I’m pretty sure if there was a book addiction/hoarding group then my Fiancé would send me off there with no hesitation. I am a complete book addict, I have two full size bookcases crammed with books and a kindle which is also full. I’ve been a complete book addict all my life, as a child I had a wardrobe that was filled with books instead of clothes and all my pocket money went on books instead of sweets and toys.
As I’ve grown older, my love of books has grown. Books are my oldest and best friend,, they’ve been with me through all my struggles, they’ve offered me guidance, confidence and taken me to a completely different world when my reality has been tough. As a result of my love for books, I’ve built up quite the collection, my favourites being my huge leather bound collection of classics which weigh a ton and take up a lot of space. There is nothing better though, than looking at a bookshelf full of books and running your fingers over them, knowing that each book is filled with a different adventure.
Unfortunately my love of books has led to a huge issue with giving them up. I’m sure most people will read a book and then lose the connection to it, it will be donated to a charity shop or thrown away. I cannot bear to give books away, it’s like sending away a part of my heart. I’ve gone through my collection many times and made a pile of books which I would consider giving away….and then a day later, they are all back on the bookshelf. It would be okay if I resisted buying more books, but any chance I have to buy a book I take and then I come home and my Fiancé gives me an exasperated look and says “Where are you going to put that?”.
I tend to read multiple books at once so each night I’ll bring a different book to the sofa and read away till bed, the next night I’ll bring another book to the sofa and so on. By the end of the week, there is a pile of books by the sofa and on the coffee table, and my Fiancé is wondering why I bother having a bookcase in the first place.
I also have a crazy OCD attitude towards my book case, my Fiancé will put books back in an attempt to tidy up and I’ll go crazy because he’s put it back in the wrong place. I order each shelf of my bookcase and split up genres and topics so I know where to find everything and I get a little insane if people move books around.
On top of my huge collection of books, I have a kindle full and the one click buying option on Amazon will be the death of me. My bank statements are just full of tiny amounts going out on random books I’ve downloaded and I also have an aversion to getting rid of kindle books, I keep them all in my cloud storage and can rest well knowing they are all in this invisible place waiting for me.
I am a book hoarder, a book addict and I wouldn’t change it. Books are so underrated, so much new technology comes out these days and young people don’t want to bother with boring books when they can be playing all the latest games or chatting online. It’s a shame because my childhood was filled with books and I’ve been on so many adventures through them, I’ve learned so much. When I have a child of my own, I’ll treasure the times I get to read fairy tales to them and introduce them to all the fictional worlds I love, I’ll give them the same experiences I had and hope that books bring them the same support they’ve brought me.