BTT: Book Gluttony

bttBook Gluttony! Are your eyes bigger than your book belly? Do you have a habit of buying up books far quicker than you could possibly read them? Have you had to curb your book buying habits until you can catch up with yourself? Or are you a controlled buyer, only purchasing books when you have run out of things to read?

Oh man.  If book gluttony is a sin I’m in BIG trouble.  I mean, come on.  Let’s just look at last week’s Library Loot post as one example.  I go to the library every week to pick up my holds that have come in, because I just actually have holds come in that often.  Even with going every week, I still checked out ELEVEN books (plus 5 dvds).  Now, please don’t think that all my reading comes from the library.  I have an extremely healthy review pile for the next month, one I’m just barely able to keep up with when adding the occasional library book in.  Not to mention the fact that a full half of all the books in my house are TBR, most of which were accumulated in the last 18 months.

I wasn’t always such a glutton.  When I was more on my own, with some friends that were readers but none that read as much as I did, I really didn’t buy much at all.  Sure, if I went into Border’s I’d hit the 3 for the price of 2 table, but then I’d be done.  I didn’t have constant recommendations coming at me all the time, so it was easy to keep up with what I wanted and read what I bought.  Then I discovered LibraryThing and book blogs, and the whole thing went to hell in a handbasket.  It was just a couple short years ago that I had two not-so-large bookcases, upon which all my books basically fit.  When my husband and I combined households he had two more, with lots of decorations on them as he didn’t have a ton of books.  There are no longer decoration shelves in the bookcases, and they are all doubled shelved, some with stacks of books sitting on top or in front of the other books on the shelf.  Even with the 2 new bookshelves we’re planning to get, I haev no idea where all these books are supposed to go when we add in the baby’s book as well.

Hi.  My name is Jen, and I’m a book addict.  Sometimes I wish I would stop accumulating new books so that I could read the ones I already have but, who are we kidding?  I don’t want to stop.

21 comments to BTT: Book Gluttony

  • We have to do double shelving too and I hate that! You can’t see what you have! …which of course leads to the danger that you could buy it AGAIN, as I have done! :–)

  • Linda

    The first step is admitting you HAVE a problem!

  • I’m seeing what I would become if I had the money to buy books LOL The only thing that has saved me from being over-run is the fact that I don’t have extra money to blow on every book that I see (and I see ALOT of books that I want!). And I agree, since becoming a part of the online book world, I’ve overwhelmed myself with books to read!

    Alexia’s last blog post..Booking Through Thursday: Gluttony

    • The scary thing is how many you can accumulate without spending much, between review copies, swap sites like Bookmooch, the library, Friends of the Library sales, and Half Price Books I don’t spend much per book at all, maybe $1-2 each, even with the occasional brand new book factored in.

  • Jan

    I’m a book addict too and I don’t want to stop either!! Good post.

    Jan’s last blog post..BTT–Book Gluttony

  • It is so good being a book addict than anything else!

    I say go for it!

    Book gluttons, are we?

    gautami tripathy’s last blog post..Booking through gluttony

  • Oh boy, what a great post!

    I’m a book glutton, no question. I have more that I could ever possibly read and I still want more. It is a sickness. :)

    If it is a sin, at least you are in good company!

    Carey’s last blog post..Giveaway: Frenchman’s Creek or My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

  • Pam

    I read a book a day usually so I keep up well. I just wish I would write my reviews that fast. I do read too much and spend too much time doing that, but we all have a habit no? Yesterday I read 2 books and now I have nothing to read today. So I guess I will catch up on some of the reviews.

    Pam’s last blog post..Top 5 Summer Young Adult Books

  • I can relate to your answer. I posted about joining the book blogosphere and how my gluttony has gone through the roof!

    Kerri’s last blog post..Booking Through Thursday – Gluttony!

  • All of my shelves are double stacked too. Next they’ll have to go on the floor as I don’t have more room for any more shelves.

    Melissa – Shhh I’m Reading’s last blog post..Booking Through Thursday…Gluttony

    • The only way we can fit more shelves in our house is by putting them in the nursery – which we are going to do. We’re justifying it by covering them with brightly colored fabric that matches the rest of the room.

  • Oh man, I am so the same. I am just DROWNING in books to read.

    Janssen’s last blog post..No Where to Go

  • Proud to be a glutton, but I try not to buy. I grab the ones that I’m most desperate to read and leave the rest on a list.

    I find the biggest savings at goodwill stores, library sales, and discount tables at my indies.

    Matthew’s last blog post..1000th Post: Book Gluttony

  • Kathy

    I buy a lot more books now that I’ve had contact with authors and publishers. I want them to keep publishing books so I feel like I have to support them. My husband continually tells me that I don’t have to do it alone.

  • Book bloggers are definitely my enablers. You guys keep finding all these awesome books that I just HAVE to read for myself. I’m reading so much more now than I was before I started blogging. (And I was reading a lot before I started my blog!) I need to start double-stacking my shelves, or buy a house that has built-in shelving instead of walls.

    For the baby’s books, I have a suggestion — well, one for when your little one is mobile at least. My 15-month-old cousin has tons of books (Cousin Ruth is an enabler, too, after all…) and her parents have most of her books in wicker storage baskets, in her room and her play area. She loves being able to go over to those baskets and pull out a book for someone to read to her. It’s a lot easier to return those books to the baskets than to have to re-shelve them multiple times per day.

    Ruth @ Bookish Ruth’s last blog post..Book Review: The Mysterious World of Sherlock Holmes by Bruce Wexler

  • I’m a book glutton too, and completely unrepentant :-). And yes, I can stop any time I want to, as well – but why would I want to?

    Florinda’s last blog post..Mark my Book Reviews (Weekly Geeks 2009-16 AND 2009-17)

  • Maureen

    Jen I’m with you a book addict who would be lost without books. Happiness to me is going to the bookstore and buying books and then bringing them home and adding to the already mountainous TBR pile.

  • A couple of years ago I had managed to cull my books down to about 400 books and then I started blogging and that number has crept up to about 600 between blogging and seeing and then buying all the recommendations. Supposedly I am on a ban right now, and am back to reading from my library again. We’ll see how long that lasts. Don’t even get me started on the library books!

    Nicole’s last blog post..Giveaway ~ Mistress of the Sun, by Sandra Gulland

  • Book Gluttons Unite! I don’t believe in too many books. The right one comes to you at the right time – and when that happens, I’m always glad that that ONE is on my nightstand. :)

    Scobberlotcher’s last blog post..Booking Through Thursday: Book Gluttony

  • Yes, I’m a book addict too! Honestly, it wasn’t really that bad before I joined LT and started blogging. I barely realized that there was so many amazing books out there. Definitely the last 18 months have seen an explosion in my numbers of books too, and I also tend to get them for free or cheap with the occasional new irresistible purchase. It’s a sickness, but I don’t want to recover. =)

    Meghan’s last blog post..Review: The Last Queen, C.W. Gortner