I have a minor obsession with books. I know y’all already know this. Since I started working at the library, however, it’s gone up a few notches.
Rare is the day that I don’t come home from the library with a new book. I’ll see something that’s just arrived, or a book that a patron returned, I might even stumble upon an intriguing title on the shelves, and I squirrel it away for myself.
This wouldn’t be so much of an issue if I was swimming in free time. Don’t get me wrong. I have enough time to read. But enough time to read the six books on my kitchen table plus the two on my nightstand plus the one in my car? No, I do not have that much free time. I keep pulling up my library account and extending the due dates. (Perk of the job!) I try to be honest with myself. If there’s a book that I know I won’t get to or that is just sitting at my house untouched, unread, and unloved, I’ll return it. Yet somehow, the list of books that I think I will read is still impossibly long.
I helps (or hurts depending on how you look at it) that I read different books at different times. I have my “lunch break” book, my “before bed” book, my “whenever I can squeeze it in book.” I’m currently 20+ pages into a David Sedaris collection of essays, 70+ pages into the true-life-coming-to-the-big-screen Monuments Men, almost halfway through the 3rd book in the Divergent Series. Not to mention my stacks and stacks of yet-to-be-started books piled up around the house.
I have no intention of stopping. Mwahahaha! Okay, that’s not entirely true. I’d love it if my book fever would slow down a pinch. I don’t need to be hoarding all the good books and keeping others from reading them. That I need to work on. Besides, carrying all those books is hard work. So here is my public declaration: I will choose the books that I checkout more discerningly. I will attempt to stop hoarding books.
Thanks for bearing witness. Any fellow book hoarders out there? Who else reads more than one book at a time? It use to totally throw me off, but if I read the books in different locations, it seems to not be an issue.