41 Struggles Of Being A Reader

The Struggle is so real I simply cannot even handle it anymore. Everyone knows that in the field of reading, there are a plethora of struggles we must combat…these are some of those struggles
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1. Choosing between a Nap or another chapter

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2. Always misplacing the bookmarks

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3. Having to go to work after read a book that left you emotionally compromised

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4. To audiobook or not to audiobook

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5. Sticking with the book buying ban

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6. If the book is worth getting the ebook or the physical copy

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7. Fending off Spoilers

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8. Reading faster/slower than your friends

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9. Getting into a comfortable position only to have a plot twist drive you out of it

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10. Trying to get back into a comfortable position

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11. Shopping on BookOutlet.com

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12. Getting out of Reading Slump

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13. Realizing you left home without a book

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14. When the bloody covers don’t match in a series

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15. Having the series in Paperback and the final installment is published only has a hardback

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16. Keeping the bank happy

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17. Hoping the movie adaption does the book justice

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18. When the movie doesn’t do it justice

19. Buying the movie adaption anyway

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20. Cliff-fucking-hangers

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21. Space for all the books

22. Deciding if an e-reader is worth it

23. Letting a friend borrow a book from you and getting it back damaged and doggy eared

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24. Bookmarking the wrong page

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25. Moving

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26. Your most anticipated book releases during Finals week

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27. Your favorite character dies

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29. Accidentally hitting your kindle and losing your page (BONUS: getting spoiled while trying to get back to your original page)

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30. Having books be different sizes, WHEN IN THE SAME SERIES

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31. Having Hardbacks discontinued when the paperbacks are released

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32. Waiting forever for the sequel

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33. Having the sequel be pure fluff when it’s released

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34. Waiting another century for the next installment

*cough* Looking at you, George R.R. Martin. *cough*

35. Translators no long translating book in a series after the first book

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36. Ebooks being more expensive than the paperbacks

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37. Having a book and/or author be super famous that they have a billion different editions

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38. When your library has every book in the series EXCEPT the one you need

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39. International shipping

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40. Shipping in general

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41. Containing your shock when a plot twist happens while you are sneak reading at work

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  1. BrigidDowney

    January 23, 2019 at 10:54 am

    “Sneak reading at work” aka me reading this blog post 😊

    1. sammers65

      January 24, 2019 at 9:29 am

      Haha Ninja level achieved! Thanks for sneaking reading this! <3

  2. Rosie Amber

    January 23, 2019 at 11:52 am

    These are fab! My favourites are 15,19 32 and 34.

  3. Isabelle @ BookwyrmBites

    January 23, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    omg these are all such big moods! though tbh I’m not convinced there’s a comfortable reading position 😅 and omg the “size matters” gif made me laugh so hard my roommate looks concerned oops.

    1. sammers65

      January 24, 2019 at 9:30 am

      HAHAHAHAHA ITS TRUE THOUGH! LOLOLOLOL and there is never ever a comfortable reading position, whoever says they found one is a liar.

  4. Antavia

    January 23, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    Number 18 and practically every other one 😂

  5. Michelle

    January 23, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    Having only a few chapters left and needing to go to work. I mean, I can lose an hour of sleep. Can’t lose my job :’) Absolutely love this!

    1. sammers65

      January 24, 2019 at 9:32 am

      OMG MOOD! Times like those I literally contemplate why reading for a living isn’t more attainable.

      1. Michelle

        January 24, 2019 at 9:38 am

        That would seriously be amazing.. though I have a feeling you’d get into a slump much faster.. Sigh.. We can’t win can’t we :’)

        1. sammers65

          January 24, 2019 at 10:05 am

          oof I forgot about slumps. CURSE YOU READING POT HOLES!!!!! *shakes fist at sky*

  6. readinginthewings

    January 23, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    This is amazing hahahaha

  7. Jade M. Wong

    January 23, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    So relatable!! Loved this post!

  8. nicolaniemc.co.uk

    January 23, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    I love matching covers, as well as having a series in either just paperback or hardback! Numbers 16, 21 and 41 are my favourites 😂

    1. sammers65

      January 24, 2019 at 9:32 am

      Hahaha same! Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Savannah

    January 23, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    This whole post is extremely relatable and I love it 🤣. It’s like a direct call out haha

  10. Heather @ The Frozen Book Blog

    January 23, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    OMG I relate to 4, 6, (except with library books and books I want to buy instead of ebooks) 8, 10, 12, (especially right now) sometimes 13, 14 (ESPECIALLY with Liz Braswell’s Disney retelling series. UGH that still frustrates me! D: ) 16 is DEFINITELY what’s happening to me right now, I think EVERYONE can relate to 17, 18 and 19, luckily 23 has never really happened to me, 27 happened to me recently D,: D,: , 33 and 38 has DEFINITELY happened to me, :/ and 40 is so frustrating! Especially when I don’t have many good bookstores near me. D:
    Great post! XD

    1. sammers65

      January 24, 2019 at 9:35 am

      Haha YES! The struggle is super real! Thanks for stopping by and reading!

  11. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

    January 23, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    This entire list is 100% true and it is as if you reached into my brain and stole my thoughts. So thanks for that!

    1. sammers65

      January 24, 2019 at 9:36 am

      I’m basically vulcan….or professor X–choose your franchise lol.

  12. LottieIsWriting

    January 23, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    “When the movie doesn’t do it justice” is my constant mood. I’ve been burnt by too many films to trust any of the adaptations now. *shakes fist at sky* I’m thinking about you, City of Bones. You know what you did

    1. sammers65

      January 24, 2019 at 8:48 am

      City of Bones and Percy Jackson did the book community wrong on so many levels.

  13. The Bibliovert

    January 23, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    Love this post! I can relate to so many of these!!

  14. Kay Wisteria

    January 23, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    Omg I love this post it’s sooo relatable also the gif usage is on point! Getting comfortable is iMPOSSIBLE!!

  15. bookishluna

    January 23, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Loved reading this! I laughed so many time.

  16. Jennifer Pletcher

    January 24, 2019 at 12:32 am

    This is hilarious! And all100% true.

  17. Para

    January 24, 2019 at 9:45 am

    7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 16, 20, 21, 30, 32, 36, 39 are such moods. Hell, the whole list.
    I try to always have my kindle with me, but the few times I forget it, it’s always a time when I’d need it the most. Always.

    1. sammers65

      January 24, 2019 at 10:06 am

      literally the worst thing ever to happen is when i forget my kindle or my phone is low on power and i didn’t bring my book with me.

      1. Para

        January 24, 2019 at 10:17 am

        Or the lovely combination of low phone battery, no kindle, and an hour long wait…

        1. sammers65

          January 24, 2019 at 12:14 pm

          OMG YES. *shudders*

  18. Becca Leighanne (Bex)

    January 24, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    The one blog post to rule them all.
    .. honestly, I’ve never felt more personally attacked.

  19. Kathy @ Books & Munches

    January 25, 2019 at 5:54 am

    33 of those fit me. Holy hell that’s a lot, haha!
    The biggest one right now, though? MOVING. We moved a month ago but we still have a ton of painting to do so I can’t set up my library yet and it’s KILLING ME. [The actual packing of books killed me a million times already though so I must be immortal or something.]

    1. sammers65

      January 25, 2019 at 8:36 am

      OMG same, all my books are in boxes until we get to move into our new place and hot damn did packing them kill me inside.

      1. Kathy @ Books & Munches

        January 25, 2019 at 8:47 am

        RIGHT? I actually packed them up in sessions. Like. One week all the books I had read already, then the books on my favorite shelves, then the books I simply knew wouldn’t get high on my TBR any time soon and then I started procrastinating because I wanted to read all the ones left and didn’t want to risk packing them.. :’)

        1. sammers65

          January 25, 2019 at 8:49 am

          SAMMMMEEEEEEE, I had to do it in increments cause I couldn’t handle my shelves being immediately bare! Had to ease myself into the box life lololol

          1. Kathy @ Books & Munches

            January 25, 2019 at 8:50 am

            YUP. And then I couldn’t stand the sight of my empty shelves and I ended up hauling them to another room where I wouldn’t see them every day, all day as soon as I got home because it broke my heart seeing them all empty! [But we bookworms are entirely normal creatures.]

  20. Lili Star Reads

    January 25, 2019 at 7:38 am

    All of this is so true! I’m definitely the one of realising your book is at home!

  21. jamsu

    January 25, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    “Letting a friend borrow a book from you and getting it back damaged and doggy eared” Or when your friends never give them back at all and you need to rebuy them

    1. sammers65

      January 25, 2019 at 12:20 pm

      OMG YES I forgot about those who don’t even return them. I always tell my friends “you don’t return it our friendship is over.” lolol

  22. Ruby's Books

    January 26, 2019 at 1:33 am

    I’m being seen here, Sam! I. FEEL. SEEN. I hate the dog-eared pages, but I once had a friend return a book with doodles in it. DOODLES!! I am no longer friends with this person *glares*

    1. sammers65

      January 28, 2019 at 10:34 am

      ….what monster would even possess her to want to doodle in a book?! like…..WTF

      1. Ruby's Books

        January 29, 2019 at 3:04 pm


  23. Clo @ Book Dragons

    January 29, 2019 at 11:51 am

    this entire post is a mood sam….an ENTIRE MOOD and all you peasants who don’t read and judge us should learn from this post. *sniffs* you don’t know the trauma of mid series cover changes, or not finding the paperback copy with the nice cover (it happens and I’m forever salty because I’m a paperback gal)

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  26. Destiny @ Howling Libraries

    February 2, 2019 at 2:16 am

    LMAOOOO all of these are PERFECT but especially the last one. Sneak reading at work is a MOOD 😂

  27. Charvi

    February 12, 2019 at 10:07 am

    I love this post because this is literally my life 😂😭
    Also, A+ use of all the GIFs!!!

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