Dear readers, we both know the truth. We know you can’t live without a book in arms reach.
Now now, don’g give me that “I’ll stop after just one more chapter” nonsense, I’ve heard it all before. We all know that you can’t kick the habit.
But that’s okay. We all understand. We are all right there with you, shaking in the corner when we can’t finish the book fast enough to know what happened.
I want you to take a deep look into your soul, and realize, that even though you are a lost cause, you can help others before it gets worse.
Below, I am going to list 10 symptoms of a book addict. If you notice one, or any of these symptoms, please seek professional help.
What are some other tell-tale signs of a book addict? Which of the ones I listed are you guilty of? Let’s talk about it in the comments, or send me a message on social media.
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#10. You Grab Your Books…Just To Hold Them
This is a bit of an odd one, if I am being honest, but you just don’t feel right without a book in your hand. You might even be busy doing surgery, eating dinner, or playing with your kid. But if you’re feeling lonely, or just a little bit upset, you need that book in your hands to make you feel better.
#9. You Pack Too Many Books to Take With You on Vacation
A two week vacation on the beach with your loved one means you need a book a day right? I mean that makes sense. One suitcase for books, one for clothes, and then your loved one can just buy their stuff there.
Let’s be real. You need like five or six books MAX. Even that is pushing it. You’ll be sleeping, eating, adventuring, relaxing. You don’t need to be reading 24/7. Just enjoy the vacation!
#8. You Examine Everyone Else’s Bookshelves When You’re Over
You judge your friends a little bit when you go over. You look through their shelves book by book. Some are common, some impress you, some are ridiculous and shouldn’t even have been made into a book.
We all do it, its okay. Just don’t show outward disgust/judgement because not everybody could have the perfect shelves like you do.
#7. You WANT TO PUNCH SOMEONE IN THE FACE WHEN THEY SAY “BOOKS ARE BORING“
Now I don’t condone violence, but I wouldn’t be too upset about seeing a brawl break out over a book. Some people don’t like books, and may call them boring. Just remember to breathe deeply and slowly. They’re just being a doofus.
#6. You’re Scared of Running Out of Books to Read
You own over 100 books you’ve read, and a few dozen that you haven’t, but that’s not enough. Who knows, maybe you’ll read a ton of books and never be able to buy a new one!
If I can give one word of advice, you’ll read more books. You’ll be able to go to the bookstore again, just stay calm and start chipping away at the TBR piling thats stacking up in the corner of your room.
#5. Your Nightstand Doesn’t Have Any Free Space
One book, and then another book. Slowly they add up, and eventually you’re reading four different books and there is nowhere to put your cup of tea you drink before bed.
If you notice that it’s happened, it’s not too late. You can come back from this. All you need to do is figure out an organized way to put your books away. Maybe you keep an extra shelf for the books you’re currently reading, or maybe you find a spot on the coffee table.
#4. You Own Multiple Copies of the Same Book
Paperback, hardcover, limited edition, and signed copy. Do you really need four different versions of the same book? It tells the same story doesn’t it?
Maybe you can try to limit the number. Maybe you just keep the ones that have sentimental value and the ones that have a signature.
#3. You find you Pronounce Words Wrong Because You’ve Only Ever Read Them on a Page
It’s most likely names you’re pronouncing wrong, but you’ll start thinking people are pronouncing some words wrong too, until you find out you’re the one to blame.
You pronounce words wrong because you’ve only ever said them in your head, you’ve never heard them said aloud. All you have to do is realize your mistake and try to fix it in the future.
#2. When You Finish a Book, You Have a Hard Time Coping With Reality
This doesn’t happen all the time, but when it does, it hurt bad. You feel lost. You feel empty. You don’t know what you’re going to do with yourself now that a book, or a series is over.
It will be okay. You will move on. Time will heal your wounds, you will become a stronger person because of this. Just pick up another book, and fall in love with those characters.
#1. THE VERY IDEA OF GOING TO A BOOK STORE TURNS YOU ON
Sure, maybe dusty old books gets you all hot and bothered. If it does, no judgement, but maybe think about seeking professional help.
What’s more likely is that the idea of going to a bookstore get’s you all excited. It might be the highlight of your day, or week. Coming home with a bag of new books might be an awesome idea, and might be all you can think about.
It’s not bad per se, but it definitely needs to be kept in check. You can’t let it get too out of control, or else you’ll go past the point of no return.