Might As Well Face It…I Am Addicted to Books

18 Oct

Seriously I am. I have a problem with over-consumption of entertaining reading material.

I believe my “problem” started back when I was a wee one…living in the country…without cable television. With a lack of TV options, it was play, be imaginative, and read to occupy your time.

The first books I became addicted to were the R.L. Stine books. (Any 80’s and 90’s kids out there remember those and Christopher Pike books?) I am not talking lame Goosebumps… I am talking the big league books like The Fear Street books. I devoured these stories as quickly as possible growing up… much to my mother’s concern. I believe she mentioned a time or two how reading about murderers might make me want to murder someone. Look mom! No murders! πŸ˜‰

My love of reading is not a simple leisurely hobby. If there was such a thing as Extreme Reading, I think I would be a strong contender in that sport. I don’t just read for enjoyment. I get completely consumed with the story and the characters. Every moment that I am not being a responsible worthwhile adult, I am cramming in as much of the story as I can get. I cannot pace myself when reading. I want to know the ending, but refuse to be a spoil sport and peak at the end of the book. Getting there is half the fun, but I am impatient. Then when the book is over, I am a little bummed. I get so attached to the characters and the story, I feel a little lost when the book is over.

For this reason, I take pretty lengthy breaks between books and REALLY lengthy breaks after a series…All 4 Twilight books in 7 days…All 3 Hunger Games books in 5…All 3 50 Shades books in 5. I don’t abandon Tink or my job, but everything else (hubs, housework, eating, sleeping) yeah it all suffers.

My friend Minus the 46 teased me that “bookophelia is serious condition.” I thought that was a perfect term for me…that is until I googled the term bookophile. Thanks to Urban Dicitonary I will have this gem burned in my brain for eternity.

“A person who has sex with books, usually with the gaps between pages.”

Really?!?!?! I mean are these people not fearful of paper cuts?

So after all this enlightenment about me and my book addiction, I have a great book recommendation. I just finished up Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (in 3 nights y’all! stretches Kindle page turning finger). It was strange, twisted and so enthralling. I was hooked from about page 7. I am not going to summarize anything, because I don’t want to spoil the fun of the twists. If you are looking for an entertaining, keep you guessing book, this is a great one to read.

This post is a bit of a departure from my fitness, food and weight loss posts, but I believe taking time for ourselves is part of being fit and healthy. I still have rocked out my workouts so far this week. I made my self workout before reading because this is me…

So whether it is reading, meditation, video games, or anything else that tickles your fancy (minus humping books…don’t do that) it is important for us to find times to retreat so we do not have to focus on all the day to day stuff we typically deal with.

What are some of the ways you relax and zone out? Do you make sure you get this time for yourself, or are you typically hard pressed to fit it into your life?

Stay Strong and Keep Moving,

7 Responses to “Might As Well Face It…I Am Addicted to Books”

  1. sjvella October 18, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    there is nothing bad with reading a lot it helps to entice your creativity and imagination while also enhances your grammar. I love to read a lot too which is actually strange because when I was young I used to hate it. Then when I was 16 my sister landed me a book and told me it was very good by Danielle steel and from then on I became addicted. There was a time were I stopped reading but lately my bf mum gave me a bunch of books and I have been reading a lot again. Funny how i have the same emotions you have when I start and finish a book. Once I get to know the characters, I can’t wait to finish the story than when it ends I get really sad. That is why I love to read tick books so that the story takes long to end. However I am not a fast reader as you are or I read much less than u do.

    • chirpybleu October 18, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

      Sometimes I read fast, the rest of the time I just read for long periods of time! Books are awesome!!!

      • sjvella October 18, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

        yeah they are awesome they not only improve my imagination but they also helped me a lot in my English grammar. I actually passed from my English exam thanks to reading a lot of books.

      • chirpybleu October 18, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

        That is very cool!

  2. Laura @ Chaotic Domestic October 18, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

    I totally agree – I’m the same way! Love books!

  3. Mandy October 19, 2012 at 8:44 am #

    great post Jennifer! You and I are very similar when I comes to reading except for the fact that I in fact do neglect my kids when I am really into a book πŸ™‚

    • chirpybleu October 19, 2012 at 10:29 am #

      HAHA if Harper were a bit older, she might get neglected a bit too. πŸ˜‰

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