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Book Nerd Problems (Top Ten Tuesday Edition)


If you ask me, anyone who is a self proclaimed Book Nerd/Book Addict/Book Obsessed - however you coin it, it's all the same - is going to have some bookish problems related to this affliction. I have more than I care to admit - flaws in my reading habits or silly quibbles if you will. Today's Top Ten Tuesday gives us the perfect opportunity to fess up. Here are six of my book related "problems." Let's do this.

Ten Book Related Problems I Have (could be serious or fun!)
 
 
I've always been interested in photography but never seriously pursued it. Give me an Instagram account and a shelf full of books and it's a recipe for plenty of book photography.
 
 
We all do this, right? We pick up a shiny piece of gorgeous book art at the bookstore and think, "I must have this!" without knowing what the book is really about?
 
 
Have you ever seen Eloise at Christmastime? (If not, it's darling.) You know there's that scene of Eloise in her crazy-messy bedroom where Nanny is tucking her in? In this scene she has a "do not disturb" sign. Sometimes that is me. I'll be so focused on a book that I confess I ignore any questions that are posed to me. I feel like I need Eloise's sign in such instances.
 
 
Organization is the bane of my bookish life. Or one of them. I constantly go back and forth on how best to pack the most books on my shelf. It's a given I'm going to double line the shelves (despite it being harder to get to that second set of books, it's a necessity), beyond that I'm constantly moving things and shoving things here and there to make do until I seriously reorganize again.
 
 
It never fails that I'll be reading more than one book at a time. The unfortunate end of this bad habit is I think I'm a more efficient reader when only reading one book. Clearly, I do not want to learn that particular lesson.
 
 
Unless it's a set I sign up to review, I am horrible at finishing series.
 
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Your turn, friends. Do you have any of these book related problems? If not, what are some of your vices regarding the book world?
 
Let's talk.

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  1. I am amazed at people who can read multiple books at a given time because I can't do it! I find that I forget what I read in one compared to another. Totally have the same issue with the cover attraction!

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    1. It's probably not the best thing to read multiple books, I'll confess, Laura. I wish I was more of a speed reader so that I could read more books to be caught up on my TBR quicker. But alas, I am not. ;) That cover attraction is an allure not easy to pass up!

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  2. Funny I entered the bad habit of reading multiple when in school. I would have one book for English, one for History and then my personal book. I would have finished them all one at a time except we had to stay together as a class. Now I try to only allow myself to read one fiction and one nonfiction. But sometimes I cheat.

    Also I love your book photograph. Don't even think that's a problem.

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    1. I feel like I'm a more efficient reader if I only read one book. But I'm forever starting something then having to read a review book because I forgot its tour date was coming up. It's a problem. One day I'd like to revert to my speed reading ability when I was a teen. ;)

      Thanks! I appreciate the kind words, Kaylee.

      I see you joined in Top Ten Tuesday this week. Yay! I'm eager to read your list. :)

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  3. I'm also reading more than one at one time. Always! And cover candy only increases my wanting to read more.

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    1. There's a lot of us who read more than one book at a time, isn't there!? I go back and forth. Right now I probably have two or three started but am focusing on just one of them right now. It makes for easier reading. I think. ;)

      Book covers is definitely a motivation to buy a book. I cannot seem to help it. Most of the time. ;D

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  4. I used to read multiple books at once, but now I have such a hard time with it! I can occasionally have one fiction and one nonfiction going at the same time. But in general if I'm trying to read more than one, I end up unintentionally focusing on one book and neglecting the other. :)

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    1. I've found reading is more "efficient" when I only read one book at a time. But I don't seem to care. I think right now I'm reading 2-3 books, though only one is getting my full attention. Hence, the issue you say you have - neglecting your secondary read, is one I am very familiar with, Kristin. :)

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  5. Good list Rissi!!
    Love your reference to Eloise. I think most of us bookworms wish we could put a 'Do not disturb' sign around our necks when we a reading:)

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    1. Hi, Ella. Thanks for reading.

      That seemed like an appropriate reference to illustrate the point. ;)

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  6. Oh, I loved reading this. I agree with many of those! Although my mind can only wrap around one book at a time, so I can't say I relate there. Hehehe ;) Oooh, I'm thinking I need an Eloise-style "Do Not Disturb" sign now. Loved watching her antics!

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    1. I *need* to be consistent about only reading one book at a time. But alas, I refuse to learn that.

      LOL, me too! Eloise is hilarious and that sign gets me every time. Seems a good idea for us book lovers. ;)

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  7. I hear you on reading more than one book at a time! Reviewing has forced me to do a bit better, with time crunches and the like, but I still like to have more than one book going at a time. I agree that I am more productive if I don't do this.;)
    Ah, book photography. It's a wonder I have any followers on Instagram. ;)
    I love the idea of a "Do Not Disturb " sign!

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    1. I think that's mainly why I read multiple books at once. I'll be reading one just for fun and then realize there's a review book that needs my attention. My goal is ultimately to get to a point where I'm not behind with review books and can have times of NO review books waiting. This will allow me to read some of the novels on my shelf in-between and that'd be very nice indeed.

      I hear you about Instagram.

      Me too. Seems like that sign would be perfect for us book readers. :)

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  8. Apparently I have more problems than I thought of when I made my list . . . because I have all your problems too! :)

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    1. I am sure I have lots more as well, Brooke. These were all I could think of at the time... but oh boy! We probably don't want to know how long our lists really are, right!? ;)

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  9. I agree with Brooke above ~ I have your problems too! This really has been such a fun topic ~ every post I've read today for this topic has had me adding to my bookish problems! Fantastically fun list Rissi!

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    1. It's good to know we're not alone, right!? :) It WAS a fun topic, I agree, Stacy. I had more fun with it than I though and likely had I spent more time with it could have come up with ten things... but oh well. These are some issues I definitely have. Thank YOU for reading, Stacy. Always enjoy chatting with you.

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  10. I can TOTALLY relate to each of these points of being a book nerd...well, except for reading multiple books at a time, I tend to get overly confused easily, lol! I was laughing through the whole post, my husband probably thought I was nuts...well no, than again, he knows I am! The one point I especially liked was reorganizing my shelves to fit my many books....I'm constantly trying to fit more books on the same 2 shelves & wondering if I shouldn't just empty a third one. But I wouldn't want to be accused of being a book hoarder....LOL!!
    I also tend to "zone out" when I am really into a book. I have no idea what my husband says to me or what he asks me...I lose track of all time...it's like the book swallows me up! I don't come up for air unless A: I have to use the restroom or B: my stomach growls because I am hungry.
    I truely enjoyed this post Rissi (cute name)...as they say, laughter is the best medicine :-)

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    1. Hi, Trixi! Thank you for reading - and sharing your thoughts. It's always fun to meet new blog readers. :)

      I shouldn't read multiple books at once because, well... it doesn't always bode well for my reading habits. I don't always shift attention well if I read a chapter or two in one book, put it aside and immediately go to the other. If I allow some time in-between the two stories, I usually do okay.

      That organization... oh, my goodness! That's a book addict's constant struggle I should think. Right now I've got books EVERYWHERE. They're on my shelves, stacked on the floor and in stacks on top of a wood chest. I'm a part of a book awards program so this is my second year having more books than is good for me. ;)

      I think my family thinks I'm crazy or sometimes is annoyed when I'm in that "zone." But hey, sometimes I'm so close to finishing the book or its that good... it just happens.

      Thanks again for reading - I'm glad it made you laugh. I did have fun with this one. :)

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    1. It's a tough struggle, Christine. Thanks for visiting. :)

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  12. Amusingly, to me, I don't really have any of these problems! I may be attracted to a cover but I have never purchased a book only on that, and even though I get engrossed in books I am usually still pretty aware of the people around me. I do read multiple books at the same time but I think it makes me more productive not less and I almost always finish series. This was a fun topic this week!

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    1. Good for you! It's not a bad thing, Abbi. :)

      I can't say I've ever bought a book solely for its cover... but I have been tempted. Usually the novels I buy I've read about and talked with it about people I trust so while there is always a chance I won't enjoy it, I feel like it seems like the "perfect" book for my reading tastes.

      I tend to be less productive so I envy your ability to make reading multiple books be more efficient. I'm a turtle reader though, so... there is that. ;)

      Thanks for visiting, Abbi - it's fun to chat with you all about these book problems.

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  13. I'm the same with almost all of these bookish problems, but especially with your #5 pick. I just can't help it sometimes! Like right now, I'm reading five different books at the same time. *sigh* Isn't a book nerd's life hard? Haha! Great TTT post, Rissi--I had a ton of fun reading this one, as always! :)

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    1. I'm definitely a girl who picks up a book, gets pretty far into it (usually loves it) then has to start reading a review book or some other book. I've probably got 3-5 going right now as well. One I've been reading so long it's probably best I would start again at this point. Yeah, it's *that* bad. ;)

      Our book nerd life IS hard. What are we to do!? ;)

      Thank you - as always, for reading and sharing, Bekah. Love chatting with you.

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  14. I think all us bookish nerds have issues with our bookcases. I know I just need a room dedicated to books. Our new house (whenever we get one) will just have to have a special me room for all my hobbies and books. And yes, I need that "Do not disturb!" sign too. My husband or the kids will try to talk to me sometimes when I'm really engrossed in a book and I don't hear a word. ;)

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    1. One of my friends (Jamie from Books and Beverages) and I joke about having a "Belle Library." We both think it'd be awesome to have a library like Belle's from Beauty and the Beast. I'd imagine it'd take us a long time to fill those shelves! ;)

      Yes! Eloise has the right idea. She may use hers for thinking or sleeping, but we need that for reading. :D

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  15. Organisation - Yeah... I may (or may not) have a tendency to leave books on the floor. Not necessarily in a messy way, but still not where they should be. For some reason, to me, it's comforting to have books closer.

    Reading Multiple Books at one Time - Yep, yep. I really try to avoid it but sometimes it happens.

    I would also add reserving copies of books at the Library and not getting them on time. This used to almost never happen to me, but, lately, I've been lacking energy (because of University, mainly) so I've been experiencing it a lot. Thank God for Summer's forthcoming arrival, however! So excited for it and looking forward to doing plenty of reading then! :-)

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    1. I have books everywhere, Ganise. There is a stack on the floor, most on my shelf and several piles on a wooden chest where I sorted out my INSPY reads. Yep, needless to say when May comes I'll be doing some major "unhaul" book sorting. ;)

      I should try to avoid multiple books at once. But... well, I don't.

      There are probably more issues I could have added too - I know one thing I do (and cannot believe I forgot to add), is that I rarely (if ever) leave the house without a book. It doesn't matter that I never have a chance to read it, you never know if you might have to wait for something or someone. Hence, it's a good idea to have a book.

      Hope you enjoy that eventual summer! Sounds like you'll (hopefully) get in some good reading then. :)

      Glad - as always, to have you stop by. :)

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  16. I am constantly reading 4 books at once. I will listen to 2 different ones on my kindle. 1 nonfiction that I will read just a little bit everyday. Then the one that I am sitting down to read.

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  17. I am constantly reading 4 books at once. I will listen to 2 different ones on my kindle. 1 nonfiction that I will read just a little bit everyday. Then the one that I am sitting down to read.

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