Are you addicted to buying books?
Because I am! I talked a couple weeks ago about my problem with taking too many books out from the library, but really that was a reflection of a deeper problem. I just love to buy books, even though I won’t be reading them any time soon. There is something primally satisfying about catching the prey, I mean book >.>, and bringing it home to pet. I sound a little crazy right? So these are the purchased books that are sitting on my “read immediately or as soon as you can around all those other books you need to read, gah!” pile:
This is of course only a small section of all the unread books that I actually have sitting on my shelves at home. This is the stack that are at the boyfriend’s house so that I can grab them when I finish a book…. These are all really excellent books that have come highly recommended and I know I simply must read them as soon as I can! I think that is my problem though. There are too many books in the world for me to read all of them, but if I own them, then maybe that counts as half way to reading them? There is something about buying a book that I really want to read that makes me feel better. When people say “Omg, you haven’t read that yet???” I can say “But I own it!” I also can’t pass up a deal, which is what led me to buying the first four Mortal Instruments books because they were like $4 each, craziness!
I think I might be in a bit of a recovery stage right now though. I can’t tell if it is a reading slump, or just a buying slump. When I go to the store (except for last week when there was a sale on used books, can’t resist that!) I look through the shelves and don’t feel the compulsive need to buy anything. I think this is progress, maybe? But it’s kind of a sad feeling, since it means that I’m not excited enough about any of these books to buy them. I like the rush of buying a book I really want, and I kind of miss it…. I am amused that I am writing this after I just bought five used books, but again, I had a 20% off coupon, so it was probably more the coupon’s fault than anything. That and my friend was just putting books in my hands and telling me I would love them ;-).
Do you find your book buying addiction goes in phases or are you solidly on one side or the other of buying books? Do you have a similar feeling of owning the book helps with not having the time to read it yet?
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