Hi, happy Wednesday! I hope you’re all having a wonderful week. I didn’t have school Monday, and since then I have been screwed up on what day of the week it is. I can’t complain too much – it’s an okay problem to have in the scheme of things.
Today I’ll be discussing the very serious topic of Book Addiction. Are you a book addict? What are the signs and symptoms of this disease?
What is a book addiction?
A book addiction is defined as a disease of literary lovers who cannot stop consuming the written word (spoken or read). These people eat, sleep, and dream of worlds known only to them and their books. Often times you will find these people cooped up in the corner of the room at a party with a book in their lap quietly ignoring the people while they escape into a different world. Be careful when approaching a book addict when they are reading. There is an array of reactions you may receive when taking them by surprise varying from a cold shoulder to an angry outburst.
- Bags under the eye
- Sleep deprivation (due to reading through the night)
- Increased coffee/tea/hot chocolate consumption
- Carrying +1 book around with you anywhere (even if you know when you won’t have time to sit and read)
- Intense craving to stay in a read your book
- Cancelling plans because you’re “sick”
- Telling friends and family you’re “going to sleep” when in actuality you’ll be reading for the next hour or so
- Frequenting a bookstore, library, or any other source of literature
- Visits may include getting another book to read after the one you’ve decided to read next
- Finding solace in the shelves
- Or simply by being surrounded by books
- Looking at the stack of books you have and deciding you simply must get another because you need it
- Obsessively checking the release date of a book
- Repeatedly refreshing your browser to check if your book mail got left in the mail
Though this list of symptoms is certainly not complete, these are some behaviors of book addicts. You may have been reading this list and thinking – I do [insert behavior here]! Have no fear, I am a book addict too. I have come to embrace my addiction. Stay tuned next week for the next installment!