Too Many Books?

Is there such a thing? Probably not. Nevertheless, I have been buying a lot of books lately. This is the sort of addiction for me that if I don’t restrain myself I seem to get worse and worse. Money used to be a big restraint but is becoming less so. What really brings it to a head is my ability to read the books I buy. At some point I get so interested in buying books that there is no possible way I can begin to read the books I own. I have so many books I want to read that my brain begins to over-load. Guilt at not reading the books I have purchased begins to build up and I realize things are counter-productive.

So I have decided to take a break from buying books and concentrate on reading the ones I have. Starting today I am not going to buy any more books for an unspecified period of time. No new books period! Cold Turkey. We will see how far this lasts . . .

Kevin Holtsberry
I work in communications and public affairs. I try to squeeze in as much reading as I can while still spending time with my wife and two kids (and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan Wolverines during football season).


  1. I give you two weeks. You’ll finish one of your books by then, and then it’s “oh, well I can afford just one more novel…”

  2. I have to do this occasionally. The group of books you buy but never read, even years later, can be interesting, though.

  3. I so know what you’re going through…I guess its a good thing that I’m under monetary restraints at this time, or I’d overload myself with books.

  4. Book-buying can be a sickness. I live in a tiny New York studio and simply can’t afford taking up more space with yet another unread purchase, but I can’t help myself. I need a cure…any out there?

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