I have an addiction. It’s about time I fessed up.

I’m addicted to books. Well, reading in general.

I have two books in my classroom that my students will not touch because I tell the same story every year- of how the wrinkles and bumps in the book are from repeated drops in the bathtub. 20 years ago. I have no idea why that makes these particular copies unappealing.

But I digress.

I have some enablers to my addiction, namely my book club. But honestly, I don’t solely blame them. I’d find the stuff even if they didn’t tell me where.

I can’t go to Borders if I’m lonely. Confessions of a true book-a-holic.

You know, some of you are equally to blame for my continued addiction. With your “try this one” and “you can’t live without this one” business. Bad friends. But I’m the one who believes you.

So right now, I am working my way through a few books, plus I have a hefty list of sideline books that I’m dying to start.

I come by it honestly, my grandmother owned a bookstore where I spent many a Saturdays as a child. Nancy Drew books were the pick of the litter back when I “worked” for her. My reading tastes have matured somewhat since she passed away. I know she would have absolutely loved to find me a first edition copy of The Shuttle for book club.

To prevent tearing up, I think a list is in order. So here we go. And realize how honored you are to get this list. How many addicts make lists of the things they are addicted to and then post them on a blog? That’s what I thought.

1) Surrender Bay by Denise Hunter. I can’t wait to tell you about this one. It is next on my fiction list. I won it from the author and she was so kind and wonderful when she told me it was going to be landing in my mailbox. Sad for her, I already love her stuff, so I probably would have bought it anyways.

2) Let Them Eat Cake by Sandra Byrd. My favorite author sent it to me to help me recover from the tonsil situation, but I’m just now getting around to it. My current read. And I’m loving it.

3) Walking on Water by Madeline L’Engle. As soon as I have a spare 17 minutes [Yes, it takes me that long to buy one book. Back off.] , I’m going to Borders to buy this one. I got it from the library once, but wanted to highlight it so much that it made me sick to turn the page and abandon priceless passages. So I’m buying it. It’s genius and life-changing and I bet I could NaBloPoMo it all month long.

These are my immediate fixes.

Waiting in the wings to be read:

Get Out Of That Pit by Beth Moore. Because it’s Beth Moore, that’s why.
The Case For The Real Jesus by Lee Strobel.
Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven, but Nobody Wants to Die by David Crowder
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate Di Camillo
Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson

And, as if that weren’t enough, I still haven’t read the November issues of Paste Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, Cook’s Illustrated, and Everyday with Rachael Ray.

My friend Kathleen swears by the library and so to honor her, I had a summer of all library books, no purchases. It was fine. It didn’t last. Though I have gotten much better at walking out with a reasonable purchase, versus a ridiculous purchase. And I do know HOW to check stuff out of the library now.

Update: As I read over this, I reflected back to yesterday’s post about being good stewards of our money and I think I just made myself a little sick. This lighthearted blog just took a sad turn.

Label me a hypocrite would be only scratching the surface of who I’ve been known to be.”
– “
Undo” by Rush of Fools

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