It is said that to be a writer you have to read. I would take that a step further and add that for most of us who write, we do not just read, we live to read. Like a runner hitting the runner’s high at a certain stride, a book lover experiences the same high when pulled into an irresistible, can-not-put-downable book. So much so that we keep repeating said behavior (reading), looking to score another hit. In other words, we’re addicted.
How to tell if you’re addicted to books:
- You happily get lost for hours in a bookstore to the point of forgetting who you are.
- Browsing is not an option. To not buy a book when let loose in a bookstore requires a Herculean effort of will.
- You spend all your disposable income on books. Recession, what recession?
- You max out your library card on each visit.
- Your “to read” list includes piles of books around your house that you’re constantly tripping over.
- The motto “so many books, so little time”, actually means something to you and can give rise to a sense of panic.
- Your mailman’s back is just about broke from all the Amazon deliveries to your front door.
- Your favorite position is the one where your head is buried in a book
- You carry a book with you at all times, like an epi-pen.
- Resentment, in capital letters. You resent your job, your life (especially that housework bit) or anything else that interferes with your ability to keep turning the pages.
If you recognize yourself in any of these symptoms listed above, forget about seeking professional help. Remember that admitting you have a problem is the first step. Therefore, take my advice and run, don’t walk, to your nearest bookstore or library and treat the writer in you to a book.