On Being a Mood Reader

mood readerIn my post about How I Choose What I Read, I explained how I try and balance what I’m reading, and how I try to pick books that will be worthwhile, either from an entertainment or educational standpoint.

What I didn’t really discuss then is the other side of that: how I also end up reading multiple books at a time and require a large supply of books available to pick from at all times because I am a complete mood reader.

What does this really mean?

  • My library card is perpetually maxed out to keep me stocked with lots of options. I constantly have a juggling game going on with making sure I have enough space on the card to get my new books, and at times have to return books unread to make that space.
  • Having to read a book to meet a deadline (whether it’s self-imposed or not) is one of the best ways to kill the pleasure of reading for me. As I write this, I still haven’t quite finished last month’s book club pick, The Secret KeeperThe Secret Keeper: A Novel by Kate Morton, not because it’s a bad book or I’m not enjoying it, but because I’m not in the right frame of mind to want to read it.
  • This also keeps me from making progress on any other books. I’m writing this on April 19th, and so far I’ve only finished five books this month. Yes, FIVE, and one of them was a cookbook, mostly because I feel like I shouldn’t read anything other than the books I “need” to read (The Secret KeeperThe Secret Keeper: A Novel by Kate Morton, Pride and PrejudiceThe Annotated Pride and Prejudice: A Revised and Expanded Edition by Jane Austen, and review books that are waitingwaitingwaiting). And I don’t want to read them, so I surf the internet or otherwise do other things with my reading time.
  • My house perpetually has stacks of books scattered around. Books that I think I might read, and maybe started a chapter or two, but have abandoned for the time being. Our house has a deep windowsill in the master bedroom, and it has become a staging ground for book stacks. In addition to the stack on my night stand, on the book case, and the floor when things really get out of control.
  • I have started declining all review books. I just can’t keep up, and I feel terrible when it takes me forever to read a book, but I hate feeling forced to read a book to meet a deadline. Especially because forcing myself to read a book tends to be the best way to guarantee that I won’t like the book as much as I might have otherwise.

Some of this is I think I’m in a bit of a reading slump, despite having finished several books recently that I’ve really enjoyed. Despite having lots of books that I really do want to read ready and waiting for me. Despite knowing that I need to take advantage of the reading time I have right now, because it’s going to shrink even more this summer.

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How I Choose What To Read

I found this buried in my drafts, and I’m not sure why I never published it. So, consider this a very, very belated response to Elizabeth’s post. Which I obviously really enjoyed, so much so that I wrote a post in reply.

How do YOU decide what to read?

On a daily basis, when it comes to which book I pull off my bookshelf / start on my Kindle, I try to keep a good balance between what I’m reading – fiction and nonfiction, and types of each. So if I’ve just finished a memoir, I’ll look for something other than another memoir. This is why I try to make sure I’ve got lots of different types of books checked out from the library at all times, so I can fit the right book to my mood or situation. Blogging has actually really helped with this, because I try to post a mix of books, and that means I have to read a mix. No reading jags of nothing but mysteries for a month if I want to have any other material to share!

How I Choose What To ReadFrom a broader viewpoint, I find books to add to my reading list through a variety of sources: blogs, library newsletters, magazines, Goodreads…. I’ll often look for books on a particular topic if I want to learn more about it, and there are favorite authors I attempt to keep up-to-date on their works, so there are books I specifically search for (or not, now that I know some ways to easily find new releases by those favorite authors).

What genres do you find helpful, encouraging, or uplifting?

Memoirs and biographies are one of my favorite genres, and even though many of them are not necessarily any of those three, many of them are.

I also like a lot of Christian living / spiritual growth type books that fit those categories.

What are your priorities in reading β€” ie, why do you read?

I read to be educated. I read to grow spiritually. I read to learn more about people. I read to be entertained. I try to balance all of those goals as I vary what I’m reading, although it does depend on what else is happening in my life. If a pregnancy has me exhausted and all but brain dead? My reading choices are heavily weighted towards entertainment or lighter reads. (I may resemble this remark right now.) I wrote a post that somewhat addresses this topic as well – reading for quality vs. quantity)

How have you intentionally formed a Christian perspective on reading?

I haven’t ever explicitly thought about developing a Christian perspective on reading (although that might change when I read Lit!Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books by Tony Reinke). I do try and keep in mind that my reading time is limited. If I say yes to this book, it means saying no to another book.

It’s something I continue to work on, and still need to improve at it – I find myself reading books that I end up wishing I hadn’t. I love historical fiction, and so often historical romances have a premise that will catch my eye. It is so rare for me to not regret spending my time reading those books – even if they are somewhat entertaining, they’re never entertaining enough to justify the reading time.

There aren’t many books I read that I think are harmful – those I can easily pass on. It’s generally “meh” reads that sometimes trip me up. The handful of books that I do think were harmful to me weren’t ones that I would have guessed would be. One dystopian read taught me that semi-realistic dystopian books get me to fret and stress over things I can’t control. The book wasn’t creepy or graphic, but the premise stressed me out. Now I know. Another mystery unexpectedly had one scene that was incredibly violent and horrifying, and it stuck in my brain in a very disturbing way. I immediately put the book aside and wished the reviews I’d read had given some sort of warning about the content.

Any other thoughts about reading, specifically as a disciple of Christ?

The main way I approach reading as a disciple of Christ is that I generally don’t let myself read anything unless I’ve read my Bible that morning, and I try to always have one or two books of a spiritual nature in my current reading stack.

Reading (and Blogging) While Traveling

Reading while traveling: This is my favorite book tote - it's over 20 years old and a bit grungy if you look closely at it, but it works so well at carrying books. It's also my library book tote when we're not traveling.

My favorite book tote – it’s over 20 years old and a bit grungy if you look closely at it, but it works so well at carrying books. It’s also my library book tote when we’re not traveling.

In the Bookworm Problems post I shared earlier this month, I mentioned a recent road trip. What I didn’t specify is that I was in the middle of that trip when the post was written and shared. (I never want to admit that I’m away from home while I still am – my own hangup, I realize).

I’m always ambitious with how many books I pack – as I mentioned in that post, I am terrified of running out of reading material, and don’t want to run the risk of being stuck without anything to read, but also of being stuck with books that aren’t fitting my mood, or are just duds. Hence the bulging tote and full Kindle.

Unlike some trips, I did read a lot. Both during the drive, and some afternoons/evenings. I finished 13 items. Some were short ebooks, and I can’t count them as books precisely, but I also read almost all of a 14th book that was long and dense and slow-going. Those e-books kind of balance out that one! I started another book, but wasn’t liking it as a vacation read and will save it for another time.

Reading isn’t the only way I’m ambitious – I take my laptop and have high hopes of getting ahead with my blogging. Writing reviews for all the books backlogged and waiting for their turn. Writing other bookish content. That was … not as successful as my reading expectations.

This trip was busy as usual, and had a sick kiddo in the mix, and all I managed was to write two posts, both of which have already been published: the bookwork problems one, and the Twitterature one. Clearly, my ambitions as far as writing and other computer work were completely unrealistic.

So now we’ve been back from vacation for a week and a half, and I’m still getting back into a routine with things. Not just blogging, but other things like regular life tasks: shopping and meal prep and cleaning and paying bills. I’m hoping the public confession will help give me a prod to stop ignoring the pile of mail still waiting for attention and all of the other chores I’ve been avoiding. I think this neverending winter isn’t helping with my motivation. πŸ™‚

If anyone has some can’t-miss tips on how to jump start my enthusiasm for getting back to a routine after a break, or for coping with the winter that just won’t leave, please share. We had one day last week where it was warm enough for the kids to play outside for a long stretch, and it was glorious. Then it was back to temps too cold to let them last more than 30 minutes or so, and we’re all going stir crazy again.

Anyway, the books I read on this latest trip (not counting books I read to/with the kids):

and the ranging from short-to-very-short ebooks. Most of these I shared about in my last Twitterature post:

(Finally, Bel CantoBel Canto by Ann Patchett by Ann Patchett is the one that wasn’t a good fit for me to read while traveling.)

Finding New Releases by Authors you Like

Last week Marisa left me a comment with a great question:

Can't Get Enough BooksDo you have a method for discovering new books published by authors you like? When do you know when an author you like has published a new book? It’s a problem that I’ve been looking for a solution for a while, and was wondering if you have any thoughts.

The short answer is to make technology your friend, and that will take care of a lot of it. But what technology exactly?

Right Now, I Use Goodreads

I’ve mentioned before my love for Goodreads (both here and here) and it’s what I often use to keep track of what I want to read next. Assuming the book has any sort of publishing information about it available, you’ll likely find it listed there and can add it to your “want to read” shelf. I’ve been considering making an additional shelf along the lines of “2014 releases” to help find things more quickly, but so far haven’t invested the time. I’ve found books that aren’t planned to be released until 2015 or 2016 listed there when they’re in a series, so it’s worked well for me and my way of using it.

In addition, Goodreads sends out (several) monthly newsletters to members, and one of the options you can receive lists the new books releasing that month by authors you’ve previously read. Obviously, this only works when you’ve entered books into Goodreads, but it’s a reason to at least get some favorite authors in there, and then they’ll let you know about anything new. There’s nothing else you need to do or remember, once they know the authors you’ve read. I regularly find new books I’d otherwise miss thanks to that newsletter.

Even if you haven’t listed any books that you’ve read, you can still take advantage of this newsletter – it also includes a list of new releases from your favorite genres. Entering your favorite genres is a quick task, and will net you those notifications about new books in that genre every month. Love this feature from Goodreads!

FictFact Looks Like It Might Make Things Even Easier for Series Fans

Another options I’ve only recently discovered is FictFact. Like Goodreads, you’ll need to sign up for an account, but this site has enough advantages it might be worth it. They also include a book release calendar you can scan, and you can browse or search to find your favorite series and authors. Follow a series, and your first unread book in that series will be added to a “next books” list, and any new releases in that series will go onto a personalized book release calendar. They send out weekly emails about new series books, and books being released that week. The big drawback with this one seems to be that it does focus on series, and if the books you’re interested in aren’t part of a series, you’re out of luck.

While I can’t really speak to how this one works in real life, I was curious enough about it that I signed up for an account there last weekend to give it a try. It was very easy to add series I’ve read, and generate a list of the “next books” for me. If you’re a die-hard series reader, this is likely to be the easiest one for you to use. I’m not sure I want to bother keeping track of things in yet another location, and will probably continue to use Goodreads, even as imperfect a system as it is. If I cared more about keeping up-to-date on series reads, I’d be more compelled to use this option.

How do you discover new books by favorite authors?

I’m sure there are additional things I’m not considering here. I did briefly think about describing my former method which involved a Word document, but it wasn’t very efficient and isn’t one I’d especially recommend. All it had going for it was it’s what I’d been using and it worked, more or less, and was easy to maintain.

I’d love to give image credit here, but I found it on Pinterest and finally conceded that the original source was lost in a sea of 404 errors and other poorly-sourced pins.

Bookworm Problems when Traveling

#BookwormProblemsWe recently took a road trip, and despite the advantages of having an e-reader, I still run into significant Bookworm Problems:

I can’t take all the books I want to with me. Even when we road trip and there’s plenty of space to bring along a big tote crammed full of books. Even when I have a Kindle loaded with dozens and dozens of books. Even when I’m only gone 10 days and cannot possibly get through all the books I’ve already packed. I still want to bring more and more.

What if I’m not in the mood to read the books I’ve got with me? What if we get stuck somewhere and our trip gets extended by several days or more? What if I suddenly turn into a speed reader and fly through everything I have?

It’s still not going to happen, thanks to the Kindle. I could read every physical book I have with me, and get through all the Kindle books already loaded, and if needed could download some new ones. Theoretically I could travel with nothing but the Kindle and have plenty to read the entire trip.

Doesn’t matter, I can’t give up my tote of books. Fortunately I have a very understanding husband who might roll his eyes a bit, but never objects to essential travel supplies. πŸ™‚

Tell me I’m not the only book nerd who needs to travel with a security blanket that’s make of piles of reading material?

For more #bookwormproblems visit Jessica at Quirky Bookworm.

Update on Books I Was Looking Forward to Reading in 2013

Back in January of last year I shared several of the books I was most looking forward to reading. And then I promptly forgot about that list until I remembered it while writing a new list for 2014.

So, how did I do on reading the books, and on enjoying what I listed?


  • What I'm Looking Forward to Reading in 2013: Mrs Lincolns Dressmaker Jennifer ChiaveriniMrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini

    Original thoughts: I adore based-on-true-history historical fiction (assuming the author gives a note, explaining what is true and what is made up), and this title intrigues me

    The verdict: Had it out from the library but returned it unfinished – just wasn’t in the mood for the topic. So far I haven’t been interested in getting it again – too many other books are more appealing.

  • A Memory of LightWhat I'm Looking Forward to Reading in 2013: A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson (although I’d want to read Towers of MidnightWhat I'm Looking Forward to Reading in 2013: Towers of Midnight first).

    Original thoughts: I’ve read the first 12 in the Wheel of Time series, and am debating with myself if I want to read the last two. I’m curious enough about what happens with some of the characters, but the books tend to be so ridiculously long, I’m not sure that I want to devote that much of my reading time to a series which was fizzling as far as my tastes are concerned. Will consider this.

    The verdict: Considered it, and decided against the reading time investment. I may change my mind someday, but for now it’s on my not-going-to-read list.

  • The Last RunawayWhat I'm Looking Forward to Reading in 2013: The Last Runaway Tracy Chevalier by Tracy Chevalier

    Original thoughts: I’ve read her earlier book The Virgin BlueWhat I'm Looking Forward to Reading in 2013 and found it engrossing, if a bit slow-paced. I’ll give this one a try more than likely (i.e., unless I hear bad things about it from trusted reviewers).

    The verdict: Never bothered to get this one – other books kept demanding to be read instead.

Children’s / Young Adult

  • What I'm Looking Forward to Reading in 2013: Almost Home Joan BauerAlmost HomeWhat I'm Looking Forward to Reading in 2013: Almost Home Joan Bauer by Joan Bauer

    Original thoughts: Love love love Joan Bauer, so of course I’m excited about this title from 2012. I’d have already read it except I’m trying to pace myself and enjoy savoring the anticipation a little bit longer.

    The verdict: Read it, loved it.

  • The Great UnexpectedWhat I'm Looking Forward to Reading in 2013: The Great Unexpected by Sharon Creech by Sharon Creech

    Original thoughts: I’ve loved some of Creech’s books, and been fairly “meh” about others, but I still have to give all of her books a try.

    The verdict: Forgot all about this one, but I’ve gotten it now as an audio book.

  • Out of The EasyWhat I'm Looking Forward to Reading in 2013: Out of the Easy Ruta Sepetys by Ruta Sepetys

    Original thoughts: I’m curious about this one – not a time period I’ve read that many books about, and it’s certainly not the back-story for the protagonist I’ve read often.

    The verdict: Read it and thought it was fantastic.

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2013 Reads, Charts and Graphs Style

Books Read in 2013 Charts and GraphsAs with last year’s post, the idea behind this comes from Jessica at The Quirky Bookworm’s post. I adore stats, and seeing all the variations of what she charted made my nerdy heart skip a beat.

Total Books Read: 232
This excludes children’s books under 100 pages, and excludes some cookbooks that I mostly just skimmed. Want to see the whole list? They’re all here.

Longest Book Read: 2,336 pages
NIV Archaeological Study BibleNIV Archaeological Study Bible: An Illustrated Walk Through Biblical History and Culture (Second Longest? The Message of The Old Testament: Promises MadeThe Message of The Old Testament by Mark Dever at 960 pages.)

Pages ReadTotal Pages Read: 67,077
At 232 books that averages out to 289 pages a book, which really surprised me. Actually, the total pages read surprised me quite a bit. Last year I read 38,699 pages, so that’s a significant increase.

Types of BooksAdult Books vs. Kid Lit
186 adult, 46 juvenile and young adult books, so it’s 80% adult books to 20% kid lit.

Last year it was 75% adult to 25% kid lit, but last years totals included shorter kids books and the picture and board books I remembered which skewed the totals.

AuthorsThe authors: Males vs. Females
Female: 176
Male: 49
Both: 7

I expected it to tilt towards more female authors, because it did last year and I know most of my fiction reading is by females, but I still didn’t expect it to be that lopsided. Apparently I need to look for more male fantasy and mystery authors, or else just accept that this stat isn’t going to be balanced. πŸ™‚

Fiction vs NonfictionNonfiction vs. Fiction
120 Nonfiction, 112 Fiction. This is probably the most balanced category I have. πŸ™‚

For my “Least Surprising Statistic”, I got most of my books from the library. Thanks to my efforts to read books from my own bookshelves, the stats aren’t quite as tilted as they might otherwise be. “Borrowed” means a friend loaned it to me.

New vs RereadsNew to Me, or Re-reads
In another complete no-surprise-here, almost all of my books were new-to-me.

Types of NonfictionNonfiction
I read a lot of nonfiction, but in many ways there isn’t that much variety in the nonfiction I read:

Fiction GenresFiction
There definitely isn’t much variety in my fiction choices – I do love my genre fiction!

Kid Lit GenresChildren’s Books
I really had no idea how to classify some of these, hence the catchall category “other.”

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Books Read in 2013

Books Read in 2013As with last year, I’ve got a fair amount of lighter and genre fiction that isn’t quite the time-waste it might otherwise appear, as those are almost always Kindle reads and are chosen to be done in small snippets where I can’t focus on anything deeper. It’s either that or random internet browsing, and I figure any books are better than that. πŸ™‚

I’ve excluded all of the picture and board books I read to my kids, and hope to list those in a separate post soon. Any kids book under 100 pages goes in that grouping, while anyone over 100 is included here.

While I’ve written about the majority of these books (might not have been a full review, but most got something), there are a few that slipped past me and were ignored. And a few of the ones finished at the end of the year will get something, but their turn hasn’t arrived. Either way, if you have specific questions about any of these books, let me know.

An asterisk (*) by a title means it’s one I especially enjoyed or recommend. [Read more…]

What I’m Looking Forward to Reading in 2014

Some of the new books I’m most anticipating reading this year. Some are releasing this year, and some were released late last year:

One lonely fiction title

Looking Forward to Reading in 2014: CressCressLooking Forward to Reading in 2014: Cress (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer by Marissa Meyer (Releasing February 4)
I have been eagerly waiting for the third book in the Lunar series to be published. I’ve been stalking my library website so I could get on the holds list as soon as possible (I wish I was kidding). Hoping it lives up to Cinder and Scarlet. Although the downside is, I’ll read it and then be back to waiting waiting waiting for the final book in the series. In 2015. πŸ™

Books from Bloggers

Looking Forward to Reading in 2014: Notes from a Blue BikeNotes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic WorldLooking Forward to Reading in 2014: Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World by Tsh Oxenreider by Tsh Oxenreider (Releasing February 4)
I’m a huge fan of her book One Bite at a TimeOne Bite at a Time: 52 Projects for Making Life Simpler by Tsh Oxenreider, and a regular reader of her blogs. I like the premise of this book a lot, especially as my children get older.

Looking Forward to Reading in 2014: Girl at the End of the WorldGirl at the End of the World: My Escape from Fundamentalism in Search of Faith with a FutureLooking Forward to Reading in 2014: Girl at the End of the World: My Escape from Fundamentalism in Search of Faith with a Future by Elizabeth Esther by Elizabeth Esther (Releasing March 18)
Love her blog, although I find it hard to read at times. I’m sort of expecting to feel the same way about the book.

Looking Forward to Reading in 2014: Something Other Than GodSomething Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found ItLooking Forward to Reading in 2014: Something Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It by Jennifer Fulwiler by Jennifer Fulwiler (Releasing April 29)
Also love her blog, and I’ve been reading it for years. I’m fascinated by her conversion story (ok, I’m somewhat fascinated by all conversion stories), and how different her life is from what she expected it to be. She may have been my gateway Catholic blogger, and now I read lots of them.

History is Awesome

Looking Forward to Reading in 2014: A History of the World in Twelve MapsA History of the World in 12 MapsLooking Forward to Reading in 2014: A History of the World in 12 Maps by Jerri Brotton by Jerry Brotton
I used to work with maps quite a bit in my library career, so of course I’m interested in this one. Cartography + History = Swoon. And isn’t that cover wonderful?

Looking Forward to Reading in 2014: One Summer America, 1927One Summer: America, 1927Looking Forward to Reading in 2014: One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson by Bill Bryson
I’m a big fan of some of Bryson’s other books, and this sounds like one I’ll adore. One thing I dislike about some approaches to history is how focused it becomes, and the context of what else is happening at that time gets lost. The description makes it seem like he’s definitely avoiding that pitfall.

Looking Forward to Reading in 2014: The Bully PulpitThe Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of JournalismLooking Forward to Reading in 2014: The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Another author I’ve loved, so I’m expecting to love this book. I like her writing style and ability to bring together huge topics into a cohesive narrative.

People are Fascinating

Looking Forward to Reading in 2014: The Heir ApparentThe Heir Apparent: A Life of Edward VII, the Playboy PrinceLooking Forward to Reading in 2014: The Heir Apparent: A Life of Edward VII, the Playboy Prince by Jane Ridley by Jane Ridley
My knowledge of Edward VII is sketchy – he was the carousing heir to Queen Victoria, who ended up being a surprisingly effective monarch after she died. Yup, that’s about it. Hoping to pick up a bit more information from this biography.

Looking Forward to Reading in 2014: Elizabeth of YorkElizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her WorldLooking Forward to Reading in 2014: Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World by Alison Weir by Alison Weir
I haven’t read any of Weir’s books recently, and it is past time to rectify that. Elizabeth of York seems to be the forgotten Tudor, so I’m eager to dive into her story.

No, really, I think this sounds fantastic

Looking Forward to Reading in 2014: The King of SportsThe King of Sports: Football’s Impact on AmericaLooking Forward to Reading in 2014: The King of Sports: Football's Impact on America by Gregg Easterbrook by Gregg Easterbrook
Before having children, I was a devoted NFL fan and religiously read Easterbrook’s Tuesday Morning Quarterback column every week. It’s been about 4 years since I read him reliably, but I’m still excited to read his book.


Looking Forward to Reading in 2014: Encounters with JesusEncounters with Jesus: Unexpected Answers to Life’s Biggest QuestionsLooking Forward to Reading in 2014: Encounters with Jesus: Unexpected Answers to Life's Biggest Questions by Timothy Keller by Timothy Keller
I haven’t read a Keller book yet that I didn’t think was fantastic.

And, a bonus one, because it doesn’t even have a title yet (as far as I know), but apparently Rachel Held Evans has another book coming out next Fall. I find her books very thought-provoking, and whenever it releases, I’ll be anxious to read it.

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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.