Bookworm Problems: I’ve Got Them

#BookwormProblemsJessica at Quirky Bookworm has a linkup today, and I wasn’t going to participate. I only learned about it yesterday, and I didn’t have time to write a new post for today.

Except before I even finished reading her post I had ideas about my Bookworm Problems, so I *had* to join in.

Some of my biggest #bookwormproblems:

  1. I get way too emotionally attached to fictional characters. It’s devastating when a series ends and I don’t get to spend time with them any more, and if an author kills a character I love? It’s gut-wrenching, and I live in denial for days or weeks later.
  2. Crying over a book, and getting caught at it. No, really, it’s just allergies. sniffle
  3. The realization that I will never never never read all of the books I’d like to.
  4. Too many books – which to read first? I spend ridiculous amounts of time sorting them and restacking them in “lets read them in this order” arrangements, only to change my mind the next day.
  5. Moving causes your friends to declare that under no circumstances will they ever help you move again, because apparently they didn’t believe me when I said I owned a lot of books.
  6. Reading a fabulous book? I want desperately to finish it. Except I don’t want it to end.
  7. Invariably the book I most want to talk about with someone is one that none of my friends has read.
  8. Starting a book before realizing it’s a sequel. Which I don’t have. And neither does the library.
  9. Reaching the holds limit at the library.
  10. Reaching the checkout limit at the library.
  11. When I’m desperate to finish a book but life keeps interrupting. Why do my children require food and attention EVERY DAY? Don’t they realize what’s going on in this book???
  12. Being asked “what’s your favorite book?” That is just an impossible question – how can I possibly pick just ONE?
  13. Restraining myself from saying “that doesn’t count!” when someone claims to have read the book, when they’ve only seen the movie.
  14. Counting all the books I currently have out from the library, and realizing that at my current reading pace, it’ll take me months finish them. And knowing that I’ll never last that long without going to the library and getting more books.
  15. Dealing with the aggravation that the book I most want to read is always upstairs when I’m downstairs. Or downstairs when I’m upstairs. Apparently I need to permanently carry around a tote bag with a selection of books and my reading glasses so I’m ready for any eventuality.


  1. I get emotionally attached to characters too–glad to hear I’m not the only one!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I thought about listing some of the characters I’m especially attached to, and quickly abandoned that idea as ridiculous – there are way too many!

  2. I am also guilty of the reordering of the books to be read. It’s a sickness, I swear.
    I don’t want to read too many of the same books in a row, it goes on and on but then I’ll be inspired to read one from the bottom of the pile and then it’s all for naught! But it makes me feel so organized!

    • It is a sickness! I do that – try and balance the types of books so I’m not reading too many of the same sort in a row, and mix up the fiction / nonfiction. Why do I bother? The arrangements never last more than a day or two at the most.

      It’s still fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. My worst fear is having unexpected free time for which I have arrived unprepared….left the current book that I am reading at home…I also have a huge number of holds in the library, more books than I can possibly read in 2 weeks, and yet I make every excuse I can to visit the library at least once a week…”I have to run an errand within 10 miles of the library…might as well stop by..”

    • That’s one of the things I love about my Kindle so much – as long as I have it, I’ll have something to read. And by something, I mean lots of somethings.

      Love your excuses to visit the library!

  4. I jokingly said almost the exact same thing as #11 last night to my husband. Don’t they understand Book Club is tomorrow night and I’m right at the good part?? ๐Ÿ™‚ Love the whole list! I’m going to have to head over to the linkup and check it out!

    • What are you reading for book club??

      And that gives me an idea for #bookwormproblems number 16: no matter how many books I already have to read, I’m always eager to hear about another great book.

      • We read Cuckoo’s Calling and just met tonight. It was a great discussion book-especially with all the intrigue around Rowling hiding her identity! And #16 is equally true for me! My Goodreads list just keeps growing ๐Ÿ™‚

        • I’ve had that one checked out from the library twice, and still haven’t read it. I’m a little bit scared that it won’t live up to my hopes for it, and as long as I don’t start it, I can still savor that anticipation.

  5. Yesterday, I went to pick up some holds from the library, and I found out the library would be closed from Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day for inventory. I was planning on only getting the books on hold, but then I worried that I didn’t have enough books to sustain me through the week.

  6. I love this post. I’m so glad I’m the only one sobbing in the middle of the night over fictional characters. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. I love this post so much!!

    #1, 5 and 11 are especially true for me. Geez husband, you want me to actually talk to you instead of reading my book?? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Thanks for linking up!

  8. This was too funny! Can’t wait to finish a book, but don’t want the book to end – totally my problem, too!

    • Ok, I want to hear some of your bookworm problems too, from a multilingual perspective. While that has to give you some benefits, are there any extra challenges that go along with it?

  9. I have the same problems as you do! I still think I can read my entire TBR list one day though! LOL. You should move to State College, PA though. Here the public library lets you check out 199 items (can be a mix of books, DVDs, etc) at a time. I did a double take when the librarian told me this. There is a huge homeschooling population here.

    • Wow. My library used to be 100, then it went to 75, then down to 50, and now it’s back to 75.

      I love the idea of 199, but honestly? I know myself, and I’d be bumping up against that limit just as much. Although I can see it being super helpful from a homeschooling perspective – as it is as my kids get older if we continue homeschooling I’ll have to do some thinking about how to coordinate all of our books on one library card. Or suck it up and use my local library for them maybe, because I don’t see me paying for out of area cards for all of us.

  10. This is hilarious! Great post.

  11. I smiled and laughed and nodded in affirmation and agreement to so many of these on your list!


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