Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. I thought this would be a fun way to share a condensed version of potential rambles and thoughts that I have.
This Week’s Theme:
Top Ten Book Related Problems
I’m unsure if I like calling these problems. I think they’re just quirks of who we are as readers (or people?), and now that I think about it, the compiled list has some peculiar traits of mine than holistic book problems—but maybe you can relate.
- The entertainment precedence. Many people spend their “me time” reading. Me? Nope, I play video games or watch television and movies. Not always in that particular order; but mostly in that particular order. (Also, did you read the recent study that links binge television watching to depression? I ain’t buying it.)
- The trickery that is discounts. I can go into stores (physical/online) with zero intent to buy something but dem discounts be attackin’ my wallet. Just two weeks ago I wanted to shop for two books online. My cart post-checkout? 13.
- The statuesque obstruction of commute reading. This isn’t a problem when I actually get a seat on buses/subways, but when I don’t, you best believe I’ll be a pillar of concentrated thinking while shrouding out everyone else’s unnecessarily loud talking. I’m actually not as bad as it sounds since I’m pretty perceptive of people who need to get by, but really though, I apologize for being in your way—I’m just trying to save the world—if the mission is unsuccessful (or if I die), that’s on you.
- Deckled edges. Sorry for those who actually enjoy them…BUT WHY IS THIS A THING? Maybe I’m just not hipster enough in this century to appreciate the vintage feel of these crinkly, uncut edges but I just don’t know why so many books have them (many of which are quite expensive, mind you). Or maybe I just have an OCD to owning pristine cut books and I can’t have one out of place. More power to you if you like them though.
- Hardcovers over paperbacks. Of the books I own, the ratio of hard-to-soft is about 70:30. It normally wouldn’t be a problem since I’m generally selective with what I buy (unless I’m splurging re: discounts or auto-buys) but maaaaaaaaaaaaan sometimes hardcovers cost more than a limb for even a 150 page novel (skyward of $25-30). How do publishers justify some of these prices; especially for them dinky hardcovers?
- “You should, maybe, you know, take the dust jacket off before you read it—in-case you’re scared of ruining the immaculate cover of course.” = Me on lending books (because hardcovers). (Literal meaning: no, really, can you?)
- Film adaptations. Most people can live and die by: “I’ll read the book before watching the film” but I often watch popular adaptations on the week of the release as some of my friends are movie buffs. Compounding that with my amazingly slow reading—and behold!—I am in-fact unable to read the book prior to watching the film.
- Time-consuming content writing and commenting. This one is specific to blogging. I don’t know about you but drafting up posts and comments takes me quite a while. Posts can take weeks to evolve; comments can take several-to-tens of minutes (yes, even the comments I leave on TTT posts). It hurts me so.
- Stepping out of the story. I write notes and tab pages. It’s not that I won’t remember the gist of what happens but it helps with the little details that I find myself needing to complain about in review writing. Then when I do pause, it takes a moment to get back into the groove of reading. Life is so difficult.
- Unread ARCs and giveaways. My negative galley ratio (only half kidding) and only having read 20% of the books won through Goodreads is indicative of how much I’m winning at this reading thing.
- Sharing ‘oh shit’ moments. Just like watching television shows like HTGAWM (like the feels of Annalise slaying the courtroom), whenever I come across these omgwtfmyfeelsrightnow moments (basically anything) I seldom have too many people to share it with and so these feels are bottled up until I implode my review. I mean I guess I could tweet it but I’m pretty bad at that too.
- Exploding the hype train. I like to inspire thinking (or at least try to) and play devil’s advocate even if the logic is all wrong and everything seems irrational. So when I read books that have blown up because [reasons], I sometimes (not always) begin engaging books in a biased light of needing to find flaws or just question everything ten times over—like it’s my responsibility to be increasingly negative LOL.
Woe is me.