As it’s less than 2 weeks until 2017 is over forever, I suggest you locate your local bookworm and comfort them.
Because they’re probably most definitely panicking.
There’s honestly nothing like the impending looming doom of the end of a year to remind us bookworms of the 77 things we need to do yet. A lot of people get “end of year crises” and bookworms are no exception.
“But why???” you ask while sipping eggnog and quietly wondering if it’s worth the christmas aesthetic to drink eggs and noggins.
Well let me explain in a highly educational post with 10 handy points about why bookworms panic at the end of the year. Also if you think all I do is post about various reasons to panic — YOU ARE NOT WRONG. It’s pretty much my aesthetic and I just roll with it.
As they say…’tis the season to be jolly and flustered like a plucked turkey that escaped the oven and is running about screaming with a list of goals it forgot to achieve.
Just…um…go with this imagery.
1. BOOKWORMS ARE FORCED TO CHOOSE THEIR “SINGLE FAVOURITE” READ OF THE YEAR.
This is a very specific kind of torture. I’m pretty extra sure whoever decided it was fun to make bookworms choose SINGLE FAVOURITES is also in league with the underworld. I guess if you read about 10 books a year this wouldn’t be too much of a big deal?? But 50 books? 100 books? oR LIKE ME 250?????? Just try asking me to choose a favourite meal, ok, since you want to see me cry.
And you want more reasons this is hard??? You’re on.
REASONS THIS IS TORTURE:
- Firstly we have rating-regret, which is when you rated a book 5-stars in January but your standards were lower then?!? You had less to compare it to. IT MIGHT NOT BE 5-STARS NOW. So is it a favourite or not?
- You can’t choose between your new favourites because they speak to different parts of your soul. It’s like saying “is your left eye or right eye better?” BOTHHHHH. ALL EYES???? AGH.
- You’ve read excellent books that are incomparable. Like how on earth do you put Lord of Shadows next to The Hate U Give?!?? They don’t…they can’t…they are so different and both 5-stars and this is hard. We lead a hard life. We need to sit down.
- There’s a difference between “favourite because it made me laugh” and “favourite because it made me cry” and “favourite because I used it to beat back the apocalypse of 2017 so thank me for my effort.”
- SOME OF US DO NOT LIKE MAKING DECISIONS.
One of my favourite and most common conversations of this year went a little like this:
Human: Have you read this book?
Me: Yeah! I read it in January and it was amazing!
Human: Do you remember that part when—
Me: hahah yeah no, I have no idea what it’s about don’t ask me anything.
I look at my January list of reads and I REMEMBER VERY LITTLE. Perhaps 13%. I feel like all books published in January are under a super unfair disadvantage. Mind you don’t ask me what I read in October either. Look these books still make me and change my world even if I don’t quite remember why or how.
I’m sure it’s fine. No one’s crying about this. Well, except that melting salty dead sea in the corner (me) who is trying to write an end-of-year-recap post (help) and can’t remember anything (goodreads, save me).
I just peeked back at my 2017 goals list and I didn’t do too badly, mostly because I gave myself the lamest list because I don’t like failure and I love overachieving. #1 tip for overachievers = set low goals! It’s the laziest way to overachieve and it’s great! I know! Aren’t you glad to know me?!
However my “YOU MUST READ THIS IN 2017” list is just burning before my eyes.
How have I read 250 books this year and achieved nothing. I’m magical.
4. SOMETIMES END-OF-YEAR-EXHAUSTION BOOK SLUMPS APPEAR.
This MIGHT be just me, but I always find myself unmotivated to read in December. I mean (a) I’ve finished off my Goodreads goal and I’m literally such a Slytherin that if I’m not checking off boxes then WHAT’S THE POINT, and (b) there is a lot of Christmas food around and I get distracted, and (c) I feel I’ve worked hard in the year and want a break so I can start January really enthused to read.
I am literally the most unmotivated clamfish in December.
I haven’t picked up a book since Saturday so that’s how I am, how are you?
5. YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO BUY BOOKS AND “GIFT THEM” TO HUMANS FOR CHRISTMAS BUT WHAT IF YOU ACCIDENTALLY KEEP THEM???
It’s just SO LOVELY when you buy a beautiful shiny book and wrap it up nicely and put a bow on it and then think maybe you should check it??? So you unwrap it and WOW it’s so shiny and beautiful and definitely a perfect gift. So you wrap it up again but you’re also accidentally walking to your room and WOW! It’s magic! It’s now on your bookshelf! How did that happen!
There’s not such thing as (a) too many books, or (b) eating too many christmas cakes. #Fact
6. YOU WONDER IF YOU’VE ACHIEVED ENOUGH THIS YEAR??
I’m a self-confessed overachiever but I’m sure a lot of us get to December and wonder IF WE’VE DONE ENOUGH?!? It’s silly because if you did your best, no matter what you did or didn’t achieve, then yes — you did enough. And you did great! And no one has to be achieving at 110% every single year.
But yet. Here we are. Anxiously scoffing eggnog and staring wide eyed at the impending doom of 2018 and wondering if WE SHOULD HAVE BUILT THAT SPACESHIP IN THE BACKYARD AFTER ALL??? UGUH WHAT HAVE I BEEN DOING. CLEARLY NOTHING.
7. THE 2018 BOOK WISHLISTS ARE COMING UPON US STRONGLY AND THERE IS NO ESCAPE.
LOOK IT’S TOO EARLY TO BRING OUT THE 2018 WISHLIST. I’m not finished the 2017 lists. I’m not finished the 2015 lists if we’re going to be honest (no, really, please come meet my TBR) so this is terrifying.
I’m fine. I’m sure it’s fine. Everything seems FINE.
Also on this topic, I will be rolling out lists of 2018 releases I’m excited for VERY SOON and I’m broke and the year hasn’t even begun yet.
8. BOOK BLOGGERS HAVE TO FIGURE OUT HOW ACTIVE TO BE ONLINE DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON.
This gets me EVERY year! I literally ask the same questions of myself which look like:
- “Should I take a little hiatus over the Christmas week since most people will be busy anyway?”
- “Or should I post as normal since people are on holidays and maybe online more?”
- “Or should I flap about like a confused chicken as is my normal aesthetic?”
I have no idea. It’s a surprise for us all what I decide to do. But this is a DEFINITE cause for bookworm crisis.
9. AFTER YOU DO YOUR “YEARLY RECAP” POST, SHOULD YOU KEEP READING???
Again. SLYTHERIN. And I think it’s okay to be a goals-orientated person! But I also want to think of the books? THINK OF THE POOR BOOKS, EVERYONE. Books read in that last week of December…where do they fit??? You’ve already announced your “favourites of the year”. And they can’t squeeze into 2018 reads because they’re not. So they become this like little void of books we forget to talk about.
I tell you, after the 25th, it’s like a VOID. The only things that happen are Christmas leftovers and you feeling ready to never need to see a relative for another 12 months.
10. PLANNING YOUR 2018 GOALS, WHICH, LET’S FACE IT, IS A BIG DEAL.
Are you reading more next year? Less? Are you taking challenges? Focusing on a specific genre? Rereading? Writing? Writing more? Blogging more or less? Starting something new? Borrowing or buying books this year? On a book ban? Or zeroing in on the ARCs this year? Or doing less? OR THINKING ABOUT THE OTHER 2 MILLION THINGS YOU COULD OR COULD NOT DO IN 2018.
There’s just something fresh about the start of a new year that makes us plan all the things. And then forget about them 2 weeks later — but whatever right?! We need to embrace these feelings and also plan our life away before January 1st.