Why is it that I can never go to a book store without leaving with a new pile of books?
You might think this is a good thing, after all after the advice to get your butt in the chair if you want to write, the second most repeated bit of advice is to read, read, read. Am I right? A good writer is a good reader.
And yet, as I look at the piles and piles of unread books I have in my house, I think even if I read one a day it would take me years to get through them. I have too many books.
And yet I buy more.
I imagine it is the same sort of obsession as some women have for shoes (of which I have about 4 working pairs) you never know when you are going to need that little red strappy number.
I justify my obsession by reminding myself that you never know when you might need to reference a memoir by a Mormon living in New York City ( The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance).
Or that because I own so many of them, I should read the newest Young Adult stories on the market (Matched, Delirium – but NOT Twilight) so that I can talk fluently with my kids and know what kinds of social pressures they might be under.
The whole household has gone on a gluten free diet, surely I need to possess the information and recipe books needed for that. What would happen if dinner time rolled around and I was clueless as to what to feed my family?
And lastly, what if I find myself alone, the kids are out of the house, my work is caught up, the weather is warm enough to take a stroll into a sunny field. Who then would keep me company if no one else came along? Thank god for the book always carried in my bag.
Books are knowledge, company, and friends. As far as obsessions and drugs of choice go, I suppose I could do worse. But still, why is it that even with the leaning towers of unread tomes I currently have, the compulsion is so constantly strong to own more and more and more?
Wendy Thomas is an award winning journalist, columnist, and blogger who believes that taking challenges in life will always lead to goodness. She is the mother of 6 funny and creative kids and it is her goal to teach them through stories and lessons. Wendy’s current project involves writing about her family’s experiences with chickens (yes, chickens).