Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Book Related Problems I Have.
1. My TBR is a monster! This one has 3 parts:
- My TBR shelves are overflowing. Yes, I said shelves. I have two-and-a-half bookcases plus a box full of books I haven’t read yet – a few ARCs, some books I’ve won, but mostly stuff I’ve bought at library book sales over the last few years. They weigh me down like the undone tasks on my to-do list.
- My Kindle is full of unread books. Besides the physical books, I’ve got all these ebooks I need to read…
- My Goodreads TBR list has 565 books on it. And that’s not counting the “someday” list – the ones I think I’d like to read at some point, which is about the same size. I’ve been pruning, moving books from “to-read” to “someday” and even deleting some, but it is seriously, alarmingly out of hand. If I never add a single new title (impossible!), it would still take me about 10 years to get through them all.
2. Half of my favorite authors have died, which means no more books by Anne McCaffrey, David Eddings, Madeleine L’Engle, Ngaio Marsh, Mary Stewart, Dick Francis, Agatha Christie. . . and that’s not even counting the ones who died before I ever started reading them.
3. The rest of them don’t write fast enough. I do understand that it takes time to write a book, and more time to write a really good book. And I try to be patient. But it’s not easy when I want to know what happens next, or dive into a brand-new book by a favorite author.
4. I’m afraid Patrick Rothfuss will be hit by a bus before he can finish the Kingkiller Chronicles. No, seriously. I used to worry about the same thing with J. K. Rowling. If I were a GRR Martin fan, I’d be worrying about him, too. There ought to be a rule: Authors are are not allowed to die mid-series.
5. I’m never sure where to shelve MG fantasy: with my fantasy books or with my children’s books? Solidly YA fantasy (like Tamora Pierce) is easy; it goes in fantasy. But what about Shannon Hale? Or Jessica Day George’s Tuesdays at the Castle? Oh, the dilemma!
6. I want to own Kindle copies of my favorite books, but it’s too expensive to buy them all. Why get Kindle books if I’ve already got them in print? One word: vacations. (Well, two words: portability also.)
7. I’d rather read than sleep. Which wouldn’t be a problem if I weren’t someone who needs a good 8 hours.
8. I’m a mood reader, which is decidedly awkward when I’m not in the mood for any of the ARCs I need to read.
9. I find myself spending more time blogging than reading. That really misses the whole point, and it has to change.
10. They change the covers of series mid-series, so they don’t freakin’ match!
Oh, and these, too.