Are You A Bookaholic?

Well, are you? It’s nothing to be ashamed of and I promise I won’t tell a soul. Just you, me and the WordPress community. It can be our little secret, okay? Books have been a great comfort to me in recent years, so much so that I started to write them myself. They teach me, they guide me, and they protect me when times are tough and I need to step away from the real world for a little while. They are a sturdy shield and a cosy comfort blanket.

I prefer to read now on my beloved Kindle Fire where I can store hundreds of titles without cluttering up the house and drawing Fionnuala’s wrath. Yet I also love visiting my favourite second-hand bookshop in Belfast and browsing its haphazard shelves for hidden gems. I often pick up something there for a couple of pounds. I love the place so much it actually features in my first novel. Books do that to you, they suck you in.

A book can transport you a million miles from your worries or open your eyes to the truth of your current situation. Many people now thrive on audiobooks which are a modern-day version of ancient storytelling when tribe elders used to sit around the fire and pass down tribal tales to the younger generations. Books are as natural part of the day for many of us, as vital as a morning cup of tea or coffee. They are part of our ingrained DNA.

There are much worse addictions to have. Books build as oppose to damage our hearts and souls. They enhance our lives, opening our minds to new ideas and possibilities. The world becomes a much bigger, brighter place when we bury our noses in a book. Well, that’s what I think but I’m keen to hear your thoughts today. Are you a bookaholic? How much do you read and how important is reading to you? E-book, paperback or audio? Are you a Braille reader? I look forward to hearing your comments below.

Published by Fractured Faith Blog

We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 17 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

47 thoughts on “Are You A Bookaholic?

  1. I’m definitely NOT a bookaholic. I used to say that you could count the number of books that I’ve read on 2 hands, but it’s probably more like 6 hands now – which isn’t a lot for a geriatric like me. The ones that I have read have mainly been sports related, but I have read Lord of the Rings and a book (and just over half) by that excellent writer, Stephen Black. You may have heard of him. 😉

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  2. I just spent the last few days reorganizing my books. I am definitely a bookaholic. I ALWAYS wanted my own library. I own probably around 1500 books now. I haven’t counted them in a long time. I also have around 50 e-books now, which I read on my laptop. I prefer real books.

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  3. I’m definitely a Bookaholic, have been one all my life. In 2010, I got my first eReader and that sealed it. I read ebooks on my iPad and listen to audiobooks on my phone. We’re not going to talk about how many books I consume each year.

    My love for books was born when at age 5, my mother began taking my sister and I to the library weekly. It was equivalent to a candy store for me. In high school, I volunteered in our school library and even considered pursuing library science as a career (became an accountant instead…don’t ask). Books are a window into imagination for me. I can choose to escape, become informed about issues or learn how to do something. Whatever emotion I’m looking to feel, I can stimulate it from books.

    There you have it, my confession.

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  4. I’m definitely a bookaholic and I enjoy the good ol’ paperbacks. I enjoy the touch and feel of the pages. Also, the fresh new smell of a book. Sometimes I read up to 03 books parallelly. To me, books are some magical fairies that take me places. Recently I finished Stephen King’s 11.22.63. I am currently reading this piece of gem called “Kiss the Ground” by Josh Tickell. As an avid home container gardener, this book is really giving me a lot of inspiration and learning which I hope to practice in my gardening and hopefully become a soil advocate. Books keep me well informed and it makes me peaceful.

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  5. I am also reading one after another these days. I also love the kindle fire because I can see it better than a hard copy in any light (including no light!) It’s great for reading in bed. Blessings Stephen and Fionnuala!

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  6. My name is Chuck and I am a Book-aholic! I’m still old-school to, reading only with the actual book in hand (yes it creates some clutter, but I am getting better at giving them away after I have read them.
    I read now at this season of life than I ever have before. Many titles and genres interest me, from history to sports to issues of faith to even urban fantasy, I find great pleasure in them all.
    Also, I believe I am a better writer now because of the reading I do. The exposure to other writing and thinking styles have helped me broaden my approach.
    Blessings,
    Chuck

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  7. I’m very much a bookaholic. I don’t dare count the number of ebooks I own, it’s…a lot. Ebooks are my preferred reading, since I can make the print as big as I want to. (I might write a blog post on how a Kindle has helped me a lot as a reader with low vision?)

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  8. I choose not to have TV because I’d rather read. I’m one of those snotty bitches. I’m not as prolific as I’d like to be, however. I tend to find an author I absolutely adore and re-read their shit. I’m partial to classic literature and the occasional creative non fiction.

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    1. If I had more followers I would do a big post like, “What are your favorite books!?” to find more authors and explore genres. You have a huge amount of followers. Maybe you could do that and I can read the post :).

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      1. So for you it’s like consumption and into the next thing and for me it’s like obsession. I am quite determined to branch out soon here. Maybe I’ll check out your books.

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  9. Nice post, Stephen; thanks for this great entry to your blog. I’ll reblog it on my site; given, my followers are few, but they are a great group that I’m proud to share with. I think many of them will enjoy this. I’m a book junkie, bookstore haunter, audiobookophile, and writing helps me transcend the bonds of life. You may have read the late author Gregory Mcdonald’s famous quote, “Writing is not a profession, occupation or job; it is not a way of life: writing is a fundamental response to life.”

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  10. I cannot do audiobooks because they make me nauseated with my disability, but they are a great benefit for my husband (who finds that reading puts him to sleep.) He listens to them while driving or at night. I prefer book format or Kindle; I generally use Kindle for newer releases – as they’re cheaper – or books that I’m not sure I want to keep in paper format. I have a Kindle Unlimited subscription, as well as utilizing my library (we call it HOOPLA). I also busily buy paper format and use my credits from Amazon to buy books on my Kindle. We’re buying our son an actual tablet for Xmas so I’m inheriting his Kindle Fire and and I’m really exciting. So far I’ve read 149 books this year – some count as short stories – and I’ve also read 63 books on my bookcase that I’ve never read. Of course I’ve added about 50 more to read for next year. 🤷 I don’t have much to do, being bedridden, so I read. My tastes run to political/biography/history/philosophy and 19th century literature. I’m actually very boring.

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  11. YES, I have piles upon piles! I can spend hours at Goodwill or Salvation Army looking at $1 books. I have the audio version AND print version of some so I can read or listen. Books. Are. Life. 🤓

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