My Book Addiction

Since today is World Book Day, I will confess:

I love books. I live in a town chock full of used bookstores.

I am a happy woman.

The Hubs? I’m sure he is less enthralled with this combination, as our bookshelves are, well, HEAVING.

With my luck, our next house will have no built-in bookshelves, and not enough space to put some in, and I’ll be making end tables out of hardbacks. As such, I have been trying REALLY hard to buy more books in Kindle format and less in paper. Don’t get me wrong – I love to curl up with an actual book, but the Kindle is practically a part of me, not unlike the iPhone that is never far away.

I always carry it with me – you never know when you’ll be stuck waiting, and since I still don’t know who the celebrities are here, I can’t kill time in waiting rooms looking at local gossip mags. It just doesn’t interest me.

And, with the speed that I read, I can’t carry enough paperbacks on holiday, so my Kindle is perfect.

I loves me my fiction: mysteries, crime, romance, chick books – nearly every genre, really.  Seriously, my mother would MAKE me go outside and play, but I was always happier curled up with a book. (I have since learned to go outside and sit in the sun, and read a book, but whatever….)  Needless to say, during the course of our half-term trip, I read the following:

Life From Scratch” by Melissa Ford.  If you like “Julie and Julia”, you’ll love this book about a woman who learns to cook (and a whole lot about herself) in the year following her divorce.

I Am Not a Serial Killer” by Dan Wells. Creepy, truly scary fun. With a twist. And better still, it’s book one of a trilogy – I’ve already downloaded the sequel, “Mr. Monster“, to my Kindle.

The Girl Who Chased the Moon: A Novel” by Sarah Addison Allen. I fell in love with “the Sugar Queen” on my first trip to Hay, and can’t wait to gobble up her other novels. This one has the same touch of magic and whimsy as “the Sugar Queen” did.

“Favorite” by Karen McQuestion. This thriller is listed as a young-adult novel, but was compelling – although I don’t know if it ended quickly, or if I was just so caught up in it that it just seemed like it.

I also read quite a bit of non-fiction, unusual for me, although this wasn’t your typical non-fiction…

Cruise Confidential: A Hit Below the Waterline: Where the Crew Lives, Eats, Wars, and Parties. One Crazy Year Working on Cruise Ships (Travelers’ Tales) by Brian David Bruns. As a cruise lover, this was a fascinating, entertaining look at life on board as can only be told by the sole American to survive his entire contract working in the dining room.

Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist’s Quest to Discover If Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, or Why Pie Is Not the Answer” by Jen Lancaster. Jen, and her denial, make for one funny, biting read.

as well as

Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated” by Alison Arngrim. Oh, come on – you know you hated Nellie, too. HATED. Her. This is Alison’s biography of growing up in Hollywood in an unconventional childhood, enduring abuse and coming through the other side, and how being Nellie Oleson made her stronger. Oh, and she is frickin’ hilarious, too.

Of course, my book club selection, “Freedom: a Novel” by Johnathan Franzen, was the only book I didn’t read, and only because I stupidly bought it in hardback (I really like having the actual book for bookclub). It is so heavy, I didn’t pack it. I’m

Um. Yeah. Did I mention we were only gone 6 days? I DID interact with my family. Kind of. Ok, I may have a problem. But still – 9 words you’ll never hear me say?

“Hi, my name is Jenn and I’m a bookaholic.”

I cannot be reformed.


  1. I love, love, love my kindle too.

  2. Ellie Spencer says

    If you get rid of all those ornaments and family pictures on your shelves you could fit more books on them. Priorities, girl!

    • ah…but then that is just more books I have to ship back to the US and put in storage, since there won’t be room, I’m sure, in the next house – wherever it may be!

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