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Every book nerd has book related problems. We all do, no matter how hard we try, it’s just an inevitability.
I am rapidly, rapidly running out of space for my books. I keep reorganising my bookshelves in the hope of fitting more in. Sometimes (like last week), I manage to make a dent in it and fit stuff in… but oftentimes I don’t. I have a rather ingenious little system going!
2. People moving my books
My aforementioned ingenious system works on the proviso that nobody touches my stuff. I know where everything is as long as they remain in the same spot. My dad has this habit of moving stuff around and throwing things out without asking, which leads to me panicking over a lost book every few weeks!
3. Lack of bookmarks
I think bookmarks disappear to hang out with all the missing socks and bobby pins. I have SO MANY of them, be it free ones from the library or in The Book Depository parcels, gifts or really pretty ones that I’ve bought. Inevitably, when I need one, there is none to be found. That’s when train tickets, mobile phones, pens and receipts come into play!
This is also why I don’t use my leather bookmark collection that I began collecting in the UK! They have these amazing bookmarks in the touristy places with the location and little pictures printed on them (I have the exact one pictured here). I went crazy over them and began collecting them from wherever I went! If I went somewhere and they didn’t have a leather bookmark, my disappointment was tragic. They’re great things to collect, since they’re small, cheap, light, portable, useful, full of memories and smell nice.
I guard those bookmarks like Gollum guarded the ring- they’re too precious to lose!
4. Losing interest
I’m really bad with this. I buy a whole heap of books because I’m super interested in a topic or an author for a month or so, then lose interest and don’t pick them up again for ages. It’s a really, really bad (and expensive!) habit!
5. Being intimidated
I’ve discussed in my Bookish Resolutions TTT post about how I get intimidated by certain books. It’s a habit I’m trying to get out of, but it’s been slow going. I’m gaining confidence though and I absolutely know I’m capable of reading whatever I want to!
Since I began blogging, I’ve fallen into the habit of rushing to finish books so I can write up my review. This has also lead to me selecting far more short books than I used to, which is limiting in it’s own way. I’m working to overcome this habit, as I want to enjoy the books I read and not get annoyed if I can’t finish them in a day.
7. Abandoning books
Another nasty habit, but one I’ve been doing since forever. I feel a bit bad about it and often hang onto the book for a while, unless I really had a reason to hate it. Often my good intentions come to nothing, but at least the intention was there. I’m particularly likely to do this with slow classics or short story collections.
8. Getting too many books at the library
…Then feeling bad that I haven’t even touched them before returning them. I went to the library this weekend to get a couple of things and came home with 9 books, on top of the 5 I already had at home on my desk!
I just go mental and borrow whatever grabs my attention, even though I know I have no time to read them!
9. Getting upset that the covers aren’t perfect after reading them
I really like having my covers perfect… at least the front cover. Cracked spines don’t bother me at all, but bumped corners, ripped covers and smudges upset me. I’m not particularly hard on my books, but I don’t handle them with kid gloves either.
If a book gets particularly messy or damaged, I do donate it or give it away to someone who won’t mind so much. I once bought a second hand copy of Atonement even though it was quite damaged, but ended up donating it because when it came down to reading it, the damage bothered me too much!
10. Caving in to hype
I can’t remember the last super hyped up book that I really enjoyed. I usually get really disappointed when everyone I know adores a book that I thought was pretty rubbish or just not that good! Sometimes I buy or read books based on the hype surrounding them, but often I’m disappointed by them not reaching my high hopes.
Sometimes I have to wonder if the hype originates from a particularly expensive marketing campaign, especially when it comes from Booktube, but maybe my tin foil hat is just sitting a bit too jauntily.