Random Thoughts of a Romance Blogger: The Trials & Tribulations of a Book Worm

Posted March 9, 2016 by Suzanne in Random Thoughts, Under the Covers / 12 Comments

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The Trials & Tribulations of a Book Worm

Do you ever feel like no one understands you? That you’ve seen that half perplexed, half incredulous look on someone’s face one too many times after having to explain yet again exactly why you NEED that one extra book, despite your groaning bookcase? Well, you are not alone.  Here at Under the Covers we understand, having experienced all these things ourselves.

A lot of people find our book-related behaviours on the unacceptable side of odd and it is just one of the many hardships us bookworms must put up with. Why is it acceptable for mature adults to cry, holler and generally carry on like an over-excited toddler about a football game and yet, you get the least bit excited about some book related news, or shed a few tears, aka wail inconsolably over a characters’ death. and you are looked as if the crazy has departed with you on the first carriage? So, I may have been a little…over excited when I heard that Lisa Kleypas was writing historical romances again, admittedly, I could see how the jazz hands and the “demon noises” may have freaked the weak-minded out, but have you seen the bare chested, face painted blubbering men after their team have won a game? That’s true horror my friends. And my sobbing like a baby at bedtime whilst reading The Shadows by J.R. Ward, the less said about that the better.

To some, it may seem strange to have such extreme reactions to essentially made-up people and situations. To those that say that… I say you lack imagination. Whenever I open a book I can immerse myself into brave new worlds, alternative realities that in real life are impossible and therefore I shall never see. I can bring life to characters that feel like old friends or bitter enemies and I can travel back and forth in time and space. That’s right guys, reading books can turn you into Doctor Who. For those of you who don’t know who the hell this Doctor Who is, I implore you to find out!

So, the next time someone gives you that “look” I described earlier – the half perplexed, half incredulous one – you should pity them. Surely if they have ever truly enjoyed and absorbed themselves into a book they should understand your need for just one more.

Here are some of the things I have done that have provoked “the look”:

  • Booked a day off to read a release I was desperate to get my hands on. Usually this is J.R. Ward or Ilona Andrews!
  • Discovered I have 3 copies of the same book: kindle copy, paperback, signed hardbook…again this is usually J.R. Ward!
  • Sobbing like a baby/laughing like a hyena, any extreme emotional reaction whilst reading a book…normally people just back away slowly!
  • Talking about characters like they are real people – we’ve all done it…Although certain people think I have a husband named Wrath, whom I’m cheating on with my boyfriend Curran.
  • Express EXTREME trepidation about your favourite series being turned into a film/TV series. Because, we all know they’ll never get it right!
  • Authors being treated like rock stars. There’s a particular conversation between myself, Annie and Francesca that may induce J.R.Ward to issue a restraining order. Nuff said.

Do these woes seem familiar to you? What are your particular book crazies?

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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My sisters think that I’m crazy because I collect book boyfriends. They hear me talking to Holly on the phone, fighting over some book related thing and I get that look. Every time they see that I got yet another new book, I get that look. Haha, I’m used to the look.

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I’m reading through this post and nodding my head in total agreement!

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Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict

I do all of these. My family have gotten used to it and just throw me weird glances and roll their eyes. Another habit though is the petting and smelling of the books. My family actually took pictures of me when I received my first virtual signing of J.R. Ward. I can’t remember which book it was but I was a blubbering fool.

Lynnette
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Lynnette

Just got ‘the look’ for laughing and agreeing loudly with this because this is me!!!

Amy R
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Amy R

My family looks at me like this all the time and my husband just ignores my rants or crying jags when I’m reading.

Sophia Rose
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Sophia Rose

Yep, what she said.

And you’re so right. My brand of fanatic isn’t any weirder than the sports, movie, or rockstar kind. 😉

Pansy Petal
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Pansy Petal

When I say, “Sorry – I was in . . . this week” and people give me that look. BTW, this week it was a revisit to Hogwarts. I am an equal opportunity reader. I do that on occasion. My comfort reads, that I read more than once, then expect those around me to know . . . On occasion, I even read aloud to the cat. She is used to it now. She just curls up and goes to sleep. She knows I am nuts. Otherwise, yah. I have experienced every one of the items on your list. I… Read more »

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

I have done all of the above…my family is well aware of my addiction …they will occasionally make comments but not when they’re reading one of my books!

Deborah Kelly
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Deborah Kelly

I do all of these…especially 2 and 3! I also can’t resist a sale or not having ALL the books in a series I am reading. I have more books than I will read in my lifetime. One time I contacted Amazon about a problem I was having with my Kindle. The technician logged into my account and started exclaimed, “Oh, my God. Oh, my God. Does your husband know how many books you have?” Shut up. Mr. Technician. I”m helping pay your salary with my addiction!!!

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I love this!

Deanna Lynn
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Deanna Lynn

I was nodding my head as I read this. I can totally relate to all of this!

denise
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I have one friend with whom I can speak “regency” English terms. People may look at us sideways when we use these terms, but it’s almost a secret code between us.