I have way too many bookish problems that are probably going to be the reason I die in this life (From over-whining or I get crushed by how many books I have) but for this Top Ten Tuesday (Hosted by The Broke & The Bookish) I have to somehow narrow it down to ten!
So here we go - My Top Ten Bookish Problems I Have
It's a problem, I AM AWARE. Don't think I have tried to teach myself how to have some level of self control, even when I only have $20 in my wallet and that's for lunch with Mara and Sav. There's just something about walking into a bookshop for me that flicks on a part of my mind that says, 'Yes. It is time to buy a book - I don't care if you have to sell your shoes, you WILL walk away with a book or two or twenty, who knows? The day is young'.
*Sigh* this is why I'm poor. This and food will be why I'm living in a homeless house made out of books and Macca's boxes.
I go op shopping quite a lot, so books are dirt cheap and sometimes they are donations from people who bought a BRAND NEW BOOK and just didn't like it, didn't think to give it to anyone they knew, so it has now ended up in my hands as the book that I've wanted for a long time and it's in near perfect condition - all for $3.
When all is said and done, my room is running out of spaces to put my books. I have two cube bookcases on my desk, a bookend BED, two bookcases, and a closet which has an upper compartment that I've already stuffed with books. I've resorted to stuffing them on the side of my bed now as my mattress doesn't fit my bed; I'm a very creative person and that let's me think of odd ways to place things. If I don't get rid of some soon, my floor will become books and I will build a throne at my desk out of books. I don't even like some of these books!
Me: Ahh yes, just started a new book! I shall read oNLY two chapters before I go to bed. Sounds good to me.
Book: You're past the halfway point now...Perhaps it's best to go to bed?
Me: Sleep is for the weak now and I'm already past the halfway point I might as well finish it quitters never win and winners never quit it's only just a bit of sunlight outside gosh would you get off my back?
My friends want to go bowling? I reckon I should bring about two books to read, just in case I finish the first one while they're playing.
My friends want to go swimming? Better not forget the sunglasses so that the pages aren't too bright to read.
I'm not the most physically capable person; I'm 4'11 and have the muscle mass of a 2 week old corpse. If I really set my mind to it, I can, but that doesn't mean I want to go bowling or for runs or whatever normal physical people do. I love to just lounge around, reading a story that will make me reflect on myself and how the story affected me, instead of throwing a ball back and forth for a couple of hours. I am a bookworm, not a dog.
(No diss to people who are physically active and like sport, it's just not for me)
A lot of the time, people will understand my movie quotes that I'll say in response to their movie quotes, but if I say a book quote (Even when I'm sure they've read it!) they just don't get it, and sometimes it really bums me out because it was perfect for the moment but then if I have to explain it to them, it ruins it and it makes me look like a giant toolbag who expects everyone to get my jokes.
But does this happen even after all this time?
Reading books gives you this fantastic way of learning how to empathise with people you might never get a chance to meet in this life, and it helps you to gain more perspective on why people might do what they do...but that also means that in my day-to-day life, I see people who I try to think of how they'd fit into my story, or how I'd fit into their story (of their life). If I'm waiting for someone in a public area, I'll people-watch (YES I DO THAT DON'T JUDGE YOU DO IT TOO YA FILTHY LYING HOBBITSES) and create story lines for them as characters. It keeps me entertained, but also helps me to use the empathetic skills I have learnt from reading.
It's still a problem though...
It doesn't take a genius to realize that I will most likely marry a man who is just into reading as I am, just so that we can fangirl/boy over books together and go on cute little bookstore dates and buy each other a book that we MUST read because it's purely genius.
But...the problem lies in the fact that I don't meet many guys who do read, and if I do, they are normally just as shy as I am and we can't talk at all or make an audible connection.
Most girls want flowers, or jewellery, or to go on a big and flashy date like a hot air balloon ride or something like that. Me? I just want to go on book dates, read books together while we cuddle, and for him to talk nerdy to me *Trumpets in the distance*
I have tried with the patience of a saint but it's not possible. If you ask about my favourite book, I will start heaving and hyperventilating and what will come out of me is not a proper review but more of a long winded, 'OH MY GOSH YOU NEED TO READ THIS IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL THERE IS CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT AND IT TEACHES YOU ABOUT HOW LOVE IS THE POWER THAT CAN HELP OVERCOME BUT EVEN IF YOU'RE A GOOD PERSON YOU'RE STILL GOING TO HAVE TO GO THROUGH BAD STUFF AND UGGGGH THE PROTAGONIST IS SO UGGGGH AND THE VILLAIN LIKE DAAAAYUM BOY DAAAAAYUM' You'll just need to accept that I have a lot - A LOT - of feelings about this book and take that as a good indication to read the book, unless it's my most hated book then I will be hyperventilating for a different purpose.
There is a plentiful of men in the fictional world that are amazing beyond compare; Mr. Darcy, Harry Potter and Ron Weasley, Peeta and Gale, Levi from Fangirl) HE IS MY FAVOURITE. UNF. All these guys have given me such high expectations of romantic gestures (Levi's dance party with Cather in Fangirl when she is sobbing in her room, or when he answers her call to come and pick her up from the bar without a moments hesitation) or the ability that someone can love you (Hazel and Augustus from The Fault in our Stars) that it's made it pretty hard to take a guy's gesture of romance in real life of saying, 'So.................you wanna date?' pretty minuscule in comparison.
Come on guys! If I'm willing to overcome the Government or sickness or my own weaknesses, THE LEAST YOU CAN DO IS BUY ME A BOOK AND FLIRT WITH ME ENDLESSLY WHILE LETTING ME WEAR YOUR LEATHER JACKET.
Yes! I said it, but we all do it. Whether we want to admit that to ourselves or not, we do judge those who choose not to read. There are even some people out there who say proudly that they haven't read a book since school. WHAT DO YOU DO WITH YOUR TIME AND LIFE?! sure, maybe you go out a lot with friends but how can you not have read a book since SCHOOL?!
And it's not even a stigma type of judgement, but more of the 'Buddy you're REALLY missing out on something great here' and I understand that some people might not be interested in reading about fictitious worlds but I don't understand, even fathom, how someone can not have read a book since School years for them. Surely you've picked up a book for a moments glance because the cover look interesting. SURELY.
Each to their own though, but in all seriousness you should pick up a book and give it a read and I'll try throwing a ball sometime and then we'll exchange pleasantries and tell each other how it went it'll be great let's try it out.