I got 99 problems but a book ain’t one (yeah, more like 10).
- I want too many books. I’ll bet this is a problem for most book bloggers, or just anyone who loves to read. There are so many books that I want to read, and, more troublesomely, that I want to own. This is my problem with libraries: I want to keep my books and love them and squeeze them and I shall name them Squishy and they will be my Squishy. This is why I also don’t like e-readers all that much—I want to own physical books and read physical books.
- I don’t read nearly enough. Even though I’ve been unemployed (mostly by choice) since June of last year, it still feels like I never have enough time to read. Part of that is because I feel like I’m always blogging, and if I’m blogging, I’m not reading. Another part of that is that I have to take care of Maisie; yet another part is that we’re moving again this June, and thinking about that just stresses me out. I also get pretty easily distracted by reading Reddit and Book Riot and other blogs. So I am reading; I’m just not reading books.
- I’m not very good at expanding my horizons. I’m trying to change that this year by taking part in the Dive Into Diversity Challenge, but in general my tastes skew pretty regularly towards the horror/sci-fi/fantasy (sometimes) genres, with occasional stops for literary fiction. There are so many things out there that I want to want to read, but all too often I stick with my comfort zone.
- It seems like I never have enough bookshelves. This piggybacks a little bit off of #1, but it’s true. We bought three huge bookcases from IKEA when we moved to South Carolina, and they’re pretty much already full. Not entirely with books—and at least two shelves are taken up by Andrew’s dental school textbooks and another two by the neon sign his parents got custom made for him when he graduated—but still. When we move again this summer, I see the purchase of at least one more new bookshelf in our future.
- I don’t really like libraries. Again piggybacking off #1: I’m just not a huge fan of libraries. I’ve always wanted to be, but it’s never worked out that way. In college, I did all my studying in my dorm or in the office where I worked (I was a receptionist in the Slavic and Eastern Languages and Literatures office, and it was always very quiet) except for maybe once when I wanted to impress a guy I had a crush on and agreed to study with him in the library. (It didn’t work out.) I actually do have a library card for Richland County, where I currently reside, but the library that’s closest to me isn’t like…a nice library. It’s small, cold, and institutional, and frankly it’s too bright inside. Plus the one time I went there, it was rather loud. So, not really where I want to be going. But maybe the other branches are better. Seriously, if I’m gonna go to the library, it better look like this:
- I’m getting old. No, seriously guys. I remember my parents talking about how they could never read all that much because it made them fall asleep, and I remember scoffing because how could you fall asleep while reading, reading is awesome! But now…I’m lucky if I get through two chapters before my eyelids get heavy. And that goes for almost every book I’ve read recently. Maybe I need to get my eyes checked.
- I can’t seem to find many other book blogs that don’t focus entirely on YA. YA is having a moment, and that’s great. It’s always important to get teens reading, and it’s even more important that they have books and characters they can relate to. Buuuuut I pretty much just missed the cutoff for YA when it was getting big, and while I’ve read a few of the more famous titles and mostly enjoyed them (The Hunger Games, Divergent, etc.), it’s just not my thing. Thankfully, if you’re a fan of YA and also a fan of this blog, I feature one YA review a month by my friend Nicole, who is a youth librarian! But seriously, though, if you’re a book blogger whose main focus is something other than YA, holla. Let’s be friends.
- I’m always behind on new releases. As I mentioned in last month’s Top Ten Tuesday about my most anticipated books for 2015, I rarely, if ever, track new releases. I finally joined Edelweiss last month, but again, I’m not super into e-readers (I have an iPad, but I rarely charge it because I rarely use it). I’ve thought about getting a Kindle, because the one time I used one I actually didn’t hate it, but meh. It would probably be better than an iPad, screen-wise at least, but (again piggybacking on #1), I just like physical books so much better. But, um, I digress. New releases, right. I’m bad at tracking things because I just don’t know that many authors, and for that I feel like a terrible book blogger. But hopefully with my Edelweiss subscription I’ll be a little more aware of what’s coming out.
- I’m not the best at explaining why books are good and why people should read them—at least not in person. My most epic fail was the time I tried to explain Ender’s Game to a coworker and she referred to it evermore as Babies in Space. Obviously I didn’t do a great job convincing her to read it. On the other hand, I’m always afraid that I’ll talk up a book relentlessly only for everyone I forced to read it to be all “meh” about it.
- I’m gonna have to get a job eventually. We’re moving again this summer to Fort Bragg, but this time, we’ll definitely be there for at least two years. The reason I didn’t get a job in South Carolina is because by the time we move, we’ll only have been here for 11 months. So once we move this summer, I’ll have to start contributing financially to the household again—and THEN when will I read??
What are your top bookish issues?by