When to Admit You Have a Problem……

Okay, let’s face it. Most of us book bloggers are *crazy* about books. Anyone who sees my Mailbox Monday posts can attest that I’m really book crazy. This year I implemented something new on the blog … a “Books Acquired in 2011” page. I’ve kept it up-to-date over the past 8 months and I have to admit that I am ashamed at the state of it. There are wayyyyy too many books on there that have the designation “Traded without reading”. That means that I took in wayyyyyyy too many books that I actually didn’t need or want. Pitiful, if you ask me. Of course it balances out a little bit because as I was trading away those books I didn’t want I was able to bring more in 🙂 See that vicious cycle that I’m stuck in? So I wanted to sit down and take stock of just how many books came into my house the first 8 months of the year, how many I have read and reviewed here, and how many were traded without reading. So here goes:

  • Total amount of books brought in January – August, 2011: 153
  • Number of books that I have read out of the 153 books brought in: 20
  • Number of books that I have traded without reading of the 153 books brought in: 23
  • Number of books that I DNF’ed of the 153 books brought in: 2

Wow. Now tell me that’s not pitiful! 153 books brought into my house in the first 8 months of 2011. If I keep going like that (which I know I will …. I’m not likely to stop!) it’s going to become a problem. Haha. I mean, I have a big house …. but eventually this will catch up with me 🙂

So in case you’re curious, my OCD compelled me to make an even further breakdown of the books that I brought into the house. Here’s that information:

  • January: 9 books brought in; 1 read; 2 traded without reading
  • February: 17 books brought in; 5 read; 0 traded without reading
  • March: 39 books brought in; 1 read; 16 traded without reading; 1 DNF’ed
  • April: 7 books brought in; 1 read; 2 traded without reading
  • May: 8 books brought in; 3 read; 0 traded without reading
  • June: 14 books brought in; 4 read; 0 traded without reading; 1 DNF’ed
  • July: 34 books brought in; 3 read; 3 traded without reading
  • August: 25 books brough in; 2 read; 0 traded without reading

Now, as you can see … March, July and August were bad months in terms of how many books I brought into this house. I’m going to excuse July because that is my birthday month 🙂 … but the other two, well I really don’t have an excuse. Oh what the heck, I really don’t have any excuse … other than obsession.

And you know my OCD wouldn’t let me stop there. I had to find out where I was getting all these books:

  • Purchased new: 5
  • PBS Point: 17
  • Bookmooch Point: 11
  • Grandmother: 17
  • Library Book Sale: 13
  • MysteryBookSwap Yahoo group: 7
  • Big Box trade with Carol: 10
  • Won from a blogger: 1
  • Review Book: 7
  • PBS Box-of-Books: 65

Well, it doesn’t take a genius to find out where the problem is. That terrible little thing called Paperbackswap’s Box-of-Books program. But I’m definitely not going to be cancelling my subscription to that. Hehe. Now I am pleased to see that I have only purchased 5 new books this year. That’s great in my opinion!

I will definitely be posting another post like this at the end of the year to take a final count of how many books came into the house. Now I’m off to read … a book that has been sitting on my shelf for quite some time, I need to move some of those out of here so I can have more space 🙂

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One thought on “When to Admit You Have a Problem……

  1. What perfect timing for this post as I just bought a TON of books from my local border’s closing sale. Who can resist paperbacks for two or three dollars? I couldn’t and came home with so many that it is kind of embarrassing. So thanks for sharing this and letting me know that I’m not the only one 🙂

    P.S.- Don’t you just love getting books in the mail??? One of my favorite things 🙂

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