On Goodreads, my “To-read” list has 1,237 books. I already own a few of these books (but nowhere near the entire list!) and in my remaining years, I can never hope to read all of the books on the list. Yet since January, five new books have made their way into my home. Why? Because if there is one thing I cannot resist, it is a book I want to read.
Lorraine Berry wrote an interesting essay on the history of compulsive book buying which posted to The Guardian in January. Read the entire essay. It is wonderfully written, but when you reach the end make sure you savor the last sentence. Berry’s essay only fuels a bibliomaniac’s excitement and interest in acquiring more books and that ending justifies your compulsion.