Friday Rambles: Book OCD


Welcome to Friday! Best day of the week, ain’t it?

Today I’m going to talk about book OCD. (Which is totally a thing.)

I’m not usually an OCD sort of person — I have an anxiety disorder, yes — but that’s different. Yet with books . . . well, I can get sort of OCD about them sometimes. I’m sure I’m not the only one. My mum, in particular, things I’m weird, but I can’t help it!

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To illustrate what I mean, here are a few examples . . .

1. Having a mixture of soft and hard covers in a series.


Okay. So what happened here was that I bought Divergent when it was first released, with the U.S version of the cover, in paperback. Yet then — for whatever reasons — the Australian/UK publishers decided to change the covers. If there’s something I really really really hate is mismatching covers. Grrr. So instead, I ordered the American edition online. And there was no way I was going to wait a year for it to be reprinted in a paperback, so . . . And thus comes to hardback/softback covers issue. Sigh. (I know. I’m being really petty. Actually, everything about this post is petty.)

2. Title irregularity.

Take Veronica Roth’s series for example. Divergent, Insurgent, AllegiantWhy, why, why why, why???

Also? My current read, the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Here we go: Outlander (or some editions, like mine, is called Cross Stitch), Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, An Echo in the Bone, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood.

Oh, and also? The A Song of Ice and Fire series. Let’s take a look at the titles: A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, A Dance with Dragons, The Winds of Winter, A Dream of Spring. These titles are all great, but The Winds of Winter? *cries* My book OCD cannot handle this foolishness.

(Yes I realize that authors can title their books whatever they want. I just like things to be REGULAR and follow in the same vein as the firsts in the series.)

3. Different book sizes.


In Australia (I am unsure of other countries) Clare’s books are always released in a larger size in paperback (Clockwork Prince, for example) — then, probably about a year later, the novel is reprinted into a smaller format (City of Bones, as shown above.), also paperback. I like things to be of an even size when they’re sitting on my bookshelf, thanks.



This was a cheap copy that was bought in a charity shop (I loved the version of the cover; it was cool). But NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!! WHO DOES THIS TO THEIR PRECIOUS BOOKS???? I DARE YOU TO ANSWER THAT, YOU SPINE-CREASER. Ahem. Anyway. I managed to read all of the Game of Thrones books without creasing their spines. And they are big books, too. (The larger the book, the easier to crease their spines, I find.)

So maybe I’m being petty. (I most definitely am.) Maybe I’m even a little crazy. But I like to have my books in a particular way; therefore, I am self-diagnosing myself with book-related OCD.

Are any of you like this? Is it creases? Dog-eared books? (I hate this one too.) Covers? Let me know!


13 thoughts on “Friday Rambles: Book OCD

  1. I am like this in EVERY WAY! I hate getting creases on my spines and go out of my way to look for editions of books which look less creasable.

    And, for some reason, the Pendragon series was sold here with different cover styles for different books in the series. My ten Pendragons books have no less than FOUR different cover styles. The pain.

  2. I suffer from each and every one of these! The last one is why I wont lend my books to anyone…… unless they respect to only open the book ever so slightly to read them… Haha

  3. *sobs a little* Kara. I understand you. I UNDERSTAND YOU SO MUCH. I have serious OCD at times…I’ve even, um, pegged the washing in groups and stacked the cutlery in the dishwasher according to size. But but but books really bother me. My Divergent collection is horrible. I now have Divergent in paperback/American cover, and Allegiant in UK cover and Four in the new black covers. WHYYYYY. If I was rich and famous (soon, Cait, soon) I’m going to buy like the hardcovers in complete matching set and my OCD will be appeased. At least my John Green books match.

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