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

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I believe all good fiction includes an element of truth, and all good photography includes an element of fantasy. In this journal I hope to give voice to the stories swirling around in my head, and to capture the images I see through my camera’s lens.

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.

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  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.

    Hugs!!!

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  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.

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  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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