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12 Signs You’re Addicted To Reading

Before I start today’s post, I’ve got to give credit to Thought Catalog—who inspired me with a post on this topic a couple of weeks ago.

So I’m totally stealing the idea, without stealing any of their specific points, and hopefully we can have fun with this.

The premise is simple: How do you know if you’re addicted to reading?

Here are the signs:

  • You don’t need wallpaper or fresh paint. You’ll cover it all with bookshelves anyway.
  • If you loan a book that isn’t returned, you’ll never forget the book you loaned and the person you loaned the book to (and you’ll never loan to them again!).
  • You take the term “book snob” as a compliment.
  • You’ll take a night curled up on the couch with a good book over a night on the town with friends any day.
  • You’d rather hang out with a terrorist than someone who brags about the fact that they “hate reading.”
  • If your house was on fire and you had to choose between your first edition Steinbeck and your dog, well, the exit’s that way, Grover.
  • You’ve spent 30% of the waking hours of your life trying to figure out how to make a living from just reading books.
  • You don’t call it your “lunch hour.” You call it your “reading hour.”
  • You’ve never seen a movie that was better than the book.
  • When you choose to watch a movie based on a book, you spend half the time pointing out all the inconsistencies and how “the director really messed up the story.”
  • You’ve asked the question, “Why didn’t Harper Lee write another novel?”
  • You forget your phone once a week, but you never forget your Kindle.

We could probably play this game for days, so I’ll open it up to you guys.

How do you know if you’re addicted to reading?

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  1. Je voulais juste te torturer Robert

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    July 25, 2014
  2. “You forget your phone once a week, but you never forget your Kindle.” – Or my keys. I’m always forgetting my keys, but I’ll NEVER forget my Kindle or a book.

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    July 25, 2014
  3. infinityreads #

    “Why didn’t Harper Lee write another novel?”, that question has been haunting me for years.

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    July 25, 2014
  4. Sam #

    It’s more dangerous to see me in a used book store than an alcoholic in a liquor store.

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    July 25, 2014
  5. #10 is the reason my friends refuse to go to the cinema avec moi :/

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    July 25, 2014
  6. #2 The Woman in the Dunes, summer of 2010, mustard coloured paberback, previously bought for less than £1 at a street book fair. Sigh.

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    July 25, 2014
  7. I can say yes, that’s me to so many of these statements as I never go anywhere without a book!

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    July 25, 2014
  8. I’m rarely allowed in bookstores when in the company of my friends or family

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    July 25, 2014
  9. Reblogged this on Words and other such dilemmas and commented:
    I think that’s me…..

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    July 25, 2014
  10. “You’ve asked the question, “Why didn’t Harper Lee write another novel?””
    Are you a wizard? Do you read minds? Can you find out if my crush likes me?

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    July 25, 2014
  11. Elaine Sargent #

    You pretend you’re going grocery shopping but you’re really going to b and n!

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    July 25, 2014
  12. fellino #

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    July 25, 2014
  13. fellino #

    WOW

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    July 25, 2014
  14. Even if you haven’t read all the books you already own, you cannot stop going into bookshops and online to buy more….

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    July 25, 2014
  15. You’re not texting while you walk down the street you’re reading.

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    July 25, 2014
  16. Well, to start with, you can’t resist a list that has “you’re addicted to reading” in it.

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    July 25, 2014
  17. 1)Your decorating style could be called “used book chic” as there are piles of them everywhere.
    2)You’ve separating your books into collections. (History in the office, children’s shelved in upstairs hallway, sci-fi and chick lit in the bedroom)
    3) You’ve ever lost a library book for weeks on your bookshelves, and just didn’t see it for all the other books
    4) You have a significant place in your budget for Kindle purchases. It’s more than you spend at Starbucks

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    July 25, 2014
  18. Denise #

    * If ‘going to the bookstore’ means 4 or more hours in Powell’s
    * If professional movers grumble audibly after the 50th box of books
    * If you have to upgrade your apartment to a 2 bedroom so you have room for your books
    * If your to-read list exceeds your expected lifespan
    * If after full time work, and full time family, you still want to write a book blog!

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    July 25, 2014
  19. Jordan #

    You bring a book everywhere in case you’re bored or standing in line (even to family functions), and when sitting at red lights you read until someone behind you beeps.

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    July 25, 2014
  20. Bob Berry #

    With the exception of Steinbeck over the dog ( which a no brainer in the dog’s favor to me) I relate to and resemble all of these. It’s a pretty darned benign addiction , though, compared to my other addiction (booze) which came awfully close to killing me and (temporarily stunted my life).

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    July 25, 2014
  21. When the linear feet of books owned surpasses the square footage of your home.

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    July 25, 2014
  22. When your local bookstore owner unlocks the door for you to find a book you need to read that night, even though they’re closed. Further, she doesn’t charge you for the book because she’s already closed out the register. She hands you the book and tells you to pay her the next time you come in.

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    July 25, 2014
  23. Laura Gómez Ceballo #

    I had spent, actually, a 50% of my waking hours trying to figure out how to make a living from just reading books… and i keep on thinking

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    July 25, 2014
  24. Ha! Spot on!

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    July 25, 2014
  25. Bert Savarese #

    Oh how awful! Almost all are me!!

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    July 25, 2014
  26. Reblogged this on 'Expression' Of A Thoughtful Sailor.

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    July 25, 2014
  27. – When you’d rather stay up the whole night finishing a book than be well rested for the following work day.
    – When you pull out your previously unknown martial arts moves on someone who asks you “Why do you like to read? It’s so boring!”
    – When life hands you lemons, you say: “I know just the book I need to read to help me forget all my troubles.”
    – When you’ve already planned your wedding and it’s entirely book-themed. (Check out my post about it at http://phantomwriter143.wordpress.com/2014/06/19/book-themed-wedding/
    I’m going to do it someday, I swear.

    Great post!

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    July 25, 2014
  28. Very true. I did forget my kindle one day. I was miserable all day. Fortunately I found something to read in the meantime. Nothing wrong with reading five books at the same time, is there? Here’s one I would add: Why is B&N having financial troubles? Just on what I’ve spent there over the years, they should be making money. And Borders, same thing. Why did they go bankrupt? I know personally that Amazon is still in business because of me.

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    July 25, 2014
    • Oh, and you will take a day off from work just to hear your favorite writer read. And, oh my gosh, if you get her autograph, that makes it even better. You’re in hog heaven.

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      July 25, 2014
  29. #11 applies to me soooooo well.

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    July 25, 2014
  30. People refuse to watch book-based movies with me if they know I read the book 😦

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    July 25, 2014
  31. If someone knows you well, they won’t let you go into a bookstore unless you have at least 3 extra hours to spend in said bookstore.

    When old book smell is more calming than lavender.

    When you think about the next book you’re going to acquire even though you just got 10 books you haven’t read yet.

    If meeting a loved author means more to you than meeting any celebrity.

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    July 26, 2014
  32. Kate Henning #

    When you wait outside for the bookstore to open in the morning when your favourite author has a new book out that day. And when you pace the shop for hours when they tell you they previously gave you incorrect information, and they won’t actually have to book until lunch time.

    When your pile of “in progress” books is taller than you are.

    Definitely applies to me!

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    July 26, 2014
  33. You worry that you’ll never read all of the books you want to read.

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    July 26, 2014
    • Marie #

      Oh my goodness, yes. My TBR pile is growing and new books I want to read are being released faster than I can get through it. It was a sad day when I realised I’ll never get to read all of the books I want to.

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      July 30, 2014
  34. Someone sees all your books on your bookshelves and asks, “have you read all of these?” You answer yes and they proceed to point to random books and you give them a synopsis on each one. They think it’s a magic trick.

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    July 26, 2014
  35. Talia Trackim #

    Reblogged this on Late Morning Tea and commented:
    I had to share this xx.

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    July 26, 2014
  36. When you have over 100 books on a wishlist and hem and haw for ages trying to decide which ONE you want to buy.

    When you have to create an inventory of all the books you already own, so you don’t accidentally buy the same one again.

    When you get so immersed in a book that you promise yourself one more chapter, and then it’s 4am and you’ve finished the book. Oops.

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    July 26, 2014
  37. Pena Ilmu #

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    This is!

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    July 26, 2014
  38. There is always this inexplicable urge to get more books, even when you have a pile of unread ones waiting. There’s always room for more books.

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    July 27, 2014
  39. Reblogged this on Ms M's Bookshelf and commented:
    This is a pretty great list I found on 101 Books. I’m not sure about preferring a terrorist and I admit I did have to look up Harper Lee but I knew her book. As for Grover, well, it’s more than likely Grover saving your life, not the other way ’round! Enjoy!

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    July 27, 2014
  40. Reblogged this on Communicate! and commented:
    Guilty as charged!

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    July 27, 2014
  41. Emka Tee #

    *You read a blog and then Google ‘How to make a living reading books’… 😉

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    July 28, 2014
  42. You miss your stop on the subway because you were reading OR you purposely take the local train all the way to work to buy yourself more reading time.

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    July 28, 2014
    • Topaz #

      This. This is me.

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      July 30, 2014
    • I was standing at the bus stop one day recently. The bus I needed came by, but I was so engrossed in reading my Kindle that I didn’t see it till it was gone! Ah well, I had something to read while I waited for the next one…

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      October 30, 2014
  43. Reblogged this on Confessions of a novelist and commented:
    Fits perfectly on all my fellow reading addicts..

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    August 2, 2014
  44. WOW just what I was searching for. Came here by searching for car finance for bad credit orlando FL

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    August 3, 2014
  45. You’re telling every not-reading friend what book he has to read to enjoy the art of reading / what writer fits him, and why.
    Walking in the streets you divide people in Chauchat’s and Karenina’s or Bovary’s. You see Raskalnikow’s and Chinaski’s.

    And you even enjoy it.

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    August 3, 2014
  46. Gerrit Komrij – a dutch writer – wrote: “how can you trust a person with only hundred books, and what about someone with barely thousand books”.

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    August 3, 2014
  47. When your mother threatens to take away the book you’re reading so you’ll finish your assigned homework. I would get grounded from my books. Not TV, not friends, but books.

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    August 4, 2014
  48. When you are genuinely unable to buy just one book

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    August 5, 2014
  49. Yup!!! I agree with all the above! I walked in to Barnes&Nobles and my cousin said, ‘eww books.’ Needless to say, i never went there with her again. No one needs that kind of negativity in their life.

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    August 5, 2014
  50. Alexandra #

    I love this! I get totally OFFENDED when people say they “don’t like to read”, you would think I was slapped across the face. Point #2 applies as well; I can’t remember my sibling’s names but I remember the “friend” I loaned a book to some years go, which was never returned. Someone needs to hurry up and invent this reading job position, I’ve been racking my brain for years.

    When my fiance and I were looking for apartments before I relocated, I told him my dream home would be within walking distance to a Barnes & Noble. Well our place is not walking distance but about a 5-7 minute drive, so I took it.

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    August 6, 2014
  51. Alexandra #

    Reblogged this on Alex's Next Move and commented:
    I absolutely love this post. As I was reading it, I was smiling thinking, “Yup, that’s me! And that’s me too!”

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    August 6, 2014
  52. Reblogged this on Malhergo and commented:
    I still wonder why Harper Lee didn’t write another novel!

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    August 6, 2014
  53. silverstake31 #

    I always tend to lose my phone or my car keys but when I lose my tablet for me is the end of my world

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    August 11, 2014
  54. Well…I don’t particularly agree with the terrorist one, but I would definitely pick reading a good book over a night on the town. Cheap, better for my health and at this time of year, far warmer!

    Unfortunately though, I’m still waiting on a first edition of Steinbeck…

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    August 19, 2014
  55. Still wondering “Why Harper Lee didn;t write another novel”!!!

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    September 1, 2014
  56. I won’t buy a purse that I can’t fit at least one hardback book into.

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    July 15, 2015

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