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Sunday, October 29, 2006

You Know You're a Bookaholic When...

Howdy, Peeps!
I found this great list and looooved it! We are all totally bookaholics with different traits. Read the list below and find out which ones you are. I’ve listed mine at the end. Do you have any traits to add?
I think this means we’re all a little nuts!

1) You haunt the bookstores waiting for that new release, and the clerks ask you if you'd like to set up a tent.
2) You pack all your books for a trip but forget your underwear.
3) Before you buy a purse you make sure a paperback will fit inside.
4) You become murderous when you discover a friend lost a book you loaned her.
5) Your twin sons' names are Rhett and Ashley.
6) You look forward to jury duty because you'll have all that waiting time to read.
7) You call in sick so you can finish reading a book.
8) You can't pass a bookstore without stopping.
9) When you move you have more boxes labeled "books" than anything else.
10) You plan a day of shopping around all the bookstores you want to visit.
11) Your kids holler from the other room with something they consider a dire emergency, and you say, "Wait until I finish this page."
12) Your car is broke down, and it doesn't really matter because your favorite bookstore is right across the street.
13) You're sitting in the bathroom at 1:30 a.m., crying over the ending of your current read, when you know you have to be up at six to drive 150 miles and spend the day on your feet before driving back.
14) You read at red lights and get honked at because you were so engrossed that you didn't notice the light had turned green.
15) It's 2am and you think "just another chapter" and do the same thing at 3am when you know you have to get up in 4 hours and work.
16) You deliberately get to the bus/train station early, or even worse, just miss the bus/train so that you have more reading time.
17) Your significant other runs into the room to make sure you're alright because he heard you wailing so hard over a sad read he thought you were dying.
18) You try reading and walking at the same time.
19) You don't really mind if you get stranded anywhere as long as you have enough books while you're there.
20) You start haunting your mail box when you're waiting for a new book to arrive and can't do anything useful until the mail has arrived.
21) You start fabricating excuses as to why you can't go out with your friends when you're in the middle of a great book.
22) You dash out and sit in the park and read during your lunch hour (or sneak in a few chapters at your desk).
23) You start thinking of the characters as real people.
24) You get a friend or relative hooked on romance so you'll have another place to get books, but unfortunately it doesn't work quite right and they start borrowing from you.
25) You start up conversations with people in the bookstore who just look like they're dying to read a good romance but are having a hard time finding one.

Here is my list: 4, 6, 8, 12, 15, 17(except laughing not crying),19,21(except writing instead of reading),23(the biggest one of all!), 25


Jennifer Y. said...

Here are the ones that I am guilty of:
2 (have only done this once..and I forgot other clothing items as well), 3, 4 (not quite murderous, but very sad), 6 (actually had it last year and was selected...didn't get to read much though), 8, 9 (my dad says when I move I'll have to rent a seperate u-haul just for books), 10, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, and 24 (did this with two sis will share books with me though).

I just thought of one, but it might not be true for everyone...You dream about book plots. This happens to me a lot.

Oh, and my own personal start to call your TBR collection a Mountain Range and name the mountains (I have Mount Brava, Mount Contemporary, Mount Historical, etc.).

Dannyfiredragon said...


I also got a Mountain Range. LOL

LuAnn McLane said...

Okay I'm a bookahoic... a bookjunkie from awaaaay back and there is no cure or program that can change me. I love books. I love the smell of books... the feel one in my hand. My TBR pile is huge and the only bad part about writing is the lack of time for reading as much as I would like to do.
I also think of the characters as as real people! I get angry at them, cry for them root for them and hate when the story ends!
I can and do read everywhere...volleyball practices or tournaments and can be noise koud enough to hurt my ea rdrums and if I'm reading I don't even hear it. The only place I can't read is in the car because I get motion sickness... yeah it's a curse! When I was a kid on a long dreaded Sunday drive or on vacation I would close my eyes and think up stories in my head. Everyone thought I was but it was the beginning stages of writing ;-)

Bookaholics unite!!!

Stacy~ said...

Wow, yeah, some of these are the story of my life:

2:back the books & no underwear
8:Gasp! can't just pass by a bookstore! That's just wrong!
9:yep, more boxes of books than anything else.
10:if I'm going shopping, stopping at the bs is a must
15:up til 3 or 4am to finish a book - been there
20:definitely I haunt the mailbox. I'm waiting now and I race home from work to see if there's a pretty envelope waiting for me
23:what do you mean? of course they're real!

I've never found anyone searching in the romance section...isn't that sad?

Gosh I just love books so darn much....

Judy F said...

Let's see I am guilty of 2,3 (this one is a must, purse must have room for book),4 not murderous but close, 6 I have had jury duty twice and both times loved the reading time. 8,9,14,15 (too many times been dragging the next day),19,25 (have to do this one since I work in a bookstore)

I am sure there are more but my brain is dead.

jenniemadsen said...

I am guilty of most of those - I have books in my car! The staying up to read being the worst... I get into the "well, Deklan will be up to nurse in an hour, might as well just read another chapter!"

Something we could add is "If you talk to the characters in the book while reading, going as far as to offer advice, chastise a wrong decision, and yell when they don't do as you say!"

Bookstoredeb said...

A bookaholic? Oh yeah and proud of it!

I read every second I can. At work, on trips, lunch,dr appointments, any spare minute I get, I read. I even took a favorite with me when I went in for surgery. They laughed at me when I insisted on taking the book on the ride to get my final tests. Told them it kept me calm and occupied and they told me they wished more people would do it.

I have more boxes of books than even I can imagine. They are everywhere and do I bring more books home? Well of course I do. Mu DH keeps telling me I need to get rid of some books, that they are taking over the house. Sorry, not getting rid of my huge amount of keepers or the tbr mountains. It would be like selling a good friend!

My second job,luckily, is to find those people in the romance section who need a few good books. Handselling books is a total joy.

Purses must be large enough for a couple of books and a bottle of water. One book is never enough. What if I finish it before I get home? Don't torture me by asking me to wait to get another one!

Trips to the store are usually based on going to the bookstores first, then other things after. I get myself in more trouble buying books when I need the money for other things. Books are reusable and can be loaned to others but food is a one time thing. Therefore money should be spent on books.

I've learned who I can and can't loan books to. Mangle one of my books or worse yet, don't return it and you won't get the chance of borrowing another. Not happening.

I get totally involved in the characters of the books. Working in the drive thru at the bank, with the big window where everyone can see what I am reading and my expressions can be a little aggravating. At times I don't even hear them pull up to the window till they honk. The customers are usually sitting there laughing at me because I am so involved in the book. I sell a lot of books just by reading them at work and recommending them. I even have some sweet customers who give me books they think I should try! Love those people.

Bookaholics? Oh yeah, bring them on!

Jaymi said...

25) You start up conversations with people in the bookstore who just look like they're dying to read a good romance but are having a hard time finding one.

I had this happen to me! I was just standing around looking at the books and this lady literally throws Outlander by Diana Gabaldon at me. She said, 'If you're looking for a great book, read this one.' She turned and walked away. Have you seen Outlander??? Right in the chest...OUCH! lol So what'd I do? I picked it up and bought it. My husband says, 'You're buying it?!?!?' *shocked faced* My reply, 'Why not? If someone gets that hot and bothered over a book, it might be good.' :-)

Cryna said...

What a great topic........I am guilty of the following.......4, 8, 9 (last time I moved I had to make two trips with my econoline van with the boxes of books....what can I say.......LOL), 15, 20, 21, 23 and 25.

Kelley said...

This list is great. So many of the apply to me. I'm a bookaholic and proud!!

DianneCastell said...

Oh, I love the idea of nameing the TBR pile as Mount Brava etc. Terrific idea.
And I love that you all are with me on being a total bookaholic. I don't feel so alone now.
I dream in dialogue. After I've been writing for a long time, I actually dream with quotes around the words and he said, she said. I am totally nuts!

ilona said...

Guilty as charged! I am more addicted than I realised as my lsit is VERY long.
1 I also keep checking online sites for news :D)
3 I would never buy one that doesn't hold at least one paperback and one crossword book)
4 I have luckily refrained from actually committing murder
8Unless my husband is with me as he manages to keep me out of them LOL
9 Had to *gasp* sell books when moving with the forces as we didn't have the weight allowance :(
11 That's if I even hear them holler i nthe first palce ;)
15 Have been known to read the whole thing finished and manage to get half hour nap before getting up to do kids breakfast
17 Nowadays he just looks at me and says "weepy bit dear?"
18 I have amanged to do both at once but only in quiet areas (have more sense than to try it on a busy road)
19 I like getting stranded if I have books with me as it gives me an excuse to do more reading
20 Especially if my order was a largeone that won't fit in the letter box LOL
23 You mean they aren't?? *sobs*
24 Even hooked my teenage daughter on it which was a big mistake as she is threatening to take MY books with her to Uni
25 Hey how else are people going to find all you great writers out there if I don't tell them about you :)

Kris said...

I think I fit one too many. I can see myself in most of these traits. :)

DianneCastell said...

I'm so glad you all like this topic! I don't feel so alone esp the idea of thinking my characters are real. And I can get so lost in a bookstore. Have to keep checking my watch or I completely lose track of time.
Always best to go to a bookstore alone. :-)
Thanks, Dianne

kim said...

i fit too many but i am on this blog so i am a bookalchoic lol