Friday, October 23, 2015

Things only book lovers understand

I love to talk about books (duh) but even more than that, I love talking about / reading about feelings regarding books, does that make sense? I loved my 'problems only book lovers will understand' post so I thought I'd do another, if you don't mind.

When a series isn't finished and the next book isn't coming out till 2016 and then the final book doesn't come out till 2017.....


and you're just like why is this taking so long? WTF authors, can't you write faster?!


Reading in public and trying to hide your feels.


When you order a book online and it doesn't magically appear immediately.


Book haul! And you have no plans tonight....


When people get mad over a certain book and complain about how blah blah blah and if it were them or if were set now and you're just like IT'S FREAKING FICTION and it's NOT you and it's NOT set now, so you need to remember the whole enormous condescension of posterity thing.


When you get really overprotective of a book you love and say shit like the above.


It's hard to remember that people have the right to hate a book that you love.


Because everyone is entitled to their opinion...


When you recommend (or worse, lend) a book to someone and they don't like it..


When you read a bad book, eh. But then the next one is bad, and the next one, and the next one and you start to question your ability to choose a book and are there any good books left in the world?


When you convince someone to read a certain book and then they ask questions and you can't answer them because spoilers but then it shows on your face or you try and answer it diplomatically but then end up giving something away.


When you don't have a specific idea of what you want to read next and your TBR list is so overwhelming that you just can't decide.


When you want to read something but you're not quite sure if you want to read it or if you feel like you should because everyone is raving about it.


When a character dies but you hope they're not really dead and maybe they will come back? Maybe it's a trick? Maybe? Please? They're not really dead, are they?


When everything is going really well and you're not even halfway through...


When you can see where the book is heading but you don't like it.


When something so effed up happens that you have to reread it to make sure you understood properly.


When you realise that no-one has yet invented the thing to wipe your mind so you can reread your favourite books for the first time, can someone invent that please (but don't let me forget that I want to read it)?


Sigh. As usual, I went way overboard, hashtag shocker. Do you agree with any of these 'problems'?

66 comments:

  1. I am on one of those choosing bad book after bad book streaks, so frustrating!

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  2. OMG yes to all of these. I totally get sad when I recommend a book I absolutely love and the person doesn't like it as much, or I don't like something a friend recommended. I totally struggle with what to read next since my TBR pile is hovering near 600 books. Oh boy, better get reading.

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  3. I love your book loving posts, they truly speak to us book lovers and are comical genius as well. I totally try to read books in public without anyone noticing, oooops! Happy Friday, fabulous!

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  4. LOL. This whole post is my life. I literally feel all the feels with you, friend. I would also like to re-read my favorite books with not knowing what happened so I can enjoy that feeling over and over again!

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  5. This whole post is AMAZING! Yes yes yes to all of it! Especially making a recommendation to someone--I'm always nervous that they won't like it. Thanks for the good laugh this morning :)

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  6. These are definitely spot on!! There are a few books that I read because there was tons of hype around them and just wasn't in love with them like everyone else!! Love all of these memes too!! especially the Simba one! *sob* great post :)

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  7. ALL, the problems!!! Haha especially the bad book rut. I just barely broke out of it this month and I couldn't be happier. Ugh, nothing worse then a good book drought.

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  8. YES to all of these, but especially the last one. I wish I could have my memory of Discworld erased so I could experience it for the first time again - especially now there will be no more books in the series, ever. Yep, still mourning Terry Pratchett's death here.

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  9. The worstttttt is when you recommend something and the person doesn't like it... Makes me want to reassess our friendship

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  10. I try to avoid recommending books to people, if I have bad taste in books I just don't want to know. I really wish there was a way to reread books again but have it be like the first time all over again...sigh that would be awesome.

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  11. YAS! To everything! especially about the overwhelming TBR list and the series thing.

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  12. Yes! Yes! and more Yes! I remember once reading a book and it was so sad so I went to then bathroom to cry and when I came out with res swollen eyes I was like "What? It was a sad part"

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  13. YES TO ALL OF THESE. there are some paragraphs in a book that are so messed up (translation: i did not want said thing to happen) that i re-read several times and slowly to make sure i read it right. also, books that i love and someone talks shit about or didn't love it like i did? i'm like WHO ARE YOU AND DON'T TALK TO ME ANYMORE.

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  14. As always, these are spot on! Since I have a pretty bad memory, I can read a book and know kind of what happens but not remember a lot of the end details so it's like that last one! Have a great weekend!

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  15. Haha love it!! Lady...you are the QUEEN of gifs!! ;)

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  16. No matter how many times Dumbledore dies, I still get shocked each time, lolololol HOLD ME!

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  17. Oh my gosh I ordered a book from amazon and when i went to look on my ipad it wasn't there i was like come one come on lol! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  18. All of this is so true. Also, true to my television watching as well. Is that sad? Haha!

    xx, Carly | carly blogs

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  19. If people ask me about a book I just walk away. I'm terrible at not giving away answers, I'll just ruin the whole book.

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  20. Gah when I pick a couple of bad books in a row I definitely stop trusting my book picking skills. And I'm guilty of re -reading books and hoping for different endings!

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  21. These gifs are on point.. all my favs Disney, Harry Potter, I Love Lucy, Legally Blonde, Friends - all my loves! And I've scared my husband a few times while reading because of my reactions when I'm totally immersed :-P

    Happy Friday gurlie <3

    Green Fashionista

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  22. All of these things are true!!!

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  23. I am super overprotective of the books that I love! I know exactly what that is to lend a book to a friend and they don't like it and you're just like how are we even friends? Also the spoiler one I am so bad about that because I don't want to ruin it but you can see it written all over my face what's about to happen!

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  24. I hate when someone dies in a book - I usually have to re-read it over & over again to make sure I didn't see it wrong. Reading with all hope I read it wrong

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  25. These are seriously the best posts! I think/know I can relate to all of them! When it takes forever for the author to finish up books in a series is definitely the worst because of the waiting, and then you forget everything that already happened in the series! I had the problem with all of the Harry Potter books, and the Divergent series.

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  26. 1000% agree with every point! I become so emotionally invested in every book I read. I feel like I'm going through a breakup when its over and series just make it worse because you have way more time to get invested! I also battle with the challenge of reading a book because its popular, but I almost always read them because I don't want to be left out haha

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  27. I can't really claim "book lover" but I can relate to a lot of these. Mostly that one at the end. I wish I could have the magic of reading my favorite books for the first time again!

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  28. Hahahaha! I love this so much! Your book posts are my fave!

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  29. This post makes my heart happy, lol. Suggesting or lending a book to a friend that you absolutely love but they end up hating is the worst feeling in the world - I've done it on more than one occasion, and then I'm always terrified I'm going to lose the friend over it. Also, the reading in public thing and not flipping shit over a scene in a book is the worst - I'm pretty sure I've failed at this numerous times.

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  30. Awesome awesome post! My favorite is the Gosling one because of course, RYAN GOSLING. But also because I always feel as though I should read a book because it's a classic or that everyone has read it. Sometimes the book is awesome (The Martian) and other times it's like, Why did I bother???

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  31. Your GIFs are always just too good!!!

    Staci
    www.missbloodymary.com

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  32. Yes to all of these but I'm always so sad I can't reread favorites like they are new. There is nothing quiet like reading a really really good book for the first time.

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  33. YES to all of these ... and also when I loan a good book to someone and it's not that they don't like it ... but they don't return it. These are my children and must be returned - don't make me hunt you down to get it back. Also ... I hate starting a new series - I'm afraid that I'll like it and have to wait forever for the next book to come out OR I won't like the first one but will feel obligated to read the 2nd one in case I missed something and might like it if I knew more of the story. AND if I suffer through a book I can't stand, I just have to go back and read a well-loved one (P&P? - yes!). I must go read now! :)

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    1. yes! seriously, sometimes i re-read P&P after a bad book lol and yes i am so the same with series!! it's such a hard life lol

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  34. Did you hear that a new Harry Potter is coming out? I am so excited but I know some people aren't. I love JK Rowling, I loved Cuckoo's Calling but hated Casual Vacancy. Did you read The Silkworm? And YES! I totally feel like all those GIFS, especially the one with Tom Haverford! I WANT IT NOW!

    Annie- All Things Big And Small

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  35. Did you hear that a new Harry Potter is coming out? I am so excited but I know some people aren't. I love JK Rowling, I loved Cuckoo's Calling but hated Casual Vacancy. Did you read The Silkworm? And YES! I totally feel like all those GIFS, especially the one with Tom Haverford! I WANT IT NOW!

    Annie- All Things Big And Small

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  36. YES!!! I'm always so afraid of recommending books because someone else might not like it. And then if they don't, I'm like, "What's wrong with you?!" I am currently in a mediocre book after mediocre book phase. I DNF three this week! I hope something comes along to change that.

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  37. AMAZING! I was going to be like, "this one really spoke to me..." but they ALL spoke to me! But really, can we not wipe our minds and read books over and over for the first time? Come on, it's 2015.

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  38. I legit just saved this because of the intense hilarity I got out of this entire post :)

    liz @ sundays with sophie

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  39. I agree with so many! And I would like to type this in very small letters because you recommended so many books to me in the past year....I didn't like Code Name Verity once I got past the first few chapters. It never pulled me in. Kind of like the Potato Peel Society. I wanted to like it more than I did. BUT I did LOVE Sea of Tranquility, so we can find our common ground somewhere :):)

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  40. "It's hard to remember that people have the right to hate a book that you love." LOL no they don't, stop it.
    Also: "When you want to read something but you're not quite sure if you want to read it or if you feel like you should because everyone is raving about it." = me with Gone Girl, You, and about half the books I've read or added to my TBR list this year.
    And "When a character dies but you hope they're not really dead and maybe they will come back? Maybe it's a trick? Maybe? Please? They're not really dead, are they?" = Last three HP books.
    And actually, I had a personal response to every single one of these because, obviously, you nailed it again.

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  41. Yesss to all of these. I hate waiting for books to come out and my TBR list is overwhelming at all times and I hate when I read too many bad books in a row. I just love this post.

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  42. Ahhhhh the one where you see whats coming and you are like NOOOOOOOOOOOO. Hahahahah fuckery! I need to add that in to my daily vocab. Just yes to all of these things!

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  43. bahaha this is so so spot on. NAILED IT

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  44. Great post!! I love this list! Gosh I talk about my books like they are my friends - I'm dating a guy who isn't much of a book nerd, but he loves that I am one so I love it! Ignored him for 4hours once when I read and finished a really good book. oh well! And I have the hardest time recommending books to my friends - I feel if they don't agree they we can't be friends anymore haha

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  45. Hiding emotions in public? Think: me + The Sea of Tranquility + public train. Characters that die or knowing what's going to happen in a book? Markus Zusak said he was crying HARD while writing a particular part of a particular book that you and I have both read and loved because he knew what he was about to write and he had all the emotions. So, of course, this made me love Markus Zusak even more.

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  46. When someone doesn't like a book that I love I seriously feel personally offended. Hahaha. Oops.

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  47. I think it is official that I do not love books as much as you. :) Or maybe I'm just in a different stage of life. But I'm so worried for you and all of these people ^^ commenting about how they take it so personally when someone doesn't like a book that they don't like!! It's okay!! Really!! I think in ten years it will bother you less than it does now. I hope. :P

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  48. Umm... agree? How about every single goddamn one of these is MEEEEE! I feel kinda responsible for the first 2 although I can't bring myself to feel too bad about it because ..."to whatever end!" I swear, I'm so scared for that moment when I love a book and tell you to read it and you say you hated it and then I have to revoke our friendship (or vice versa). It's seriously gonna suck! And I'm stealing the gifs of Stiles and Lucy because they are legit my feelings about certain books *cough* Allegiant *cough*

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  49. I laughed so hard at this - last week I took it SO personally that someone didn't like a book I told them to read. I was like, "are you sure you read it? the whole thing? even the end? ARE YOU SURE YOU DIDN'T LOVE IT?"

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  50. Aww the little kitty with too many choices is the cutest. Otherwise I'm not really a book reader so I can't comment. ;-)

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  51. I've stopped trying to hide my reactions in public to whatever I'm reading b/c I usually end up looking crazier when I try to make my face stop doing whatever it's doing. XD

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  52. Lmao! It's moo! One of the books I've been waiting for and preordered finally came out last week but I haven't had a chance to actually sit down and read it! I think I need to take a week off from work to catch up on my TBR list!

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  53. Great post dear! Have a wonderful weekend:)

    irenethayer.com

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  54. So true and these GIFs are perfect! Lately, I've been feeling like that kitty :)

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  55. Everything about this post is so true!!! I have so much on my TBR list right now and I just want to fast forward to my Thanksgiving break so I can at least start to make a little dent in it...but who knows what I will start with on my list?! Its sometimes too hard to decide what to read next!

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  56. I love all of this. Right now I am majorly that kitten struggling to make choices. I am in an indecision rut. And I know once I start one, I'll love it, and finish it, and keep going... but I've been a little busier.. so I continue not to decide or read. It's so awful. Waah. lol. XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  57. So I need to be honest...I didn't actually read this but I saw Doctor Who gifs and just scrolled through all the gifs going, yes, yes, yup, ditto, yes.

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  58. Ha! I relate to nearly every single one of these!

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  59. Every. Single. One. Yes.

    Especially the one about characters dying. That was me when Snape died. I honestly can't even watch the movie now without crying at that scene. Oh my god. Harty Potter, all the feels man.

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    1. Yep that Harty Potter was totally on purpose and totally not a typo... <.<

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  60. I read on my lunch a lot and I cry super easily. So I tear up a lot and I feel like one of these days someone is going to see me and be like um are you okay?! I just finished The Storyteller (Jodi Picoult), soooo many feels.

    Hahaha, oh my gosh, yes! When you've read several bad or just "meh" books in a row and you're like "oh god, what if I never find one that I love ever again?!" haha so dramatic. But then you get a few good ones all is right in the world. :)

    That Ryan Gosling gif.... sigh <3 <3 <3

    "Don't you dare" yesss... definitely hate when that happens. Ugh, I find that I try and figure things out before they happen. I have to like force myself not to so that I can enjoy it as it comes... lol!

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  61. YES!

    I usually err on the side of not reading when I'm not sure if it's hype or a true desire to read it. I read some books like 2 or 3 years after they were popular.

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  62. Haha I love love love this post! And you're seriously the GIF queen ... You somehow managed to find the perfect GIF for each and every scenario listed. I love it!

    Like Steph said above, I usually won't pick up a book unless I'm sure I want to read it (regardless of the hype). I still read some of the really popular books, but only if the book summary intrigues me. I also don't always read them right away (though sometimes that's because I'm waiting forever to get it from the library!).

    I've been having the bad book issue lately. Well ... It's more like this: Book was good, but not until about halfway through and the ending could have been better. Next book was terrible and I could barely get through it because it was so boring and the writing was pretty bad. Book I'm currently reading is okay sometimes, but mostly just sort of boring. (I'm really hoping the book I'm reading now gets better. Or, if it doesn't, I really hope the next book I read is awesome and can make up for the terrible to mediocre books I've been slogging through lately.)

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