TOP TEN TUESDAY
February 17, 2015
It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic was:
Top Ten Book (Blogger) Problems
Being a book blogger (or just obsessive reader) comes with its perks, but I’ve also collected “book blogger problems” along the way! I have a lot of fun with what I do but we all know that things can get a little… crazy!
Finding time to do it all!
I’d bet that time is a serious issue for most book bloggers. We all love what we do but our hobby is a time consuming one! First you have to read the book. Then maybe jot some notes down so you don’t forget what you want to talk about in your review. Then rate it. Then find the time to write the review and format it and schedule it. Then when it’s live, cross-promote it. Link it up to archives and other pages. Post reviews to Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, etc. And that’s just a review! I think we’re always trying to catch up on writing reviews or writing posts or reading or blog maintenance. It’s a hobby that deeply takes root in your life — but I wouldn’t have it any other way!
I have book envy… of books that I already own.
We’ve all had a little ARC envy, but do you ever find yourself in a situation where you get jealous of someone reading a book you’re dying to read……. even though you own it? Even though you’ve owned it for maybe a year and you still haven’t read it yet? Yeah. This may be the dumbest thing but it totally happens to me. I have so many delightful books staring at me on my shelves that I can’t read them all at once. I WANT TO. I want to read all the books all at once. Obviously, I cannot. So I almost get jealous when I see someone reading something that I’ve been meaning to read for a long time and they’re reading it first. It’s so, so silly. But maybe that also motivates me to finally put that book next!
I have to make plans around reading.
Okay, well I don’t HAVE TO, but I do. I try to figure out when I can squeeze in a bit more reading time! I even try to read while I’m cooking dinner sometimes. Time REALLY is of the essence when you’re working 10 hours a day, your drive home from work takes an hour, and then you have to come home, make dinner, and actually want to spend time with your husband! It’s really hard to squeeze in decent reading time during the week… so I try to plan my weekends around reading. When will I have time to read? How long can I let Shane sleep before he gets “mad” that I didn’t wake him up? Can I read while we’re watching mindless TV? It’s a struggle guys. For real.
I have terrible self-control.
I’ve been getting better at this… or at least REALLY REALLY TRYING. There are so many amazing books out there that I want to read but I’ve been trying not to fall into the temptation to request or download from Netgalley/Edelweiss simply because I can. I’m really trying not to request books or download them unless I REALLY think I will get to them before/around the pub date. I can always borrow a book, buy it, or go to the library after it comes out. I don’t need to hoard egalleys and not read them and it’s something I want to get better at!
I’m terrible at interacting with people in person.
I’ve gotten better. I actually said hello to some people at ALA but mostly because I’d already met them before. People I haven’t met in person? Nope. Didn’t peep. I don’t know why but I’m so, so bad at meeting new people. I think I’ll just be really awkward? So I’m working on it friends! If you see me, say hello! I may not say it first haha.
This also goes with authors! I always wish I could be that cool, confident person who just gets along with the authors but usually I feel awkward and inadequate. Hopefully the ones I’ve met don’t think I’m a total space cadet!
I want to go to ALL of the events.
I’ve had a blast going to BEA the past two years, ALA this past month, numerous local events, and who knows what else in the future… But I want to go to ALL OF THEM. I actually may not make it to BEA this year. Major sads! But I would have to take another WEEK of vacation from work and while I have the days, I think it’ll be majorly frowned upon to take another week off… I REALLY don’t want to miss it but work is my first commitment after my husband so BEA is probably a no-go. Luckily ALA sort of filled that void for now and I will DEFINITELY be at BEA 2016 because IT’S IN CHICAGO! Come to me, my lovelies!! (Not in a creepy way or anything…)
I have to have a book going at all times.
I read in many different formats so when I finish a book, I really have to have my next choice lined up! Right now (well, as I’m writing this) I have the issue where I didn’t choose my next audiobook and I’ve finished the one I was listening to……… Poor decision. I’ve wasted a day of listening because I didn’t pick anything while I was at home! And we all know that once I finish a book, I pretty much start a new one right away. I SHOULD give these books time to sit, but I just have that urge to pick up a new book once I’ve finished one…
I’m an obsessive collector.
I have problems. Seriously. When I love something, I want ALL of it so these series and authors that I love? Collecting ALL possible formats of their books. Hardcover, paperback, ARCs, you name it. It’s a serious problem. The fact that I’ve already received so many generous offers from the new Have You Seen This feature from Andi & I doesn’t help. (Kidding. It totally helps. I love you and your generosity!!!)
Running out of shelf space… already?
I just built a brand-new, full-length-of-the-wall built-in bookcase last year. And it’s already full…? What am I doing? What am I buying? I tried to clear some space but somehow the books just keep coming in. I’m also adding more books to my collections so series that I’m obsessing over just seem to grow even though they may only be a four-book series. Sigh. Guess we’ll just have to get more bookcases! ;D
So many books, so little time…
This is probably the biggest “problem” I have. There are just sooooo many good books out there. How do I decide which one to start next? Which books do I keep? Which do I give away? Which do I prioritize? Which do I push aside? There are so many things that picking my next read can be a bit overwhelming, but I guess that’s a good thing! So many amazing novels to pick from presents a real struggle when trying to figure out what amazing book I should read next!