Reader guilt. I’ve been reading addictively since 2012, and blogging since 2013. Within those many years, I’ve done some
questionable very normal things. Buuuuut even though I know these bookish things are normal, I still feel the much dreaded reader guilt every now and then. IT CONSUMES MY SOUL AND FRIES MY BRAIN. It is not a fabulous feeling to have.
To get some of it off my chest, I’m going to share my misery with you guys! Hurrah! I love you guys.
1. When we end up disliking a book from our favorite authors, to whom we have claimed to be #1 fans of.
We call them “favorite” authors for a reason. Probably because they’ve never disappointed our book-loving selves before, and we’re, like, 97% sure we’ll love every single book they churn out. BUT WHAT IF WE DON’T!? THINK ABOUT ALL OF HIS/HER PAST BOOKS RUNNING TOWARDS US WITH PITCHFORKS.
It’s like we’ve broken the Golden Rule of Fandoms. How can we call ourselves their #1 fans now?! The shame will eat us alive.
Let's talk about how we all feel VERY ASHAMED when we end up disliking a book by a favorite author. 🙁 Click To Tweet
*Okay, okay. In all seriousness, it’s 100% OKAY to dislike (REALLY dislike, even) a book written by your favorite author. Just because something wasn’t your cup of tea, doesn’t mean you’re a horrible fan. It just means that we can’t all like everything. It’s part of being human and not a pretty, rainbow unicorn.
2. When we accidentally bury 0.0000001% of our chocolate chip in the middle of a book’s pages.
Guys, I NEED comfort food. I’m the kind of person who gets up in the middle of a page (I KNOW, I SUCK AT THIS WHOLE READER THING) because I need some Pringles or some Cheetos. I always need to be chewing something!
I do put my book to the side while I munch on crunchy things, but sometimes I leave them open, and these TINY pieces of deliciousness fly to the pages. I NEVER MEAN FOR IT TO HAPPEN, I SWEAR! Please don’t hurt me!
HEY! @aimeereads is a horrible reader and lets chips fall into her books! D: Click To Tweet
3. When we accidentally…
sit on fold a book.
*coughs* Yes, I’m a very disorganized person and leave my books where I last read them, which is, most of the time, on the couch. And sometimes I don’t look before I sit down. Don’t make me cry.
Horror story: I’ve actually folded a paperback cover once by sitting on it. It did not look pretty, and I… tried to sit on it the other way to make it better. Long story short, there’s an annoying crease right down the middle of Shiver‘s cover. (The only way I could console myself was by telling myself that I didn’t like the book, anyway.) IT WAS YEARS AGO AND I WAS YOUNG, OKAY?
Do NOT sit on your books. That's not fabulous. Click To Tweet
I felt a lot of shame just writing this post.
Someone hold me.