There’s probably a twelve-step for this

Corn field update
Corn field update

The corn is still growing.


I am addicted to books. There I have said it. Books are not your run-of-the-mill addiction, however. Unlike tobacco, booze, other drugs, or sex; books are good for you…if you read them. I truly believe that you can learn something from the worst of books. If nothing else, you learn to never buy another book by that particular author. That’s a lesson that I have learned more than once.

Books do have drawbacks. They especially have drawbacks if you buy them rather than borrow them. And they have even bigger drawbacks if you find that you can’t part with them after reading them. Cue your spouse saying, “Another bookcase?” I’ve heard that one as well.

I have had this addiction all my life. I still have the first book that was given to me when I was a young child. I would still have the earliest comic books that I ever bought (well, that an adult bought for me) if my mother hadn’t thrown them away. It has only been recently that I have been able to give away a few  of my comic books to my grandson, Mason. Of course, they are now his comic books, to do with as he wishes, because I gave up possession in the act of giving.

I’ve also found that I am now able to part with books that I am sure that I will never read a second time. That thought was unthinkable a decade ago. I started letting go of some books when my mother sold her house and I had to move a room full of books out of the basement. About two-thirds of them went into her garage sale where they were either bought or given away. I believe my former sixth grade teacher took all of my paperbacks of Tarzan, John Carter of Mars, and other Burroughs characters. I hope that he treasured them.

I don’t buy just any book or books (I seldom buy just one at a time). Most of the books that I buy now are mysteries, or biographies, or fantasy, or history, or general fiction, or science for the non-scientist, or graphic novels, or books about politics, or books of early comic strips, or books about words, or science fiction. I don’t buy romance novels. I almost always buy books that are on sale; so much of what I read is not quite contemporary. That’s OK, because if it is good, it stays good.

Is this where I have to start apologizing to everyone whom I’ve hurt due to my addiction to books?


9 thoughts on “There’s probably a twelve-step for this

  1. I have those old paperback Edgar Rice Burroughs books: the Tarzan series, John Carter of Mars series, and I believe the other is called Carson Napier of Venus, maybe? I got my hands on those from older relatives and read through them one summer as a kid. I used to love those books and their cover art.

    1. O Ye of excellent memory…Carson Napier indeed. I had forgotten his name. Do you remember who the artist was on the Tarzan covers. I think that mine were by Richard Powers in the 60’s. I know that Neal Adams did the covers again in the late 70’s and early 80’s…or is that too far into the weeds for you?

      1. Well, after some internet digging around I believe the Tarzan cover artist was C. Edmund Monroe. It looks like he did some of the 50’s versions.

  2. You didn’t need to dig for that information just because I asked the question. But, thank you. I’m impressed because his covers were from books much older than the paperbacks that I owned. Thanks again, Susanna.

    1. Tell that to Cindy. To be fair, she has come to accept my addiction, but I’m pretty sure she would prefer I fill my Kindle rather than buy any more bookcases. (I knew I should have put the latest case in the basement rather than our bedroom.)

  3. I feel you! I’m still a student so I always look for sales and even second hand books. I always do my best to resist temptation every time I see a sale on books because there are still some on my shelf that I haven’t read yet. It’s also so hard to let go of the ones that you already read. There was a time that I even have a hard time lending books. It’s like I see my future in this post. I’ll be apologizing now to my future spouse. Haha

    1. You’re lucky that you only have a to-be-read shelf. I have a TBR 4-shelf bookcase that has spread beyond being full. Part of my problem is that I get 2 or 3 catalogs filled with books each month as well as recommendations from Amazon. It just isn’t fair.

      You have already acknowledged that you have a problem with books. That is a good first step. I’m sure there is a book to help you find a potential spouse who will accept you for who you are. (Feel free to smile now.)

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