While reading is an incredibly beneficial activity, book lovers do have to face some issues of their own. Called, to some extent ironically, bookworm problems, these have a tremendous range and some of them can actually be quite annoying for those of us who love reading.
Luckily, as annoying as they are, most of these bookish problems have rather simple solutions and we know them all. But first, let’s find out exactly what bookworm problems are.
What are bookworm problems?
While the term is pretty self-explanatory, the definition of bookworm problems is a bit more complex as one might expect, mostly because of the huge variety of issues an avid reader could face.
First, to clarify, a bookworm is considered to be a person who spends a lot of time reading or studying and even prefers these actions over others most people find enjoyable, including social interactions and other forms of entertainment.
Bookworm problems are defined as problems only book lovers understand and cover a huge variety of issues that affect people who read on a regular basis.
What are the most common book related problems and how to overcome them
Let’s explore some of the most popular problems most book lovers have to face and check some possible solutions for each one.
1. Books are expensive
While reading in itself is an activity that requires no investment, acquiring and collecting reading material can turn out to be quite expensive. Especially if you read a lot and you are one of the people who prefer to have books in better looking editions, reading can be quite a burden on your pocket.
A possible solution could be to simply stop buying your books brand new. You can enjoy the same content at a much smaller price if you buy your books from second hand stores and you may even discover some hidden gems in those stores too.
Alternatively, if you have no interest in collecting books and only want to read them, you can opt to borrow books from your city’s library. The costs are usually insignificant and you can choose more titles than you could ever read in a lifetime.
A more modern solution is to invest in an e-book reader. While the initial investment can set you back a couple hundred dollars, in the long run you will save a lot of money. E-books can hold hundreds if not thousands of books at once. While the feeling of holding a book is irreplaceable, the benefit of purchasing your novels in digital format is that they cost a fraction of their paper versions.
2. Buying too many books
Once you get in the habit of reading constantly, it’s pretty easy to become overenthusiastic with the purchases you make. The number of available titles in libraries is huge and the level of temptation for a book lover is through the roof. Buying every book you think is interesting can soon turn out to be an issue, both from a financial point of view and because you may find yourself surrounded by books you will never have enough time to read.
The best solution for this problem is to create a reading list and to strictly stick to it. Add all the books you want to read to this list and start buying them one by one. You can keep adding more titles to the list, but never buy a new one before you finish the previous one on the list. This way you make sure you never buy more books than you can actually read.
How can Basmo help?
A great way of creating and populating your reading list is to use a reading app. This way you eliminate the risk of losing your list or damaging it. Moreover, if you use an app like Basmo, you will have the option to create an unlimited number of custom reading lists, which can be easily populated according to your desire.
All you need to do is follow the steps below:
- Open the app and scroll down to the Book collections.
- Tap on any of the book collections already there or create your own.
- Once the reading list is open, search for the book you want to add.
- Tap add to list and you are done.
It really is that easy, and the benefits of having a reading list in digital form are countless.
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3. Staying up all night to read
This really has happened to all of us. The plot of a book is so interesting that we can’t stop reading and before we know it, it’s 3 AM. Staying up all night may be all fun and games in our twenties, but once we reach 30, things change. Getting up in the morning and going to work after a sleepless night is challenging to say the least.
To avoid this, the best thing to do would be to stick to a daily reading schedule. Analyze your daily schedule, find a place where you can easily squeeze a reading session every day and read every day in the designated time frame.
How can Basmo help?
Again, reading apps can be of great help with creating a reading schedule and sticking to it. Basmo, for example, allows users to schedule daily reading sessions, reading goals and even set reminders before each session in order to never miss one.
Here’s how easy it can be done with Basmo:
- Open the app.
- Tap on the book you’re currently reading from the ones listed on the main screen.
- Once you’ve accessed the dedicated screen for your chosen book, tap on Schedule reading.
- You will be given the option to choose at least three days of the week in which to set reminders for your reading sessions.
- Tap on one of the days you want to schedule reading sessions for and you will be prompted to select the time of day you want to set the reminder. Tap Done when you’re happy with your choice.
- Repeat the same action for another two days of the week.
- Tap on Set Reminders and you are done.
4. Not being able to remember all the books you own
Another one of the more common book lover problems is the fact that while building up your book collection, after a certain point, it becomes a bit difficult to remember every title you own. Most bookworms have at least one duplicate in their book collection and the reason for that is usually that they simply can’t remember everything they own.
Annoying as this may be, there is a quite simple solution and that is cataloging your books. Whether you create your inventory in a notebook, in a document on your laptop or with a reading app, it’s important to always write down all the titles you own.
How can Basmo help?
From our experience, the best way to catalog books is with a reading app. Creating a custom book collection with Basmo is incredibly easy, as I described above, and comes with the huge advantage that you can edit your collection anytime and from anywhere. As long as you have your smartphone with you, you can access the book collection and edit it.
5. Not having enough time to read everything you want to read
Our time has become one of the scarcest resources we have at our disposal. While this is clearly frustrating in every aspect of our lives, when it comes to reading, this can be a nightmare for the bookworms out there. Seeing your titles piling up on your reading list and knowing there’s no time in your schedule to get all that reading done is a horrible feeling.
While the solution is not as clear and obvious as it was for the bookworm problems above, there is still hope. A good way to handle this is to get organized and to set yourself realistic goals. That way you avoid the frustration of rarely reaching your goals and as we all know, positivity is essential for our productivity.
Think long and hard before setting yourself a goal. Take a close look at your daily schedule and try to figure out how much time you can squeeze into it for reading. Whether it’s an hour, 30 minutes or even less, try to find out how much reading you can get done in that timeframe.
How can Basmo help?
Using a reading app can be extremely helpful in setting your goals and managing your expectations. Basmo offers you the possibility to set daily or yearly goals and to track your progress towards reaching them. Combine this with the daily reminders, the reading schedule and the reading statistics the app can provide, and you are on your way to improving your productivity considerably.
Here’s how you can set your daily and yearly goals with Basmo.
- Open the app.
- Tap on Goals on the bottom of the main screen.
- Both your daily and yearly goals will be displayed on the next screen.
- To set your daily goal, simply tap on Adjust Goal in the Daily Goal section.
- You will be prompted to select your goal either by swiping left or right to increase or decrease the number of minutes you want to spend reading every day, or to simply type the number directly from your keyboard.
- When you’re happy with the selection, tap on Done.
- Similarly, to adjust your yearly goal, you will need to repeat the same process as before, but the number to be adjusted will represent the number of books you want to read in a year.
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6. Being interrupted while reading
Being interrupted is annoying regardless of the activity you’re involved in. But when it comes to reading, things are definitely worse. You are not just being stopped from doing something you love and kept from finding out what happens in the book you’re reading, you are also very likely to forget where you were on the page before the interruption.
Having to keep reading the same paragraph over and over again in order to understand while you are constantly being disturbed is an awful experience.
A good way to avoid this is to create a reading space within your home. If you can set your reading space in a different room than the one where the rest of your family is usually hanging out, that would be ideal. For those of you who don’t have this possibility, combining a reading space with a reading schedule everyone in your family is made aware of could be a great alternative. Discuss this with the people you are living with and nicely ask them to respect your reading time.
7. The “book hangover”
A book hangover is a pretty common effect that great books can have on their readers. By their definition, book hangovers are the feeling a reader gets after finishing a book (usually a very captivating fiction novel), which leaves the reader thinking about the action of the book for hours or even days after reading it.
While this may not sound like such a big issue, I can assure you that book hangovers are not to be dismissed when it comes to bookworm problems. The worst thing about them is that they leave the readers completely unable to start a new book after finishing a great one, because their expectations are too high and they know it.
While no cure has yet been discovered for the book hangover, a good way to overcome the inability to pick up another book after finishing one that left you in awe is to strictly stick to your reading list. Instead of wondering what you should read next, simply pick up the next book on your list. Once you start reading it, things will get easier, I promise.
8. Watching movies based on books you love and realizing they’re ruined
I can think of very few things that are more annoying than watching a movie based on a book you love and realising that it doesn’t live up to our expectations. And for some reason, they never really do.
An obvious solution would be to simply stop watching movies based on your favorite books. The problem is that we tend to forget our deceptions quite quickly after experiencing them. Personally I’ve told myself that “this is the last time I watch a movie based on a book I liked” more times than I would like to admit.
And it’s understandable. The temptation to see on a screen what we visualized while reading the book is huge. Rather than swearing off watching movies based on books you read altogether, opt for the milder option of doing proper research before deciding whether to see a movie or not. Check online reviews, ask friends who watched that particular movie and base your decision on the information you manage to gather.
9. Not knowing what to read next
Whether it’s the effect of a book hangover, lack of ideas, or the inability to choose because of the high number of options, not being able to decide what your next book should be is a tormenting experience.
As I mentioned above, reading lists can work wonders when it comes to solving this problem. Use a reading app like Basmo, create your reading list and stick to it no matter what.
10. Damaging books while annotating them
While some consider writing on a book a blasphemy, others can’t live without annotating the books they read. There are numerous benefits to annotating books, but more often than not, you will be left with a book that has been scribbled on and looks far from the mint condition you would have liked it to be.
The best solution for this is to use modern technology for your book annotations. Rather than putting pen to paper and writing, underlining or highlighting text directly in the book, you can use a reading app.
Basmo offers its users the possibility to make notes while reading, and even to scan pages and extract the relevant text from them. The notes can be organized and formatted according to each user’s preference, making them extremely useful, accessible and easy to read.
I am sure most of you avid readers out there have dealt with at least a couple of the bookworm problems I presented above. Now you also know that there are accessible and clever solutions for most of them.
Because we know that book lover problems can be annoying to say the least, we worked really hard to find a way of solving most of them so that you can become a bookworm without problems. And that solution turned out to be Basmo, a reading app that has a plethora of functions that helps its users have a more pleasant and efficient reading experience.
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