I Have A Book Issue… Maybe… Sort Of… Nah

20121212-182929.jpgThe first step to fixing a problem is admitting there is one in the first place. I have a book issue. I can’t stop buying them. My house is filled with them. I have cases and cases of autographed books. I have probably a hundred books on my Kindle waiting to be read. Everytime a book by an author I like goes on sale, I buy it. I have bought whole series by authors because they went on sale and I quickly read the first book and then bought the rest. I have hundreds of unread books in my house. I joke with my wife that I am saving for retirement.

This year I got an increased classroom budget because they switched me to the Jr. High. I spent every last dollar on books for my classroom. Plus, some of my own money. I claimed it was because I really want to put the best books in my students hands but really I just wanted to read them also. My addiction runs deep.

My book addiction started young. I would spend hours in the library. On those rare times I could afford to buy my own books I cherished them. I loved to stay up all night reading them. My nose was always in a book. I am not one of those people who cares about the physical property of a book either. I don’t care how it looks, or feels, or smells (unless the book was specifically designed to elicit some reaction in those senses).

It has always been about the words. Those beautiful magical letters that bounce around in my head forming images and worlds. I don’t care how they get there just that they do. I read a lot. Even with all the books I haven’t read in my collection I only have a back log of two years if I stopped buying them tomorrow. I am going to read about 130 books this year. A few years ago I read 150.

So there it is. I have a large book issue, addiction, love. The first step is admiting the problem. So here we go….I have no problem. I am totally cool with it. My addiction runs deep and I plan to feed the beast every chance I get. What’s more I plan to spread my addiction to every student I possibly can. You can’t stop me. Hello, my name is Christopher and I have a great book to recommend to you.

About csdaley

C.S. Daley was born in California but has spent most of his life in his imagination. His first short story written in third grade, the now classic "Close Encounters of the Turd Kind," was sold to his next door neighbor for a quarter. The neighbor promptly demanded a refund. An unhealthy obsession with the writings of Neil Gaiman, Christopher Moore, and Terry Pratchett have left his mind warped and broken. He spends most of his evening swilling down coffee while tapping at a keyboard under the watchful eyes of his kittens. They are there to make sure he doesn't snap. He likes to write fantasy for adults and teens.

One Response to “I Have A Book Issue… Maybe… Sort Of… Nah”

  1. I have the same problem. Can’t walk past a bookshop, have to go in browse and buy! Glad to read how you are promoting reading to your students. I’m a former Teacher Librarian and so pleased to see other teachers encouraging students to read. 🙂

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