1. MERGING YOUR COLLECTIONS
This has good elements to it, don't get me wrong (after all you're broadening your bookshelves for free), but when you have different ideas on how to organize your books then it can get a little bit messy. Basically, if a marriage can survive the merging of two individual book collections it can probably survive anything.
2. HAVING MULTIPLE VOLUMES OF THE SAME BOOK
Sometimes this is really awesome, I mean, between us Jonathan and I ended up with six different copies of The Lord of the Rings (5 of which were mine) and I have not a single complaint. However, it gets a little more irritating when you both have the same edition of The Book Thief and now have to decide which one to keep and which to give away...
3. ADDING TO EACH OTHER'S TBR'S
Living with a bookworm means talking about the books you've been reading, and hearing about the books that the other has been reading. And between that, your TBR might begin to stretch a mile longer over time. Having a second person actively investing in your reading life is great, but it might mean your TBR pile falls over and kills you. Just maybe.
4. BEING BROKE BECAUSE #BOOKS
As if you weren't good enough at being broke because #books when you were single, now there's TWO of you actively trying to guzzle every last nickel from your bank account in order to buy a new hardcover or start another graphic novel series. And it's impossible for someone to be a rational voice because you both know that this is the end you want to choose.
5. WANTING TO READ THE SAME BOOK...AT ONCE
I recently had this problem. I picked up Leia: Princess of Alderaan and The Knife of Never Letting Go and asked Jonathan, "Which one should I read?"
"Well," he said. "I want to read The Knife of Never Letting Go, so not that one."
Of course that was the one I actually wanted to read. But, being the good wife that I am, I allowed him the pleasure and took my second choice. Feeling only slight resentment.
6. WHEN THEY DON'T TAKE YOUR BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS FOR YEARS (OR EVER)
One of the great pleasures of marrying a bookworm is sharing the experience of reading your favorite books with them...but this fails to work when you make a reading suggestion and they proceed to ignore you for 10,048 years. YOU'LL LOVE IT WHEN YOU FINALLY GET AROUND TO READING IT, GOSH DARNIT!
7. WHEN ONE OF YOU THINKS A BOOK WAS THE BEST AND THE OTHER SAYS "MEH"
But then of course there is the one-in-a-million time when your suggestion is taken seriously and they read it...and proceed to crush your hopes and dreams by not ABSOLUTELY LOVING THE MASTERPIECE THAT IS THIS WORK OF FICTION WITH ALL THEIR SOUL. I cannot tell you how many times I have felt the massive, soul-crushing disappointment of hearing Jonathan say a book that I loved and breathed like air was "alright." Nothing hurts my heart more than this tragedy.
And there you have it, some of the struggles bookworm couples face on the daily. Perhaps you are one half of a couple and can relate? Or maybe you have a bookworm family member or best friend with whom you've experienced similar situations? What kinds of struggles do you go through with your close bookworms? Let me know below!
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