1. Being asked for the title of your favorite book.
You’re asking me to pick just one? Can’t I pick my top five? No? Are you trying to kill me slowly?
2. Starting a book without realizing its sequel hasn’t been released.
Nothing is worse than getting to the end of a book and realizing, after the cliff hanger, that the next edition doesn’t come out for another 6 months to a year.
3. Staying up till the break of dawn to read.
You may not have completely studied for your morning exam, or slept enough to think in complete thoughts, but at least you know the ending of that book.
4. Post-book depression
You fell in love with all the characters, and now they are just people that you used to know. What can you do with yourself?
5. E-books? Nah.
Nothing compares to the feeling or smell of a real book. Plus, reading on a phone or tablet ruins the effect of quickly turning the pages in excitement or slamming your book down in anger.
6. Free books? YES.
Your friend hated a book and is trying to give it away? You insist on taking it. A friend is consolidating their library? You’ll accept every last one of those books into a loving home. Issues such as having enough space or even being interested in these books have no interest to you because free books are free books.
7. Falling in love with a character
This doesn’t necessarily mean romantic love, although sometimes it does. There are times where you just become so invested in a character that you don’t want the relationship to end.
8. Forgetting about your other commitments
Those moments where your book is so enthralling that you forget about the pot in the stove, cookies in the oven, laundry waiting in the washer, or anything of semi-importance. The worst is forgetting to do homework, missing a deadline, or not proofreading that essay.
9. Accidentally buying multiple copies of one book
When you have so many stacks of books, sometimes you lose track of what you did and didn’t buy. For instance, I didn’t mean to buy three copies of “The Devil Wears Prada”, but guess what I did?
10. Not wanting to part with your books (even just on a lend to a friend)
Trying to downsize your collection of books is the equivalent of trying to fit a square in a circle shaped hole, an impossible task. You’re lucky if I’m willing to get rid of one or two books, let alone 10 or more. Plus, in terms of lending books, what if your friend spills something on it, loses it, messes up the dust jacket, or the worst one of all, bends the corner to mark the page. Oh the horror!
11. Never stepping into a bookstore without buying something
I would like to thank my local independent bookshop for enabling me with their frequent reader program and monthly newsletters full of book suggestions and coupons (a college student’s best friend). Whenever I go into a bookstore I always buy one thing, or maybe two or three in the case of a coupon. In addition, I am known to add at least 10 books to my Goodreads “To Be Read” list.