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Bookish List: Bookish Problems

 

*Picture by Sarah Anderson. You can find it here.

  1. No comfy reading positions

Sometimes I will go from my couch to a chair to my bed to the floor to back to the couch and all over again. It’s like trying to find cell phone reception in the early 2000s. How can it be this hard just to get comfy? I’m 90% sure this wouldn’t even be an issue if I had a bathtub that I could actually fit in, as I would spend every second I could just sitting in a hot bath reading.

  1. The Book Buying problem

I talked about this as part of my Book Resolutions but it’s a serious problem. The second I enter a bookstore I have to pick up books. I try to tell myself to remember all the books I have at home but then there’s that new book in the series I started or the book that I heard about on that podcast. It’s just so hard to stop picking them up. It also doesn’t help that there’s a local used bookstore and Friend’s of the Library bookstore so I can always pick up a ton of books on the cheap.

  1. No room for new books

Of course once you buy all those books you have to put them on their appropriate bookshelves. Or in my case, because I’m overflowing with books, into their appropriate stacks… I currently own 5 bookshelves and still have multiple stacks on the floor of books because I just keep running out of space. For every book I donate, I buy 5 more. It’s an addiction I tell you!

  1. Unknowingly starting a new series.

I’m a big fan of binge reading a series. I prefer to read the whole series from start to finish, staying in the world and with the characters for as long as I can. Occasionally, I’ll start a series that hasn’t completed yet but only if I hear AMAZING things about it. Otherwise, I mark it on my list and wait until the final book comes out. So there is nothing more I hate then to find out that a book I’m reading is the first in a series that isn’t all out yet! Especially if the first book ends on a cliffhanger. I can usually get over it, if it’s a one-off book that then becomes so popular that they decide to write a sequel, but when it’s the first in a planned series, I just wish they’d put that on the cover!

  1. Nobody to talk to about books.

Unfortunately, all my book-loving friends have moved away. And while we’ve started our own Postal Book Club, I still wish they were here to talk books with. I’ve considered trying to join an in-person book club (my library even does one monthly) but I find it hard to talk to people I don’t know outside of work things. It’s especially hard when I’ve finished such a good book and have no one to discuss or share my favorite parts with.

  1. A fandom of one

Which leads to trying to find an online community to talk about the book with. I typically search Goodreads or just google the book plus “book review” to try to find someone who’s talked about the book. But seeing as I love queer novels, they seem to have smaller fan-bases. Especially queer comics I’m finding. It can suck when I search on Goodreads, and no one else has marked a book as “read” or done a review. I guess one really is the loneliest number.

  1. Book hangover

Most people know of a book hangover as when you cannot start a new book because you’re still living in the last book’s world. This gets especially difficult because when I don’t start another book I then spend more time beating myself up about all the books I should be reading so that my To-Be-Read list can go down. Usually I just have to sit myself down and tell myself that I’m going to start a new book now. It usually tends to work but it’s still a huge nuisance.

  1. Mourning – Characters, series, author’s writing

When a character we love dies, we feel it. When a series is finally and truly over, we feel it. When author we love writes a shitty book, we feel it. But no one understands our need to mourn these things. Especially people who don’t like reading. They cannot understand why when a character dies, we cry and sometimes need to eat copious amounts food to deal. They don’t understand how the written word can affect us so much. But for us readers, it makes all the sense in the world.

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So those are some of my Bookish Problems. What are yours??

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Bookish List: Some Bookish Opinions

I thought about calling this Unpopular Bookish Opinions but I decided not to, because who gets to decide whats popular! So instead, here’s just some opinions I have on bookish things.

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  1. I like e-readers.

I wrote a whole piece in defense of e-readers (which you can find here) but I just really do like them. I love how many books they can hold and how light they are. It’s been especially useful when flying or traveling in general. I find myself bringing less physical books on vacations/trips now.

  1. I don’t like series lasting longer than a trilogy.

I have the shortest attention span. Like super short. A lot of times, after the third book, I’m just tired of being in that world. I don’t know what it is or how to change it. It’s interesting and as I look back, I can usually handle a longer series if I read them as they come out. I remember reading A Series of Unfortunate Events as it happened and I loved it. But after the last one came out, I tried to do a complete reread of them all before reading the last one, and I couldn’t make it past the fourth. I think a part of it may be that there’s so many interesting worlds and characters out there, and I want to read them all so after three books I feel like I’ve spent my time with them. Who knows if this will ever change but, we’ll see.

  1. I love romance books.

I am in love with romance. I know some people knock romance books, but I can’t get enough of them. While the happily ever after may be cliché, it’s exactly what I need. I spend my days running a rape crisis program, and while I do spend some time reading about social justice and hard issues, sometimes I just need to come home and read something where nothing goes wrong. I need to know sometimes that when I pick up a book I don’t have to worry about triggers or trauma. Sometimes I just wanna know that main character finds the one and lands the job and gets it all. I need to know that there is still light in the darkness.

  1. I don’t organize my bookshelf.

This is because of two reasons. One is that most of my books are unread. So, I just throw them haphazardly on the bookshelves until I want to read them. However, I do have a bookcase for my nonfiction, a bookcase for my fiction, and a bookcase for the queer books. The other reason is that I keep so few books that they don’t really need to be organized. It’s easy to find them because they hardly take up two shelves.

  1. I’m bored with heterosexual stories.

I’m just tired of them. I want something different. Give me two men in love. Give me two women finding out they’re meant to be. Give me a character who identifies as bisexual or pansexual. Give me a character who identifies as transgender or gender non-conforming. I just need diversity. Something new. Something different. Something fresh.

So those are just some of my opinions about bookish things. What are some of yours?

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Bookish List: 2017 Bookish Resolution

It’s that time of year again. The time to make resolutions and changes in your life. There’s something great about the start of the year. It shows us we can start over, reminding us that though there might be an end, there is always a beginning. The new year brings a chance to fix what may have been broken and become the person you’ve always wanted to be.

So what are my bookish resolutions for 2017? Well they’re actually quite simple.

  1. Read 125 books

Last year I committed to reading 100 books (of any kind) and I was able to pass that goal. So, this year I want to bump the number up (just a little). I try to keep my reading a good mix of fiction, non-fiction, adult, young adult, children’s, graphic novels, etc. I’m hoping to continue to do more reading, as it helps take away the stresses of the day from my job.

  1. Buy less books

I know I know. This sounds crazy. How am I doing a book blog and saying I should buy less books? Because I currently have 577 UNREAD books in my house. That’s crazy. I keep buying more and then putting them on the shelf only to check out more books from the library. So this year I want to focus on the books I already have. Now I’m not saying I’ll stop buying books completely. Instead I just won’t go book shopping every weekend.

  1. Write more

I use to write every day before I started my job. While I’m not sure I’ll get back to that level, I want to get back into writing. And not just the stuff I write for this blog. But poetry, or short stories, or essays, or anything really. I just want to get back to that.

  1. Use this blog for a year

This one is the most important one to me. According to the colors test, I’m an Orange, meaning I start one project and immediately jump to the next without finishing the first. And that’s been true so far. I have unfinished books, languages to be learned, GRE exams to be studied for, and yet I always leave it behind to start something new. The only thing that’s been consistent for me really is my love of books. So I want to make sure that I use this blog for a full year. And while I may change up what I’m doing throughout the year, I need to do it for a while.

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I always find myself excited for a new year. The new year is like the first page of a book filled with adventure. It’s the first stroke of the pen on a fresh page, open to whatever your mind is ready to spill out. This coming year will be another chapter in my life, a chance to make mistakes and create new things. A chance to grow, to learn, to love. A chance to continue to become the man I can be, the man I want to be. And I will always look forward to that. So, here’s to another year. I hope you all enjoy it.

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Bookish Lists: Reading Habits

  1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading? My favorite place is to read in my bed but occasionally I like to sit on my couch and read.
  2. Bookmark or random piece of paper? Definitely bookmark. I have these cute Fox magnetic ones I bought at Target.Image-1.jpg
  3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages? I have to finish the chapter. I hate stopping in the middle of a chapter because it feels like you’re just thrown into the middle of it when you pick it back up again.

  4. Do you eat or drink while reading? I almost always have a cup of coffee while reading. Once a month I take myself out to dinner and bring a book for while I’m eating.

  5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading? Light music (usually Tracy Chapman) on in the background but no TV. I get distracted to easily.

  6. One book at a time or several at once? One book at a time. They start to mush together if I read too many books at one time.

  7. Reading at home or everywhere? Everywhere! Any chance I can I’m reading a book. I even use my lunch break at work to read.

  8. Reading out loud or silently in your head? Silently in my head. Although I do enjoy when someone reads to me.

  9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages? Sometimes I’ll flip to the end and read the last page but usually I don’t read ahead.

  10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new? Break the spine! I love a book more when it looks used.

  11. Do you write in your books? Very rarely. The most I usually do is underline a quote.

  12. When do you find yourself reading? Morning, afternoon, evening, whenever you get the chance or all the time? Always in the evening, right before bed. But I’ll read anytime that I can.

  13. What do you do first – Read or Watch? Read first definitely.

  14. What form do you prefer? Audiobook, E-book or physical book? Physical book is my favorite, but I’ll read an e-book no problem. I only like audiobooks if it’s a nonfiction book. I hate when narrators do the voices.