8 Things Readers Feel Guilty About

Hello and happy Wednesday, you guys! I hope the week has been treating you well so far (mine hasn’t. I’ve been hit over and over by Shadowhunters feelings and just the cast being super precious – and I still have interviews to watch) and that you’re doing well! πŸ™‚

For today’s post, I was originally just going to talk about how I felt like I wasn’t getting enough reading done but I figured it would get boring quite fast. Luckily, before I knew it, I kept coming up with more things we as readers might feel guilty about which then lead to what today’s post actually is.

I really hope you guys enjoy this and maybe you’ll realize that you’re not alone if/when you feel guilty about any of these bookish things! πŸ™‚

The Amount Of Reading They Get In – that’s honestly one of the things I’ll worry about most regularly, especially since I became a book blogger. Before getting into blogging I never really wondered about whether or not I got enough reading in at any particular point in time. Sure, ‘only’ reading 12 or so books that one year sucked but it wasn’t something I worried about back then.

It’s definitely something I would worry about now but honestly, we shouldn’t. Any reading we get done is better than none! *sets a goal to worry about it less*

Their Home Libraries – this is something that can get especially difficult when you start comparing your home library to that of someone else which I think is bound to happen from time to time. I feel so lucky to have the books I have and that I’m able to buy new books about once a month (on top of my Audible subscription) but then I watch booktube and see how many books someone else has and sometimes I worry that I don’t have enough or that I don’t buy enough new books, etc.

Which is ridiculous because we’re all in different positions in life where we can or can’t do and afford certain things someone else might. And that should be okay. We shouldn’t be this hard on ourselves.

Being Unable To Support Their Favorite Authors Enough – as readers, bookworms and lovers of finding new stories to devour I think it can sometimes feel like we’re not doing enough to show our love and support for the authors that bring us these fantastic new stories. I often wish I was able to buy a ton more debut novels and put my money behind upcoming authors but it’s not always possible for me to show my support that way. But that’s where our blogs can come in!

While I may not be able to buy the physical book right away, I’ll try and get it via Audible so I can read and rave about it on here after. Or I’ll keep mentioning the book and make sure you guys hear about it over and over again. That’s how I can show support – investing my time in shouting out a book to the best of my ability. I didn’t spend ages shouting about Ace Of Shades for nothing. I loved the idea of the book and wanted as many people as possible to hear about it.

By the way, if you’re looking for ways to support your favorite authors, here’s a list! πŸ˜‰

Being Unable To Stay On Top Of New ReleasesΒ – Publishing is such a fast-moving industry that turns out so, so many books throughout the year which makes it pretty much impossible to stay on top of things. I still have 2017 releases I haven’t gotten to. Even books I was super freaking excited about because they were written by an author I loved – still haven’t read them.

Plus, I’m already behind on 2019 releases and we’re only in the last week of February. This is getting off to a good start and we haven’t even gotten to the OMG PUBLISHING PLEASE CHILL FOR A SECOND months of the year yet (aka May, September, October). What I’ve decided to do is prioritize one or two books per month that I really want to get to (which is gonna be HARD in April between The Devouring Gray, The Red Scrolls Of Magic AND King Of Fools releasing).

Falling Behind With Series – this point goes hand in hand with the previous one. With how quickly we’re getting sequels usually (aka about a year in between books), how many series we might be currently in the middle of and the release date for these series (aka in the just mentioned months) it’s sometimes impossible to stay up to date with your series – even the ones you adore.

Right now, I’m already behind on three different series (but luckily it’s just three books in total): Warcross, Strange The Dreamer and The Cruel Prince. I have all three sequels as audiobooks but I haven’t been able to get to them yet and it pains me. There are more series here but they aren’t as urgent to me as these – especially since I’ll be able to finish two series once I read these books!

Having A Lot Of Unread Books – again, this is gonna play into the previous point a little bit. As I already mentioned, I try to take full advantage of my Audible subscription to get one new release in (besides the one I get a physical copy of) each month but even those will build up if/when I reach for other books instead. And let’s not even talk about the books I bought when I first started blogging in early 2017. I still haven’t gotten to them.

Sure, I’ll try and see the positive in this situation but it does suck sometimes to have a physical representation of just how many unread books you have. xD

Being Unable To Pick A Favorite – please, don’t ever ask me to pick my favorite anything – ever. I suck at limiting things down to just one. I don’t have a favorite meal (they’re all just straight up my mom’s cooking), I don’t have a favorite song – it switches constantly (currently, in case you’re wondering, it’s Julia Michaels feat. Niall Horan – What A Time) and I sure as hell can’t tell you what my favorite book is (it’s a tie between The Infernal Devices, ACOMAF, the Six Of Crows duology and probably a few more that I just can’t remember right now).

It’s like if you’d ask me to pick my favorite nephew – I’d never be able to do that. They’re all precious human beings that I love with every inch of my heart.

Being Unable To Pick Their Next Read – honestly, when is ever going to get easier? I love, love, love having a clean ‘Currently Reading’ shelf on Goodreads but that also usually means that it’s time for me to pick a new book to read. And with the number of unread books I have? That’s though. Do I go for a contemporary (and worry that it’s too early in the year yet despite it being 15Β°C outside), do I continue/finish a series I’m in the middle of? Do I start a new series? Do I reread an old favorite (when are you ever going to go wrong there)? Who even knows. Definitely not me 90% of the time. xD

And then this is very quickly going to bring us back to the very first aspect I talked about which is gonna lead us straight into a vicious cycle of the before mentioned aspects repeating themselves over and over again.

Being a reader is hard, y’all.

You guys. Guys! I’ve got some exciting news that I want to preview today.

As you might’ve noticed if you follow me over on Twitter, I’ve been talking about switching up my blog’s theme a little bit (that was the original plan, at least) and if everything goes according to plan, you will get to see it with Friday’s post. :O

Here’s a quick sneak peek at the colors I’m going for:

Oh yeah, that’s an actual background image. No more solid background color for this blog. πŸ˜€ I figured I’d switch to a color scheme I’ve really been loving lately (greys in combination with pinks) and while the background doesn’t give you too much of that yet – that’s also on purpose. I want it to be a surprise! πŸ˜‰

But for now, let’s get back to the actual topic of today’s post. What are some things you guys feel guilty about? Any of the things I mentioned above or completely different things? Let me know in the comments down below – I can’t wait to talk to you all! πŸ™‚

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22 thoughts on “8 Things Readers Feel Guilty About

  1. I’ve been able to relate to so many of these lately. I think the one I struggle with most is guilt about the amount of books I read and how many I own. I compare myself too much to bloggers who read 300 books a year and have whole walls of shelves even though I know not having or doing those things don’t make me less of a reader.

    This was such a great post and it’s nice to know I’m not alone in these!

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  2. The Home Library one hit me right in the feels. I see all of the pictures and videos other book lovers put up with their massive shelves and it makes me feel inadequate for a moment. But, like you said, everyone lives differently and has different circumstances and obligations. Right now, I own many books that I love and am very grateful for that. That jealous feeling still sneaks up on me sometimes, though.

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    1. Same, same, same! I always say ONE DAY I’d like a nice wall full of shelves with all the books I’ve collected over the years! I just hope my children one day will have any interest in reading in English too – otherwise that Young Adult collection might go to ‘waste’ a bit.


  3. I definitely relate with a lot of things you mentioned, especially the amount of time I spend reading! Also all my unread books eyeing me from where they’re sitting… I’ll get to them eventually, don’t worry, but I’ll still buy some more books!!! (Says every book blogger ever…)

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    Okay so back to the topic of the blog post… sorry about that haha.
    I feel guilty of a lot of these things, too, most especially the “not reading enough” one: somehow I feel like I always need to be reading more and more books and, even though I know realistically I already read a lot given everything else I need to do every day, I still feel like I should get through SO many books, it’s a bit stressful haha.
    I think the one I’m not that guilty of is having a lot of unread books – I do have quite a bit at the moment, but I don’t like having too many unread books on my shelves, it stresses me out a lot haha so I try to get through a big chunch of my TBR before getting new books haha πŸ™‚
    Loved this post! πŸ™‚

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    1. Hahaha, thank you for the enthusiasm! It’s super appreciated! ❀

      That's a fantastic way to deal with your TBR though and I honestly need to get to a point like that too! I'm thinking once I make a good dent into my 'box of shame' I'll be well on my way to a more manageable TBR!

      Thank you, Marie!

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  5. This was so relatable! I am generally just a giant lump of guilt going about life so it was really refreshing to see that someone else feels the way I do. I think the biggest one for me is feeling guilty for not being able to support authors more. I just started this blog and so I don’t really have as big a reach as I’d like to be able to boost lesser known authors. I definitely feel awful about not having as many books as some of the big people on Instagram, but I’m coming to terms with that as best I can. Probably my biggest guilt though? The fact that I keep buying more books, even when I tell myself I need to read some of what I have first. Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. Ah, welcome to book blogging, Christine! The thing though, we all start out small and while we may not have that much sway then, we also grow our blogs and if you keep talking about the books/authors you love you’ll get people excited about them too! I almost made it my mission when I first started to talk about Amanda Foody whenever possible because I was that hyped about Ace Of Shades (MONTHS before the release) and people eventually picked up on that and the book! πŸ™‚

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  6. First of all, I love the new blog theme!
    Second, this post is too real and I relate so much to these points! Especially the library envy. My parents and grandparents always had huge libraries and now that I moved out I want that again for myself but I’m just not in a position where I can buy a lot of physical books. But because of other bloggers/booktubers I’ve been buying more physical books than I should lately!
    I also can’t pick favorites for the life of me ahah, I usually just have one easy answer ready to go in case someone asks but inside I cringe thinking of other 2639 books that would fit as an answer too.

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    1. Thank you, Silvia! ❀

      I've never had anyone in my family who was as into reading as I am – my mom still doesn't understand why I love it so much. For me it was other book lovers who inspired me to want a library of my own. And even though I shouldn't, I've been buying quite a few books this month and I'm about to run out of space on my shelves again. xD

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  7. Wonderful post! I relate to so many of these struggles! Especially the home libraries and not knowing which book to read next! The not reading enough part is also very relatable. I don’t have as much time to read as I would like to, but this somehow makes me feel so disappointed in myself. I need to learn to accept the fact that it doesn’t matter how many books I read a year! πŸ’•

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    1. Thank you, Kelly!

      I’m already kind of dreading going back to school come August because that’ll cut my reading time down so much – especially with the commute (if I’m driving instead of using public transpost, if its the bus I should at least get some reading in then). *cries*

      I always try telling myself that having read a book is better than having read not one! πŸ™‚

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  8. Oh I feel this SO much! I love my home library and I’m so happy that I can buy a few books, but it does get a bit disheartening when you see someone hauling a lot more books, and then you start to worry about it all πŸ˜… I also feel guilty about not supporting my fave authors enough, because I simply cannot buy every single new release I would like to πŸ˜‚ But I’m very glad that you’ve got the post with suggestions of other ways to support authors πŸ’•

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