You guys know I love reading- it’s my absolute favorite thing to do. In my opinion there’s no better way to spend the day than sitting on the couch with a hot cup of tea while immersed in a book. I love getting attached to the characters and feeling like I’m a part of their lives. I actually feel depressed when I finish a book I really like because I got so attached to the people in the story. (Every time I read through the Harry Potter series I get severely depressed that it’s over and that I’m still not a wizard.)
But I don’t think you realize just how bad of a book hoarder I am…I have a huge problem. I have no patience when it comes to books, if I see a book I want, I buy it. When I’m bored I go to the local used book stores and just buy handfuls of books. Literally….
Do you see all those books (and trust me, I have lots more unread ones too…)? I haven’t read a single one of them (except the Hunger Games which someone got mixed in my unread stack). I especially have an addiction to old used books-the older and smellier the better. After a recent trip to the used book store behind my apartment, I came home with some about-to-fall-apart gems. When I got in the elevator I opened up the books, took a big whiff and said ‘mmm’ the guy behind however said ‘ew that’s disgusting.’ How rude! But honestly, is there any better feeling than reading a book and knowing someone else also held this book and put their time and effort into reading it too? It’s like you’re sharing an experience with a stranger-I know that sounds weird but I like feeling that connection with a fellow book lover I don’t know.
But yes, I have an addiction and no plans to stop. When I offer people to visit my library and pick out a book I don’t think they quite realize, that I literally have hundreds of books stacked around the apartment. Between PartyDog’s film crap and my books our place sometimes looks like an episode of hoarders.
The worst part is, I refuse to get rid of books even after I finish reading them. Unless I absolutely hated the book I feel the need to keep it in case I feel like re-reading it (which I often do in my defense!).
So that’s my biggest addiction, what’s yours? That’s all the nonsense I have for now!