A necessary non-necessity

When I read a book, I’m transported to another era, another place, even another universe. Reading is my escape, a way for me to forget all the stress and demands of this life, and delve into a realm of fantasy.

The draw back to this, is there are so many places I want to go, so many characters I want to meet. I can’t seem to stop finding new escape routes. I am a bibliophile with too many books and not enough time to really enjoy them.

Instead of reading the ones I have before getting new ones, I just keep getting new ones. So many that I had to get a separate bookcase for my ‘to-read’ stack.

I sometimes fantasize about having to be bed-ridden, unable to attend to my routine household chores, so that I can simply read, and read… and read.

I have managed to break the cycle of only buying hardcovers, paperbacks are so much nicer than they used to be. But.. day-um… it’s an expensive habit. I need to find a way to thin the herd, get rid of some of my accumulated library of novels.

I NEED to actually read more of them. This is my current stack of ‘in-progress’ books (banned books included). I’ve started reading each of these, and jumped to a new book at the slightest provocation. I will finish these before starting a new one… I will read the books lining my bookcases before buying more.

What I really need to do is renew my friendship with our local library. That would be epic… and a lot cheaper.

Day 1630 Days of Shamelessness: spend money on a non-necessity or share a financial struggle

9 thoughts on “A necessary non-necessity

  1. I read 2 at a time & won’t start a new til I finish one of the 2…because it just works better for me that way. When I hear someone say: Oh, I don’t really read…it is incomprehensible to me. You could donate the ones you are through with(if you are through with any ;0); I bring mine to the food pantry I volunteer at & they all get scooped up in record speed.


  2. You are not alone. I have a big addictions to books, and like you, I keep buying. I don’t think I can live long enough to read all the books. I have four big bookshelves and one big one built into the wall near the fireplace.

    LOL I thought the same thing about the library, but then I forget to return them and end up paying fines LOL.



  3. You book addiction is my wife’s movie addiction is my CD addiction.

    That book shelf looks like our shelves of movies and CDs ( and some books).

    I need to read that Chuck Palachnik Diary.


  4. I suffer the same addiction, but at least I’ve managed to address the clutter and traveling’s a whole lot easier. I went to Brazil on business for a month back in the day, and I took 50 (!) paperbacks with me. Who knew you could buy English books in the drug store?

    I got a Kindle. Two years ago. I was prepared to hate it. I mean, there’s the whole tactile thing: the smell of the paper, the sound of the pages, the heft of the unknown in your hands. I was wrong. I love it. I still carry around 50 books, plus magazines and a newspaper, but the package never gets heavier. And I have a policy to never spend more than $9.99 on a book. Since publishers are on to people like me — they now price the new Kindle releases around $12-14.99 — I sometimes have to add a book to my Wish List and wait until the price comes down. That’s OK. I’m patient.

    Oh, and did I say I love my Kindle?


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