So, if the title isn't obvious, I recently reorganized my bookshelf. I love reorganizing my bookshelf. It's therapeutic, you know? With so many new books, it's always nice to rearrange everything, to include the newest editions to my growing collection. And if you're a book hoarder like me, it's a great way to actually take the time to strategically figure a way out to fit more books onto the bookshelf instead of having to put them elsewhere due to lack of space. Except it takes me forever. Not because I'm a terribly indecisive person (well, that too) and want to make my bookshelf as aesthetically pleasing as possible, but because I always get distracted. It's not because I don't want to reorganize them--I very much do--but it's just that the books themselves become a distraction. So it takes me ages! So, I figured it would be fun (and funny) for to me to create a list of all these distractions. Can you relate to any of these, or is it just me? Rereading Books I don't know about you, but a major problem that occurs to me when in the process of re-organizing my bookshelf is that I get distracted by my books. I'll be reaching to move a book, when suddenly my mind becomes flooded with memories of a great line or scene in that book. And what happens? I find myself flipping through the pages to find that one line/scene. And while I'm flipping through the pages, I'll be reminded of the various other great scenes in the book that I had forgotten about, and then somehow I'll end up sitting on my floor reading the entire book. And that's just for one book. The same thing ends up happening again and again for literally half of my book collection. I swear, there's some voice in my head saying "what book thou touches, thou must relive its enjoyment this very instant!" Obsession over the Collected Covers of a Series Has anyone seen the covers of Claudia Gray's A Thousand Pieces of You series? They are gorgeous individually. But when you put them side by side with the rest of the books of the series? Absolute perfection. How can anyone not marvel at their combined beauty?
There are also other series where the covers evolve from the last one. Ally Condie's Matched series is a good example of that: in the first cover: Cassia is in a bubble, and by the last book, she's completely free. The covers themselves tell a story, which you can only see if you have them all side-by-side!
And lastly, you have covers that are actually connected to the previous one. Like, you put all the books together, and they make one big picture. The new covers of the Percy Jackson series is a great example. Or the spines of the new editions of Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments series.
How awesome is that? How could anyone not take a moment (or two or twenty) to just put them all together? Buying or Borrowing the Rest of an Unfinished Series It's been ages since you've read this one book. And you realize...you haven't actually read the rest of the series. Everything gets put on hold while you try to find how you can acquire the next book, either through buying it or borrowing it. Everything gets put on hold while you hunt down the next book...including reorganizing your bookshelf! Sheer Time Restraints Okay, so with everything considered, we are only human and after a while, our body demands things from us. Food! Sleep! And so we get up...and leave the bookshelf until after we meet our body's demands. Sheesh, why can't our bodies just live off of books and the nourishment it gives our minds? There are a definitely a bunch of other distractions that can keep a bookworm from reorganizing their bookshelf. What are some others that you can think of? Have you ever suffered from these distractions yourself? Let me know!