Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
1. Library fines – I’ve paid hundreds of dollars in library fines over the past few years – and no, that’s not an exaggeration. I signed up to get email reminders two days before my books are due, yet I still can’t seem to return them on time.
2. Being late for work – In the morning, I read while brushing my teeth, eating breakfast, putting on lotion…and then realize I should’ve left for work at least 15 minutes prior.
3. Staying up too late reading – We’ve all had this problem, haven’t we? We stay up until 2:30 in the morning to finish a great book, even though we know we have to be up only 3.5 hours later and are going to look and feel like an extra from The Walking Dead.
4. Book depression – This is one of my biggest problems. I go through a painful withdrawal period any time I finish a really good book, or even a really good movie. The worst I can remember was when I finished Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I moped around the house for days complaining that life had no meaning and spent hours online trying to get my HP fix through fanfiction and “Which character are you?” quizzes.
5. Boring people with my book raving – When I love a book I Can’t. Stop. Talking. About it.My husband and sister get the brunt of my book talk. They eventually have to tell me – albeit gently – that it’s time to change subjects for a while.
6. Author obsession – This issue is a recent one. I never really followed authors online until I discovered that Maggie Stiefvater has a Tumblr, and since then I’ve spent countless hours scouring her blog for Raven Cycle art, playlists, teasers, etc. When she doesn’t update for a few days I start to get twitchy.
7. When no one else reads my favorite books – I’ve been trying for years to convince at least one of my friends to read The Storyteller by Antonia Michaelis and The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner, but alas, none of them have given in so far. I don’t think they’re unwilling, just busy.
8. Accidentally damaging my books – I’m getting better at keeping my favorite books pristine, but for a while there I was pretty hard on my poor novels. I have a tendency to carry everything and the kitchen sink in my purse, so when I throw a book in there as well – because we all know I can’t leave home without a book, right? – it gets a little beat up by all the other nonsense in my bag. I’ve also spilled food on books and even (embarrassingly) dropped one in the toilet.
9. Writing reviews – It takes me eons to write a good book review. It’s not quite as bad when there’s a time crunch to keep me focused – say, when it’s Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and I’ve committed to posting for a blog tour on Friday at 8:00 a.m. When there’s no externally imposed deadline, though, I agonize over reviews for weeks.
10. Waiting for the next book in a series – Megan Whalen Turner, this one’s for you. It’s currently been 5 years since you published A Conspiracy of Kings. I think I speak for all of your fans when I say, “We need more Eugenides, and we need it now!”