I haven’t done these in a couple of weeks, so I thought I’d do one again. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the people of The Broke and the Bookish. It has you listing ten books with a different subject each week. This week’s subject is your top ten book related problems. And I have quite a few of those, but I limited myself to ten only.. Here we go!
1. So many books, not enough money. I would love to buy every book I have on my to-read list on Goodreads, but alas – my mail delivery salary doesn’t allow me to do that. I do buy quite a lot of books each year, but mostly just books that I have heard nothing but good things about, and books that I already know I will enjoy (like sequels and books of authors that I already own books of). Honestly, I would love to buy more books that I haven’t heard anything of but if I end up hating the book it would have been a waste of my money. So I compensate by buying ebooks.
2. Not enough space on my bookshelves. Last year I got a new bookcase for my birthday, a Billie from IKEA, and I loved it. It’s a bit taller than my previous one, and has a grand total of one more shelf to put books on. And right now it’s already almost filled to the brim (okay maybe not to the brim, but there’s hardly any more room for new books). And I still keep buying books every month. AHHHHHHHHHH! I need a library in my house.
3. (Paperback) covers that don’t really lie flat anymore after being read. Everyone who reads paperbacks knows this problem. When you finish a book and put it down and the cover just flops up again because you bent the book a bit too much. This is one of the downsides to owning paperback books. Oh well.. (Book featured is Ensnared by A.G. Howard)
4. Book covers that don’t match. Whether it’s because the publisher (or whoever decides those things) decided to change the covers midway through a series, or because the book with the cover you wanted wasn’t available. Ugh, I just hate this. My Hunger Games series doesn’t match because I bought the last two books from a different shop than I did the first one. I am actually planning on re-buying Catching Fire and Mockingjay because I just really like the paper of the first book. I used to have this with my Delirium series as well, until I sold the first book in order to buy the one that matches my Pandemonium cover (which I still haven’t done).
5. Books in the same series that aren’t the same height. Which is usually because the book you want to buy with the cover you want isn’t available from that one publisher you bought the other books from. I have this with my Grisha Trilogy. The first two books I own were from Square Fish, and the last one is from a different publisher so a bit taller, and that’s not really that visible/annoying. But the thing that I am annoyed by THE MOST is the fact that The Infinite Sea is SO MUCH TALLER than The 5th Wave (by Rick Yancey), while they are both from Penguin. WHY PENGUIN WHY?! (This is why I now actually measure the books I already own in the series to see if they are just as tall as the book I am about to buy).
6. Books that are only available in hardcover. I love hardcovers, I really do, but they are expensive. Especially in my country (you’d probably have to pay more than 20 euros for a hardcover book here), so I usually just buy paperbacks. But sometimes, you want a book that isn’t available in paperback (yet), only hardcover. I had this with Four from Veronica Roth, The Casual Vacancy from J.K. Rowling (though it was quite cheap for a hardcover) and Fairest from Marissa Meyer. The latter will be released in paperback, but not until March so I kind of felt forced to pay more for the hardcover than wait another month. UGH.
7. Two words: Movie. Covers. Arrrrrrrrrrgh, I love books being made into movies, don’t really care whether they are true to the book or not, but the thing I hate so much is that when the movie is about to come out, they bring out the book again – with a movie cover. Only so they can sell more copies of the book. No, really – if a person wants to buy the book that the movie is based on, they will buy the book whether it’s got a movie cover or not. I think the majority of the book-buying people would rather not buy the book with a movie cover. (Books featured are Vampire Academy, Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters, Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, and Pearl Harbor).
8. Broken spines on your paperback. Another downside to owning a paperback is broken spines. Especially if you read the book more than once, the spine will just crack and crack and crack. Yes, a lot of people absolutely hate that, but I personally am not too bothered by it – because I think a book should look read. Still, it’s a bit of a problem, because sometimes when you want to take pictures of the books, you won’t be able to read what the spine says because it’s so broken. (Books featured are The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)
9. Dustjackets. When you want to read a hardcover book with the dustjacket still on (so that you can show off the book you’re reading in public), but the dustjacket keeps slipping through your fingers and just – ugh. I don’t like dustjackets. Sure, they make the books look fancy, but yeah no I don’t like them. (Books featured are The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green).
10. Having to wait another month (or sometimes even longer) for a book because your country doesn’t get it until then. A bit similar to the ‘only available in hardcover’ part, sometimes it takes so long for a (hardcover) book to be released in paperback, and sometimes it just takes just as long for a book to be released in my country at all. Especially if you don’t read English books, and you have to wait for the (Dutch, in my case) translation. Which also means you have to AVOID SPOILERS LIKE THE PLAGUE. Damnit. I want books immediately when they get released.
So those were my top ten book related problems. Do you have any book related problems? Share them in a comment, or share the link to your TTT post!