Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Ten Book Related Problems I Have...Or Are They?
This is a weekly event, hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where bloggers relate their "top ten" of a certain topic. For this week -- Ten Book Related Problems I Have. I am choosing to share things that might or might not be problems. Let me know if you think I'm wacky or if you've had a few of these issues. Be honest - I know some of you have similar experiences!
1. I have a book addiction - Yes, I confess. I am addicted to books, to reading, to talking about books, to talking about reading. I've had it since I was 4 and began my reading life. If I read about a book, more likely than not, I want it. An addiction, indeed.
2. I have "too many books" - Or do I? In all honesty, I probably have the smallest number of actual physical books that I've had in many, many years. I've done a real clean up and clean out of my book shelves over the last 3 years. I do have treasured copies of certain authors that are signed, favorite books from childhood, a few I just can't part with, but most of my books now are in e-book form. On my Kindle, well, let's just say that it's less than 1,000 (I think).
3. I must read "in order" - I've tried to work on this quirk (or necessity). Honestly. One of the reasons that I love a series is that I get to stay with the characters and the story goes on and on. The characters change and grow. It bugs me to come in at halftime or after the main character has had some life-altering event. Maybe I'm just nosy and I need to know all the details. Occasionally, I will read a book that is not the first in a series, but it's not my preference.
4. I tend to tidy, alphabetize, sort, pick up and shelve books wherever I am - Yes, I am an inveterate book shelver. For years before I actually worked at a library, I worked as a volunteer page (or book shelver). At my junior high school library, my high school library, my daughter's elementary school library, my city library in whatever city I lived in. And then I actually worked for the Austin Public Library and got paid (sort of). I like tidy places - my desk, my house, my book shelves, any book shelves. I have been known to embarrass family at a bookstore or library by picking up and tidying the shelves when it's not my job. Yes, I've done that.
5. I have almost fallen off chairs or turned upside down trying to see what book someone else was reading - The tablet and e-reader has made this a difficult proposition, but I confess that I have again embarrassed myself and family checking out someone else's book. It's a need. I have it.
6. I have a tendency to bore people silly by telling them "the book is better than the movie and here's why" - Yes, again the embarrass the family thing. Do you see a trend here? I figure it's my job to let people know these things.
7. I am so incredibly easy to buy for at birthdays, Christmas, whatever because I can be thrilled with a gift card for a bookstore - That being said, does my extended family do this? Rarely. This does not include my husband and daughter. They get it. They've lived with me. Other family members say, "But you have so many books already." They do not get it. And I'm not kidding that I almost never get books as gifts. Sigh.
8. I have been caught wandering around people's houses looking at their bookshelves or, sadly, trying to find books at all when I haven't been invited to do so - I have a need to know what people are reading. I confess that I do judge people who seem to have no books in their house. What is that about - the no books thing?
9. I have planned vacations around special bookstores I want to visit, authors I want to see, and the first thing I look up when a vacation destination is decided is "where are the bookstores?" - I don't think this is odd. Do you? My husband plays golf and I do books. Seems fair to me.
10. I have been caught, by someone not related to me, smelling a book in public - Truly. And did I get an odd look? Yes, I did. It was in a bookstore, to be honest. Don't other people smell books and the bookstores themselves? Cue family embarrassment again.
Well, I've bared my soul. Do you share any of these quirks/problems/insane needs??