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Bookworm Problems


Unfortunately, as humans, we do not live in a perfect world. Even in the life of a bookworm, not everything can be as we please, but that’s how things go. I compiled a list of things that bother me as a literary fanatic and hopefully get on the nerves of some other book enthusiasts as well. Maybe I can even offer up some solutions, to make our world a little bit easier.


Problem #1: Books are very pricey.

Whenever I go to my local bookstore, I admire all the books on the shelves and I want to pick them all up, take them to the cash and bring them home. However, as a teenager making minimum wage, this isn’t always possible. But behold! I have a solution! Take down the title and author of the books you would like to read and check if your library has them. If they don’t, request the books online on the OPL website and they’ll be in your hands soon.


Problem #2: Waiting on a hold for a long, long, time.

This problem is one I’m currently dealing with right now. I love requesting books from the library and reading them as soon as I can, but unfortunately some waits are longer than others. Often I get books within the week but when I’m waiting on some popular new releases, I can be waiting in anticipation for a while. I’m currently waiting on Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han and When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon and I know when I can finally read them, I will savour the moment. Meanwhile, I’ve been reading similar books to keep me satisfied, like 99 Days by Katie Cotugno and You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner.


Problem #3: Reading a book and finishing it almost instantly… and then what?

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one that reads a good book as quick as possible, neglecting school work, sleep and chores to finish it. I have a habit of getting my hold in from the library and then reading it at sonic speed and then finishing it and feeling empty. The book consumed your life for days and then it’s over and you’re not quite sure what to do with yourself. Perhaps you’re crying over the ending of the book, the death of one of your favourite characters or just the fact that you have finished the novel itself. To fix this, I usually just throw myself into another book, whichever is closest to me at that given moment.


Problem #4: Having an overwhelming To Be Read pile.

I can’t be the only one with this problem right? I have a habit of letting books pile up and up and up until I realize I have to start reading them and plowing through them at some point. I always write out a list of which books I want to read first and prioritize them. Bonus points if all your holds at the library come in at one time and you have to read them all before their due date in three weeks! That’s happened to me a few too many times.


In conclusion, those are just some of the problems us bookworms face on a daily basis. Of course, they’re just little inconveniences that come along with the good, like anything else. School is almost out and I can’t wait to spend all day and all night reading. Good luck to anyone writing exams this week!


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