Struggles of a reader: Books

image1 (4)This is the third post in this series. Us readers sure do have a lot of problems. So far we’ve discussed trying to read with exams and book series. Now it’s time to talk about the actual books. Yes the actual physical thing you hold in your hand.

There are so many different types of books; Ebooks, hardback, paperbacks, mass market paperbacks, those weird floppy American paperbacks etc. There is every type out there and with this comes the struggles.

Different Sizes

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We’ve all experienced that moment when we’ve ordered a new book in a series and as you open the packaging you see it. It’s a different sized paperback. You can see what I mean in the picture above. Suddenly your bookshelf looks wrong and all you can see is the height difference. They should be the same. How can two paperbacks not be the same?! I’ve been asking myself why publishers do this to us for years.

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The same of course happens when you own some of the series in hardback and the others in paperbacks. You could of course wait a year after the release of the hardcover for the paper one, but none of us can wait that long. It always seem to be the last book in the series for me.

Cover Changes 

Having the books in different sizes is annoying, but even worse is cover changes. Half way through a series they change the cover and you’re left debating whether to buy the old books in the new cover to match the ones that will be released in the future or to buy completely new books. It’s a hard choice to make. Bookstagrammers will tell you it’s a pain to try and take pictures of a series with different covers. Also it happens too often that the new covers are not as good. Looking at you winner’s kiss trilogy.

Different Editions 

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This is the one that effects everyone’s bank accounts. Your favourite book series gets different editions and well, you just have to buy them! I mean, I totally don’t suffer from this problem *tries to hide 4 different editions of the hunger games under the bed* totally don’t have multiple copies of the same edition either *tries to hide the 2 copies of Branded and Hunted with the hunger games*.

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Spines 

Some books are magical, you know the ones I’m talking about. The ones that just fall open with out breaking their spines

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 and then you have those that just don’t.

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That’s a few of the struggles I could think of. Do you relate to any of these or what other things about books annoy you? Comment them down below.

Anyway, I hope you all have a lovely day filled with plenty of books.


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Struggles of a reader: Book Series

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When your favourite book is part of a series it’s wonderful. So many more pages about your favourite fictional world and characters. What could possibly go wrong? Reading a series seems okay until you go to order the next book and you suddenly read the dreaded words “available for pre order”. You’ve gone to far and suddenly you have to join the rest of the people who’ve finished the latest book in the series and wait for the next book. It’s an issue every reader has faced. Suddenly after binge reading for days you have to wait months for the next book to find out what happens to your favourite character, if your ship will sail and most importantly who lives and who dies.

Now that you’ve all had flash backs to the times this has happened to you it’s time to address how to get through those tough times.

  1. The first step is to throw your laptop across the room. This may seem like an extreme option, but you’ll feel better. After you’ve assessed that your laptop is still working it’s time for step two.
  2. For this step you actually have to outside (I know it’s a horrible thought, but you can do it). Go buy as much ice cream and chocolate you can carry.
  3. The final step. Bury yourself in your blankets and duvet along with the food and become a burrito of sadness.

There is no way to cope with waiting for the next book in a series other than the steps above.

So grab a book, a cup of tea and continue reading book series even though you know it’s going to hurt.


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The Struggles of a Reader: Exams and reading!

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So I have decided to start a little series on my blog ‘The Struggles of a Reader’ and I thought I’d start with what inspired this, procrastination. Yes, I’m doing this instead of much needed revision… Anyway, I hope you enjoy and can relate to some points!

It’s exam season and everywhere readers are being dragged away from their books and blogs. There’s something about the crushing realisation that exams are starting this month that makes the thought of jumping into a fictional world even more enticing.

Becoming an official book nerd that does nothing but read all day is everyone’s goal, but it’s good to have a plan B because it doesn’t look like mourning fictional characters is an actual job (yet).

So now that we all understand that exams are somewhat important (after all you need to pass these exams to get a job and getting a job equals more money for books so it’s not too bad) the question is; how do you drag yourself away from your bookshelf? The obvious idea is too remove the bookshelf, but there’s no way we can survive that kind of emotional trauma. Here are some tips on how to put that book down.

  • Don’t read a series! The idea of completely abandoning reading is clearly impossible so try reading something that won’t lead to having to read 7 more books to get to the ending.
  • Get a family member to glare at you every time you read. It doesn’t matter if it’s a parent, sibling or your cat having someone remind you that you should be reading a revision book helps.
  • Think about what will happen if you don’t pass those exams. With out a job how are you going to pay for all those shiny new books you can buy later? Also the thought of failure and having to live in a cardboard box helps (the more dramatic the better).
  • Readers anonymous. Find other people struggling from the same compulsive reading disorder as you and help each other out.

Okay the book situation is sorted, but what about the blogs that just seem to swallow time up? Apart from moving to a remote area in the Himalayas far away from any possible internet connection you’re going to have to live with the wifi calling your name.

Now it’s time for a science lesson with Nadine. It’s been proven that looking at just a simple notification on your phone will make you loose concentration and it’ll take another 10 minutes before you’re properly focused in your work again. You see that little button that says ‘off’ next to the wifi? You’ve probably never heard of it, but it exists go ahead try it out.

  • Uninstall apps! Sometimes it’s just easier to uninstall things like Instagram and Tumblr.
  • I’ll repeat this tip again for the people in the back. Turn the wifi off!
  • Tell your followers that you’re revising and that you won’t be as active. That way you don’t have to worry about keeping your blog active. They’ll probably be doing the same exams as you.

These are all very specific to problems readers face so here are just some general exam tips

  • Music. Most people say music helps them study, but most music doesn’t! Don’t listen to music with words in as it distracts you. The best is any kind of classical/piano music (Ludovico Einaudi’s Divenire is great). It’s also important that it’s something you’ve heard before. If it is something new you might want to listen to it once before revising. Film scores are also great (to be honest the Lord of the Rings score is the only thing that’s getting me through my A Levels).
  • Write everything by hand! If you write by hand instead of on your laptop you will remember far more. It does take a bit longer, but it’s worth it.
  • If you’re not 100% sure about something or just need a new way to revise Youtube videos are the best. Just put in what exam you’re taking and you’ll find so many videos.

Now the most important thing to remember, DON’T STRESS! Yes, education is important, but look after yourself and don’t over do it. 


There are all the tips for readers taking exams! Good luck in your GCSE’s, A Levels etc I’m sure you’ll do brilliantly!

I’m now off to ignore my own advice and read instead of looking into the causes of the Russian Revolution…


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