Okay, so if your a book lover you likely suffer from this malady. This malady I'm talking about is book obsession. And what I mean is this~ when you need to go to the grocery store instead of going to Winco (where they only sell mass market paperbacks among the foodstuffs) you go to Walmart (or Fred Meyer, in my case) and all you can think about the whole time your shopping is getting to the book section, just to look. When the fever is particularly bad you may just accidentally wander by the books on the way to the grocery section and on the way back when your finished. You know, in case they happened to stock while you were in the grocery department. Sometimes you may decide to shop at Whole Foods because Borders is next door (in my case) and maybe just need to just look through the clearance just in case there's something good, but then you can't resist looking through the YA section, and well sci-fi (UF, paranormal, etc) is on the way, so maybe just a quick detour... and your few minutes before the grocery store has quickly turned into an hour...
The worst is when I go in with coupon. I don't know what the deal is but when I have a coupon I have the hardest time making a decision! The thing is you have a lot to weigh in. You can buy hardcovers on amazon for 40% off most of the time, so it doesn't make sense wasting your coupon on a hardcover. So you need to decide on paperback. But THEN you see that you can buy a boxed set, and well 33-40% off is a good deal! But can you really spend that much money? So... it's a hard decision!
I also have a problem of obsessing over particular books. It seems like my brain latches onto a book that I have to have and I can't stop thinking about that book until I actually get it! I often put it in my amazon cart only to not purchase it (I mean I really don't need any more books on my shelf TBR!) but I just obsess over it until I actually get my hands on it!
My particular condition was getting out of hand so I put myself on a book buying ban (just in my head, I shared with very few people) and it's been nearly 3 weeks of buying NO books! Yes, I do believe congratulations are in order for me. Thank you, thank you. *Bows* Now my goal is to wait until February 22nd before I purchase anymore. Now that is going on nearly 2 full months! Can I do it? Well, I'm not quite sure, but I did recently test myself. I have still made my many detours to the book sections of stores and even went so far as to go to Borders. And I didn't buy anything! Now how, you ask, did you manage that?! Well, I managed it by picturing all the books on my bookshelf that I have to read. I remember all those books I HAD to have and that I haven't even been able to read yet! So while I carried several books around the store, I bought nothing!
I know I'm not alone so share your stories! How bad do you have it?