Monday, December 16, 2013

Are You Addicted to Books?

Are you ready for Christmas yet? I'm not, so here's another article from the archives that originally appeared September 15, 2010.

"I cannot think of a greater blessing than to die in one's own bed, without warning or discomfort, on the last page of a new book that we most wanted to read."  Lord John Russell

Are you addicted to books?  If you are, at least it's a harmless addiction.  And thanks to libraries, thrift stores and used book stores, it can be inexpensive, too.

Tell Tale Signs of Book Addiction:
  • Is your nightstand overflowing with books (purchased, borrowed or given to you)?
  • When you walk into a store, are you immediately drawn to the book section?
  • Are your bookshelves filled to capacity?  Do you have a stash in the closet that won't fit on the shelves?
  • When you visit someone's house, do you start paging through what they're reading?
  • Does your librarian know you by name (and reserve books for you she knows you'll like)?
  • Do you have a book in your purse, the glove compartment and the bathroom, so you'll never be trapped anywhere without access to a fix?
  • When you read, does time stop?
On my last vacation, I left home with three books, but returned with six.  I purchased one at Goodwill for .75, my mother-in-law said I was welcome to take one from the rec center library at her housing complex, plus she gave me one she'd just finished.  At a recent writers meeting someone brought books to give away.  I took two!  The stash in my closet is growing bigger!   Too bad I'm such a slow reader!

Are you addicted to books?  If so, can you describe any other signs?

Thanks for visiting and have a great week!


shelly said...

What if your Kindle is overflowing?

Norma Beishir said...

I used to be. But it's often difficult for a writer, once we've been published, to find the time. A lot of our reading becomes research-related for our own books.

I've known a few authors who were reluctant to read other authors while working on a project because they were afraid of being influenced on some level by the stuff they read.

But when are we NOT working on a project?

William Kendall said...

Time definitely stops. And at the same time... there is never enough time to read everything!