Saturday, 4 October 2008

Am I addicted?

Mood: In a very happy mood today. It is getting cold but I don't know why, I like it. Ha! I've got some sort of illness. No, maybe it isn't that bad. Perhaps it's a syndrome. Yes, maybe that's what one may call it. Wait. No, it's not that serious really. Wait. Yes, I think it is. Maybe it's some sort of an addiction. But nothing serious. Just a little bit. Yes, maybe that's it. Okay, okay, woman, stop beating around the bush! Just say it! Alright, alright. Here's the thing. I think I am addicted to books. Yes, I am getting worried about it now. Or am I really? No, not worried-worried, just concerned-worried. Some say each one of us has some kind of an obsessive-compulsive behaviour. With some people, it is quite obvious but with some, it doesn't show very much. So perhaps mine doesn't show very much. Or perhaps it does if you would look at my bank account and you see how often I go to the bookshop!!! You see, when I go to a bookshop, almost without fail, I always buy a book that I like. Then when I get home, I put it by my bedside and read the 'Introduction' or the 'Acknowledgments' but never really get to reading the book. The book is put to one side, I go back to the bookshop again when I get the chance, see something that I like and almost with a feeling of some urgent need, I buy a new book, get home and the same thing happens. 'Ey, don't get me wrong. I do get to read some of them, after awhile, then really finish them from cover to cover...but it takes awhile for me to do that. So the books pile up. Hubby did not let me carry all of my books back home and I agreed as they were too heavy to put in my luggage. But over the last two years, the books that I have got here in England have piled up. I have noticed a few days ago that they have just accumulated so badly that the bookshelf that I have in the bedroom isn't enough anymore to hold them all. So some of them have to stay in a box by the bed. So, tell me, is this some sort of a syndrome that I need to see a Doctor for? Seriously, I am not worried. Because the books that I get are really good. I think this is something that got carried over from college. Yes, maybe. Maybe I'm a bookworm. No, I don't think so. Am I? Oh, God! No, I'm not! Hhhmmmm....I think I better stop writing down my thoughts or you might think I'm nuts! But before I go...would you like to have a look at the bookshelf I told you about? Here's a preview:

Like I told you, the books are almost everywhere so I now have to keep some of them in a box next to my bed. Here they are:

A special PS: To my friends - please do not worry. The truth is I haven't been to the bookshop for a month now. Plus - I don't have a credit card so I am not putting myself into debt for the sake of books. Just thought I'd write something funny today.

PS 2: But the photos are real.


betchai said...

wow, those are really a lot Len, and when I looked at the 2nd picture, where you put your books right by your bedside, it brought smile to my face, books in a bin, and they are overflowing, hahaha! so, which one do you pick up first? i am guilty of not being able to read any book lately, had been so hooked out of the doors, that my time indoors is only to sleep, clean the house, and yes, blog.

ruthi said...

hey, you are not alone my friend. same here. good thing i started to become "kuripot" when I got here so there is no threat whatsoever on that buying aspect. and since blogging took over my life-style, the only reading i do now is blog-reading of all my friends' blogs like this one. nice post. and congratulations on your PPP first payout... more to come.

Wen said...

as you know Len, like you I love books too. the shelf that I have here at home is not so bad, but i think it's getting there. i've been contemplating for years now on building a tall, fixed bookshelf right by the stairs (kind of like a small cove). i've yet to convince nick on this because my plan is to knock down this no-load bearing wall that runs along the stairs. so far all he is giving me is this look - a look that says 'please don't.' wouldn't it be nice to have our own library? like in the Victorian times? (sigh). i'm sure you share the same sentiment. :)

anyway, read those books that you have. they are crying for your attention (hehehe). take care bespren. sa uulitin.


Ruthi said...

How you doin Len? Still busy? Hope you have time for shopping for more books though. hahahaha

BTW... I gave this blog of yours the COOLEST BLOG Award... if you are interested you can get your trophy in my Carpenter's WIFE's tool box [CLICK HERE to read the post] and you can display it here if you want to... no obligation.

Karla said...

One word sis. ADIK! ;-)

Don't worry. Di ka nag iisa. I am the same =) Nakatambak lang sa bahay ang mga books at magazines ko na di ko pa nababasa. Swap tayo? he he he! Mishu!