My Strange Addiction

My Strange Addiction

“They” say that the first thing you must do when you are an addict is admit that you have a problem. Well…my name is Sarah and I am an addict. I have a very serious problem. I am addicted to books. A big part of my problem is that I have no problem admitting it. Just ask my husband…and my bookshelves that are stuffed to the hilt with books falling out of them every which way and piled up on top of each other because there is no longer any room for them to fit like a normal book on a bookshelf. There are books in every single room of my house, except for maybe my son’s bathroom, and in the rooms unfortunate enough not to have their own bookcase, there are books piled up on dressers, tables, nightstands and counters. It’s bad. I have books still in boxes in my garage from when we moved nearly 3 years ago that I still go down and paw through, searching for a long lost book that I have renewed interest in or need to find for research for something or other. That lucky book finds its way to my shelf, or table, or counter because I feel bad for it if I have to send it back to the outermost regions of my dark, dank garage, destined to sit in a soggy box jail until I need it again. Once they are in, they are in permanently….I think my house has personality issues wondering whether or not it is actually a house or a library….

“They” also say that if you are addicted to alcohol, you should never enter a bar, be around spirits or hang out with people that constantly drink. Well, the bookstore is my bar, the smell of Barnes & Noble makes me excited and high, running my fingers over the bindings, bending over to read the titles gives me a unique thrill and I love the people that sit on the floor under the bookshelves and read the dust jackets and covers (oh, wait…that’s me – I mean the others up the floor from me). We don’t need to talk; we just simply know that that we are one and the same, sewn together by the common thread of fiction addiction, research insanity and page turning prowess.

For a while there, I thought that with the new e-book craze and online books that I would be able to control myself as reading a book on the computer or notebook just doesn’t cut it for me, but alas, the bookstore beckoned me with its mysterious magnetic pull (I had to purchase a book for my son’s summer reading program) and I was once again back in the sweet security and comfort of the new fiction aisle, classics section and theology shelf. I went in to buy one book for my son and exited with six for me (who knew they had a new bargain section with new hardbacks for just five or six dollars?!). It’s bad…I know. It was like being away from a long, lost friend and running into them again out of the blue…visiting together when the hours fly by like seconds and you just can’t get enough of them. I KNOW! ITS’ BAD! I’ve been back twice since then and have bought a lot more books…no, I’m not telling you how many. What is really bad is that I have all but one of them read already…I know, don’t say it…its bad.

The really bad thing would be if all the bookstores went out of business because of this insane e-book craze. Most Borders I frequented in my younger years have all gone out of business. Thank the good Lord is heaven there is still a Barnes & Noble in our nearest town. There is nothing like the smell of a new book, turning each page with your fingers, expectantly waiting for the continuance of someone’s life story, or ongoing saga with the beginning of the next chapter you literally turn to and control yourself. Pen to paper….that’s how it all began. That’s how it should stay. A book is not living and breathing on a computer, it is the feel of the cover, the pages and the ink that gives life to a book, that holds it together…that brings it to life on a bus, a bed, a chair, a grassy park, a bench, a plane, a boat, a soft carpeted floor, in a tub or floating on a raft. Computers are not good on a raft or in a tub for that matter. I may be old-fashioned, but old-fashioned has been given a bad name over time and books should stay tangible, able to be touched – paper and ink, able to be held in your hand, with pages able to be written on with a pen and paper clipped for future quick reference. “Book” …the word alone is the powerful owner of magic and mystery, joy and sadness, life and death, sweetness and sorrow, real life and imaginative wonderment all in something small enough to hold in your own hands, carry with you and share with someone else.


Yes. My name is Sarah and I am an addict. I have a very serious problem. I am addicted to books. A big part of my problem is that I have no problem admitting it. Are you addicted?

If not, I suggest my newest favorite author, Alex Grecian, and his book, The Yard. His next book in the series, The Black Country, is the one book I bought that I haven’t read yet….gotta go get started!

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Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

It is a common problem :)


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RealityTalk 3 years ago from Planet Earth

Sarah, I too can admit, "I'm a book addict." I love to read & I prefer paperbacks & hardcovers over e-books. If I could have attached a picture hereto of all the books I have purchased, I would have. I too have book shelves stacked full of books. I have books in stacks near my bed. I have books stacked in my office. I have books on the floor. I read a book & get the idea to purchase another book from the book I am reading & buy it before I complete the one I am reading. I have a stack of some twenty books with about 5 more on their way to me in the mail that I have yet to read. I will read everyone of them.

I appreciate & understand your addiction. I suggest that you purchase any and every book that interests you now as I would not be surprised to wake up one day to discover paper books are no longer available & e-books are your only option.

Oh & I suggest shopping for books on Amazon.com, not Barnes & Noble. B&N is very expensive. At Amazon you can buy used as well as new books for discounted prices. I have bought many books for as cheap as $0.01 with $3.99 shipping; $4.00 for a book. I have never been disappointed in the condition of the books.


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sallieannluvslife 3 years ago from Eastern Shore Author

Hi Anna, Yes, I suppose it is a common problem, but a great problem when compared to so many others! :)


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sallieannluvslife 3 years ago from Eastern Shore Author

Hi RealityTalk! Thanks for the great suggestions and for your comments. I just finished the Armand Gamache series set in Canada (Quebec, to be precise) by Louise Penny. They are extraordinarily informative on Montreal and Quebec history and some of the most recent books that I have not been able to put down. The last one, The Beautiful Mystery, is set in a monastery and is very interesting. If you have any favorites to recommend, I would love to hear them!!!


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RealityTalk 3 years ago from Planet Earth

I tend to jump from topic to topic. Some books of interest that come to mind. Black Holes and Time Warps by Kip Thorne. Parallel Worlds by Michio Kaku. The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court by Bob Woodword, which is about the Berger Court in the late 60s, early 70s. The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Clayborne Carson. Einstein by Walter Isaacson. Any book written by well-known attorney Allen Dershowitz. Any book by former Congressman Ron Paul. Any book by Carl Sagan.

You mentioned the Armand Gamache series covering Montreal & Quebec. Beneath the Metropolis by Alex Marshall is a book about what lies underground twelve of the greatest cities in the world. It's a fascinating book.


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sallieannluvslife 3 years ago from Eastern Shore Author

I'm with you on the jumping from topic to topic...keeps your brain fresh....thanks for your suggestions, they look very interesting and I will definitely be checking some of them out.


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Jodah 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

Hi Sarah,

Love this hub, and can relate to it totally being obsessed with books myself and having written a similar hub as well 'Addicted to Books(A Bookworms Guide)'. I just had to check yours out and glad I did. You write with so much passion in regard to your books and I can tell you are a true addict as well. Voted up++


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sallieannluvslife 3 years ago from Eastern Shore Author

Hi Jodah, I'll have to go check out your hub! - it's good to know another fellow book lover


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April Reynolds 3 years ago from Arizona

Amen! I realized I was addicted one night when I picked up a new book while feeding my infant at 10pm and didn't put it down until I finished it at 6am, minutes before my toddler woke up. And it wasn't even good enough to make my favorites list. Talk about a loooong day that next day!


sallieannluvslife 3 years ago

Yup, April, you are officially part of ABA - Addicted to Books Anonymous! We should start a book club here on Hubpages...that would be fun...does anyone know if there is one already started?


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Rolly A Chabot 2 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi sallieannluvslife ... Smiles to what you have written here... Books are amazing as you read them once, set them aside and read them again and catch so many tidbits you missed the first time around... the sign of a good writer is one who writes from the heart and I see that here in your words... well done...

Hugs from Canada


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sallieannluvslife 2 years ago from Eastern Shore Author

Thanks Rolly! I sincerely appreciate your kinds comments!


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grand old lady 2 years ago from Philippines

It amazes me that people still treasure books no matter where you are in the world. I have just one request to ask you....if ever your addiction reaches a point where you are willing to part with some of your books and plan a yard sale, pls. tell me. I will swim over if I have to, to buy some.


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sallieannluvslife 2 years ago from Eastern Shore Author

Hi Grand Old Lady....I will definitely do that!! :) What kind of books do you like to read?


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Blond Logic 2 years ago from Brazil

My husband is like yourself in so much as he loves 'real books'. We live in Brazil and he has swapped books with everyone we know. Now he is reading some for the 5th time. Getting books is a problem here.


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sallieannluvslife 2 years ago from Eastern Shore Author

Hi Blond Logic! What type of books does your husband like to read...I would be happy to send him a few that he has not already read, if I have them. I am always happy to help out a fellow book lover!!


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Blond Logic 2 years ago from Brazil

Thank you but the last lot of books I had sent never arrived. I think there is someone in the Brazilian customs department enjoying a good read.

There are many wonderful things about Brazil, but their postal service isn't one of them.

So thank you for your offer but sadly I'll pass.


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beckisgiftguides 2 years ago from Indianapolis, Indiana

I definitely have this problem too! I added to it with the new Nora Roberts fantasy romance yesterday. Oops. Books and yarn are my addictions and I feed them on a regular basis!


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sallieannluvslife 2 years ago from Eastern Shore Author

Hi Becki~I'm with you....I feed my book addiction, sewing addiction, cooking addiction...etc.etc.etc... regularly as well....at least I do share my sewing and cooking addictions with others :)

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