Today's Top Ten Tuesday (as always brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish) looks at the problems of loving books. So here are my top ten book related problems.
1. Space!! I have four tubs of books at my parents house, just chillin. And I have eight boxes of books which my mom is supposed to be shipping to me, but six months later, it still hasn't happened. But I only have one small book shelf anyway, so I don't know where I would put them!
2. Physical copies vs. E-books. I love phsyical books. Like more than anything else in the entire world, I love books. But ebooks have the benefit of being immediately accessible and not taking up any space. So I love renting them from the library, but I kind of hate paying for them myself. Like if I'm going to spend money on something, I kind of want to be able to hold it in my own two hands. But if you get a book and then decide later you don't need or want a copy, they can be really hard to get rid of. Sometimes you can sell them to used books stores for a quarter (or less!) of what you payed for them, or you have to donate them somewhere. Libraries might not want them, schools might not want them, goodwill stores might not want them. Sometimes it gets tricky.
3. Falling completely in love with a fictional character. Like yes, I know they aren't real, but my heart sure feels like they are.
4. Reaching the end of a series. You fall so far into the world and love it so much, and then you finish the stories available. And yes, you can go back and reread, but there's no new material. It's hard to reach that point.
5. Getting ARCs. Don't get me wrong! I love love love being given the opportunity to read a book early. And I only request books that I have a sincere interest in reading. But sometimes when I get them, I'm in the middle of another book, so I have to finish that. And then I need to read for school. And then I just have to read another book for my book club. Or whatever. And then suddenly it's been forever, and I still haven't read the ARC! Personal guilt trip zone. I hate reaching that point. Although alternatively...
6. Not getting ARCs. You see a book that you've been waiting for ages and ages to be released. The next book by your favorite author. Or the next book in an amazing series. Or a debut that just sounds so much like a "you" book, and you request it, and you're *gasp* denied! It's so hard to be like, it's not about me, they only have so many copies, you can read it eventually. I usually want to accuse all the people who got it of being unworthy and not being capable of reading it on time, and all sorts of other stupid stuff in my head. I just have to remind myself that they love books too, and just because I don't get to read it early, doesn't mean I won't get to read it.
7. Money. No one wants to have to say this, but funds get tricky when you love books and also have to live (especially when you're in college of any level or working a minimum wage job). There are so many authors I want to support, but also so many new authors I want to try, and I definitely cannot afford all the books I would like to buy. So it's a constant question of do I buy this book or that book? Do I use my library or do I invest? I try to make it all work out, but sometimes it hurts my heart to have to say, I can't buy this book right now.
8. What to read next??? I always have like a dozen series in progress, and a stack of TBRs waiting to BR, but it's always a little tricky to decide on what I should read next. Sometimes I'll start a book, and be like, I know I'm going to like this, but I'm not liking it right now. And I'll have to set it down and come back to it.
9. Who to talk to?? I basically started this blog because I didn't have enough people to talk to about books I loved. Sometimes, you read a book, and you tell everyone you know in real life about it, but nobody has read it or will read it. So you just have to find another outlet for book loving.
10. Papercuts! This seems totally silly, but I can't count how many times I've accidentally given myself a papercut when I'm reading. I get too into the story and start reading too fast and blam! Papercut. #bookloverproblems
What about you lovelies? What problems do you encounter with books? Let me know in the comments!