24 More Book Nerd Problems

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Last week your responses to our recent post, 99 Book Nerd Problems, made it clear that 99 just couldn’t cover it. We can all name a thousand wonderful things about being a reader, but here’s what you had to say when we asked for the worst thing about always having your nose in a book:

Too many books, too little time. –Louise S.

People who say, “How can you read the same book more than once?” How many times, exactly, have you seen Star Wars??? Same. Thing. –Kim L.L.

When you go to the store and you want 6 books but only have enough money for 2…Becomes the hardest decision of your life in that moment. –Rebecca P.

Telling my husband “I love you, but leave me the hell alone so I can finish.” –Brandi G.

While moving, you notice that your boxes of books number higher than all your other possessions combined. –Ann C.

People that want to talk to you right in the middle of your reading time. –Zachary C.

Going to just buy one and ending up with 5. They’re like clothes. You can’t just buy a shirt, you have to find the pants and shoes to go with it. –Jaquelyn F.

Thinking you have a lot more book to read only to find out the last 40 pages are just the first two chapters of the author’s next book. –Marla C.

Finding an excuse to get out of socializing because I’d rather stay in and read. –Christy B.

Forgetting to do the laundry because I’m in the middle of a “really good part.” Hours later…aw crud, my laundry’s wrinkled. –Terri B.

Inability to start a new book because your still living in the last book’s world. –Amanda D.

That bittersweet feeling when coming to the end of a really good book. –Barbara H.

1. I’d need to retire today to have time to read just the books I currently own. 2. People keep writing more books! –Chris P.

When my guy doesn’t want to talk until I curl up with a good book! –Shannon H.

When the cat or dog insists on putting their whole body between your eyes and the book with their butts in your face. –Sharon P.

Dreaming (repeatedly over the years) that there’s a secret room in my house where there are sequels to all the great books and trying to gather them all up so I don’t miss one and waking up before i dip into even one of them. Crushed that it was just a dream! –Tracy S.H.

When I finish a book and don’t have a new book waiting to be read. –Carolyn C.

Always having to take a book with you to concerts, movies, or even ball games in case it starts late or you are early. –Donna E.

When you are (im)patiently waiting for the next installment and you see the author on social media. All. The. Time. You irrationally want to tell them to log off and go write!! –Vanessa B. T.

Emotionally investing in characters only for them to die or not get the ending you think they deserved. –Atiya I.M.

Having people comment to me while I’m reading, “Are you busy?” or “since you’re not doing anything…” Aarrggghh! –Susan P. B.

Running into stuff while walk-reading. –Seth H.

Book avalanches! –Cynthia W.

I’d say bad translations are one hell of a problem. Not only because they’re annoying but they can mislead or miss important, rich information! –Georgina M. C.

But things aren’t all bad, according to one reader:

On the upside? A non-reading spouse who has come to accept and expect me to spend more time and money in Barnes and Noble than Dress Barn. –Feb B.

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