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Is it Greed if it is not Need?

I read a blog that resonates what I am feeling on a monthly (if not, daily basis), I pasted it here in tribute as my sounding board:

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bargainbooks11As of this moment I own 78 crime fiction books and 61 books from a range of other genres that I haven’t read. There’s a tall pile of books borrowed from friends in the corner and I also have seven bookmooch requests making their way to me across the seas, am expecting two books I bought online to arrive in a week or so and several ARC books are due any day. Despite this embarrassment of riches (that’s more books than I will read in the next 12 months) I came home with these books yesterday.

I can, of course, justify my purchases because the books were extraordinarily cheap (new books for $5 is almost unheard of here in Oz and having books of quality at that price is something I’ve never seen before) and all were titles or authors I’m interested in.

But even I, master of the righteous justification, can’t claim that I needed them.

I have started to feel troubled about this propensity to acquire more than I can use. Isn’t that the very thing that, on a collective scale, has been partly responsible for the current global financial crisis? I know for a fact that rampant consumerism is having a detrimental impact on our fragile planet but even the guilt that knowledge engenders in me doesn’t stop me acquiring more books than I can read.

I know I’m not alone. In a recent discussion on the 4 Mystery Addicts reading group many members discussed their  TBR piles containing hundreds of books and several admitted to having thousands of unread books. Are we all just plain greedy? I find it and odd trait in myself as I’m not naturally acquisitive. I don’t own loads of clothes or shoes or houses and am the opposite of a hoarder.  I like my life as de-cluttered as possible. But I can’t seem to stop acquiring books.

Nor, it seems, can I stop worrying about the fact that I am acquiring too many books.

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About JoV

A bookaholic that went out of control.... I eat, sleep and breathe books. Well, lately I do other stuff.

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Ratings Defined

0 = Abandon the book after first chapter

1 = Waste of paper, we will see what the environmentalist say about this!

2 = Skip it, read the book if you have got nothing better to do

2.5 = An average book, easily forgettable.

3 = A good read.

3.5 = A good entertaining read, a page-turner

4 = So glad that I read the book, a book with substance and invaluable for future reference

4.5 = So glad that I read the book, would pester everyone to read it, invaluable, I would want to own it and wouldn't mind a second read (something that I seldom do)

5 = The book is so good that I feel like I am on scale 4 and 4.5, and more, it blew me away and lingers on my head for weeks!

Books Read

JoV's bookshelf: read
Hold Tight
The Fault in Our Stars
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
The Thief
Mockingjay
Catching Fire
A Tale for the Time Being
Into the Darkest Corner
The Liars' Gospel
Goat Mountain
Strange Weather In Tokyo
Strange Shores
And the Mountains Echoed
Ten White Geese
One Step Too Far
The Innocents
The General: The ordinary man who became one of the bravest prisoners in Guantanamo
White Dog Fell from the Sky
A Virtual Love
The Fall of the Stone City


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Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. - Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

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