Ever heard of the phrase “It’s not hoarding if it’s books?” No, I’m not actually hoarder status, but I’m not going to lie I laugh at myself and say the phrase about every time I buy or am given a new book to read. Last year was the first since probably primary school that I actually kept track of the number off books I read thanks to joining Goodreads. I read over 100 books in 2017 (which is admittedly much higher than normal for me).
If I read a good book or series, I am willing to loan them out, but I confess I don’t like giving up books that I really like. Having said that, it’s probably a good thing that I finally caved and started reading on a kindle a few years ago. Thanks to some giveaways and being part of a few email lists that advertise free and cheap e-books, I have over 250 books saved to my account (I’ve read over 100 of them). While I am a full advocate for preferring real books, the kindle has had it’s perks as well.
I also live very close to the local library, which was a huge plus for me when my husband and I were house-hunting. The old apartment I lived in was also very close to a library, and so I was thrilled when we were able to buy a house within short walking distance. When it’s warm out I tend to walk there at least once or twice a week. Don’t let anyone ever tell you that libraries are dead! They are such an asset and we need tomorrow’s youth to see it that way too!
While I love getting new books, I am also cheap (which extends to more than just books). It’s one of the reasons Ollie’s is like my candystore. How can you walk away from a book that looks good for less than $2 or $3??? Needless to say, I don’t allow myself to go there very often. I also like to shop around at garage sales and library sales. You never know what treasures you can dig up!
Recently I was added to a few avid reader groups on Facebook, which has led me to have a file open on my computer where I continue to add to my TBR* pile. Since starting this blog I was also able to gain access to NetGalley which provides complimentary e-books for reviews.
Starting to see my problem? In a world where there are so many good books and authors available to us, it’s easy for the TBR pile to just keep growing and growing with each book that’s read. I’m fortunate enough to have friends and family that love reading as much as I do so together we can feed each other’s book addictions. If I can’t find the book I want, chances are I know someone who can.
And on that note, if there is a book you’d like to know more about or recommend for a review, please feel free to add a comment or contact me about it! Depending on the publication date there’s a chance I’ve already read it but haven’t reviewed it, or I can add it to the top of my TBR pile (if it’s not on there already).
*TBR = To Be Read