TTT: Bookish Problems
17 February 2015 9 Comments
Ahh, a chance to bitch and moan, who doesn’t love that? But really, most book-related problems are more often “problems” than things that are really bothersome. A huge bookish problem for me is the limited number of John Wyndham and Christopher Brookmyre books in the world; there should be dozens–dozens of dozens–more books by these authors, simply because i can’t get enough of them. Alas, one is dead and the other can only write so fast, i guess (pfft, excuses). The problems i’ve listed here are more realistic, but just as “problematic,” in the grand scheme of things.
Not being able to read two books at once. I’ve done this on very, very rare occasions, and only when the two books are utterly different. For example, a novel and a screenplay, or a novel and a graphic novel, etc. I like to immerse myself in a book, so switching from one to another every day or two would not allow me to do that.
A preference for reading chronologically. I have tried very much to get over this, but on the whole, it is still something I prefer. Most often it happens with authors I know I want to read the complete works of. I like to start with their first novel, and work my way on chronologically from there. It’s a problem in that it can be a pain when I have an author’s fifth book on my shelf, but i’ve only read their first and second books so far…
Not enough time to read. Even if I had all the time in the world to read, this would still be a problem. I could read for 12 hours a day and complain that I needed to sleep. I could forgo sleep and read for 24 hours a day, but then i’d complain that there were only 24 hours in a day…
Indecision on what to read next. This has lessened slightly as I am currently planning what to read about five books ahead, thought that plan is always subject to change. But this can be, and has been, a huge issue for me. So much so that I bought a D20 to roll my way to my next book. My partner has also been roped in on numerous occasions to concoct odd games and mathematical formulas to help me choose my next book.
Too many books. This is closely related to the previous problem, but also isn’t really a problem, because too many books isn’t even really a thing.
Not having enough people to talk to about the kind of books I read. Maybe i’m not looking hard enough, or in the right places, but most people I see online are reading books I just… don’t. So often it is new releases, YA, and contemporary fiction. Fiction that I can’t even classify clearly, because it just seems so lacklustre and just doesn’t interest me personally. Where are all the people reading old books? Reading classics, pulp science fiction, horror and graphic novels?
Being a slow, thoughtful reader. I read slowly on purpose, to take things in. I think about what i’m reading as I read it. I often re-read entire passages, if I particularly liked them, or if I think there was more to take from it. Sometimes I find myself reading faster (most often on the bus, as I race to the end of the chapter as my stop approaches), and I hate it. It feels like i’m skimming, and letting the words flow right past me, rather than actually reading them. I like to read slowly, but it does mean I don’t read as much.
Interruptions. I hate to hate being interrupted while i’m reading, but I really, really hate it. Sometimes my partner will at least let me get to the end of a sentence or paragraph (or if i’m really close and super lucky, the end of a chapter), but only sometimes. Worst is at work on my lunch break, when people decide to take their lunch at the same time so as to have some company, not registering that hiding my face behind a book means I don’t want company!
Not wanting to lend books to people. I’m protective, okay? Not only about the condition of a book, and how someone else may (mis)treat it, but also the possibility of never getting the book back. I did lead a friend of mine my copy of 1984… about two years ago. I haven’t got it back, and she hasn’t read it yet. But I really do want her to read it, and thankfully, if I do fancy re-reading, my partner has a copy too!
Not being able to read while I walk. I like walking, other than public transport it is my main method of getting about. I listen to music while I walk, sometimes I just think, or watch the world around me. But when i’m super into a book, any time I am not reading that book feels like wasted time, and reading while walking would be a great way to gain some book time!