Call it collecting, hoarding, or addiction, whatever it is, only people passionate about books can vouch for this habit, feeling, and obsession all rolled into one. Read and see if you can relate with some of the struggles that book hoarders go through.
- You believe that one can never really have too many books.
No matter how many times your family or friends remind you about how long your reading list is, and how you must finish it first before getting yet another book, none of it really matters because you've already convinced yourself that buying one (even if you're not going to read it in the next few months) is a wise investment.
- No matter how you try to stop yourself, you always end up going out of the store with a new purchase.
No amount of guilt trip ("The amount you spend on your unread books can afford you an out-of-town weekend trip already") or intervention ("We are worried about you") can stop you from coming out of this bookworm black hole known as the bookstore. And it's not like you didn't try to talk yourself out of buying a new book. At one point, you were even literally talking to yourself out loud and convincing you didn't need a different cover or a special edition of a book you already have. It's just that you failed and came to terms with it pretty quickly.
- You can't resist a book sale.
Book hoarders don't care so much about clothes or gadgets being on sale, but when it's a bookstore that slashes prices, you loose all your chill. Whether it's a measly 10% or a whopping 70%, for a book hoarder, a discount is still a discount and a solid excuse to indulge yourself some new reads.
- You have no space for new books, but that doesn't stop you from buying more.
Never mind that your room looks like a book warehouse or a library or that the books on your bedside table can easily stand as a makeshift table because of how much you have on your "currently reading" pile, if you see a title you like or a bookstore is on sale, you're never going home empty-handed. Ever.
- It takes you the whole day (or two) to organize your must-read pile.
*Decides to sort out books. Immensely regrets decision halfway into it.*
What other book hoarder struggles do you know of, Candy Girls? Share them in the comments section below!