Life of a Book Hoarder

Top 10 Book Related Problems

So I’ve participated in Top Ten Tuesday (from Broke and Bookish) a whopping one time in the past. Here I am, doing it once more, with an ancient topic. I’m not good at keeping up with this sort of thing, alright? But “Ten Book Related Problems I Have” is something I feel I can actually touch on. So here we go, in no particular order:

-Not enough space: I know many of you will sympathize with this problem. It might be the number one problem among book lovers and I know it is among us hoarders (you know, those of us who are out there buying 100+ books a year and maybe reading 50). I recently coerced Sweetbeeps into letting me upgrade some of our bookcases, since sadly we have no more room to add more. I spent several days reorganizing every shelf in the house and when I was done I felt so proud because while our shelves are still cluttered (and always will be), they looked so much better! Then he looks at the shelves and says “I don’t see a difference.” X_X

-Not enough money: I would like to think many of you will understand this one as well! My amazon wish list and save for later list are a million miles long and I’m constantly having to budget to figure out which books are a priority. Not to mention, all the special editions *cough*Folio Society*cough* for classics and anniversary reprints that I’m constantly drooling over.

-Not enough time: Ok, so maybe this is the number one problem all readers face. I’m fairly certain I’ll never read all the books I own, never mind all the ones I want to buy! If only I didn’t have to sleep or work….

-Everyone assumes I’ve read every book, or at least every classic: People (typically relatives or those who don’t know me all that well) often ask “You’ve read blah blah blah, right?” in an assuming tone. I’m then forced to admit that no, I haven’t read blah blah blah, but might someday. Cue the gasps and “but it’s a classic! And you’re such a reader!” Ok well, I read what I want damnit. I refused to feel ashamed about what I’ve yet to read or what I don’t ever want to read.

-I’m going to cheat a little with a subcategory to this problem – the opposite is that people ask me for book recommendations on the fly and I panic. Despite having read hundreds of books, I’m not good with remembering titles and authors and it always feels like too much pressure! Most of the time I can’t think of anything (hence why I never do posts along the lines of “if you like this, read this”) or if I do, then I worry my face off wondering if the person I recced the book to will enjoy it.

-People ask “What are you reading?” but don’t actually care: My reader radar is pretty on point, so when someone sees me reading and asks about my book, I can usually tell  when they’re actually interested. If they are, I’ll talk about the plot and/or the author. If not, they get the snarky “a book” for an answer. You can see the title and if you don’t want to talk about books with me then stop bothering me, I’ve got reading to do!

-Not enough people in my life to talk books with: I do have a couple friends that enjoy reading and my Sweetbeeps does too, but we don’t always read the same books, so very often I finish a book and find I have no one to discuss it with. Since joining the blogging community and Instagram, this problem has certainly lessened but still exists. In part, it’s because I’m not always seeking out those who have read the same books as me. But I think I’ll always have this problem because you can never have enough people to talk about books with!

-Carrying around chunky books: My purse is pretty big and I have a pocket that I always throw my current read in, but sometimes the book I’m reading just doesn’t fit. Imagine trying to carry around the hardcover edition of The Mists of Avalon; not only would it not fit in my purse, but even if it did, it would likely break the straps because of its weight! Larger books are also unwieldy and often strain my wrists when I hold them, but I’ll never stop reading them!

-My editions don’t match: UUUUGH. I have quite a few mismatched series because when I was younger, I often didn’t buy my own books and likely didn’t care about whether they matched or not. As the years have passed, it drives me nuts when I have a series and the editions don’t match – this includes paperback vs. hardcover and when publishers change the size of the book and the cover art style. I’ve even done a post on this [LINK], so I won’t repeat myself any further. Please tell me this drives some of you crazy too!

-Not enough used bookstores in my area: I’ve found one used bookstore in my area and sadly their prices aren’t that great and neither is their selection – it’s mostly romance, which is great for some readers but not for me. My friend in Maryland has several great stores in her area (thus, why I always come home with a suitcase full of books when I visit) and I’m jealous. I have to go into Boston in order to get great finds and good deals.

-Edition envy: The slight downside to joining Instagram is that I see so many beautiful and rare editions of books that I know I’ll never own and damnit, it makes me sad and envious. But, if I can’t own them, at least my fellow booklovers share the beauty!


So tell me, do you suffer from some of the same problems I do? Any common problems I missed?

17 thoughts on “Top 10 Book Related Problems”

  1. All valid issues! Especially the time issue. I had so much more time to read when I was a child/teen than I do now as an adult. Also I do wish my town had more used bookstores. So many have closed down their brick and mortar stores and moved exclusively to selling online and I miss be able to walk into stores and hunt for treasures.


  2. Girl!!! You don’t even know! Sometimes I’m like where are all my book peeps at?! But they are there, we just don’t always read the same thing. And the same edition thing… I will literally get rid of books in a collection to replace it with the right one for that collection and no I don’t care, or I’ll wait to purchase it because I feel like they belong together. They need each other. Lol and yes I still have to mail you your Jane Austen books. Lol this week, promise, they are all ready to go too. And the next time you are up my way, perhaps we can plan it so we can go book hunting together.

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    1. Haha yes I torture myself waiting for paperback editions of a series if that’s how I started it. The wait is brutal and I often forget what I’ve read. The Austens! Lol I keep forgetting about those. I’d love for us to have a book date someday :]


  3. Bookworm problems!!! The struggle is real!

    I have concinced my husband that we need to buy a bigger house so I can have a room dedicated to my own personal library… Goals right? He usually just rolls his eyes at me lol

    I get depressed that I won’t ever be able to read every book on my TBR… I would love a time stopper so I could pause time and play some catch up…

    I don’t have any good used bookstores either… There is a “half priced books” store but they are actually more expensive for their USED books than I could buy the books NEW on Amazon! I do like to go to Goodwill and thrift stores bc I can usually score some decent finds there 😊


    1. Yes, we bought our first house and I’m disappointed I don’t get my own library! Lol. I’m sad I won’t be able to read all the books I own, yet also happy knowing I’ll literally never run out of books to read!

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  4. I nodded along in agreement to this, like a dang bobble-head. Time is my big issue. I figure, even if I read a book a day, it would take me almost seven years to read all the books I currently own – and I’m like you: I buy between 100-150 new ones a year. As for used bookshops, it took me almost 10 years in my current town to find all the used shops and rate them (mentally) for price and selection. We do have some good thrift stores that offer up excellent finds for cheap on occasion. I solved the Book in my Purse issue by having a designated Purse Book. Right now, it’s The Intellectual Devotional: Health edition. Light to carry, and it’s small blurbs that fit nicely into the wait time in grocery store lines and doctor’s offices. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one who struggles with all this. Bookworms Unite!

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    1. Lol! Yeah time really kills me….glad to hear someone has a tbr more monstrous than my own! Sometimes when I’m reading two books at once (which I don’t like to do but find myself doing more often) I’ll bring the smaller one around with me. I also keep a couple in my car. Lots of people have mentioned local thrift stores, so I’ll have to scout around for those and see what I can find.


  5. You touched on one that’s a biggie for me: Strap breaks. I carry so many books in my purse sometimes that I have a lot of tattered and broken purse straps.
    My problem at the moment is shelf space and lack of clothing. The later is a problem because whenever I decide to go clothes shopping, I buy books instead. Now the majority of clothes I own are ripped or uncomfortably tight.

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    1. Haha priorities! It’s hard….every time I shop for anyone on Amazon I always buy myself at least one book. My current purse straps are gonna break soon and I’m gonna be sad. I love this purse


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