12 Signs You Are a Bookaholic

Readers, what can we say? We love our books. And that love can sometimes be borderline obsessive. See how many of these signs of bookaholism apply to you. It might not be too late to get help.

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One: You find yourself referring to fictional characters as if they were real. This isn’t too bad. But if you complain that you weren’t invited to Cole McKenna’s wedding or ask around for Katie Lapp on your next vacation to Lancaster County, I suggest an intervention.

Two: If you stacked up all the books on your To-Be-Read pile, someone would have to send in a search-and-rescue crew to dig you out of your house. (And you’d probably tell them, “Go away! Can’t you see I’m reading?”)

Three: You have named a pet or a child after a fictional character. Or at least seriously considered it. (Confession: growing up, I always wished I had been named Lucy after the character in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.)

Four: Others know to stay away from you when you’re reading a book. Especially if they can see you’re in the last few chapters. It could be hazardous to their health to interrupt.

Five: You’ve managed to convince yourself that books scattered around your home are really a sophisticated and simple form of interior decorating.

Six: You follow this blog (which you should . . . just click on the little button on the left to get a weekly email when there’s a new post!), as well as the blogs and Facebook pages of all of your favorite authors. This means you know the names of their kids and their dog, their favorite kind of coffee, and the exact day, hour, and minute when their next book will be available. And you’ll be there. Waiting.

Seven: Your library card is faded from frequent use, and the librarians all know you by name. You’ve heard rumors that they’re considering naming a wing of the library after you, since you are their most frequent visitor.

Eight: Sometimes your daydreams look like a book trailer from a romantic suspense novel. Because, really, who would want a normal, boring life when they could be investigating murders and running from criminals?

Nine: If your neighbors hear a piercing shriek, they won’t assume you’re being murdered or call the police. They’ll just figure you got a package from Amazon with a new release inside.

Ten: You have, on several occasions, neglected laundry, dishes, and sleep to find out what happens next. In fact, if someone sees you tired on a Monday morning, they don’t ask if you were out late at a party. They ask, “Another good book?”

Eleven: Your outrage when someone gives away the ending of a book can only be matched by your horror when someone disfigures one or tears out a page. And don’t even bring up the subject of book burnings. . . .

Twelve: Your list of qualities to look for in a spouse was/is suspiciously similar to the traits of the romantic lead in your favorite novel.

How would you finish the phrase “You know you’re a bookaholic when . . .”?

45 thoughts on “12 Signs You Are a Bookaholic

  1. Probably all of them. I did choose the name Trent for my youngest son. It was from an Emilie Loring book I read long ago, although I believe it was a surname not a first name.

    • That’s great, Violetta! I’ve always said that if it wasn’t such a strange name, I’d probably name my first son Atticus from To Kill a Mockingbird.

      Amy Green
      BHP Fiction Publicist

  2. You know you’re a bookaholic when you have read the same book several times and can tell each discrepancy between the book and movie based on the book.

  3. Yep, even guilty of #3, the oldest boy is named after the hero in the first Christian fiction novel I ever read…..didn’t tell hubby where I got the name until after he liked it. 🙂 The second son was sooooooo close to being named after the first hero I wrote.

  4. I’m so guilty on a number of these since 7th grade (over 55 years ago) ; but not all! LOL. I stay up as late as I dare reading and then wishing I could still read longer.

  5. Yep to all of the above :). My apt complex office knows me since I pick up packages at least twice a week. I also find it totally normal to name pets or people after characters. I’d add getting book-related tattoos to that as well, because do I have ideas! 🙂

  6. Maybe you know you’re a bookaholic when you need a custom built bookcase made out of 1″ solid hardwood, instead of buying one of those light weight units in the store.

  7. You might know you’re a bookaholic when almost every closet and dresser contains books (these are in addition to the bookshelves in every room, of course).

      • Well, a little exaggeration never hurt anyone. 😉

        I love what this post says about telling people to “go away.” When I’m REALLY into a book, if someone tries to talk to me, basically I don’t “hear” them, it’s kind of my way of saying… I HAVE TO KEEP READING. NO TIME FOR CONVERSATION. And, yes, I adore Lucy too. As a result, I’ve developed more of a fondness for that name because of that character. She’s precious.

  8. I named my daughter Latosha from a book I had read! & When you have 2000 or more books and about 1500 still needs to be read and you steadily ordering the new ones from your favorite authors because your afraid u will miss one then u are a bookaholic

    • Jackie, I was just talking to a coworker about how more of us should name our homes after fictional places, but a business works just as well. Love it!

      Amy Green
      BHP Fiction Publicist

  9. You know you’re a bookaholic when your parents have to ground you from reading, just so your chores would get done.

    This was a common occurrence in my house when I was growing up. Being sent to my room had little to no effect on me until my mom started taking away my books too. My nieces and nephew all laugh at that little tidbit from my childhood.

  10. You know you’re a bookaholic when you know the location of every Starbucks that sells used books, are known by name in your local library and used book stores, and thrift store…you have 5000+ books on Kindle, boxes and shelves of books you still haven’t read…and you actually still frequent the above mentioned places as well as online (Amazon, Thriftbooks, etc.) because you always have room for just one more. At least, that’s what I’ve heard. 🙂

  11. I claimed eight them. My husband says I meet nine of the signs. 😉

    You know you’re a bookaholic when . . . you get excited that a movie has been announced that is based on a book. Then you see the trailer and start picking apart all the ways that they messed up the adaptation. Then you either boycott the movie or annoy everyone in the theater for repeatedly exclaiming, “hey, that’s not how it happened in the book!”

  12. You want to be reincarnated as a librarian, as there’s no way possible to read all the books you’d like in this lifetime.

  13. #1 & #4 hit home, except I even have a harder time keeping the fictional characters I’m writing about out of normal conversation. My husband feels like the characters move in with our family while I’m writing. 🙂 And no one bothers me when I’m at the end of a book!

    You might be a bookaholic when friends and family members use your book collection like a public library–and they never run out of books to borrow.

  14. All of these especially #3. My middle son is named after Landon Carter from A Walk to Remember. Also one of my favorite authors named a character in her book Landyn, she liked my son’s name so much, and the way I spelled it. Proud Bookaholic here.

  15. You know you’re a bookaholic when you proudly display anything with the old Erasmus quote: “When I get a little money, I buy books. If there is anything left over, I buy food and clothes.”

    It’s funny because it is true…

  16. LOVED this post! I’m guilty of all of them. But 2, 3, 7 and 9 really hit home. Book lover and proud of it 😀 Thanks for the fun post!

  17. You know you’re a bookaholic when . .reading a good book by Colleen Colbert or Beverly Lewis, I don’t stop for meals or dishes until I’m at a good stopping point. Keep up the good work inspirational authors!!!!!!

  18. You nailed it…Me to a tee….The mail man throws my packages and runs I get so excited when I get a new book in the mail….

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