My name is Bridget, and I have a problem.

I am addicted to books.

Obviously, this is something I would expect most of you to understand, which is why I’m writing it here.

A few days ago, I spent about a lot of money—much, much more than I can afford right now, which is about $0—on five new books from Amazon. I finally bought Divergent by Veronica Roth (which I actually finished in about 12 hours, but which won’t be posted till I’m done posting about Narnia) and On Writing by Stephen King, which I’ll probably be reading once I finish Plum Island…or maybe not, I don’t know if I can wait that long. I also bought EvelinaCamilla, and Cecilia, Fanny Burney’s three main novels. I had been looking for a nice boxed set or even anthology, but the best I could do was get all Oxford World Classics editions.

But my point here is that I have plenty of books sitting on my shelf just waiting to be read. But nooo, I had to have more. And I expect this will continue to be a problem when I get my tax return in a month or so. Luckily I’m having it deposited directly into a savings account so I’ll feel guilty using it. BUT STILL.

Someone, please stop me from buying books until I have enough money to do so. Remind me that I have quite enough already and could very possibly need to by another entire bookshelf soon if I don’t control myself.

But I guess that’s what an addiction is, isn’t it?

I’ll have to hit rock bottom before I change.

Hopefully that will never happen.

If I’m going to have an addiction, this is definitely the one for me.

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15 thoughts on “My name is Bridget, and I have a problem.

    • I’m so excited to read it, I love his sense of humor 🙂 after reading intros/afterwards to a bunch of his books, I’m really looking forward to reading On Writing.

  1. Hmm wouldn’t post my comment earlier. I can totally identify with this. I even made a new years resolution not to buy books with my own money (money that was gifted to me for my birthday for example does not count) while I still have books to read. Yet a bad day in work had me running to the book section of Asda while I did my shopping. I can’t help myself. Especially if I’m feeling down or upset about something, buying books makes me happy. So even though I’m rapidly running out of room I still want more books. It’s crazy. So you’re not alone. I too need to join Bookaholics Anonymous, but there are definitely worse addictions to have.

    • I know what you mean!! As much of a problem as it has already been that a Target just opened across the street from where I work, it would have been SO much worse if it had been a bookstore! I think I’ve got enough books for now, though–I bought a bunch that I was dying to read, so hopefully I’ll be able to contain myself a while longer, at least until that tax refund comes in! 🙂

  2. Oh I know exactly how you feel! I have the same illness as you – I cannot stop buying books even though I have about 5,000 at home still unread (OK, that’s an exageration but seriously if I keep going the way I am, it won’t be long!).

    Oh well – when you look at your beautiful new babies it will all be worth it 🙂

    • That’s so true! I was so mad at myself after clicking that “checkout” button, but when they all came I was so happy. I definitely don’t have 5,000 still unread–probably closer to 25 or so–but that’s still way more than I’d like to have…and yet I can’t stop. Sigh.

  3. Not to brag or anything 😉 but I’ve only bought four books so far this year – all for book group and only because I can’t get them fast enough from the library! Not sure what spurred it on, but I’m hell bent on knocking my TBR shelf down to fewer than 20 by the end of this year.

    • Good for you!! I’ve already bought 10, I think = I’m not a library goer myself–I like to buy several books at a time and make my way through them on my own schedule, which can be a problem sometimes because I still have unread books from several years ago sitting on my shelf. Oops. How many books are on your TBR shelf now that you want to knock it down to under 20??

      • There are probably about 50-60 (not including re-reads) thanks to the Borders close out sales and library sales last year. So not too unruly – if I can’t fit anymore on my shelf (which i can probably still fit another 15-20 or so) I won’t let myself buy anymore, but I’m doing really good this year not spending the money on them.

  4. I’m not going to be much help…I’m waiting for my next Amazon shipment myself 🙂 I recently purchased King’s On Writing, but haven’t read it yet.

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