Man, it's freeing to get those words out.
I love to read. Just as much as I love to read, I love to acquire books that I think I'll read in the future. Many of them I do actually get around to reading. Many of them sit on my bookshelf for ages, and I swear that one day, I'll read them.
My book whoring started when I was a kid. My mother is a Book Whore, too, so I grew up in a house full of books. I spent my summers as a kid volunteering at the library where my grandmother worked, which means I was the kid who would reshelve the books after they were checked in, or sort them and put them on the carts, or leave the back room with a cart full of books to shelve, find a secluded section of the library (usually in non-fiction; no one read non-fiction 20 years ago), and sit in the floor and read the books on the cart before shelving them.
Yeah, did I mention I was a nerd as a kid? Proud nerd here, thank you!
Anyway, growing up, I read all of the books I acquired. I don't think the book buying but not reading starts until you get out and have your own house. My book buying addiction isn't too bad, though. I'm not one for getting books at yard sales (unless it's good as hell), but I do frequently shop the bargain books section at B&N, and recently purchased a few from Goodwill. Most of my non-fiction collection is leftover from when I owned my store a few years ago- everyone needs reference books on witchy spells, Buddhism and healing crystals, duh. Can't get rid of those.
As my kids get older, I've been trying like hell to pass my book whoring onto them. I buy them books from the book fairs at their school, from the Scholastic newspaper flyer they bring home every few weeks, from the bargain section of B&N. And what's the result? No book whores in the making, sadly.
In this day and age of video games, TV, Netflix, 3D movies, computers, tablets, etc, kids don't want to read anymore. They want to be entertained, visually. They don't want to sit still and read a book, and allow their imagination to create a movie for them. It's sad, honestly.
When I was a kid, I LOVED it when my parents got a new washer or fridge, because the box they gave me
to play with was huge and AWESOME! That could be a spy camp, or a space shuttle, or a sled, or a condo in the Bahamas. Nowadays, kids are like, 'Hey, mom, can we take that big box out to the dumpster, 'cause it's blocking the TV.'
Sorry, I get sidetracked in my ranting some days, back to book whoring. My daughter is the closest to being a book whore right now, which makes sense because she's 10 and is an advanced reader. I tried introducing her to the books I read when I was 10- The Babysitter's Club series, the Nancy Drew books... nothing stuck. The Goosebumps series? That stuck. So, because I didn't care what she was reading, as long as she was reading, I bought a crap load of Goosebumps books for her- off of ebay, from discount stores, however I could get them, I did. She's read maybe half of them, but in her defense, she is given 3 books a week to read chapters out of at school.
The Ginger? He has no interest in reading. Maybe it's because he's only in first grade and is still struggling, or maybe it's because he was slightly behind in reading because of all of the bouncing around we did for about a year, but either way, the boy doesn't even like to read the conversation screen in his video games that tell him what mission he needs to do next.
I'm not giving up this fight, though, that's for sure. And I do understand with the invention of Nooks and Kindles that one day, books themselves might be obsolete, which sucks, because I like the feel of a book in my hands, not an electronic device. It doesn't mean I'm quitting my book whoring or my pushing my book whoring onto my kids (book pimping- I can't stop giggling about that) anytime soon. It just means I'll have to be more creative. Maybe start a family book club? Get my sister back into book whoring, too. And read in front of my kids. Most of my book whoring is done at the tattoo studio on slow days, and at night after my kids go to bed (isn't that when most whoring occurs??), so maybe if I bring my book whoring to light, they'll embrace it, too.
I will make Book Whores out of my kids... just you wait and see!
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