(Adj) A word that describes anyone that feels the need to find, collect, keep, pack ANY and EVERYTHING becasue they do not know how to throw things away.
A nicely put word than Pack Rat. (SOURCE)
I HAVE A PROBLEM.
There has always been a sneaking suspicion that I’ve been a hoarder. I hoard a lot of things (thankfully, I have a large garage, closets and attic) but I have come to the realization that I am a BOOK HOARDER. How did I come to realize this?
Let me explain.
A few weeks ago, I was browsing my shelf to see what books I wanted to use as a Twitter giveaway, in honor of the Memorial Day read-a-thon. I stood at (one) shelf, for about 10 minutes, trying to figure out which books I was wanting/able to part with.
The situation went something like this….
Oh, I didn’t care for this one… AND it’s signed. COOL *Puts in pile*
.. Wow I really like the cover though… *puts book back on shelf*
Did I even read this? *puts in pile*
….. Yes, I did read that! I think. Well, if not, I should….
*puts back on shelf*
*grabs book and stares* I really loved this one though…..
Yeah, this one isn’t for me. *opens book* Well damn, it’s signed but has my name in it.
*Puts back on shelf*
*Grabs book* Yes, I can part with it. I CAN
*Opens book* SHIT, it has coffee stain. Can’t give that away! (maniacal laughter)
*Puts back on shelf*
…. After book 15
— Looks at “pile” and realizing there are NO books there —
pretty much came up with some sort of excuse for every book I picked up.
That is just one situation. I ended up not parting with ANY books and did an audio book giveaway in it’s place. I am also a serial series buyer. Example, I found Spirit Bound at Goodwill (in hardcover) and since it was so cheap, I bought it. Now, I am on the hunt to find the remaining books in the series, even though I have read them and will probably never read them again.
I found another book at our library sale, that was book 4 in a series — pretty sure this is a 11 books series, thus far — so what do I do? Browse Bookoutlet, library sales and Goodwill for the remaining books in the series. They don’t even have to MATCH. I just… collect all the books in the series.
Even series that I will probably never get to.
I even forget sometimes that I OWN a book already and purchase another one. I can’t part with them though. I just CAN’T. I will make nice, lovely piles on my shelf to either a) donate or b) use as a giveaway. But I end up putting them back at some point. That’s usually why if you look around my house, there are piles of books everywhere!
So. Clearly, I have a hoarding problem.
I asked my husband if he thought I was a book hoarder and he said,
“Yes. You need a room dedicated to books.” — I LIKE THIS PLAN.
Tell Me Your Thoughts
- Are you a Book Hoarder?
Tonyalee is an avid reader, gym junkie, coffee addicted workaholic and blogger. Be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram for random shenanigans.