Is Book Hoarding a good thing…
or a bad thing?
For those of you not living in the United States, last week was Thanksgiving! Aka binge eating good food and then falling asleep on the couch while watching football. At least, that’s how it usually goes in my house. :p
But the more important part is family. My dad came down to visit and we did lots of shopping and I finally, finally bought a 2nd bookshelf. So those 50+ unread books sitting on my living room floor (for the last 4 months) were finally moved to a proper shelf… and then I almost bought more books. >.>
“Melanie, do you have a problem?” you ask.
“Why yes! Yes, I do!” 😀
I love books. I like to read them. I like to hold them. I like to stack them and organize them. And I like to look at them. Some of you may enjoy watching paint dry, but I enjoy just staring at a giant wall of books! All the bibliophiles are going:
Is it bad that I enjoy books so much that I want to buy more when I still have months worth of books to read in my house (because I’m the slowest reader on our lovely planet Earth?!) Is there anything wrong with buying all the books? Is there anything wrong with obsessing over their order on the shelf? Is there anything wrong with being so satisfied with the sight of a full wall of books?
I DON’T THINK SO!
Let me put it to you this way: books last FOREVER! (Unless you burn them. Thank you, Ray Bradbury. -.-) They never lose their value (and often gain value with age.) They are activities that can be picked up and enjoyed over and over again. And you only have to pay for them once! Think about that! How many other hobbies can you say that about? (*glances at violin* Shh! I love you, too!)
But I’m trying to say here, guys, is that books are awesome! No! Don’t fight it. You all know it’s true. :p We all know how much time bibliophiles think about books: what book they’re reading, what book they just finished reading, what book they’re gonna read next (or in twelve months), what books are being released, what books popular, how fictional characters seem so much more awesome than ‘Real’ people… Wait. That’s only me? …oh. >.>
The Real Issue
Alright. I’ve put in my two-sense regarding why books are awesome, but let’s talk about whether book hoarding is bad. First off, book hoarding is addictive. It’s like getting a tattoo, or eating a piece of chocolate. You can’t stop at just one. You… gotta catch ’em all! ( :p Don’t hate me.)
But when is enough enough? When do we need to stop buying books and start actually reading the books we own? Is there a set limit for everyone? Or is it based more on our reading speed? And is it bad socially for us to own/read so many books? Do we start to lose touch with reality because we spend so much time in other worlds, other stories?
So while I don’t think book hoarding is necessarily a bad thing (especially given the alternative hoarding options), but what about you guys? Do you think book hoarding is bad? Are you a book hoarder or a book hoarder in remission? Let’s discuss!
And check out my discussion from last week:
“Writing: Picking a Genre“