For What It's Worth

Friday, October 26, 2018

The Friday 5: Bookish Nightmares


It's almost Halloween & I'm sharing my bookish nightmares!


1.


Too many books/Never be able to read ALL the books



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This is probably every reader's #1 bookish nightmare. No matter how voraciously or fast we read – there never seems to be enough time to get to all our books  - never mind keeping up with all the new books!

2.
Running out of books

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My goal for this year was to make a big dent in my 185 book TBR pile. And I did. I got down to under 40 books. 

And Panicked.


What if I’m only left with 2 books to choose from?

This is completely irrational – I know. I can buy more books, there’s the library – and the fact that -
YOU CAN NEVER RUN OUT OF BOOKS. See #1

3.

Natural Disasters

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Living in FL means I have lived through a few hurricanes and tornadoes.

Each year we put together our survival kit and have our emergency plan for us and the pets.

But what about my books? I’m always afraid they will get swept away and consider getting one of those large safes to lock up my special books or the ones I haven't read yet.

I know that possessions aren’t as important as people (or my fur babies!) but it is always in the back of my mind.

4.


Reading is dangerous!

There's the risk of being crushed by a towering TBR pile.
Repetitive stress injuries to you wrist - which I get constantly from my Kindle.
Papercuts.
Eyestrain/headaches.
Sleep deprivation.
Starvation because you forget to eat while reading.

Not medical but...reading can also lead to -

Debt.
Troubled relationships due to neglect.

5.


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This is an actual bookish nightmares that I’ve had after I got back from ALA in June. I  tend to feel overwhelmed with how many new books I have after a book conference.

I panic over where to put them – what order to read them in – how am I going to review them all???

 ~ The was after I got back from ALA (American Library Association annual conference)

 I wanted to keep my books safe and felt that the best place to hide them was at my Veterinarian's office.

O_O

So, in the middle of the night I piled up all my books (100's of them - and more than I actually got at the conference) and carried them to my vets and hid them in the Dr.’s office. I walked…in the middle of the night…about 10 miles away….carrying 100's of books.

Then I get home, after safely hiding all my books – and start thinking that anyone can walk in his office and take a book and I’m not there to watch them and I would never know or be able to get it back.

I start trying to walk back but get caught in a loop and can’t find my way. Then I woke up in a panic and I literally had to go check on my books to calm down. lol

Did I ever get to save my books? Did my local veterinarian's office turn into a lending library??

The logic of that dream is so ridiculous that I don’t even know where to start.

Bonus story - and not really a nightmare. More like a bookworm’s dream come true but still weird that books stay on the brain even while sleeping.

I was tearing old wallpaper off one of my walls and found a soft spot that turned out to be a secret bookshelf. It was really ornate with detailed molding – not my taste at all – but dream me loved it!

I started planning a color palette for the walls to compliment it – deep purples and gold – and organizing all my books.

Then I started busting down other walls in my house looking for more hidden shelves. And kept finding more hidden shelves.

When I woke up I had big plans to do this in real life but, alas, I don't have any walls I can go busting through 😢


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What are your bookish nightmares (& dreams!)

54 comments:

  1. My bookish nightmare is the same-never being able to get caught up with all the books unread in my house and on myu ereaders-in total I have over 1100! It does give me sleepless nights! I dream of a new house with a room that is just a library for all my pretties!

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    1. Several years ago we went to Ikea and got shelves and that helped with some of the stress. just seeing them organized felt like progress. lol
      I also got doors for a few of the shelving units so I can't see what awaits me! Ha

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  2. I love the first two, because it's funny to both worry about have too many and not enough books. I worry most about wasting my time on a book. I am a liberal DNFer, but still, I feel robbed of any moments I spend on a book, that disappointed me.

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    1. Yeah - you can't both have too many books AND run out of books! lol

      Not feeling the need to review everything anymore is what helped with me. I felt like I was wasting so much time writing reviews for books that didn't wow me instead of reading.

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  3. These are great!! #1 is super real for me. I want to read ALL the books and don't have enough time. I also worry about not having enough time to fit in reading. Life is so busy!

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    1. That nightmare is reality though...there are always more books so we really won't be able to read them all lol

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  4. I love that number 1 is too many books and number 2 is too few books. Sometimes when I go to my shelves, I have a fear that they're going to fall on me. Or crush my cats when I'm not home.

    Your dream made me laugh at loud! Just trekking 10 miles to your vet's to store books, nbd.

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    1. It's very important to hide the books Amber!!! I just didn't realize that would mean I couldn't get to them!!! lol
      Dream me is a bad planner.

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  5. I love how your first two seem to be direct contradictions. LOL “I’ll never get to all the books?” “OMG, what if I run out of books?!” Bahaha!
    Book damage/loss from a hurricane is a real deal to those of us here in FL, right? I’m always like, do I box up all my books along with important papers? What a loss that would be!

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    1. Yeah - it's ridiculous. How would one ever run out of books???

      I get super worried about my books during storms. I envision a tornado ripping them to shreds and my house would be gone so I won't have the money to replace them. Which would be the least of my worries - I know - but my booooooks!

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  6. I love the letter on your heading so creepylicious! Yes, I'm often worried about not been able to read all the books I want to read! and yes I think I should protect them better! I should hid all of them in a vault I love how to dream you has different decorating taste LOL

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    1. Thanks! Yes, dream me is like...gothic lol Real me is simple/modern.

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  7. Omg running out of books, do not even go there

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  8. OH gosh. What a funny post. Your nightmares are funny but relatable. I cleaned out my books awhile back, I have a few favorites on my shelf, the rest are on my Kindle, easy to grab in an emergency. Now I have to figure out to have to get my cross stitch stuff out.

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    1. I've scaled way back on physical books. They're mostly arc's but purchases are e-books or I get them from the library.

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  9. Haha, I love your actual bookish dreams and nightmares. I have been feeling the pressure lately of not being able to read all the books I want to read! At this point, I don't think I'll ever run out unless there's an apocalypse and the books I have on my shelf are all I have left lol.

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    1. I don't know why I even worry about running out. It will NEVER happen.

      if I read 10 books per day every day it still wouldn't happen.

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  10. My anxieties are mostly attached to too many. I've done better about reducing what's there and taking less to add to it, but still...
    I did have a weird dream once of me dying and everyone getting stuck with my pile of books to sort through. They weren't happy since the people immediately around me aren't readers. LOL

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    1. Ha! I think everyone would throw out my books lol

      I was always worried about too many books until I started to conquer my TBR pile & not take arc's. Then I panicked the other way.

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  11. The first two might as well be my life Lol

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  12. Quote: "What if I’m only left with 2 books to choose from?"
    Ever heard of "reread"? 😂 😉

    LOL, I remember your No.1 dream, but didn't know about No.2. That's creative! 😄 Also, I thought I was the only one who dreamt in such details (see: colour palette).

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  13. Yes publishers need to slow their roll with all the new releases haha! Actually not really but yes- keeping up is a problem. :)

    Those dreams are awesome haha

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    1. Serioulsy, can't they check in with us first and see if we're ready??? lol

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  14. They'll never be enough time to read everything I want too. I know that so I am picky.

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  15. I really love books so much but they can cause health issues....I can't count the times that I have cut my finger on a page of a book or reading my kindle at night and it slaps me in the face when I get so tired I can't keep it up hehe and boy that HURTS!!!

    Right now I just moved so I have more space for bookshelves, so I bought a couple more bookshelves from IKEA so I need books to fill them hehe so I will take any books I can get my hands on. hehe plus its never a bad idea to build your library if you want a physical one.

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  16. This is great. #1 is my nightmare. I get stressed out when I think about all the unread books I have piled up around here.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. The thing with #1 is that it's true. We really can't read every book.

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  17. Bookish nightmares are accurate! I think my biggest one is never being able to find the next book I'm in the mood to read. Like, what if you had all the books you ever wanted and were never in the mood to read any of them? The vet one is hilarious though! Dream brains are weird aren't they?

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  18. I am cracking up about your actual dream! Of all the places, the last you'd want to leave them is with animals running amok! And seriously- why are we simultaneously worried about too many AND not enough books!? Though I must say, I am ridiculously impressed that you have under 40 on your TBR! Share your secrets!

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    1. I work for a mobile vet who uses their facilities so it wasn't quite that random but still a ridiculous place to hide books lol

      Not to mention that I probably would have gotten murdered on the way...just walking 10 miles iwth a stack of books int he middle of the night. Dream Karen is weird.

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    2. And I have more than the 40 now because of ALA but that's what I wanted to get down to before I went.

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  19. Oh gosh, those dreams! That first one would definitely give me anxiety but yay for finding secret shelves in the other one! I definitely think about losing special books due to a fire or something. And I don't fear not having books to read, but too many? Oh yeah, I can't possibly read them all!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  20. I am with you with the books from conferences. I tried to be very selective on the books I took or kept for myself, but I still wound up with more than I could handle. One of these days I will have to sit down and write down all my convention books and do a month of catching up with them

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    1. I'm SO much better about conferences but yup...still too many. I'm doing great with my ALA books this year though. I've read about 80% of them so far.

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  21. lol, that is a crazy nightmare! I love my books but I don't know if I've ever had a nightmare featuring them. I dreamed a drug addict stole my wallet last night but I blame that on The Haunting of Hill House. And I wish I only had 40 books in the tbr . . . I will most definitely die or lose them to natural disaster before I read them and that fact haunts me.

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    1. It took me 2 years of concentrated reading and restraint. lol

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  22. I need to attempt what you did, knock out a bunch from my TBR lol

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    1. I laser focused on it but I'm sure I'll get overwhelmed again. It's the conferences that really kill me.

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  23. Awesome! I'm far away from #2 although that would be the goal for sure!

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    1. It was funny because I SO wanted to reduce my physical TBR pile but when I did I freaked out lol

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  24. Kudos for getting your unread books down to forty.That is amazing. I have moved almost exclusively to digital both eBook and Audio formats, but still buy hardcover editions of my favorite series, books. After 4 moves, I decided it was time to only keep favorites, plus save a tree and all that.

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    1. I don't collect physical books much anymore either.

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  25. Oh my goodness that is amazing that you made such a dent in your TBR! I am actually striving to do that. I think I am going to go on a book buying ban for all of 2019. It's going to be difficult but I can do this!! Also, I am totally afraid of natural disasters and fires - especially for what effect it could have on my books. Oh, and of not being able to read all of the books, of course :P

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    1. I tried to read my TBR in 2017 but failed so I double downed this year and finally made a significant dent. I only took on 1-2 arc's per month and 1-2 purchases per month. Otherwise stuck to my own books.

      It's hard though because I'm a mood reader.

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  26. congrats on cutting down your physical TBR, I feel like any book I've lost interest in, may be thrown in some bundled giveaways because just keeping so much around make me anxious.

    Tori @ In Tori Lex

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  27. I don't think I have any bookish nightmares but I strongly associate with no. 4 on your list! The amount of book related headaches, strains & injuries... Also bruises from stuff like falling asleep and hitting yourself in the face with your kindle and that weird bruising on your shoulder you get when your bag is too heavy because of books.



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  28. Ahhh the fear of not having another book is real. lol

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