I thought it might be fun to do a weekly “reader confession” post. So many of us have funny reading and book quirks, and we might think we’re alone in our “special book needs” but I can assure you, we’re not.
In fact, every single time I see someone confess a book-related issue of sorts, so many jump in, ecstatic that they’re not the only ones doing the same thing. Needing the same thing. Wondering the same thing.
Some don’t even realize it UNTIL another reader mentions it, and the bond strengthens! Yep. Even though we’ve found our tribe due to our love of books, we have so much more in common than we think.
In fact, some of you have already seen my confession last week, but I’m making it official, right here, as a blog post. I’m starting us off (and feel free to relate with me, or share YOUR OWN book-related confession in the comments).
This isn’t a confession that I’m a book-hoarder. Big whoop. That’s a given. I mean come on. We all
sort of are, right? Scratch the “sort of”. WE ALL ARE (and we can book-hoard to our hearts content now with ebooks being so easy to store).
This is my confession as to WHY I book hoard. The thought that goes through my head, every time I stare at my bookshelves stacked in books, willy-nilly… every which way. Every time I feel the need to one-click yet another book, even though I have a TON of unread ones, and about 10 different TBR lists that I intend on completing.
And the reason I confessed, was ’cause my book-buds and I were discussing what to do with our “superfluous” books (I mean… we have hundreds, maybe even thousands of unread books in our “libraries”). Some deleted them, some were planning on going through, sorting ‘em, re-shelving ‘em and deleting those they knew they were never going to read… and, well. I gasped in horror!
This is the thought that goes through my head.
Maryse: Okay guys… secret confession. I’m a book hoarder (ebooks and all), and here’s why.
I don’t delete any books or discard any (and accumulate as many as I can), in case for some crazy preposterous reason one day… nobody ever writes books again.
And then at least I might have enough left over to last me a lifetime.
Maryse: You guys should just make a folder/category for them instead called “In case of an Apocalypse”
bev: I bet that is where Maryse puts all our peanut recs. On her, “In case of an Apocalypse ” shelf.
R: OMG it’s like Children of Men, only Books of Readers. Totally making my Apocalypse shelf on GR now!
Amy: I have a collection named The Chopping Block in my Kindle app with books ready to be deleted, but now y’all have me paranoid about a bookless apocalypse so I’m afaid to delete them…I totally snorted over bev’s comment about Maryse putting our peanut recs in her Apocalypse shelf…
Nay: I’m confused. When you delete your books from your kindle, they stay on your cloud (and you can still get them back from Amazon OR download them from your cloud), so why is there a concern about ‘deleting’ them?? Are you saying that if there’s an apocalypse, the internet will be down and you’ll only have what you have already on your kindle? If so, that makes sense–as long as we have electricity to charge our kindles!
Tessa: Lol I’m afraid there is a random Jewel that isn’t apparent in my books, so they are all staying
Maryse: Exactly Tessa… what IF? You know? What if 50% of them end up REALLY darn good? Or even a quarter of ‘em? What if our next all-time favorite is right there in that batch? Back when I first started reading indie, so many of the covers were just… NO. But darn it, if I didn’t find the best of the best in there.
Lee: I do the same thing.. once I contacted amazon because my new e-books wouldn’t download, they said to delete (send to the cloud) .. instead of that I got a new kindle acct :/
Jenn: I do the same. What happens if we have an zombie apocalypse or something I mean no one will be writing then.
Maryse: Right… I mean, we’ll be locked in, bored in our homes, no work to do, no responsibilities but staying alive. At least we’ll have books!!!
Jenn: Exactly my thoughts!
Kayla: Same here. My sister told me to delete books on my Kindle so I just bought a newer one
Maryse: And Kindles don’t even take up much room! A pile of Kindles on a book shelf is cute too.
Angie: A Kindle for easy genre! Sounds good to me! Lol
Carleen: This isn’t normal behaviour? I still have paperbacks from 15 years ago. At least we have kindles now, it’s much easier to hoard books and still have room to walk in your house.
Maryse: Thank goodness for e-readers!!!!! Now we’ll just have to find a way to keep them charged in case of said apocalypse.
Marcia: Maryse solar chargers!
Laura: Hey that sounds like a good dystopian theme for a book
Andrea: we’re twins. I have 3 kindles because of this
Sherry: Ha I have two and I thought I was bad
Andrea: one is linked to a different account
Becky: You can NEVER read too much!!!
Tiffany: Lol! I do the same thing! I cant even delete and just have in my cloud because i think what if amazon crashes or something crazy and my books disappear in the cloud?! So i have them all downloaded on my kindle! Whew! Glad im not the only one lol!
Angie: That’s me! What if I am without internet for a month for some reason and I get the urge to reread something! haha
Tiffany: Yes exactly! Lol!!
Teresa: I’m the same way !
Becky: My husband thinks I am crazy because I don’t delete my kindle books from my device after reading. The only books that are removed are the kindle unlimited ones when I return them so I can get more.
Karla: Eley Hi, name is Karla and I am a book hoarder… and Proud of it!!!
Mindy: Me too!!! But not bc I think no one will write again…just that, I can’t seem to find it in me to delete them! lol
Susan: I do the same, although I have a feeling your collection is much bigger than mine lok
Suzan: Hahaha! When me and my moms e-readers are totally full with max storage…. We buy new kindles or nooks. Scared of losing them forever in the cloud! Ridic! I know! Hahahah
Maryse: Sounds perfectly logical to me!
Robyn: I plead the 5th on this one! Hehe
Eden: Nope. I buy books whenever I can!
Jenny: Me too ))
Donna: I’ve got 600 on my IPAD
Kathy: Me too! I don’t delete any of mine.
Connie: You can never read too much ☺.I don’t delete mine either.
Teri: Me too!
Sarah: 4769 on my Nook
Amber: You are not alone…I suffer from this affliction also
Leslie: Makes perfectly good sense to me….
Deborah: Never can read too much. I read a book a day at least. Maybe two on the weekend. Ill fall over dead with my kindle in my hand im sure. Lol
KellyAnne: I feel exactly the same way…..
Kelly: between 10 and 15k books in my house plus what i have on ereaders… i need more books
Marilyn: I have over 1600 books on my kindle… but my iTunes is quickly filling my laptop and it is 12GB hard drive and 2 Terabit memory….love my books.
Michele: Me too!!
Mel: I do this too because I think it’s a crime to delete a book, each one is a precious gift x
Barbara: Everyone in my family thinks I am crazy because I own over 7000 paperback books and then there are the hardbacks that I don’t count. Most have not been read and are in storage in one place. My response to them is that one day I might not have enough money to afford to buy any but I will have plenty to read. I also have ebooks but don’t know how many
Anya: But what an awesome problem we have, Maryse!
Heidi: You just described me
!!! Okay now… if YOU have a funny/quirky/unusual/not-so-unusual book-related confession, feel free to email it to me here, and I will feature it, so we can giggle with you and/or relate! Let’s deepen our bond!