Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

Stop the presses!

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A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.   ~  G.K. Chesterton

 

In honor of National Book Lovers Day, I decided to take inventory of the number of books on my “To Be Read” bookshelves. Honestly, I was shocked by the total. My bookshelves are exploding with books. And I can’t ignore the stacks around the house that resemble the Leaning Tower of Pisa. After taking count, I’ve come to the conclusion, I’ve got a problem, I’m a book hoarder.

I’ve always loved to read. When I was in the third grade, I purchased my first book, Stuart Little, with my allowance. Even now, I can still picture the inside of the bookstore on that rainy Saturday evening. Once home, I got cozy with a blanket and devoured the book. So began a love that would last for decades.

The origin of National Book Lovers Day is generally unknown. There’s disagreement over the exact day. Some sites have it recorded as the first Saturday in November, but the majority says, August 9th. Being a true book lover, it doesn’t really matter, I love books every day.

Since e-readers hit the market, I swore, I would never own one.  My love of paper books couldn’t be replaced by an electronic device. I love to hold a book in my hands, feel the page turn and smell the newness. I’m eating my words now, two weeks ago my Kindle arrived by UPS and I love it.

I love to read at night, so it’s perfect. The best thing about my Kindle is, after counting all of my unread paper books, which topped out at 243, I can hide my addiction on this small handheld device. Technology is wonderful.

Does anyone else have a book hoarding addiction?

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, will release in March, 2017. It's now able for pre-order on Amazon. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

53 thoughts on “Stop the presses!

  1. I am an inveterate book hoarder; I bought a Kindle Paperwhite six months ago because I can barely squeeze into the room that doubles as my library and office. I really enjoy using the Kindle and think I was a twit not to buy one earlier. Now I can download all the modern novels and the less complicated reference works and save the small amount of remaining space in my house and outbuildings for photographic books and secondhand treasures. I was lucky to grow up in Oxford and have Blackwells bookshop and a splendid library within easy reach.

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    • I feel your pain, Lynne. My bookshelves are an embarrassment. Like you, I’m questioning why I waited so long to purchase the Kindle. I checked out Blackwells on the internet, it’s bigger than I imagined. I can spend hours at a bookstore, unfortunately several have closed in my area. That makes me sad. Have a great weekend!

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  2. Last time i cleaned out my bookshelves, I found I had 3 copies of a “Confederacy of Dunces” and NO copy of “Wuthering Heights”. How can one man be so rich and so poor at the same time?

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  3. I had no idea it was National Book Lover’s Day! You always have cool stuff to share here. Funny you should write about book hoarding. One of my missions this summer has been to rid the house of clutter, so I recently took a trunk load of books to Goodwill. It pained me to do it, to be sure. But I felt someone else could benefit from reading them, rather than letting them languish in ignored, dusty stacks all over the house (of course I saved those that are near and dear to me). I also crossed into uncharted e-book territory last year when I purchased a Nook. I still read more paper than electronic, but I find the Nook especially convenient when we travel. So much less bulk! Glad you’ve joined the ranks, although I know it’s a big step.

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    • I hope you got in some reading today, Gwen! I plan to read tonight. Since I still have 243 (gulp) unread paper books, I’ll certainly be reading those as well as the Kindle. I usually donate the books I’ve read to friends, co-workers and Goodwill. Like you, I have many special books that will remain on my shelves forever. Have a wonderful weekend, Gwen!

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  4. I still haven’t bought a Kindle (they are useless for those of us who troll used-book rummage sales), but I want to get one so I can start reading a lot of the self-published books written by my fellow bloggers. That said, I’ve thinned out my book collection considerably this year. I kept the ones that can’t be replaced and the art books, since a 7″ X 5 ” screen can never replace a 14″ x 10″ hardcover full of art reproductions.

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    • That’s a great point, Eric. I’ve downloaded many of the self-published books written by people I’ve met through WordPress. Another nice thing is the price. I agree, a Kindle can never replace a hardcover book of art. I hope your weekend includes some book trolling ~ enjoy!

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  5. Happy National Book Lover’s Day! Do we get candy also on this holiday? I fought my Kindle for a while and now can’t live without it. I still love the actual books, how they feel, etc. But I actually found that the Kindle is kinder on my hand joints and lighter to hold. Plus you can hide what you are reading. 🙂

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    • LOL! Sure, candy for everyone! You’re right, Maria, I bet the Kindle is easier for you to hold. I’d imagine hardback books are a struggle for you. When I had tendonitis in my elbow last year, after NanNoWriMo, I couldn’t hold a book. Have a great weekend!

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  6. I think at some point I embraced the idea that as long as there is a book I want to read I cannot die. Sort of like the eccentric in DC who believed as long as his house had construction projects he couldn’t die. There are stairs that lead nowhere in it. Anyway, that’s my roundabout way of saying yes, I too am a book hoarder. I have 2 bookcases of read books and two of unread books. 😉

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    • Kourtney, your comment makes me feel so much better. Oh, I failed to mentioned my Amazon shopping cart has over 800 “Save for Later” books. 🙂 I’ve got a problem! I should organize my bookcases like yours. Some of the read books are mixed with the unread. I learned a long time ago to put my name and the date on the inside cover. Have a fantastic weekend!

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  7. Can’t wait to show my husband that it’s NORMAL to have numerous bookshelves overflowing with unread (that I will get to VERY soon) books and still buy more (because they are a good deal, fill a current need, or just exist). I also resisted the electronic reader and have not yet figured out the instructions on the Nook my thoughtful husband bought me a year ago February, so it sits in its original box – next to some unread books. Hearing that there is a means to feed my to-be-read book addiction with less marital chat is just the motivation I need to get my technologically-challenged-self to give the Nook directions another go!

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    • Yes, Shel, it’s NORMAL! This post has been liberating for me! 🙂 Let your husband read the comments from fellow book hoarders. I’m not familiar with the Nook, but the Kindle is very user friendly. I’m highly technologically challenged and I had zero problems. It took me 2 minutes to get it up and running and…purchase the first book! Try it, you’ll love it! Have a great weekend!

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  8. Oh yeah, book hoarder comrade at your service. 🙂 Even after I purchased a Nook some time ago, my love for paper books still gets the best of me.

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    • I kind of figured you were a book hoarder, Phillip. You’re among company at this post. 🙂 Like you, paper books will always be my first love and I’ll continue to read them as well. I hope you’re feeling better. Enjoy your weekend!

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  9. another book hoarder – although I don’t have quite as many in my ‘to read’ pile…

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  10. Ooooh Jill! All those books…I used to keep all the books I ever read and then one day I had a massive clear out, holding onto only my absolute favourites. Since then, I read a paperback – and pass it on. I put my email address inside and leave the book in a coffee shop, an airport, the underground, wherever, in the hope someone will pick it up and read it then pass it on somewhere else. So far no-one has e mailed me, but I live in hope! We also have a book-swap table at work, where we put a few coins in a dish for charity, then take a book away to read.

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    • What a great idea, Jenny! It’s like a message in a bottle. I love it! I also love the book-swap for charity, such a great idea. Well, I’m embarrassed to bring it to your attention, but those 243 books are unread. I didn’t include my read books in the count. Most books I read I give away, except the special ones that are typically gifts.

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  11. Jill, I’m hoping this comment goes through. I got an error message earlier.

    Your post made me smile from ear to ear because I feel validated! Like you, I have a solid collection of books on my “to read” list which I will complete someday:-) I have an e-reader but haven’t fallen madly in love with it as yet. I still enjoy the feel of my books. Perhaps one day I’ll wonder why I didn’t make use of technology sooner.

    I didn’t know that today is National Book Lover’s day. Thank you for passing this information along.
    As a child, we said “pocket money” or “pocket piece” instead of allowance.
    Have a super weekend, Jill!

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    • I’m so happy my post gave you validation, Elaine! I had a feeling that many of my readers were closet book hoarders. I guess that’s why I love all of my regular commenters. 🙂 Despite my recent Kindle purchase, I still plan to read all of my 243 unread books.

      I love that, “pocket money” and “pocket piece”. My grandmother used to call it “jingle”. Have a fabulous weekend!

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  12. I didn’t know it is National Book Lover’s Day. Thank you for informing us and a very happy book lover’s day. I am addicted to technology and at the same time I can’t live without books . So both work for me. You will enjoy reading on kindle and sometimes when your eyes will get tired of watching too much screen you will love to read a book. This is what I do. Honestly I haven’t counted my unread books yet, and I know when I do I will get a surprise. But I will never downsize my library, no way. Happy reading on kindle, just enjoy. Another lovely post which touches us all book lovers. Thanks for sharing and take care. Have a lovely weekend my friend.

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  13. I loved this: ” The best thing about my Kindle is, after counting all of my unread paper books, which topped out at 243, I can hide my addiction on this small handheld device.” I’ve been a proponent of e-book readers for years, long before the Kindle. They are very convenient, especially for reading at night when I don’t want to disturb my husband. Most of them enable you to annotate and share your reading with social networks.
    Still, I love the printed book for the feel of the paper, the art work, the ease of flipping pages back and forth. I still have shelves of unread books (I’m afraid to count them), and I’ve made things “worse” by buying the print versions of books that I also have on my e-book reader. I even have audio versions of some. When it comes to books, apparently, I want it all 🙂
    I also didn’t know it is/was National Book Lover’s Day. In fact, I didn’t know there was such a thing, so thanks for the enlightenment and for your entertaining post. Book hoarders unite!

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    • LOL! Perhaps we’re long lost sisters, Marie! Honestly, after I counted all of my unread books, I felt a sense of shame. I questioned why I would continue to buy books when I have so many on hand to read. Your comment as well as the comments of others have made me feel better.

      It’s funny you mention buying the print version of a book you already have on your e-reader. The other day I almost purchased the Kindle version of a paper book I own, but haven’t read. Thankfully, I restrained myself. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and making me feel a heck of a lot better, Marie. Have a great weekend!

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  14. Always love your posts… Settling in a bit more each day here in middle Tennessee. My very best wishes.

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    • Thanks, Billy! I can picture some floor to ceiling built-in book cases in that beautiful new house of yours! That view is to die for. Enjoy, you deserve it! I’m looking forward to some pictures of your first snow. Enjoy your weekend!

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  15. I am still holding out from ereaders. And, yes, I am a book hoarder. When people borrow books from me and don’t return them, I never forget it, holding a grudge about it. This is very atypical of my personality in general–I’m only that way about “stolen” books. hahaha What a nut. I am tell you all about the one in 3rd grade, in 11th grade, and so on. A few years ago I replaced the borrowed book from 3rd grade!

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    • You’re funny, Luanne! If I ever borrow a book from you, I’ll be sure to return it pronto! 🙂

      I’m curious why you’ve held out on purchasing an e-reader. I held out in protest of all of the book stores closing in my area. I didn’t want to contribute to the demise of the paper book. I finally broke down when I realized I needed another bookcase, but really didn’t have room for another. One thing I truly love is the instant delivery of the book. Although I still enjoy perusing the book store, with the Kindle, if I want a book NOW, I can have it. 🙂

      Enjoy your weekend, Luanne!

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      • I love holding a book. Each one is individual. I’m getting a little overwhelmed with technology, and I know that it makes me feel tired. I feel happier disconnected from any devices when I’m resting, and that’s most when I want a book in my hand. You too, Jill!

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      • I can certainly relate to the feeling of being overwhelmed with technology, Luanne.

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  16. Perfect questions, Jill…embarrassing answers.
    When we moved from the big house to the smaller house to prepare for retirement, between us my husband and I (both literature majors, but he also had college work in languages) had more than 3,000 books. We donated many to a struggling small college library, sold almost 400 to a book dealer, and gave more than a hundred to friends and former students. Still, at the little house, we also had to hire a carpenter to build two walls of ceiling-to-floor bookshelves.
    Three years ago, I bought a Kindle so I could carry a wide assortment of books and magazines when I went to visit my mother each month. Still, though, I loved nothing more than holding/reading/enjoying “real” books, and the numbers crept up.
    We not have a hard and fast deal: every time I buy a new book, I must give away a book.
    It’s our attempt at sanity.

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    • Three thousand! You’re my idol, Marylin! I love the idea of ceiling to floor bookshelves…that’s my dream. Although I’m enjoying the Kindle, like you, my love for “real” books will never end. A Kindle can never replace the pleasure that comes from spending a rainy Saturday afternoon at Barnes and Noble. Enjoy your weekend!

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  17. This post is a revelation Jill. I had no idea people hoarded UNREAD books to this extent. I don’t think it would ever occur to me to buy a book without the intention of reading it imminently. Nice to see among your commenters that print books are still valued and loved in spite of modern devices.

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    • Perhaps the book hoarding is an American thing, Roy. I wish I could restrain myself from immediately purchasing every book I read about. I agree, I’m happy to hear that even those who have purchased e-readers still have a love for the paper book. For me, it will always be my first choice.

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  18. Huge amount of dialogue on this topic, Jill! I bought my pre-Paperwhite, pre-Fire Kindle a few years back. I wasn’t sure how I’d like it, but a few months after I got it, I was sitting in a motel room and finished up Lisa See’s “Shanghai Girls.” I was so sad to see it end because there was so much that could still be told in the story. So I logged into Amazon to see if there were other books by See, and POOF! Her newest book was the SEQUEL (Dreams of Joy!) I fell in love with my kindle.

    Although mine is antique by Kindle standards, I still use it a lot. I also e-read through my phone in doctor offices or while standing in lines, and occasionally on my tablet. Like many of the others who commented, I have shelves of want-to-read books, wish-list books on Amazon, and wanna-reads on one of my Pinterest boards. I’ve discovered the fun of Kindle minis (novellas), and I still buy paperbacks if the used copy is cheapest version. My coffin will be crafted from books and tired e-readers, fully lined in high-quality dark chocolate… 🙂

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    • LOL! I love the idea for your coffin, Natine! I hear they’re very expensive, so this might be a more affordable route. 🙂

      For me, that’s been the greatest joy I’ve experienced since purchasing a Kindle. Like you, I recently finished reading, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Once I read the last page, I immediately went to Amazon and downloaded all of his books. Oh my, the Amazon wish-list…that’s an entirely different post! 🙂 Have a great week!

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  19. If I showed you a picture of my living room with its bookshelves bursting with books, I think you’d understand my addiction. I have so many books, I’m tempted to leave some on the doorsteps of strangers and run! I also have a Kindle, so I have no excuse. But I love the feel of a book in my hand!!! Still, I need to get rid of the books I stopped reading and never returned to, thinking that I would someday. After two years, it’s time to stop pretending!!!

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    • I have a feeling your shelves look like mine, L. Marie. I agree, getting rid of the books you started and never finished is a good idea…plus, it will make room for new books! I took 14 books to a co-worker today and told her they were hers to keep. I think all of our comments have frightened, Roy. 🙂 Enjoy your week!

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  20. A few years ago I donated my hoard to the local library. Now my new hoard is rapidly taking over the house again. At present I’m reading three different books and have twenty waiting to be read. But I love books and if it gets too bad I will have to donate again no matter how painful. I’m happy to see I’m not the only book hoarder out there. 🙂

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  21. Is it even possible to call yourself a book lover and NOT to have a book hoarding addiction? 😉

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