Fall is everyone’s favorite season, right? Between pumpkin spice lattes, big, cozy sweaters, and all the most delicious foods, what’s not to love?
Well, if you’ve ever felt less than thrilled about the changing leaves, it might be because you’re a book lover and this season has a tendency to get in the way of your reading game. Not convinced? See how many of these fall book lover problems you relate to!
1. Daylight Saving Time
Sure, turning the clocks back an hour may seem like a sneaky way to get some more time to read, but only until you’re sitting in a room that was once perfectly lit and is now pitch black at 4 p.m. If you’re a natural light lover, reading in the fall means being way more aware of where your light is coming from.
If you read on your way to school, you understand the absolute struggle that is reading with gloves on. You can’t turn the pages, and everything’s a huge mess. The silver lining? The gloves issue is the one place where physical page-turners and ebook readers can finally agree. Gloves are the worst.
Okay, not to launch a full-fledged attack on cold weather accessories, but can someone please do something about the fact that massive blanket scarves are basically impossible to see over? It’s so hard to read over a big scarf!
4. Fall Television
The fall TV lineup makes autumn one of the best times of year to catch your favorite shows. Except, with only so many hours in a day, how are you possibly going to tear through a few chapters of your current read before it’s time to get in the right headspace for the new episodes of Stranger Things you’ll be streaming?
5. Deciding Which New Books to Buy
Ah, the looming confusion of “Should I buy this book?” or “Can I wait a few more weeks and put it on my holiday wish list?” It’s an internal battle you will struggle with for the rest of your life. Raise your hand if you’ve ever had a parent tell you to stop buying books because they won’t know what to get you for Christmas/Hanukkah/your birthday/literally any occasion ever.
6. Hearing Buzz About Movie Adaptations
Fall is definitely the time of year when everyone starts gossiping about which books are going to be turned into movies in the new year. Nobody understands the stress of waiting for cast announcements quite like you do! And don’t even get us started on the wait for your favorite book-to-film adaptation to finally become available to stream. (We’re counting down the days until we can stream See You on Venus!)
7. School Starts Getting Tough
The first few weeks of school are typically a cake walk (er . . . kind of), which gives you the freedom to read books you’d actually like to read rather than those pesky reading assignments. Once exams start to roll around, though, everything goes from zero to 100 pretty fast.