I have this weird habit… Actually I have a lot of weird habits, but we’re not here to talk about how I arrange my socks in morse code for send cake. We’re talking about books. SO MOVING FORWARD. I have this weird habit about procrastinating reading books I’m 99% sure I’ll adore. It makes no sense, folks. No. SENSE. Yet my brain occasionally riots and insists on reading mediocre books while the ones that look so epic and cool wither away on my shelves.
Surely I’m not the only one? Right? Riiiiiight?! (Oh my gosh, just lie here, if you must, and make me feel better.)
I decided to analyse this habit of mine, because surely my brain has a reasonable explanation for this.
1. I’VE OVER-HYPED THE BOOK IN MY OWN BRAIN AND NOW I’M SCARED OF IT IN CASE IT FAILS MY PERSONAL EXPECTATIONS.
And I’m not necessarily talking about community hype — I mean Cait Hype. Cait hype is when Cait spies a book and goes “OH PRECIOUS CAKE POPS, THAT BOOK IS FOR ME” and then proceeds to obsess over it day and night until it is in her clammy paws. Wherein, then, she cannot read it because she’s obsessed too much and what if the book is no good?
There is no reason to talk about Cait in the 3rd person. I’m actually feeling left out of my own conversation here. Sheesh.
I overhype books to myself for NO REASON and I do it all the time.
2. THE SERIES IS ENDING AND I AM IN DENIAL.
I admit to being a slightly skittish bean over series endings. Because it’s so hard to get a completely satisfactory ending! This is because a) I think important characters need to die in series finales, and b) pleasepleaseplase don’t you dare kill the characters. These contradict each other, I KNOW. Now do you see my problem??! Or one of them. We’ve established I have many.
I often put off consuming series finales so the fabulousness can continue in my brain.
I often put them off because I know pain is coming too. This is my entirely relationship with the last 3 Skulduggery Pleasant books. This is why it took me 2 months to read A Dance With Dragons. This is why I have still not finished The Seven Realms series. I HAVE CLOSURE ISSUES.
3. GOOD BOOKS ARE ALSO EXHAUSTING.
This might be just me, but it takes a lot of energy to read an excellent book. I often get overwhelmed by the SHEER AWESOME and end up procrastinating the book because I know my delicate emotions are going to be in a tangle.
Plus I’m like 94% Vulcan and I dislike anticipating those dastardly emotions. I love the feels. But at the same time, I need to brace myself for them? This might take 2 days. Or 2 years. Who can tell? Please standby.
4. IT’S JUST NOT A GOOD DAY?! OKAY?! THE TREES ARE NOT ALIGNED. THE SKIES ARE NOT PURPLE. THE GALAXIES SAY NOPE.
I’m entirely aware that this is sheer procrastination. But at least I’m not in denial, okay?!?! Sometimes it’s just…I’m not…ready to read a book I’m sure I’ll like. Maybe I’m too busy and frazzled and feel like I can’t focus fully on this book that promises to be awesome. Maybe MY ELBOW HURTS and I can’t hold up the book. Maybe…oh who knows. It just isn’t a good day for this potentially new book.
5. ALSO THERE’S WHEN I’M JUST NOT IN A GOOD MOOD AND I’M SCARED THAT’LL AFFECT THIS POTENTIALLY DELICIOUS MEAL.
Life is not all fricasseed frog and eel pie. And sometimes if I really, really, really want to read a certain book — then I want to make sure I’m in the mood to enjoy it. Mood doesn’t always affect my reading. I can be devastated because my dragon burnt the latest batch of evil cupcakes, but my current read is still pleasing. BUT. There are times when I’m scared that I’ll dislike a book because of no reason except that I’m HAVING A BAD DAY.
- The book is huge. Huge books scare me, okay?? Why does it take you 600 pages to tell a story? SURELY YOU DON’T NEED THAT.
- My friends
have threatened my life if I don’t like itare really excited to see my thoughts…what if I despise this book’s mortal soul and my friends riot?
- I just spent, like, $30 books on that dang book and I’m not RUSHING into it because I need to make it last because of that exorbitant price. (This really makes no sense but…go with it.)
- I heard it has a cliffhanger and the sequel isn’t due out for 9 years. Bury me now.
Why is being a bookworm so full of these complications?! LET US SIGH IN UNISON. The biggest problem I find when I fall into this habit of “oh no I can’t read that book not yet” even though I know I’ll love it…is that I end up reading a ton of subpar books instead. It feels like a waste of time! Quality over quantity, right? I need to write that on a pretty plaque and gift wrap it and mail it to my brain.
One thing that is handy with this, though, is that I always have a Potential Good Book on my TBR ready to read! And that’s kind of comforting.