Isn’t it wonderful that we find great joy in picking up a book and devouring it from cover to cover? It makes it all even more wonderful when we get our hands on a book that makes us feel things that nothing else could ever provoke in us.
But with great joy comes great pain.
It’s when you realize that readers are also confronted with a couple of misfortunes that you understand that there are things beyond our control. There’s nothing like living on with those facts deeply buried within our minds.
1. To never being able to read all the books you have on your TBR list.
We all know how that list loves to grow exponentially. For every book you strike off that list, there are at least 10 that are added to it. After a couple of years of reading you simply realize that there is no way to ever read every book on it in a lifetime. The horror.
2 . To forever be surrounded by non-readers who don’t understand you.
From their astonishment at the amount of reading you do to their obsessive tendency of calling you a nerd for reading, you will always be judged and misunderstood for the love you have for literature. Hmph.
3. To never remember every detail of the books you’ve read and loved.
If only we could use our brain at their full potential to circumvent this issue. Of course you could always re-read to solve this issue, but is the first read and ever like the subsequent ones? And for every book you re-read, there will always be a new book you won’t be reading. Argh.
4. To forever feel empty and betrayed upon reaching a cliffhanger.
Cliffhangers are killer, but let’s not even talk about those series that have yet to be completed after so many years of wait. What a painful and miserable moment of agony!
5. To never have enough room for all the books you want to have in your house.
Building up your ultimate collection is space-consuming. It would take a batcave to even get close enough to how much room you need to satisfy your needs. But… Where can I get one of those? Help.
6. To forever wish you could live in a fictional world.
I doubt you’ll ever deny how scary, dangerous and depressing real life can get, especially in 2018. Being able to escape to that one fictional world where everything seems like a utopia is just one of those subconscious (and sometimes very conscious) desires in all readers.
7. To never have enough sleep because reading is a much more important priority.
Sleeping is great and all. But there always comes a time where it can wait a bit so that you could get a little more reading done. Does it even matter that you’re sleep-deprived if you get to experience one of the greatest fictional moments of all time? I don’t think so.
8. To forever hunt for the next high.
It’s a mind-numbing and beautiful experience to find that one book that makes you forget about all the problems in life and makes you gaze at it with pure love. But what comes next? The hunt begins, and it is no easy journey.
9. To never stop reading.
Once you find your groove, it’s simply impossible to stop reading. You want to experience every story possible with your favourite characters and life wouldn’t be the same anymore if you quit reading.
10. To forever love reading.
I think you get it. 🙂
What do you think of our fate as readers?
Do you have other nevers and forevers?
Until next time,