Confessions of a Book Hoarder

How do you stop buying books?

No, seriously, I want to know.

I don’t have a lot of money at the moment.  I don’t have a problem cutting back on buying clothes, or DVDs, or even cutting back on going out (because I’m fortunate enough to have a flat where I can socialise with my friends).  But for some reason, I cannot stop buying books.

It’s not causing me a serious financial problem, given how cheap books have become in the last few years.  But what it does cause is a) a space problem and b) a stress problem.  I now have too many books.  I am also of a very “Type A” personality when it comes to wanting to organise things.  Having so many unread books that I can’t even remember what they all are is somewhat troubling to me.

But on the other hand, I loved buying books.  I love finding new things that I know I’m going to love – or at least hope that I will!  I love the whole experience of going to a book shop and finding things you didn’t expect, or of getting books in the post, or even finding amazing deals for my Kindle.  There’s just something exciting and special about books and reading that I can’t quite resist.

So, how do you keep control of your book-buying tendencies?  And if it’s not books, what do you collect?

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