Being a book blogger is freakishly awesome. I’m just saying…it is. But like all awesome things (dragon riding for instance) there can be awkward downsides and problems (like riding said dragon one minute and then being barbecued human the next…such awkward moments). I have collected a handful of relatable book blogger problems that I’m sure most of us have encountered at some point. And if you haven’t, pfft, I want to be you when I grow up.
1. WHEN YOUR TBR IS SO OUT OF CONTROL, YOU GIVE UP CHOOSING AND MAKE A PILE AND STAND ON IT AND SHRIEK.
Because what else is there to do?!? There’s literally no hope of reading all the books you want to read in your lifetime, so shrieking is the only viable option to deal with this.
2. WHEN ALL THE BOOKS ARE PUBLISHED AT ONCE AND YOU HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN SHINY AND SHINIER.
I’m 99% sure publishers get together and say “Let’s hit ’em on the 12th of November. ALL THE BOOKS. THAT DATE. DO IT.” And then as the date rolls round, they sit in their offices eating book flavoured cakes and cackle as bookworms run around like headless chickens trying to buy all the books and probably going bankrupt because of it.
3. WHEN YOU RUN OUT OF SPACE IN YOUR HOUSE FOR MORE BOOKSHELVES.
So, logically, you quietly turf out family members and then repurpose their rooms into libraries for MORE SHELVES. This can’t go wrong.
4. WHEN YOU’RE STRUCK BY SEVERE SELF-DOUBT ABOUT YOUR REVIEWS.
Particularly when it’s a review for a publisher and ohhhh what if they don’t like your shrieking fangirling? Or what if they’re annoyed at you for ranting against an unlikeable book?! WHAT IF THEY NEVER SEND YOU A BOOK AGAIN?!??!
And what if your readers hates it too? Let’s…let’s just pause a moment here and wither away in self-doubt.
5. WHEN YOU DON’T GET A COVETED ARC AND HAVE TO CASUALLY MANAGE YOUR DISAPPOINTMENT BY BUILDING AN IGLOO OUT OF BOOKS AND RETREATING TO IT.
“ARC envy” gets quite a bad rap, and I agree…it’s not nice to make someone else feel uncomfortable that they got a book that you didn’t. Be nice. Don’t rant about envy. BUT! I think it’s okay to get disappointed sometimes!! Particularly when one doesn’t have a huge book buying budget and their library is at least 75 million years behind on new releases.
6. WHEN YOUR BLOG BREAKS AND IT’S INSTA-FREAK-OUT-MODE BECAUSE YOUR BLOG IS YOUR BABY.
THIS IS THE GREATEST TRAGEDY OF MY LIFE. Like when a widget breaks or code goes funky or just something goes wrong and I can’t fix it. Just ask my family. I go into mega panic mode and flap around the house sobbing about the apocalypse.
One of my biggest fears is LOSING my blog forever. All these posts deleted? All my art gone? All my minions left to wander about with no overlord? This tragedy is a nightmare and I hope it doesn’t ever happen.
7. WHEN YOU READ SO MUCH YOU BECOME AS PICKY AS AN ORGANIC PINEAPPLE.
Oh dear. Yet another low-starred book because you’ve consumed, like, a hundred this year and you’ve got an eyeball for quality now. I’m not ashamed of this problem, but it is inconvenient. Back in my childhood of five minutes ago (haha, kidding…several years ago…) I rated most books 4 stars! I was easy to please! But now…I’m well read and I can sense quality by sniffing a book and licking the binding. As you do.
8. BEING SO FLOODED WITH REVIEW REQUESTS THAT YOU PACK YOUR BAGS AND LEAVE FOR THE BAHAMAS INSTEAD OF CHECKING YOUR EMAIL.
THANK GOODNESS I AM BATMAN. Phewf. Because those book-review requests get a little wild sometimes. I get particularly mad when an author ignores my “no review request” sign and emails anyway. CAN YOU READ, DUDE? If they can’t read a simple sign, then I have exactly zlich faith in their writing skills. Not to mention politeness and respect…
Also just the ANYTHING requests. I’ve been asked to review a bed once. I was tempted to email back and ask for a sample bed in payment…
9. TRYING TO WORD IN A REVIEW WHEN THE WORDS AREN’T WORDING.
Some days are not word days. In fact, some days are so BEYOND word days that the only thing left to do is cake. It’s particularly awkward, though, if one needs to write a review on this day.
10. WHEN A BLOGGING SLUMP STRIKES YOU LIKE A LACHRYMOSE LEECH AND YOU’RE LEFT WHIMPERING ON THE FLOOR.
Blogging slumps are vicious monsters and not to be underestimated! AGH TO THEM. I often find they come around when I’m treating my blog too much like a business instead of fun. Also getting swamped with too many review-copies or others’ expectations or just having General Life Stress happening in the background…all these can lead to slump.
Okay, Slumpy, no one likes you. GO AWAY.
Although I’m 1001% sure that the good parts outweighs the bad when it comes to book blogging. But there comes a time in every book bloggers life when the need to shriek arises. And that’s okay! SHRIEK! We emotionally compromised book bloggers! HUZZAH.