i am having currently

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?


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  1. I love binge reading entire series it makes it so much easier to enjoy the experience and not have to worry about forgetting little important details! however I am a big fan of rereading so I actually enjoy rereading a series before the next book comes out if it is a series I love!

    1. I like doing it sometimes but lately I just have so many other books I want to read that I worry I’ll miss out on something by spending time rereading. I know there are also a couple sites devoted to summaries of series books, and I use those sometimes as well, but generally speaking I like to reread a series book when the next book comes out to resituate myself in the story.

  2. Great post! I can totally relate to some of your problems…
    So for your ARCs problem, I would say make a list of ARCs you were given, then check them off right after you read it. Or have part of a shelf dedicated to ARCs, and when you finish a book just move it to another shelf.
    For your limited space problem, I would say to just shove books wherever you can and don’t worry about the aesthetics. That’s what I do 😂
    I hope this helps!!!

    1. that’s probably what I’m going to have to do with books I run out of space for, though my boyfriend and I are considering getting another bookshelf since we both have so many books, if we can find a space for it.

      I like keeping a list/collection of unread books and ARCs in my bullet journal, but I’m not sure how useful it is because sometimes I like to look at things like number of pages in order to decide what to read next. So I’ll have to find a method that incorporates that. I know a lot of people do spreadsheets, but I am not that good with excel so I’ll have to work on that, too.

      Thanks for the tips 🙂

  3. I totally relate to your problem of not having enough space for books…and I don’t know what the solution is! I usually buy ebooks for my Kindle so I guess that’s a solution but it’s not the same as having physical books (which is what I always prefer unless traveling). I’m probably going to have to give away a bunch of my books before I leave for college as well.. * sighs *

    1. I’ve thought about starting piles under my windows in my living room area but I think my cats would just knock them over. alas. hopefully we both find solutions eventually!

  4. I RELATE SO HARD WITH 1-3!! I am horrible at remembering series, so I need to own them all if I really want to binge! (When I do pick up series starters before all the books come out, I end up not reading the sequels bc of book amnesia.) My bookshelves USED TO be mismatched–I had one brown and one blue, until I had them repainted to white. And I have zero shelf space left–some of my books are holed up in boxes now. D:

    – Aimee @ Aimee, Always

    1. Oh no! I would be so sad putting my books in boxes. If I didn’t want to see how pretty they are all the time I probably would. I don’t even think I have room for boxes though. Alas. At least it’s somewhat of a solution??

  5. Oh I can relate to not having enough space for all of your books, my bookshelves are filled out and I don’t have room for another one, so… books start piling up everywhere haha. I also am terrible at remembering series, but… I’m terrible at buying them entirely, I’m always nervous that I won’t enjoy it, so I always get the first book and… forget to get the next ones until, like, a year later haha.

    1. I think if I make any more piles of things my boyfriend will murder me. I already have a tendency to leave piles (okay, not even piles, just messes) everywhere, so I’m super at a loss of what to do with new books lol.

  6. I can totally relate to series amnesia! But I’m too impatient to wait until all the books have been published and too lazy to re-read, so I usually just wing it and hope for the best. I spent 75% of The Heart Forger mistaking one character for another. I still don’t know who they actually were, so hopefully no one important 😂 I don’t read a lot of MG either, but I recently read and loved The Girl Who Drank the Moon, so I can wholeheartedly recommend that one!

  7. Oh GOD! That colour difference in your booksheleves! I FEEEEEL YOUR PAIN! I mean, if it would’ve been me, I would have obsessed about it everytime I saw it! OCD! ugh! BUT HEYYYYY!! CONGRATS on your bookworm boyfriend! I MEAN, damn you are lucky! 😁😁 Mine has only ever read The Zahir, which he still talks about, obsessively! 🤣 Its kinsa cute though! AND ABOUT THOSE BOOKS SOO FAR AWAYY FROM YOUU! THATS NOT GOOOOODD! They must be feeling soo lonely without youuu!! 😢😢😭😭 HEY, you go back and get them! 😒😒
    God, I enjoyed reading this post! sooo fucking relatableble! Loved it, Mel! your blog is A M A Z I N G!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️😘😘😘😘

    1. aw, thank you so much! And yes, the mismatched bookshelves are causing me so much pain lol. And I have gotten to the point where I actually have stress dreams about some of the books I’ve left behind?? So there’s that too haha.

    1. It’s so hard waiting for books in a series. and for waiting for all the books to come out so you can finally read the series, haha.

  8. Great Post! I can definitely relate! I’m terribly prone to buying box sets of Series so I can binge read them, which is not the best idea, especially if you don’t end up liking book 1 😅 I also have my books in two places: at home and at my flat for university, which is not practical at times, when the book I want to read … is in the other location 😅

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