Happy Tuesday night, readers! Because our weekend energy has officially worn off, but our love for reading can never be quenched (even with book reviews like the one I did yesterday–check it out if you haven’t), Bad Things are more prone to happen whilst we read than on the weekends.
I thought this list by Doubleday on Buzzfeed did a perfectly hilarious job of illustrating this concept. I think we readers can relate to most of these, although perhaps in less dramatic ways (only slightly less, for #1). [My personal thoughts are interjected in pink in brackets.]
1. You spill your coffee.
[Seriously. I have a reputation at work, even with my “spill-proof” mug.]
2. Your subway car gets crowded.
[Hopefully, someone has text on the back of his/her shirt around you to tide you over, trite or vulgar as it may be.]
3. You still have to go to work or school.
Even though you JUST GOT TO THE BEST PART!
[Seriously. Book hangover? Sometimes, I walk into work with a British accent from an audiobook and catch it just in time–so far.]
4. Your favorite character dies.
5. Your bookmark falls out.
[The worst! I NEVER fold corners, though I know I’m unusual on this one.]
6. Your favorite author’s new book is a total flop.
[Even the best of us writers need an editor who will stand up to us…]
7. You have to go to the bathroom…
and you’re in public so you can’t take the book with you.
[eBooks on a mobile phone? Just saying. Don’t sweat it, Ralphie.]
[Battle scars, my friend.]
9. You Discover A Missing Page
[Or a scratched audiobook disc that NO ONE saw fit to mention in the “damage report” to the library…really guys, where were you raised?! When this happens to me, I can’t move on without finding an unabridged copy. You might miss the best part!!]
10. Someone tells you the surprise twist ending.
[I get really emotional about this. I literally scream “NO!” at least once, usually three times, and stomp around (right, Jennifer? <3). What has been spoiled cannot be unspoiled. It’s kind of like if a fortune teller told you how you’d die without your asking.]
11. You start to get car sick on a long trip.
[Also terrible, unless you’re alone, in which case–audiobooks!]
12. You left your book somewhere.
13. You have to wait for your friends to finish a book so you can FINALLY talk about it
[Yes! Although, I’m guilty of this, too. Jessie has been begging us both to read Allegiant, and I know it’s torturing her…sorry, dear. ❤ I have such a long TBR list!! She’s a voracious reader, even during a full-time college schedule, and she outpaces me every time! A good one to have on my reading superhero team. 😉
Sometimes, when I’m waiting for someone to read a book, I even have to ask the friend to summarize plots again for me by the time s/he gets around to it, since my mind is already deep into another book.
But, one of the many wonders of the internet, and WordPress especially, is that it is a ready huge network of fans of every book imaginable.]
I hope your week is full of lovely reading and minimal disasters, dear readers! Join me this Thursday for a special reflective post on my 7th anniversary of a miracle that changed my life forever–the day that started a journey of not only surviving my traumatic brain injury, but also learning about true strength and love. I promise it will be a happy post. 🙂