I first admitted my problem back in 2011.
I am not happy unless I am surrounded by books. Hardcover, paperback, e-books, you name it - I've got books in that form.
This is my current stack checked out from the library.
Six books came in for me at once at the library. I was in hog heaven. Or book heaven. My eyes glazed over and my heart palpitated a little when I checked out all my goodies. But then reality set in. I'd have to read two books a week for three weeks to knock all these babies out. So far I have been keeping up, BUT, just LOOK at the size of that Stephen King novel. GRANTED, it IS in large type, (only because I could get a copy faster), but that puppy is going to take more than a couple of days. Unless I never leave my armchair, don't shower, and just get up to use the bathroom.
But, it's not just library books. Here is a recently installed bookshelf. Approximately 85% of the books are mine.
Keep in mind that each shelf has a double row of books. Uh, yeah, that's a lot of books. I keep telling myself that I need to read one of these books for every library book I read. Once I read a book from this shelf, I can get rid of it, unless it's one I want to keep. Don't ask me why. I don't know why.
THEN someone introduced me to bookbub.com. You get daily e-mails of deals on e-books. Almost every day they have a free book. So I just press that little button that reads, "download to my library", and wah-lah, I have an e-book waiting for me on my iPad, IF, by chance, I find myself with nothing to read. I have about 25 books sitting there for me.
I TOLD you I was an addict!
I subscribe to three different libraries that send me their Fiction and Non-Fiction best sellers list - WEEKLY. Okay, I will admit to that being a little much. I can probably unsubscribe to two of them!
I also subscribe to goodreads.com, amazon.com, and shelf-awareness.com, for book reviews, notices on upcoming releases, information on authors, etc.
Obsessed much? Yeah.
From all of the above notifications, I begin my lists of books that I want to read. Here are just some of them:
That is approximately 116 books per legal sized piece of paper (both sides). I have three pages there. That's 339 books listed. This is only one set of my lists! I have a large typed list, too, and other written ones. I will never enter the library saying, "Hmm.....I have no idea what to read!"
Maybe I can tell my story through these photos.
I have so many books that they are falling off of the shelves.
I am so obsessed with books that I would think nothing of having a book light, a book bench,
a book mobile,
or even having the side of our building painted with books.
because I have tunnel vision,
and I am not happy unless I am surrounded by books.
What are you reading?