I have noticed recently that my to be read pile is growing at an alarming rate and my book addiction is getting worse. I find it hard to pass a book shop without going in…’just for a look,’ which inevitably turns into the purchase of at least one book and usually several. If there’s a two for the price of one offer on I’m sunk. As for second hand and charity bookshops, it is not unheard of for me to come out with between eight to ten books.
I was berating myself for this the other day, as I tried to cram yet more books onto a shelf which is already overflowing. The conversation went something like this:
Me: This is ridiculous, this book buying has really got to stop. Look at all these books….grrrrr.
Me in reply: Oh but look at them, aren’t they fabulous? I can’t wait to read them.
Me: Read them? Half of those books have been sitting on that shelf for nearly two years without being read, because you keep buying more.
Me in reply: I know, but I will read them one day.
Me: One day, one day. Just STOP buying books. You are a total nightmare. You keep buying new books before you have even read the ones you have.
Me in reply: OK, I know that is a bit of a problem and I am going to try and stop doing that. But I still think there are much worse addictions that a book addiction, and in fact some would say it’s a good way to spend your money. I am going to think of all the reasons to justify my book addiction, and guess what I might even write a blog post about it.
Me: You do that. (Carries on day in a huff with self.)
So, here I am ready to tell you all the reasons why it is good to buy books
- By the time I am an old lady (if God willing I live into old age) I will have the most fantastic book collection which I may be able to leave to a library or perhaps a group of schools, thus imparting wisdom and learning.
- Reading is a fantastic way to learn about life, about people, and about how to make sense of the world. Novels, short stories, poetry and non-fiction all help us in this way. Thus, books are an essential tool in our lives.
- Reading a physical book means you are not looking at a screen which we all now know has to be a good thing. We are spending far too much time looking at screens to the detriment of our long-term health and wellbeing.
- Reading stimulates the mind. It has been shown that stimulating the mind slows down the deterioration of the mind and keeps us mentally agile.
- Reading helps us become more empathetic as we begin to understand how other people view the world.
- Reading helps us feel connected, when we see that other human beings share the same emotions and thoughts as we do.
- Reading makes you more intelligent.
- Reading helps you unwind before sleep (as long as it is not a page turner in which case, good luck!)
- Reading helps you escape your daily grind by taking you to exotic and exciting places.
- According to researchers at theUniversity of Sussex, reading for just six minutes can help reduce stress levels by up to 68 percent.
I rest my case. Now if someone could just help me figure out how to stop buying books until I have read the ones I already have, that would be great.