The Woes Of A Book Addict

On World Book Day, the many problems faced by a reader

 

Access to the remotest corners of the world, and yet no space in the room. Meeting with the best of characters, and yet no social life. Probably one of the cheapest addictions in the world, and yet never enough resources.

These are only some of the problems that a book addict faces.

If you too are a book addict, you really don’t need to be reminded what Belle must feel like when she discovers the Beast’s library. We exhilarate in a book shop or library, where we feel more excitement than a kid at Disney world.

Book addicts are as excited in a book shop as Belle in the Beast’s library
Book addicts are as excited in a book shop as Belle in the Beast’s library

Image Credit: Movie – The Beauty And The Beast

But being a book addict has its banes. We cannot move through our world without some severe handicaps. Have you noticed the deep urge to buy more books when there is an unread pile reaching till sky waiting in your room? Or even when your book shelves are creaking with protest, and you keep burdening them more, like a pharaoh punishing his Egyptian slaves?

Somehow, there is never enough space. Not even in your bags when you travel. We always carry extra books for Just-In-Case or for emergencies. And then, when family or friends try to help you load your luggage, they scowl at your base necessities. They don’t seem to realise that even you have been breaking your head over which books you should carry. The separation anxiety from the rest of the books would have to remain a secret.

And imagine what being a book addict does to your social life. Most of your friends have given up any hope of reciprocity from you. If they are real friends, they will understand your helpless addiction. If they are not, they will scorn at your medieval methods.

Book addicts want to read everywhere and every time, leaving them no time for a social life
Book addicts want to read everywhere and every time, leaving them no time for a social life

Image Credit: quartz

But the social life is not a bigger issue than the concerns of daily livelihood. A book addict has to pretend to be interested in studies and work, when what ails him or her is the story unfolding on the next page.

Speaking of pages, another symptom of a book addict is the anxiety when someone borrows their book. Will their baby be safe? Will its pages be dog-eared? We wait for a law where those maltreating a book will be imprisoned for life. Please don’t add to our woes by requesting to borrow our copy of a book.

The book addicts are a suffering lot in this world. Do not belittle their problems by suggesting the solution of a Kindle. Where will they dig their noses for that precious biblichor?

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