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#readerproblems

Before we get started on today’s post, I want to take a minute to sincerely thank everyone who commented, emailed, or otherwise reached out to me regarding Monday’s post. All of your support and understanding means more to me than I can say and while everyone says they have the best readers, I’m pretty sure I actually do (and I have some of the greatest blogging and real life friends, too). It wasn’t easy for me to write but I’ve never shied away from the ugly parts of my life and if it made even one person feel less alone or encouraged one other person to share their story, then I’m glad I did it. 

Books. You all know I love them. Hell, I co-host a linkup about books so other book nerds like me can talk and spy on one another’s reading lists (next linkup date is May 12 for those who are keeping track). As an avid reader I come across a number of #readerproblems and today, for #HashtagHumpday, we’re going to explore some of them (if you want to read more, check out Problems of a Book Nerd. It’s hilarious and accurate and covers way more problems that I didn’t even think of). Let me know if you relate: 

  1. You put 10 books on hold at the library. They all come in on the same day. #whocanreadthatfast #whatthehell
  2. A book has some words you can’t pronounce so you make up how to say them. Then you see the movie (#gasp) or listen to the audiobook, the actors say it completely different than the gibberish you made up. #ithoughtmyvocabularywasbetter
  3. You read a book and cast the main characters for the movie but then when the inevitable movie is made, the casting people get it completely wrong. #ineedthatjob #mychoicesarealwaysbetter
  4. You have to physically restrain yourself from going into a bookstore or buying books from Amazon. #booksareexpensive #idontneedmore
  5. Books are stashed in every room in your house, especially the bathroom, because you never know when you’re going to need one. #booksareeverywhere
  6. Sometimes you have to pretend to have diarrhea because you really want to finish a good book and you know your family won’t leave you alone otherwise. #poopisagreatexcuse
  7. While we’re discussing using the bathroom as a reading retreat, sometimes you get so engrossed in a book while you’re pooping that you keep reading until your feet fall asleep and then you have to stand up but can’t and you resemble a baby deer and you’re really glad no one else can see you. #pleasetellmeimnottheonlyone
  8. It’s hard to be friends with people who don’t read because you have no idea what to talk to them about. #whatothertopicsarethere
  9. Your bookshelves are organized in a very specific system that no one except you understands and when you buy a new book that disrupts the order, it gives you a major anxiety attack. #organizationiskey #dontmesswiththeshelves
  10. The to-read pile on your nightstand is so huge, it’s actually become a secondary nightstand. #booksarecoasterstoo
  11. Putting a book on hold only to find out you’re 4379276 on the waiting list because your library only orders one copy #whydotheydothat
  12. And this:funny-new-book-eat-bathroom

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33 Comments

  1. Marcie

    I am so having the #1 problem right now– I have like 12 ebooks checked out to me, and I’m starting to feel really whelmed about it!!
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      I get completely overwhelmed when I have too many checked out at a time, too. Anything more than 6 at a time makes me panic.

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  2. kathy@real talk

    OMG #7!!! all the time hahaha. glad i’m not the only one!
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      Nope. You are definitely not the only one 🙂

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  3. Kellli

    My requested library books ALWAYS come in at the same time. Another one I hate is being in the middle of a book and getting a 14 day check out from the library. Hold on other book while knock this book out so I can get it back with no fines.
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      I’m currently 6 days overdue on a book and I don’t even care about the fines because it’s still cheaper than buying the book. #cheaporpractical

      I don’t understand why those shortened time frames even exist. Seriously, everyone can wait 7 extra days.

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  4. Laura @ Life with Lolo

    Hahahaha! I’m not a big time reader, but I definitely can relate to these. Especially the casting of movies – they always get it wrong (with a few exceptions), and I use the bathroom excuse too. Plus there’s the whole, oh crap it’s 1 am and I’m still awake on a work night issue. That may have happened last night. Oops!
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      I have lost many hours of sleep to good books!

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  5. Teh Megan

    All of these things sans the library woes are 100% applicable to my life. I’ve been a bathroom reader my entire life, so my friend know that they will find a selection of books/word searches/entertainment when they go in my bathroom.
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      That’s so nice of you to help out your friends!

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  6. SMD @ Life According to Steph

    LOLOL @ poop is a great excuse. Indeed.

    I have been #8 out of 54 at the library for the g.d. Laura Ingalls book for seriously like three months. I called them today to give them a huge WTF. Where is this book?
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      That was Erica’s favorite one, too.

      I spent 6 months on the waiting list for a book. I’m mildly ashamed to admit which one but let’s just say, it was not worth waiting 6 months.

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  7. alyssa

    YES! You nailed them all, especially that e-card!
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      I *might* have done that recently. #noshame

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  8. Kateri Von Steal

    I laughed at all of these – because I am guilty of MOST of them! Except the reserving things at the library – our librarian is a PITA
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      We had one library that totally sucked but we found one literally 5 minutes from our house and the librarians are all super nice. My husband won’t step foot in the other one because of how rude the librarians are.

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  9. Nadine

    These are all true!!! Well, except I don’t have a to read pile on my nightstand that makes for a second night stand. I can especially relate to the walking like a baby deer one though….hehe oops! I just love being a book nerd!
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      I do the baby deer thing probably once a week. Like I said to Alyssa, #noshame

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  10. Kerry

    All of these are spot on! Number 7 has totally happened to me a time or two!!

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    1. Jana (Post author)

      Only once or twice?! You’re a lucky lady 🙂

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  11. Erin of TexErin-in-SydneyLand

    I just read a book (that will be discussed in the link-up May 12th). A very small, somewhat insignificant part of the story points out that the community library will order books for a patron if they want it and they don’t have it. What?! Obviously, this book was a work of fiction. #librariesaregreatbutnotthatgreat

    I had to pull myself out of a bookstore today without making a purchase. I start a book challenge May 1st (oh hey, that’s tomorrow!), and I already own 8 of the 12 books I’m supposed to read. I can check out the other four. I don’t need to buy any new books right now.
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      It’s not actually complete fiction. My library can do an interlibrary loan where if no libraries in the state have a copy, they’ll reach out to ones in a neighboring state to see if they have it. I’ve gotten a couple of books that way.

      I have some books in my Amazon cart right now and can’t pull the trigger because I’m still not sure that they’re the books I want to buy. #evenbiggerreaderproblems

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  12. Amber

    Yup.

    I had 8 books become available at the library once. Sometimes I don’t like them all, but sometimes I do and then it’s like, “Ack, I can’t finish all these in 2 weeks!” and sometimes if other people on waiting, I can’t re-check them out.
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  13. Kay R.

    I genuinely cannot walk pass a bookstore without going in. I just cannot. So yes I feel you on this list.
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  14. Kristin

    To piggyback on #8: When someone says, “I still need to read The Hunger Games/some other book that came out like 8 years ago”.
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      I get annoyed that they haven’t and then tell them they need to do it immediately. Then I get funny looks.

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  15. Amanda

    Bahahah… I love the one about the “to read pile.” I have a big ol’ stack next to the bed.
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      Me, too. And then there’s the eBook stash. We won’t discuss that.

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  16. lisacng @ expandng.com

    So funny about not having anything to talk about with people who don’t read! I have nothing to add to the conversation when people start talking about TV LOL. And seriously why are there even waiting lists for eBooks? (licensing I bet, but still!).
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      Waiting lists for eBooks drive me nuts. But of course they all come in at the same time, too.

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  17. Christina

    YES! I agree with all of these. Well, wait, not the reading in the bathroom one. My kids pound on the door if I’m not out in 1.5 minutes. Needy brats! Haha! Jacob lets me read in bed at night even if he wants to sleep. But every once in a while he gets irritable and tells me I turn the pages to loudly (?!) so I have to read on the floor of my closet. When I get up, I’m so sore! So, I relate to the baby deer situation.
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  18. Kristen

    i love this list Jana. Hilarious! all of these are so true. Heck, even I can’t read the books as fast as my library gives them to me sometimes! I don’t understand how to talk to people who don’t like to read.. I’m like.. but what do you do? how do you know stuff? how do you learn?
    and oh my gosh the making up words – so true! Sometimes I say things and KC laughs so hard and finally explains that I said it incorrectly and I’m like ‘shut up, it’s correct in my head’.
    Anyway. I hope you are doing well (as well as can be expected).
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      That’s always my first question to people who don’t read–what do you do? How do you fill your free time? So confusing to me.

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