Top Ten Tuesday: My top 10 bookish problems

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is about our top book-related problems.

I could probably just go with two:

1) Too many books.

2) Not enough time.

Beyond that, I don’t really tend to think of books as problems… but here are some of the things related to my reading habits that can get a bit annoying:

3) I’ve never managed to figure out how to make money from my bookish habits… which means I need a day job to support my reading. Sigh.

4) I think I’ve figured out that being a bookworm is not hereditary. My daughter is an avid, voracious reader. My son will only pick up a book if there’s some sort of threat or bribery involved.

5) I suck at short stories. Even when they’re by a favorite author, my attention wanders and all I can think about is how much longer it’ll take before I can go back to reading a novel.

6) I try to be tolerant, but I must admit that I’m occasionally a book snob. I’m guilty of making snarky comments about other people’s book tastes behind their backs. I’m trying to break myself of this obnoxious habit, though, since I firmly believe that ANY reading is better than NO reading.

7) No matter how many bookshelves I build, I never have enough. I’m constantly hunting for shelf space.

8) Even though I’m a big believer in supporting independent booksellers, the sad truth is that I still take advantage of low prices from online sellers when I’m buying new releases, and shop local mostly for used books and gift items.

9) One of the downsides of reading as much as I do (which is probably not at all unusual among book bloggers) is that the details don’t stick for very long. Ask me about a book I read last week? I can tell you all about it. Ask me about a book I read six months ago? Well… not so much.

10) I’ve gotten super stingy about lending books. I tend not to let my books out of my house anymore. I get really picky about the condition of my books, and I’ve had one too many loaned books come back with rips or stains, or even with corners chewed off by a friend’s cat. (A very cute kitty, so I couldn’t get too mad. She — my friend, not the cat — offered to replace the book, but I declined. Nice offer, though.) And I’m sure I’m not alone in lending out books and never getting them back. So, unless you’re among my select few trusted book people, don’t even ask!

Writing this post makes me realize that it’s about time for me to bring back my Bookish Confessions feature! I’ll have to work on a post or two in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile… I’d love to know what your book-related problems are. Do we have any in common? Please share your links!

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