If you’ve ever found yourself yelling at a book in public, buying books you don’t need (and may not ever read), or getting your “old book fix” by walking into a used book store and breathing deeply, then it’s entirely possible that you’re an addict. You should seek help if there’s any possibility that the piles of books in your house might tip over and crush someone or if you have gone more than three days without speaking to a living human (besides yourself).
If you’re still not sure whether you’re a book addict, you may want to consult this illustrated guide: 25 Signs You’re Addicted to Books. Or, if you’d rather have all the images in one place, someone has now put the whole guide together in a handy infographic. Be aware, though, that some of the images contain some rather “colorful” language.
According to the guide, I may need help, since I score high on quite a few criteria:
- When reading a good book, I sometimes forget to eat or sleep.
- I occasionally yell at books.
- I often like rainy days better than sunny days because of the excellent reading opportunity.
- The picture on the right is definitely what I think of when I picture my dream home (though it needs a big, comfy sofa)
- Whenever I start a new project, of course the first step is always to read a book about it. Are there other ways to learn?
- Of course the book is always better.
- And yes, I’ve experienced both “book hangover” (inability to start a new book because you’re still living in the last book’s world) and “book insomnia” (staying up all night to finish a book).
Fortunately, I’ve outgrown at least one problem. Instead of going on a trip and packing my suitcase so full of books that I barely have room for clothes, I now just take my iPad. But that probably doesn’t mean I’m less addicted, just more efficient at feeding my addiction.