Tuesday, June 22, 2010

My Book Addiction

Weekly Geeks is encouraging us to confess about our book addictions and I have a few minutes now to show you how it is for me. 

My name is Kathy and I am a bookaholic.

Here is what was asked:

So this week, I am curious about those gigantic TBR piles which readers tend to accumulate. Please share with us your habits, tendencies or obsessions when it comes to hoarding behavior.
  • Post a photo (or two or three) of your books to-be-read
  • Share your buying or book accumulating habits - how bad of a problem do YOU have?!?!?
  • Do you keep all the books you've read, or do you give them away or sell them?
  • Can you walk past a bookstore and not go in? If you go in, do you impulsively purchase?
Don't let these questions restrict you...tell us all about your hoarding issues, if only to make the rest of us feel better!

Here is what I brought home with me to try to read this summer. (I didn't bring home all my TBR books. I have 775 books tagged TBR in my LibraryThing account.) The crates aren't as neatly arranged as they were because I have been digging around in them looking for books. 

You can just barely glimpse the grocery bags on the right of the picture. I currently have two - one for YA/MG books that I plan to donate to my HS Media Center and one for adult books that I plan to keep.

Here are the ones that have arrived since I got home on June 8. I have been trying very hard not to buy more books than I can read this summer so that I can actually reduce the number in my TBR mountain.The pile on the left contains YA/MG books. The pile in the middle contains adult books. The lone book on the right is an omnibus edition of 3 books I have already read. I love the stories and would really like to read them again this summer. In my defense, I would like to state that I won 3 of the books in these piles.

I did pre-order a number of summer releases that will be arriving throughout the summer. I'm expecting three of them tomorrow. I also bought three more books today as a result of reading the Teaser Tuesday posts.

As noted earlier in this post, I give most of the YA/MG books I purchase to my HS Media Center. I usually try to read them first but sometimes will just decide that the piles are getting too high and donate the ones that are not my highest priority. I want people who want to read them to have a chance before the book becomes a golden oldie. 

I have no problem walking past a bookstore, If I do go in, I usually just make lists of the books that interest me. I buy 99% of the books I read at Amazon.That darn one-click button is just too easy. I am also an Amazon Prime customer. I pay an annual fee for free 2-day shipping. This leads to lots of impulse buys because I don't have to pay shipping or wait until I have $25 worth before placing an order. I love it but it has caused my TBR stack to multiply.

Let me repeat -- I'm Kathy and I am a bookaholic.


  1. Kathy,great post. it is good to see we are not alone in our addictions. Isee Under My Skin up there, I liked that one. Happy Reading.

  2. i too am a bookaholic as i buy books way faster than i read them but i am always reading anyway. there's just too many out there that i want to have in my possession and one day read. i agree, it's nice to see i am not alone in my addiction.

  3. We should really make a support group or something. I'm a compulsive book buyer as well, and it usually takes a lot of will to not pass by a bookstore, or even to limit myself to one book.

    Great post!

  4. Wow - Literally crates of books! You really are addicted!

    I've been impulse buying a lot of books over the past few months - There is (unfortunately!) a bookshop in the city near my house, where they sell great books at a cheaper price because they are slightly damaged etc. I saw three giant books (huuuuge books) there at the weekend, but had to restrain myself. One was a book of copies of British Isles maps from the 17th century :D

  5. Love the crates of books! I am the same way. Great post. :)


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