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Book Nerd Confessions

 
Until I began blogging, I don’t think I realized just what an immense community there was for books. There isn’t just a market for publishing houses to make use of, there is a market. I mean, there’s Twitter where we tweet our feels (because there are a lot); there’s Goodreads where we can track what we’re reading (and stalk our pals – in a non-creepy way, reading progress); finally there are book blogger review programs and our blogs where we – or let me make this distinction since not everyone is like this, I review-overshare (this isn’t a thing, but we’re going with it) about the awesomeness of a certain book. Yes, it’s safe to say, Book Nerds are alive and well on the interwebs.  

Today should have been Top Ten Tuesday on the blog, but much as I intended to put together this week’s, I felt like I’d probably just be repetitively sharing the same books and while they are worth repeating, I do try to keep things more interesting around here. Today Epic Reads (an awesome community for anyone who likes secular YA books, by the way) served as inspiration and after getting some laughs from their Book Nerd Problems videos, I decided to share about some of my failings regarding these highlighted problems.  

 
I don’t do this too often, but I will confess sometimes if the book has been made into a film adaptation, I will buy the movie cover edition. For example I owned a copy of Insurgent but the film poster was too cool, so I *had* to add the film cover edition to my collection. But I did not buy Divergent’s movie cover. I usually buy Nicholas Sparks novels in correlation to the film releases though, and always buy the poster art edition. (Similar or not, they are a pretty picture.) 

 
Honestly… most of the time I like book-to-screen adaptations. Sure, scripters may have stretched some things or changed something they shouldn’t have, but I always “deal” with it if the film is entertaining. The only series I did become tired of was Hallmark’s Love Comes Softly. Maybe because the first in the series was really quite good, I don’t really know. But the second movie wasn’t as good and so the series went – plus there was a lot changed in this franchise.

 
Okay, this video (down below) is too funny and oftentimes it is a “problem” for me. Oh, it’s not that I don’t have something to read – it’ll be a long time before I run out of books, rather it’s that I’m overwhelmed by what I do have. The INSPY girls and I are currently in such a predicament. This year, I’ve been rather calm about the whole process whereas last year, I’ll admit, I sort of “freaked out” about not being as far along in my reading as I should be or because I’m not doing my fair share of reading. (We could also blame this on my suddenly becoming a binge-TV-watcher, too.) Either way, who else relates to this particular problem?
 

 
Heavens, we likely all suffer this fate. I think I can safely say, there are books in (nearly) every room of my house. Sure they aren’t downstairs in the creepy basement or in the garage, but seriously, they’re everywhere. Fortunately they aren’t all mine since a good portion came from my grandmother who passed away some twenty years ago. Those need to be sorted through since chances are, if we haven’t touched them in that long, we won’t have need of them. Beyond that, I have boxes of books in my office, books in the kitchen, dining room, living room, spare rooms and my own. There they are currently occupying nearly every spare space in mine, save for the floor. Spring book cleaning and unhual, that's going to need to happen.


 
This one is most often thought of when you are travelling on vacation, but for me, nope that doesn’t apply. I almost always take a book with me. Doesn’t matter if it’s just a normal shopping trip, I walk out the door with a book. I’ve not had occasion to need a good book, but hey, one never knows if you’ll have to wait on something or someone and it’d be much more pleasant to have a book handy.  


Tell me, fellow book nerds, do you have any of these problems? If so, share your troubles down below. If not, I feel really awkward right now.

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  1. Great post and I can relate to it all! I actually buy purses and totes based on how many books it will hold. Plus I carry my ipod that has books and tablet with books loaded on it. I might have a book problem. My girls are the same way. We also buy almost all the movie covers, wonder if they will come out with a Paper Towns movie cover since it comes out in June. I love that I'm a book nerd they are the best kind of nerds!!!!

    Shannon

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    1. Thanks, Shannon! I had fun putting this together. I don't think I can say I've ever picked something out wondering how many books I could stuff in it, BUT I do tend more towards the larger purses, which always accommodates books. Hey, one never knows if/when we'll have use of a good read while we're out. :)

      Ooo, I bet they will release a movie cover for Paper Hearts. They did for Fault in our Stars which is what I own, since I didn't have the original book. :)

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    2. My oldest has all the covers of The Fault In Our Stars even the limited edition silver copy. I think it totals like 4 copies. She loves that book so much. Which I find funny since it took me a year to get her to read it. After she read it she said she would listen to me on book recommendations from now on! :)

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    3. That's awesome! I think it's fun to collect books like that, most especially if she loves the book that much. Nothing wrong with being a collector. LOL, that's funny! Proof that mom does know best. :)

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  2. Thank you for confirming I'm not the only one who has books almost everywhere and travels with books, too!

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    1. Nope, you are not, Ganise! We're all in this together, right!? :)

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  3. Great post for this week Rissi! #2 about good books but bad movie adaptations always make me sad. And #4...lol, you know, I did a bit of cleaning out recently and despite my efforts I still have limited space for new books -_-; It's a never-ending cycle, lol. And same here, I almost never go anywhere without a book in my purse :)

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    1. Thanks for reading, Lianne - I had fun with this one. :)

      I understand when people are disappointed with book to movie adaptations and I respect that. I guess, I'm just easy to please when it comes to movies because I watch them for entertainment value. So far, I haven't been devastated by anything, which makes me happy! :D

      Book space is a never-ending cycle. Come May (when INSPY reading is done), I'll have sorting and re-shelving to do, since I don't usually keep all of the books. :)

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  4. I only buy bags big enough to fit a book. Any bag that I owe that is not book size was a gift.

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    1. Sounds like a very good idea indeed, Kaylee. :)

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  5. I love you and I love this blog and I love this post. Oh and I'm sharing this on Facebook.
    xoxo

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    1. Aw, thanks, Raquel! I really appreciate that. THANK YOU for reading and for being an awesome reader of this blog - and for sharing! :)

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  6. I hear you on always needing to have a book on hand when traveling! My husband laughs, but you never know when it will come in handy!

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    1. Exactly! I think my family thinks I'm nuts, too... but hey, one never knows. :D

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  7. Great post! :) I also buy multiple copies of books, though for me it's usually classics or my favorite books (usually I'm not too fond of movie covers). I can't help it if Penguin releases pretty new editions of classics every year or two! :) Or if I find a vintage copy of a favorite book in good condition at the thrift store...that's a rare opportunity that can't be passed up (that's how I ended up with two of my three copies of Jane Eyre).

    I always take a book with me, too (usually bring along my knitting also, which is another problem). And I'm also running out of book space. I've squeezed as many bookcases as possible into my bedroom, and as many books into those bookcases as possible...my shelves are drooping in the centers.

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    1. I like searching out the pretty classic covers too, Kristin! In fact, I am tempted to collect the Anne books that were recently released, but I started with another set, so I'll be good and go with those. :) I do love the B&N collection of classics though I haven't bought on yet. Oh and I am in love with the new Nancy Drew covers; fortunately I don't own the originals, so...

      My shelves do the exact same thing - I like to blame the hardcovers for that. But come May when the INSPY reading is done, I'll need to "unhaul" and rearrange again. It's always a fun job, and one that needs to be done. :)

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  8. Oh my yes! Do I ever understand! I mean, what avid book reader doesn't?! ;) Great list, Rissi. I confess that I do have multiple copies of books, but it's only the ones that I absolutely love and every cover is different. I may happen to "accidentally" come home with a copy of a book I already own that I'd forgotten I had, but if that happens, I usually just return the second one. I also like to snatch the kindle copies of books I love when they're at a great price. Sometimes even if they're not a great price! A girl's just gotta have the ability to take her favorites with her everywhere, right? ;)

    Having nothing to read and limited book space? YES! It seems so often that while I have piles of books around me I could pick up, they're just not what I'm in the mood for. So I may start and stop several books before I find just the right one for the moment. And my books are every where in my house! I think the only place they aren't is in the bathroom and that's just because it's really tiny and there's simply no room to keep one without it potentially getting wet (which would be perfectly horrifying! ;).

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    1. I recently bought the movie edition cover of Insurgent because it was EPIC though I shouldn't have. ;) Beyond that, if a new movie is being made that I am interested in and it's based off a book that I don't own, I'll wait and see what the movie cover is - that way, I pick which I like better. :)

      Okay, so I start to worry about myself when I buy a copy of a book I already own. My worry? I'm not THAT old!. ;) Either way, it's okay because I can take it back, or if I haven't had a giveaway for a while, I use it for them. I snatch up the freebie Kindle deals (so long as I learn about them), especially if it's a book I felt so-so about that way I can get rid of the physical copy with no qualms because I have the e-book if ever I would wish to revisit it.

      Your house sounds like mine too! Books are everywhere. Especially right now given the INSPY business. I cannot wait 'til May when they can be sorted... it'll be a very good day indeed. :D

      Glad you visited and shared, Kara; loved reading your comment. :)

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  9. I cannot go anywhere without a book either, I have to have at least my phone with books on it or I go crazy!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

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    1. If I forget to walk out the door with a book, it's VERY rare. I don't think I have any books on my phone, but then I don't care. Right now, it's too small a screen for me to even enjoying reading. But once I get a nicer phone, I likely will download the app... at least I'll always have that should I forget. :D

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  10. I keep laughing at the "nothing to read" video. It's so true!! I will stand, staring at 40 books and can't find one to read :).

    I always have to have reading material too - one reason I love the kindle app on my phone (because I always forget to grab my kindle or book!). They can't expect me to sit in a doctor's office and not read :)

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    1. It IS true, Jamie... I love the depiction and the way the friend walks away thinking the girl is insane. ;)

      Exactly! Sitting and waiting for an appointment is a great example of needing reading material. Cannot just sit there without proper reading material. :D

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  11. Goodreads has been such a lifesaver for keeping my to-read books all in one place. Before that I had them written down on scraps of paper or I would think I could remember but always forget. I can't wait until I have a bigger home to get all my poor books out of boxes! Right now I just have two shelves of to-read books and everything else has to go back out in the garage :(

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    1. Bummer about your books being packed up. I have a ton packed up in my office, but it's books I plan to donate or give away. They're either books I didn't care for or don't have a desire to read or maybe they were books I loved as a teen, but don't see myself re-reading them.

      As for Goodreads, I agree! It's an awesome resource. I'd be lost without it. :)

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  12. I definitely am quickly running out of space on my bookshelf!!! I'm like, "Time for bookshelf number 2!" :-)

    I often have a book or my kindle stashed in my purse. On that note, I always need a big purse, haha! :-)

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    1. I have two bookshelves but with my obligations with the INSPYs (inspys.com), I collect a lots of books once a year. Makes for little extra shelf space. ;)

      Me too! Gotta' have room for all those books. :D

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  13. This is sooo relatable!!!
    I can totally relate to the problem of taking books everywhere. Store, park, dentist office, you name it! I simply HAVE to have a book with me! :)

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    1. Same here, Irene. It's sort of like a book addict "code." Or something. ;)

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  14. I also always take a book with me, because I've been forced to sometimes wait somewhere for a bus without something to read and that's just horrible ;-) It's much easier nowadays, because I have a Kindle app on my phone, so automatically always have a book with me. Although when I'm reading a great physical book, I will put that in my bag as well!

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    1. Hi, Birdie! Great to "see" you again. It's been a while since I've popped by your lovely blog. My mistake. :)

      Having a book with me is sort of essential. Even if I'm going to a movie or something - you never know if you might have to wait on something. It's best to be prepared. :D

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