There are many things that frighten us bookworms.
And since Halloween is tomorrow, it’s the perfect time to discuss all of the things that keep us up late at night. Sometimes. Forget witches and ghosts, here are some things that really are scary.
1. TBRs- drowning in them, to be exact.
I know this one is fairly, obvious, but how could I not use it? We’re all dying a slow and painful death from our TBR.
I actually have a pretty low TBR (only 58 wow) because I only started using Goodreads recently. Buuuut, as a whole, the bookworm community has a giant TBR list. And they only get bigger.
2. The last pages of a book
Reading the end of a book is most definitely scary.
Especially if a) I can tell that it’s not going to end how I want it to. It’s the worst when there are 8 pages left and I know that’s not enough time for the conflict to be resolved. I don’t want a cliffhanger, or an unresolved book. I need answers! 😉
Or, if b) I don’t want it to be over. Sometimes I’ll just hide a book away in the dark crevices of my desk junk drawer where it will never resurface again…then I don’t have to face the pain of it actually ending.
3. Books that hold too many expectations
A sequel to my favorite book. The conclusion to an amazing series. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, for example. (My thoughts on that are for another post…)
I’m always slightly scared to read books that I have a lot of expectations for, just because I’m scared they won’t measure up.
4. The death of characters we hold dear
I’d list all the characters I loved that ever died, but…oh wait, this blog post would be way too long. And way too sad. We’d all be crying at the end.
Instead, let’s just have a moment of silence and remember the characters we have lost.
5. Too many books, not enough space
Guys. My bookshelf is full. Repeat. My bookshelf is full.
That means, until I get rid of some books (not going to happen) or find alternate book storage areas (I’m working on it), I cannot buy more books.
This is sad, and also very, very scary. I’m hoping for a miracle, such as my bookshelves multiplying overnight.
6. Reading books for school
No matter how good the book is, if I am forced to read it for school, there is a 99.999999% chance I will hate it.
I don’t know why, but there’s something about being told I have to read a book, and that I have no choice. I love to read…until someone tells me I have to.
7. The mistreatment of books
Don’t dog ear books. Don’t crack their spines on purpose. Don’t leave them lying around where an animal could carry them off. Don’t rip them. It makes me so sad! I understand that books get old and have injuries from love (trust me, I have quite a few messed up books because I’ve read them so much), but please do not purposely mistreat books.
Or even accidentally. Just don’t.
(Okay, rant over.)
8. The sheer amount of books that we will never be able to read
It’s enough to make one cry that as many times as I may go to the library, as many years as I may live, I will only read a tiny fraction of all the books in the world.
It’s sort of like thinking about infinity. All it does is make confused, and insignificant and very upset. 😉 I prefer not to think about all the books I’m missing out on and instead focus on all the books I will get to read, but I thought this was worth putting on the list.
9. Judgement for reading
Sometimes I feel very judged for reading.
Maybe this is just me?? But it feels like I am the only one in my school who likes to read. The only one who actually reads for fun. Because it’s fun.
Reading in public (mainly at school) just makes me feel awkward and a little embarrassed, even though it shouldn’t. I decided to include this one because it definitely counts as terrifying, and maybe other people can relate to this, too.
10. The price of books
I don’t have a money tree in my yard. Give me one and I’ll be your best friend. I am not made of money. I! don’t! have! money! at! all!
But I love books.
And booksellers like to make books pricey. I understand- I mean, take a look at these beauties. Hardcover, glossy covers, pristine pages.
I can admit that they are worth the price. However, it terrifies me to think that someday when I’m an adult and living on my own, I might not be able to control myself. What if I spend all my money on books and forget about basic necessities?!
I hope you enjoyed this post! I had a lot of fun thinking up reasons for this. 🙂 Thanks for reading! And, thank you all for 95 followers. Almost to 100, which is so crazy.❤️
What terrifies you, as far as reading goes? Do you agree with some of my reasons? Are you drowning in your TBR? Would you want to hear my thoughts on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child? What are you going to be for Halloween? I hope to chat with you in the comments!