Too many books?

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Why do I obsessively buy books?

Is there something wrong with me, or does everyone do this. And by everyone I mean people who love to read. I have a kindle (even though I swore for years i wouldn't get one, but I kind of like it, it reads to me), and books are so much cheeper on it. Also, I have a library card and the library is only blocks from my house. I can get books for free, so why do I NEED to have them on my shelves? Maybe because they are super pretty, I love the way they feel and smell, and it's decorative too. I like to be able to just look into the living room and see all the books I read, and will read. To connect with the characters, be able to say hi. Yea right, like they can hear me. I think I'm just crazy.

But I'm spending A LOT of money on books, and I need to stop. I have enough to read for about 5-7 years, at the rate I'm going now. My main reason to buy is because if I don't I will forget about it and never read it. So when I see a good book I snatch it up, as if a couple years it will cease to exist. Oh what is wrong with me. Someone make me stop buying books. Or at least tell me you do the same so I don't feel like a freak. Should I check into to a recovery center, this is a problem.

Do you live vicariously through books?

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Do any of you ever read a book just so you can escape reality? To live vicariously thought the characters, a life different from your own? Do you wish to be swept up into this imaginary world full of wonder, and not have to focus on dirty dishes or laundry. Well, I do, and I'm pretty sure lot's of people do too, what would be the point of reading otherwise. I guess unless you only read non-fiction to try and better your knowledge, than no you don't want to escape reality. And why do we want an escape, are our lives that crappy that we have to imagine some other life?

Sometimes your life just sucks a little, and all you want to do is read a feel good book, pretend you're the main character, have all these awesome things happen to you, kiss a boy, dance, smile, be happy, travel to another planet and meet aliens. But why? Is it because we're unhappy, that we would want to escape, or is it out of curiosity. I sometimes do it just out of boredom, but other times I'm just curious what world the author created, and yes, when I felt sad I would read a sad book. But why, I guess to know that somewhere out there are people just as sad as me. (Usually I was sad because of my then boyfriend now ex, he would piss me off quite often, hence the ex.)

So why do you read? For pleasure, escape to to learn?