I’ve been in love with reading a long time. I started reading by myself when I was three and, by the time I finished fifth grade, I had read every book in school library. Fortunately, I had a wonderful library teacher, Mrs. Harris, and she did several things for me. She had me tutor other kids who had trouble reading, she had me read every new book that came in and give her a synopsis of it, and best of all, she introduced me to the public library.
The library was my godsend. They had more books than even I could read. I was limited on how many I could check out, but I was able to read longer, more complex books than my school library had on their shelves. Yahoo! But, I ran into a small problem. Whenever I got a book I really liked, I had to give it back. A few times I even got them back on time, but usually not. My family considers that the Suburban Acres Library was funded with my overdue fees.
In my adulthood, I hit Nirvana! I could buy my own books! Any I didn’t like, I could trade in at used book stores. Money tight? I just bought books from garage sales. The largest amount of used books that I bought at once was 167; they were titles recommended in Kathryn Falk’s paperback HOW TO WRITE A ROMANCE. The only problem with this method is I tended to accumulate more books than I got rid of, but I usually solved that issue by moving to bigger quarters.
Now, I’m coming up on the end of my life. Part of my reason for getting a Kindle was to reduce my paperback library. Partly because I need to de-hoard my house, but mostly, when I make that final journey to a nursing home, I can take all my favorite titles with me. All the books I love so much, I can store in my Kindle and they’ll never go out of print. It’s easy, cheap, and addictive. But in the past three weeks, I have downloaded approximatally 100 books. None by any author I’ve ever read. Some are genres I don’t even read. None have replaced books in my library, but they have been free, so I downloaded them. At this rate, I’ll have more books than I can read or re-read in two lifetimes.
Help?? Is there a Bookoholic Anonymous? I really need help!