I got 10 problems...and they're all about books

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Each week, The Broke and The Bookish hosts this book meme, and this week's prompt is "Ten Book Related Problems I Have." So, without further ado, here we go:

  1. I GET SWEPT UP IN STORY. This is actually a problem with binge watching T.V. shows, too. I catch myself talking like the characters and thinking like I'm in the book. I get really into my fictions.
  2. I IGNORE THE WORLD. Also a problem I have when I'm watching my shows. I zone out and get completely enveloped into the world I'm reading. Mr. LL will be trying to talk to me for a solid 20 minutes and I won't have heard a thing.
  3. MY PHYSICAL BOOKS ARE TAKING OVER MY APARTMENT. In my closet there boxes of books, some of which I haven't even read yet! Under my bed, books. On my desk, books. On our mini-bar, books. On our book cases...no books, because I like to look at my tabletop games.
  4. SO MANY BOOKS, NOT ENOUGH TIME. I have entire series of books (in my closet, in a box) that I haven't read. I have a "to-read" list on Goodreads that is 252 titles long. I'm pretty sure that isn't even a complete list, at that!
  5. SO MANY BOOKS, NOT ENOUGH MONEY. This one isn't a huge problem for me, because I am proud patron of local libraries. However, when I want to read a book and they either don't have it or it's checked out for the foreseeable future, that's when I wish I had a "book" fund in my budget.
  6. AUDIBLE COSTS TOO MUCH. I had an Audible account, but our finances just didn't afford me to pay the $14.95 each month. I loved it though. I really enjoyed being able to listen to books while I worked and on my commutes. I still have some books to listen to, but I miss being able to get a new each month.
  7. THE PHYSICAL STRAIN. Most people probably don't think about reading a book as physically straining, but I get into a book and suddenly my shoulders and neck are in pain. My chiropractor told me to read laying on my back and holding the book above me, but that is just unnatural feeling. Plus, I'm a weakling with no arm strength, so that hurts, too.
  8. THE EYE STRAIN. With e-readers especially, the strain staring at a screen is tough on my ever-failing eye sight. Sigh.
  9. LATE NIGHTS. I have, on more than one occasion, stayed up way later than I needed to, just so I could finish a book. I may have even called in sick the next day at work because I was so exhausted.
  10. MOOD FLOW. I don't mean the mood in a book. Sometimes I just get in a mood where all I want is to curl up with a good book, each and every day. Then it will drift from me for weeks at a time. It makes it hard to keep up with a book club sometimes!

Top Ten: All About Romance Novels

The prompt for this week's Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, is "Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike When It Comes To Romances In Books (can do a full list or split it up in likes/dislikes or even things you want to see MORE of in romances in fiction)". I chose to go a split...sort of. You'll see.


DISLIKES

  1. THE STIGMA. If you openly read romance novels, you are judged. People assume that you don't appreciate "great literature" or that you are too lazy/dumb to read anything else. You are judged by the cover of the book in your hands.

  2. THE COVERS. It probably doesn't help that covers are kinda cheesy and quite risqué. It can be embarrassing to hold one up in public as you read (thank goodness for ebooks, am I right?); and this lends itself to #1.

  3. LOW STANDARDS. The writing in these books can be quite...terrible. That's not why most if not all the fans of this genre read these books, though.  

  4. CLICHES. Some romance novels rely a little too heavily on cliché characters. Those are not the kind of romance novels I like to read. Sometimes I get tricked, though. I'll think I'm reading one with a strong female lead, and then 2/3rds into the book, once the romance starts "for real" she becomes basically helpless. It is SUPER frustrating to see a female protagonist go from taking care of business to solely reliant on her love interest to save her.

  5. TERMINOLOGY. This is a love/hate for me. The thesaurus of human anatomy and sex moves these authors use is hilarious. I love the silly names these writers come up with for the reproductive organs, but sometimes it detracts from the overall narrative.

LIKES

  1. THE ESCAPISM. The thing I love about all fictional novels is the escape from reality. To live in someone else's shoes for a few hours. Romance novels are designed by nature to provide an escape to their readers.
  2. FINDING THE RIGHT ONE. No lie, when I look for a dime-store romance, I'm looking for saucy scenes ::wink wink::. One of my best friends from college and I developed a fool-proof technique to find the books with plenty of sex scenes. You pick it up, flip to any page, and if there is some hanky panky going on, it's going to be a real page turner.
  3. THE WELL-WRITTEN ONES. Dime-store romances are good for literary porn (I'm not going to sugar coat it), but there are romance novels that are true literature. Peyton Place anyone?
  4. V.C. ANDREWS. V.C. Andrews was my introduction to this genre, although I didn't know it. I devoured every book by this author (actually, most of the ones I read were written by a ghost-writer after the author's death) that I could get my hands one. I never read the incestuous Flowers In The Attic, instead I started with the Logan Series. I moved on through The Landry Series, The Orphans Series, and the Wildflower Series before I moved on.
  5. THE CAMARADERIEWhen you are open reader of romance novels, there is a wonderful community of other fans of this genre. Just check out Felicia Day's Vaginal Fantasy Bookclub.

Top 10: Books I haven't read

The prompt for this week's Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, is "Top Ten Books I haven't read/want to read in X-Genre".  Because my "genre" is ALL THE FICTION, I'm going to look back and recall ten books that I feel like I've missed something for not read. 

Here are my top ten books I haven't read, and they are all what one might consider a "classic" if that can count as a genre.