Let’s Talk Bookish | Are You Afraid Of Running Out Of Books To Read?

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books & Dani @ Literary Lion, where a topic is presented each week and we get to share our opinions on it and spread some love among others’s opinions too!

This week’s topic is: Are Big TBRs a Result of Abibliophobia? (suggested by Jillian @ Jillian The Bookish Butterfly)

Well, for this week’s topic i had to look out the word they were talking about (ouch) accordingly to the Wiktionary Abibliophobia is : Fear of running out of things to read.

I don’t think it ever occured to me.

My TBR is about 320 books long, and it never crossed my mind i was stacking books because i’m afraid of running out of books to read. If so the contrary is the right answer for me. I’m afraid of never getting enought time to read all the book i want to, so i keep unhauling books because i’ll never manage to get to them.

Resultado de imagen de fear of books

If i were to show you my book shelves (which i won’t because they look terrible) and my kindle app are full of books waiting, just sitting there as ducks, waiting for the day i get to them. And i buy books all the time hoping i’ll get to read them, but in the end i always find myself coming back to the same books because i love them so much.

So my fear is of dying without reading all the books i want to read. There are so many books out here yet to be discovered by me, and the more i get engaged with the reading community i find even more interesting books each time, and the problem is, they never stop coming out. They just don’t. So much content and i can’t keep up with all the amazing books that come out every month.

I think my problem is the exact opposite, i’m afraid of never finishing my endlessly growing TBR.

I love my TBR, but i have some other problems with books, for instance i’m afraid i’ll have ti spend too much time reading a huge book and i’ll miss many others.

You have to understand my background. I migrated to a country with a different language and for many years i didn’t have anything to read but the books i brought with me from Argentina which weren’t many. That was until i started reading in English. Then a whole new world of opportunities opened up to me, i could buy a kindle and download as many books as i wanted. But i missed so much in the years i only had about 7 books in Spanish. I feel like my gap with the books that came out all those years will never close up, so my TBR is big because i want to catch up with all i missed.

I’m not afraid of running out of books to read, not at all. There are so many amazing authors, and every day (well every Tuesday really) new books come out, and if not books, there are some impressive fanfictions you could swear are better than some books.

I think we are in a great era of literature, there is so much to read, so much diversity in it. I don’t think i’ll ever manage to read all the books on my TBR and it makes me sad.

And knowing that i’ll die one day and books will keep on coming out after i’m no longer here, makes me even sadder.

Did i go too far with my ideas?

I just believe you can never run out of books, because you can always reread favorites, enjoy little pieces of art in blogs of others, enjoy fanfiction and adaptations.

I don’t know, for me the fear is of losing my time in other stuff and not being able to enjoy all the books i want.

Are you afraid of running out of things to read? Leave your comment down below and if ygou also participate in this weekly meme leave a link so we can read your opinion!

Books I’d Want To Read Again For The First Time.

Some books were made to read a thousand times. You know, those books you totally adore and you read over and over, and some other, althought not always, are made for the plot twist.

Sure, you can reread a book that has a massive plot twist again and look for all the foreshadowing leading to that moment (i’m looking at you We were liars) but it’s not the same, at least for me.

So, while thinking about More Happy Than Not (by the amazing Adam Silvera), the other day, i thought to myself… If I had the oportunity to erase my memory of a book, which books would i want to have the ability to reread for the first time?

It’s not an easy question… not because i’ve read that many books, but because there are those i don’t mind rereading them knowing what is going to happen, actually i’m mostly looking forward to it.

So, what are actually the books i would want to reread for the first time… and why?

Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster

I know, i know… this is not a “mystery” book, but not knowing who is Jerusha’s Daddy-Long-Legs is actually quite a mystery on the book. I remember the mindblown i got the first time my sister finished reading the book to me… i was… i could not believe it (well, i was 8 or 9). I wish i could try to resolve it again at my age, see if i could figure out the truth… I still enjoy the foreshadowing. This is a book i still read and read… and it’s one of my favorites of all time.

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Another one of my favorite books of all time… I wish i could go back and rediscover who Blue was. I remember i got it the day it came out and i loved it so much i just couldn’t put it down and i tried and tried to figure out who Blue was but i did not discover it myself. I wish i could go back and try again.

Gone For Good by Harlan Coben

Before i got into YA, i was a huge fan of thrillers. My favorite author back then was Harlan Coben and i read all the book that were out back then. Until i realized they all were pretty much the same. But this ne stuck with me and i really love it. I wish i could go back before the massive plot twist.

I’m thinking of ending things by Iain Reid

A book that had me guessing and guessing all the time i was reading it… i wish i could go back and try again to understand what the heck was happening, i did figure it out but just before it was revelead in the book.

Half Lost by Sally Green

The book i wish i never read, period. Don’t get me wrong i absolutely ADORE this trilogy, Half Life, but i was not ready, nor will ever be for that ending, okay? Can all the people who read it agree that never happened? This book never came out. (i love this book so much i have more than one copy of it).

My sister’s keeper by Jodi Picoult

Last but not least … this book. Okay so much happens in this book, i could never reread it without knowing… i wish i could erase my meory of it and read it again for the first time because so many powerful plot twist. If you haven’t read it yet and you don’t have a problem wth books making you vry you should give it a try.

What are the books you wish you could read for the first time again? Leave your answers and comments down below!

Happy readings!

On Reading YA Books

A few weeks ago i was looking at the books i own, trying to decide what to read next. While reading the name of the books and the authors, i realised i own a good amount of Stephen King’s, Haruki Murakami’s and Neil Gaiman’s. This shouldn’t seem weird to me, since last year i discovered i enjoy their styles very much.

Anyway, when trying to decide which book to read i found myself unable to choose one of those books. I then tried to figure out what was bothering me so much, if i enjoy their books how come i don’t want to read any of them?

Finally i took a step aside and understand what kind of book i was looking for.

What I ended up understanding was something much deeper than I originally expected.

As much as i love fiction, and by this i mean, fiction for ‘normal grown ups’, there’s something  stopping me from reading these books, there’s something missing in them… in my opinion, obviously.

The thing is, when i read fiction i don’t see myself reflected on the characters, as a matter of fact, most of the time i don’t care about the characters at all…

So, when looking for what makes me click with a book i realised the thing i like the most is when i can get attached to the characters, really feel their feelings, their pain…

After understanding that i was looking to feeling/filling the part of a character of the book i knew why i couldn’t read any those writers books at the moment.

One of the most importangt things when reading is the catharsis at the end of it, which i don’t get when reading about something or someone i can’t relate to.

Yeah, somewhere i read that the farest from you the stor ythe most you use your imagination, but apparently i’m not there yet.

So, i decided to stick to the kind of books that i relate to, those i relate to a lot.

Luckly for us/for me, we live in a time when Young Adult literature is in full blossom, you can find so many great authors and books, it’s a blessing.

From coming of age, to historical fiction, fantasy, science fiction, more diversity [even though it can still improve], there’s a huge amount of topics and issues being brought up by authors and for young(er) minds.

Obviously i do not believe that only teenagers and dsuch can read these books.. In my opinion YA books are one of the most readers friendly books out there. In YA there very little ‘strong’ content that teenagers shouldn’t be reading about, it can also bring back to the surface the younger spirit of the older readers.

So yeah, most of the time if i need to recommend a book, it’s more likely i’ll be recommending a YA book, even to older people, because if there’s something most people (?) have in common is that time when growing up, when we weren’t completely sure about ourselves, so we all can relate to those books.

There, now you know. In my opinion, YA literature is one of the most important and relevant literatures. These books can help young people to get through difficult times, show them they are not alone in this. Also, to older readers [with whom i include myself] it remind us of wonderful times, and even discover part of ourselves we didn’t think or understand before.

These days kids and young adults have a bigger support in many topics that once were sort of taboo, and as society starts to embrace these issues, so needs to do the literature.

And so, YA Books takes a place in the new literary style, one that started developing not so long ago and made it possible for other styles to develop too…

From now on, i’ll be talking a bit more about the things that i enjoy so much [or don’t like, there are some topics about it too] in YA lit, it’s going to be a long ride.

Hope you join me, ’til next time 😉

C.

 

 

 

Book Buying Ban Month.

As i commented previously in [HERE] last month was a wild month of buying books, not everyday but several times each week. To be honest the idea sounds really fun, and it’s pretty awesome to have new books every week, but at the end of the month when recounting how many books i purchased in 30 days i felt a bit guilty.

I talked about this with a friend, actually my friend because she is the only one i have, which is great because I’m not overload with people to talk and such so my time is pretty much all mine, who told me it’s becoming a little of a problem to buy so many books [“where do you put 35 new books?” “Some of them are in my iPad” “how many are there then?” “About 20? Idk”*friend rolls eyes*”why do you even buy kindle editions, those aren’t even real books!” “Of course they are! And would you rather I’ll have another 15 books around?!”].

Anyway, she made me promise i won’t be buying any books this month so the *universe can rearrange itself* ok, whatever.

Funny thing she told me this by the 30th and i had just finish reading The Knife of Never Letting Go so i went quickly to amazon and bought the other two books of the trilogy .., i know it’s kind of cheating, but I’m not planning on ending the year without finishing the trilogy. [life may get in the middle of my plans, i hope not].

I know, this is going to be extremely difficult, because books are so precious to me, but i’m starting to think people are right, i do have a problem… only now it’s getting more difficult, because i’m so used to check bookdepository and amazon first thing whenever i get to my computer… these days are proving to be excruciating for me.

But i have to be strong, and get through this month without entering those sites or regular bookstores, because i’m weak, and i can’t handle myself while in closeness of books.

On the other hand i can already say that January will be again a wild month, because it’s not as if i won’t want some books that are released this December, i just won’t be able to purchase them at the time… Which may put me in loop of book buying bans forever…

Oh Lord have mercy of my bookless soul this month…

Okay, wish me luck… this is going to be a difficult month…