Friday, February 04, 2005


I'm officially declaring that I have an addiction.

Addicted to what, you may ask. Crack? No. Porn? Hardly. Booze? No... at least I don't think so.
Books. Yes, it's books. I'm addicted to books, and addicted to reading. I freely admit it.

Last weekend my roommate Amy (the non-raging-bitch one) and I went to a movie and then meandered on over to Chapters. I had a gift certificate from Christmas, and used it to purchase 4 books. I didn't think that was too extravagant, seeing as my book pile was running somewhat low. Today was such a spectacularly gorgeous day - warm but crisp, sunny, and just delightful. On my way home from class, I decided to swing buy the corner store and rent a movie. After doing so, I spied the second hand bookstore in the same complex and thought I would just go in and wander around - and not buy anything.

So much for that. I bought 5 books. Granted, one was a gift. But that still makes 9 books in one week. It's a problem, I just can't stop myself. It won't take me too long to go through them, and I can bring some to Greece with me. But still. I'm trying to save my money, and when faced with books, I suddenly have a complete loss of self-control.

These are the books I bought:
  • Ender's Shadow - Orson Scott Card

  • Speaker for the Dead - Orson Scott Card

  • Lamb - Christopher Moore

  • Hegemony or Survival - Noam Chomsky (I have a previous entry about this book)

  • The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka

  • The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

  • The Tao of Pooh - Benjamin Hoff

  • The Regulators - Richard Bachman (aka Stephen King)

  • The Gunslinger, Dark Tower 1 - Stephen King (for Amy)

Oi. Crack would have been an easier and less time consuming addiction.

Listening to: Drama Queen - HorrorPops


At 6:17 PM , Blogger Jamie McMorrin said...

I sympathise. I suffer from a similar affliction. I recently went on a trip to a monastery for a few days where I hoped, in the peace and quiet, to get stuck into a fairly considerable stack of books on my 'to do list'. To my horror (ok then, delight) I discovered that the monastic library was having a sale- £1 per book. Needless to say, my bag was considerably heavier and my reading list considerably longer coming home from that trip...

At 1:13 AM , Blogger Matt Thorne said...

Lamb is, hands down, the funniest book you will ever read. If you want to be a little on the evil side, give it to any Christian friends.

Chris Moore's other books are also great...I recommend them all.

At 3:46 PM , Blogger Graisg said...

Yeah keep reading, lots of people have managed to give it up but if you can handle it what is the hassle. Enjoy Greece, cheers!

At 9:31 PM , Blogger Richard said...

You're going to become a book whore aren't you?

Hanging out on corners, all strung out, asking passers by for a couple of pages.

At 1:41 PM , Blogger Chorna said...

Hi Joanna. I just came across your blog via a link from someone else's blog (who also found your blog randomly and said your writing was interesting!) and i wanted to let you know I enjoyed reading what you've said.

Your choice of books is quite brilliant! :D I've personally heard little bits of the Tao of Pooh and I have to say it's got rave reviews from myself (the hearer) and the person who read the book. It's quite compulsive!

I also share your fetish of buying books... they're just so aluring!!

Enjoy reading- it's never a waste of time :)

At 10:50 PM , Blogger Memphis Word Nerd said...

What a wonderful, wonderful blog! Are you my separated-at-birth twin???? I'm a child therapist with a SERIOUS book addiction (see my blog for further evidence :-)) so your blog is my idea of heaven: mental health and books! Yay! I'll definitely be back frequently.

At 10:53 PM , Blogger Memphis Word Nerd said...

Oh, I meant to say: I love your book list. I've read all but one of them. I noticed on your sidebar that you're a Laurell K. Hamilton fan...I reread Circus of the Damned last night.

And the final proof that you're my pseudo-twin: you speak French! I already adore you. Yay for French-speaking, book-addicted, Hamilton-perverted therapists!!!!! The world needs more of us. :-)

At 7:13 AM , Blogger Chorna said...

Heheh Memphis. I kinda know how you feel. Although I don't speak French, and haven't really read any of those books, but I do share an enthusiasm for good blog posts, and I think Joanna has that! :D

:: pop goes the weasle ::

At 4:55 PM , Blogger Joanna said...

thank you for the nice comments :D I've had one of the worst weeks in my academic career, so I greatly appreciate the encouraging words.

and right on for Laurell K. Hamilton - it can be smutty, but it's oh so deliciously smutty ;)

At 10:28 PM , Blogger Andy Dabydeen said...

"Oi. Crack would have been an easier and less time consuming addiction."

That's a good one. I'm going to have to use it sometime.


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