Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Bookish Problems I Have

Each week, The Broke and the Bookish holds Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly book blogging meme.

This week, we’re talking about bookish problems:

1. I have to read books that are in a series in order, and I don’t start a series until it’s finished. Even if it’s something that isn’t necessarily continuous, I am compelled to read them in the order of their release.

2. I have more books than I have bookshelf space, and I’d have to rearrange the house to make room for more bookshelves. Conundrum!

3. I really hate stopping in the middle of a chapter when I’m reading. I have to finish a chapter rather than stopping in the middle of it. But if the chapter ends on a cliffhanger, then I want to know what happened! This has led to me reading hours and hours after I should’ve been asleep.

4. I hate book editions that have chapters from other books at the end. It tricks me into thinking that I have more of the book left to read than I do, and when I get to the end I’m sad, thinking there’s more left.

5. One of the reasons that I always carry a big purse is that it always has a notebook and either a paperback or my Nook in it. Can’t be caught somewhere without reading material—but that means no tiny purses for me.

6. I have a history minor. When historical references are noticeably wrong, I find it difficult to forgive the author.

7. I hate writing in books. I had to write in my books when I was studying literature, and I cringed every time I picked up a pen, pencil, or highlighter and made marks in my beautiful books.

8. Dialect can really throw me for a loop. I have to read it aloud, a lot of the time, so that I can deal with the phonetics. Books likeΒ Trainspotting take forever to read, and I sound like a muttering loon while reading them.

9. If a book is spoilered, there’s a high chance I won’t read it. I just don’t like to know what’s going to happen before I read the book. (Obviously, this is less true when I’m reading nonfiction.)

10. And of course…




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    1. I think that’s what bugs me about dialect—having to spend time getting into the pronunciation instead of jumping into the story. But, that said, sometimes it can work. It depends on book/author/character—and how much it’s used, I think.

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    1. Yeah, I forgot to mention the typos myself, but they do drive me crazy! I have an English degree, and I’m a grammar nerd, so I pick up on errors quite often, and they can be distracting.

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  1. Is most of the above learned behavior, especially 1 and 2? I will buy a cheap paperback so that I can write, underline, highlight if the book is worth reading that closely. My pet peeve not on here is for an editor/ publisher or whom ever feels they have the right to meddle with an author’s work to decide the author’s order of writing and publishing is not correct and changing the order of a series.

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    1. Well, most of these are just my own quirks that I’ve developed over the years.

      I don’t mind the order of a series changing, but I don’t like lots of editorial changes to the text itself.


  2. I hate stopping mid-chapter, too! It happens too often when I’m on my lunch break at work and run out of time. I also really hate when the book length is deceptive because of “extras”. I read an e-ARC once that I thought I still had over 100 pages left, but it ended up having copies of 2 or 3 novellas, instead. It was AWFUL!

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    1. Oh, that ARC must’ve been so annoying! I have a tendency to go to the back of the novel and find the actual page where the story ends before I start on a book so that I actually know how many pages it has left. lol

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  3. #3 leads me to lots of reading under the covers with a flashlight!

    #5 causes me to sometimes have scuffed covers and bindings, but I love it. It adds character! πŸ˜€

    #8 frustrates me as well. I haven’t created a hard and fast rule about dialects, but mostly, I don’t like it. And it deters a lot of people from books I’ve suggested.

    Great list! I’m really enjoying these!

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    1. Thanks! The Broke and the Bookish always has great topics. πŸ™‚

      These days, I do a lot of late-night reading on my e-reader, so light isn’t quite as much of an issue, but I’ve done some reading-by-flashlight over the years.

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  4. Yes, yes, yes, especially 4 and 8, and specifically incorrect information that perpetuates urban legends – hello! Do your research! Logic fouls also irritate me… πŸ˜‰

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    1. I wish that I were more of a writer-in-books, because I find comments people leave fascinating, and I know that writing in books can be useful. But I’ve just always seen it as something like a betrayal of the book, rude somehow. lol

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    1. Same here! It’s deterred me from several long and/or unfinished series along the way, and it means that I’ve read the first few Harry Potter books many, many times—I would re-read them each time a new one came out.


  5. I’m with you on 1,2,3,5, and 8. I don’t have a problem with spoilers and my knowledge of history is pretty sad. Like you, I wrote in my books all the time when studying literature. I would still do it but it slows down my reading πŸ™‚ But it’s fun to revisit my marginalia 20 years later!

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  6. I feel your pain Diana. I too have way too many books. We just went to a book sale fund raiser where you pay $7 for a bag and you get to take home as many books as you can stuff in it. I usually pick up authors that I’ve never heard of. But like you I have to have the complete series, so there some that looked really interesting, but didn’t get selected because one or more of the series was missing.

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  7. You’d be horrified if you saw the state of my books! I can’t read one without pencil in hand and I underline huge swathes and make notes in the margins. I take a Kindle out and about with me but it drives me nuts that I can’t scribble all over it. I’m a page folder too. I don’t do bookmarks but I do sometimes leave a pencil in there. And I hate library books. I just can’t bear it when someone else has already broken the spine or – God forbid – underlined something or written in the margins! I’m having palpitations just thinking about it. x

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    1. haha! I love to read other people’s marginalia, actually. Quite a few of my books have marginalia from their first or second owners, and some of it really amuses me. I just can’t stand writing in them much myself—I think it’s a product of all of the “don’t write in books” messages that I got when I was really small.


        1. Me too. It would torment me, not knowing what happened at the end! I’ve skipped forward a little (which always feels like cheating), but I usually get there and am glad for it.

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