Hello. My name is Carolyn and I’m a Bookaholic.
I’m trying to pull out of a six week book binge right now. I’ve ignored family and friends, allowed dust bunnies and dirty laundry to accumulate, and even refused to play ball with Cookie. Every day I escape into another world, another time, another life, and let my own, real life pass by unnoticed.
I’ve always been a bookaholic. My earliest childhood memories include swiping my older sibling’s books to read in the closet under the stairs, hiding away from my mother who thought Clayton’s Science Fiction paperbacks or Sissie’s Modern Romance magazines weren’t appropriate for a seven year old. I liked the Sci-Fi best. My favorite had a tiny screaming man being devoured by a giant red ant on the cover. When I was ten, I shocked my family by asking for my own hardcover copy of Heidi for Christmas. It was a serious request because we were only allowed one gift each, and my mother stuck to her rules. I didn’t get a doll that year, but I still have Heidi on my bookshelf 56 years later.
That same year I discovered the public library and lugged home towering stacks of books every week. At fourteen I turned down a New Year’s Eve party because I wanted to stay home and finish reading Forever Amber. A few years later I took a book to the hospital to read while I was in labor.
So what is different now? Why am I worried about my insatiable craving for books and more books? ACCESS. In the past I would finish a book and then have to go to the library or a bookstore to get another book. There would be hours, or even days when I had no new book calling to me. Of course, I tried to get around that by finding a job working at the public library. It was perfect. I had unlimited access to books, but my work schedule kept me busy, so I rarely lost an entire day to reading.
The difference is Kindle and this thing called ARC. Advance Reading Copy. Librarians, bloggers, GoodReads & Amazon reviewers are encouraged to read new books and write reviews. These ARC’s are free and come instantly to my Kindle, the moment I decide I want to read a title, I push a button, and there it is – ready to read.
I’m like an alcoholic who has discovered a way to get drunk for free every day without ever having any empty bottles lying around to give her away. The first step is to recognize you have a problem, right?
Oh! The new C.J. Box just came out! Gotta go read The Highway. . .