Top Ten Tuesday: Oh, those books!

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Happy Tuesday! It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the lovely blog The Broke and the Bookish. This week the theme is Top Ten Book Related Problems I Have, and boy, do I have a lot of those!

1. Not enough time to read.

Let’s face it: there’s rarely enough time in the day to accomplish everything I want to. That means that many days (far too often than I would like) I have to sacrifice reading in order to do homework, go to work, organize honor society stuff, etc. Whenever I don’t read my usual 20-30 minutes before bed I feel like I’ve missed out on an important part of my day. Can we extend the day to 25 hours, please?

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2. Bringing a book basically everywhere I go.

It’s true- I tend to bring a book nearly everywhere I go, unless space is an issue and I’m going somewhere I won’t be able to carry a lot of stuff around. Otherwise, you can be sure that there’ll be a book in my bag.

3. READING SLUMPS.

Reading slumps are the worst. I usually experience them after I finish a REALLY good book and I feel like nothing else can compare. I also think it happens because my mind is still sort of in the world of those characters and isn’t quite ready to let it go so soon. Whatever the reason, reading slumps are terrible! I’ve gotten better at getting out of them, but they suck regardless.

4. When you start a book thinking it’s a stand-alone, only to finish it a realize it’s actually part of a series.

This happens to me more often than I’d like to admit, and it drives me bonkers. Sometimes I’m in the mood to read just a single book without having to commit to the entire series, you know?

5. The endless waiting.

You guys know what I’m talking about. WHY MUST BOOKS BE PUBLISHED SO FAR APART FROM EACH OTHER??? *glares at Goodreads TBR shelf angrily*

6. Having to read the book before watching the movie adaptation.

I know I don’t needΒ to do this, but I just can’t help it- it feels so strange watching I movie adaptation when I haven’t read the book it’s based off of. That leads me to my next problem, which is…

7. Being unable to watch a movie adaptation without comparing it with the book.

I try so hard to keep an open mind when I watch movie adaptations of books, but I can’t help but compare them to the actual books themselves! I’m getting better at enjoying them separately, but it’s difficult to do when I really liked the book to begin with.

8. Finishing an amazing series.

Harry Potter. Lord of the Rings. Percy Jackson. The Mortal Instruments. Gone. The Graceling Realm. The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. The Inheritance Cycle. The Secret series. And so countless others…. ALL SO GOOD.

9. The never-ending TBR list.

This one doesn’t really need an explanation. Six words will suffice: So many books, so little time!

10. The negative stigma surrounding reading.

Unfortunately, I think that there is still a bit of a negative stigma surrounding reading. Some people believe that readers don’t have lives of their own, that they’re just trying to escape reality by reading incessantly and living in these fictional worlds. But that’s not true- I read to feel more alive, to explore connections with other people, to expose myself to new ideas, to broaden my knowledge and to stay curious about the world around me. Reading enhances and improves my life- in no way does it prohibit me from living it fully.Β Hopefully we can get to the point when this stigma no longer exists, but until then I will continue to flaunt my bookish passion with pride!!

What are your book-related problems? What do you think about the ones on my list? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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16 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Oh, those books!

  1. Oh man. Your last point drives me crazy! I hate it so much when people say they don’t read because they “have a life”… What?! Of looking at Facebook, playing games, getting drunk, playing sport or watching TV? What makes that “life” more valid than mine? What’s more, they’re so proud of it, like a reader is a lesser form of human! Did they ever leave high school?

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    1. Exactly! It always makes me wonder why people are convinced that watching TV is somehow a better life choice than reading a book. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with watching TV, but there’s nothing wrong with reading either! I’m glad I’m not the only person who feels this way!

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  2. I always have at least one book with me at all times. If space is a problem, it will be my kindle. I just cannot go anywhere without a book.

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  3. #2 is not a problem, hahaha, or this is me being defensive about it. πŸ˜› I just have to have a book everywhere I go!

    Having to read the book before watching the movie adaptation. – I AGREE. Sometimes I refuse to watch a movie until I have read the book. I guess except those that have the original authors work on the screenplay. I feel like that’s acceptable. HAHA.

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    1. Yeah watching a movie without reading the book first just feels so strange for some reason! I’d rather read it with all the details of the story first than be filled in later on. Thanks for commenting! πŸ™‚

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  4. This is such a great post!! Haha I can relate to everything! I always tend to have a book with me, even if I know I 95% most likely won’t get to read, but hey I just might get the chance!! And I always have to read the book before I watch the movie, too! It just doesn’t feel right if I don’t, and then of course the poor movie always gets judged and compared to the book. I really love this post so much! πŸ™‚

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    1. Yeah I totally get what you mean! Even worse is when it ends abruptly and there ISN’T a sequel… it’s like, what publisher let this slide? That happened in a book I read recently, and it drove me crazy! Thanks for commenting!

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