Are you addicted to books and reading?

Brian G Turner

Fantasist & Futurist
Staff member
Nov 23, 2002

I have more books than I think I can ever read. And yet - I must have more books.

I struggle to resist 99p ebook sales. I'm subscribed to Amazon's Kindle Daily Deals. I have long wishlists that I check more or less every day to see if any have come on offer.

I must have more books.

I have a lot of unread books on my shelves, all of which I want to read. I just need time to read them.

Yet there are also so many other books out there I really want to read, too.

I've realized I'm interested in lots of things, and once a subject has my attention I seriously indulge in it by buying as many books as I can - and where budget allows.

A lot of my unread books are on medieval living history, and WWII Germany - two big interests. But now I'm finding myself drawn more to both Roman Britain and Neolithic Europe. Oh, and Bronze Age Turkey.

Perhaps luckily, academic books are so expensive that I cannot buy many of these. But that won't stop me from adding more books about the subject to my Amazon wishlist.

Oh, I forgot - I might have the option to study medieval Scottish history, so of course I want to read up about that first. After my degree I might do a masters in archaeology which happens to cover the Norse, so I'm also adding books about that subject.

I don't have one wish list at Amazon - I have all many: Priority Books, Novels, WWII, Ancient History, Roman Britain, Scottish History, and of course my normal Wish List. I might have to create some more soon.

So, I figure I'm addicted to books and reading and learning. But I don't think that's really a problem. :)

Anyone else here also the same? :D
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Well-Known Member
Aug 21, 2010
Addicted to reading books, yes. But I seem to be breaking free of an addiction to buying them. My retirement kitty had her spaying on Monday two weeks ago, and the vet had the chance to examine her injured eye. On the following Tuesday we took her up to the city where the vet is again, to have the eye looked at again, since there was blood. On Wednesday the eye was removed. Tess has done very well throughout all this, but with a vet bill around $1,500, I felt it would be appropriate to get serious about cutting back on book buying -- which I've meant to do anyway for a long time.

So Many Books, but Limited Reading Time and Lifespan

I'm enjoying reading books on hand. There were good reasons to buy many of these for reading or rereading.

Having said all that... I admit that :rolleyes:I'll probably order a book today.

Venusian Broon

Defending the SF genre with terminal intensity
Dec 7, 2011
Addiction confirmed. I pre-order books, then rush home when its delivered only to stack them on the shelf with the rest to be read later.

@Venusian Broon How am I supposed to browse your bedside library with so many books facing the wrong way??
This is a good and bad thing.

Good in that it makes me forget that I've got a book, therefore when I go to pick the next one to read, as I go through a pile I can come across a delightful surprise.

Bad in that I then have to remember more or less what I've got there, when I'm getting more of them...


Fierce Vowelless One
Apr 25, 2003
Help! I'm stuck in the forums!
I definitely have a reading addiction. Perhaps not a purchasing addiction - 95% of the books I read are library books. However, my to be read list is around 3,000 titles long at this point and I continually add even as those I've read get removed. I'll never finish it. I'm not worried though, it will be an enjoyable journey!


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Sep 23, 2006
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I try not to have a TBR pile, my books are just jumbled up. I'm collecting whatever scifi turns up in Stornoway charity shops, and when I reach retirement age I'm going to read the whole lot of them in however long it takes.
I have a load of old classics too, for after that. Chaucer, Plato, Galileo, Aristotle, Plutarch, Boswell, and so on. And as next year is the end of this decade, I shall dedicate it to futurology, and have eight books ready for that. And lots of other stuff too. But I'm not addicted, no.


pixie druid
Staff member
May 4, 2005
I may live in Yorkshire but I'm a Scot
I am addicted to books, I don't add books to a wishlist because I don't have the willpower not to complete the purchase even if I can't afford said books.

I have a cupboard full of books, some read, some not, some I don't have any intention of ever reading. I've rescued books that don't appeal, I make resolutions to purge and take the ones I've no interest in too charity shops. I keep putting it off, I also have books all over the flat. I can't browse a book shop without purchasing, I've purchased books already owned.
I'd say I've a problem, a friend recently said "if you go missing, you'll be found under a mountain of books, do you really need them all?"

Vince W

Towel Champion
Sep 9, 2011
I am absolutely addicted to books. Bookshops, second hand shops, charity shops, yard sales, rummage sales, car boot sales, library sales. All are dangerous territories for me. I've even 'borrowed' books from friends and relatives that never seem to get returned. Every time I get even the smallest interest in something, books on that subject start appearing.

Dan Jones

Free Omar!
Nov 14, 2014
Here, Now
Any well adjusted, level headed individual should be a book addict. My TBR pile is always expanding, through a combination of gifts, purchases and ill-thought through offers of beta reads (jokes, all my betas are completely open hearted). Long may it continue.


Expensive Gadget User
Oct 11, 2007
I have a slight addiction to reading, but I don't buy physical books anymore. The Kindle saved me from buying books I would not read in future.


My battery is low and .....
Sep 9, 2016
Cumbria UK
Running out of room so recently gave hundreds of books to local charity shops.

I'm amassing a lot of ebooks nowadays. Series etc.


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