Do You Suffer from TBR Syndrome?
Are you the unknowing victim of this sly malady? Do you go out for groceries for your family and suddenly look up and realize you’ve parked in front of the bookstore?
Is your idea of a dream date a few hours alone in a bookstore while you stare, dreamy eyed at the shiny new gift card in your hand?
Does your computer’s browser automatically open up to Amazon.com?
We all know our weaknesses and just how to ignore that little voice of reason. So it was with me when I downloaded Kindle for Mac to my ITouch. Oh Amazon. How can you sleep at night? Your ‘One click’ shopping is like handing an addict a free syringe.
It started out completely innocent. Don’t all vices? I’d won a free kindle version of a book online, so, OF COURSE, I had to make the move to an e-reader! Free download, what harm can that be, right? Voila’. I have a Kindle reader ‘at no extra charge’.
Now I have 16 fiction books on my version of the Kindle. Almost all were free, a few were .99 and I think I’ve bought only one of them at the full Kindle price.
I almost never buy new books; I love to win them, or find them cheap and used on Amazon (I have a wonderful wish list there!) Mostly I depend on my library system. Seriously, buying books is a luxury item in comparison to gas and groceries.
Last month I decided to do the unthinkable--buy a new book within a month or so of its release. This is a big deal to me. But I’m getting tired of waiting and hoping I can find it through my library system in a year or two. (For instance, I finally found Rita Gerlach’s Surrender the Wind through my library. Problem is, I’m on a waiting list!)
So my real live To Be Read pile can not stand alone but must be stacked on a bookshelf. I’ve just gone over 18 books. Hey, I had a 40% off coupon at Borders and I was actually traveling near one. Didn’t I just HAVE to use it? (Surrender the Heart by MaryLu Tyndall) Again, many of them were free thanks to blog giveaways and conference freebies.
I know I am not the only compulsive book buyer here. I’m usually pretty good. I honestly can’t read more than a book or two maximum in a month. I only read at bedtime and if I’ve been up late writing that reading time lasts about ten minutes! So, I have 34 books TBR which means I should not borrow, buy or even consider any new ones for a year or two, right?
So, in the tradition of any addiction- counseling group, let’s compare vices.
What’s the current number in your TBR pile?
Have you ever snuck a newly purchased book into your house? Oooh, you’re bad!