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OCD & Books Don’t Mix – Cover Changes

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So we have another OCD & Books Don’t Mix. A series where I talk about things that drive me insane when it comes to book.s I am thinking of changing this segment over to Feral Friday which is hosted by Book Nerd Reviews but for now I will stick with my original title.Today we will be discussing the dreaded book cover changes!

I can probably list on one hand the number of readers I know who are ok with book cover changes, but thats it. The rest of us do not approve for the most part. Of course this topic comes in two forms:

  1. When they change the covers once all the books are out or when/if they make a movie.
  2. When they change the covers whilst the books are still being published and discontinue the first covers.

Number one is the nice one of the two. You can pick and choose your covers, some people might like the new releases better than the old ones and personally I love this when it comes to classic books because I often find the new covers to be very very pretty and it makes them feel special to me.

However I don’t like our second category at all. I even have an issue with this before I have read or bought any of the books, because when I go to buy them, I want the ones I find look the best, and I want them all to match. I think the best example I can show of this to you would have to be a series I have not read but have been dying to, Across the Universe by Beth Revis.

They originally had beautiful covers for this series, and they both came out in hardback

But before A Million Suns could be published in paperback they changed them all to this:

These cover changes are just hideous to me and I don’t want to buy them on principle. I almost thought my issues were solved when they released another cover change for the third book in the series Shades of Earth:

This cover was close enough and pretty enough to satisfy me, but then I hit another road block. It was only released In paperback, and with the cover for A Million Suns only released in hardback this solved nothing and just made me more frustrated. I had to accept that I could only have this series on my kindle so I can change the covers.

If you have found series with cover changes that drive you mad let me know below, I shall share your pain.

Till next time…

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OCD & Books Don’t Mix – Book Height

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I would like to point out that I don’t actually have OCD (I think), if I do it’s probably really mild stuff. This series of posts will be about observations that drive me completely insane in regards to books and writing.

I went to get books the other day and I noticed that I’m starting to develop a serious issue. All my books must be of the same height. Now this might not seem like a big issue, and at first it wasn’t for me either, but I’m starting to feel this compulsion restrain me from enjoying my reading time.

At first it started off as a simple kind of thing. All books in the same series must be of the same height. Easy enough and really understandable on the grand scheme of things. They must be pretty, matching and neat. Unfortunately for me this level of the OCD trait is aggravated by one series on my shelf, Twilight, because I was given the first two books in the series at the same time and they were both of different heights.

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The first book in the series just gives me a headache everytime I look at it, but I just can’t justify finding the larger size copy to match the rest of my Stephanie Meyer books because I feel like the Twilight series is one I probably won’t love till the end of time. So that this issue never happens again I have put off buying books for ages. One of my series that is not complete is the Fallen series by Lauren Kate. It has been over a year since the final book Rapture was release and there is still an empty spot on my shelf for it. But, I spose I will continue to wait until I finally see the correct size so something like this doesn’t happen:

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This poor person has THREE different book sizes for this series. Gah I think I would just die.

Then my obsession started growing more. I own the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead, and this series kind of branches off and continues in a different characters perspective in the new series Bloodlines. To me, it might as well be the same series, so the height rules was applied. I didn’t want something like this to happen:

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BUT, now a new issue arises for me. The first book in the new series Bloodlines was release in mid 2011 and its now the end of 2013 and I still have not seen it released in a smaller size. A general rule I have noticed with releasing books in a different size is that it normally takes about a year. Its been more than a year. Does this mean its just not going to come out in this smaller size? If so what on earth am I going to do? Do I forever deny myself of something I really want to read possibly forever because I can’t handle the different book sizes, or do I try and get over it (so not easy to do) and then possibly have to risk the fact that I might cry and have to buy them all over again if they finally release them in a different size once I bought the books?

Then the other day while looking at my shelf I noticed that It had turned into something more. Books by the same author but are in no way related to each other being a different size to one another started to freak me out. For example, there two books of mine by Kresley Cole:

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They are nothing alike, Poison Princess is a young adult book and A Hunger Like No Other is one of her adult smutty slightly too rape like adult books, but the fact that I can’t put them neatly next to each other on my shelf has been giving me more and more concern. My chest kind of tightens when I think about it.

Now the fact that I feel like this makes me worry, because I can totally see myself getting more OCD and then insisting that all my books be of the same height. That would make my reading life way more complicated.

Do any of you guys out there in reader land have this issue? How bad is it for you? Or do you not care a bit? If so, how can I stop carring so much!

Till next time…