Weekly Geeks: Hoarding Behavior
So this week, I am curious about those gigantic TBR piles which readers tend to accumulate. Please share with us your habits, tendencies or obsessions when it comes to hoarding behavior.
The first thing you have to know about me is that I never spend list price on a book. Ever. I suspect this aversion has roots back in the days when I was a Media Play shopper (where all kids’ books were 10% off!). My condition was only aggravated in my later years by working at a thrift store, where I routinely got books for 50 cents in paperback ($1 for hardcover if I felt like splurging). I amassed a collection of Maeve Binchy‘s works for less than $8 back in those days.
With the advent of amazon.com, whatever tenuous relationship I had with stores like Barnes and Noble and Borders was severed forever. I am not one of those people who walks into a bookstore and comes out three hours later with a stack of 10-15 new books, and even my Amazon orders are few and far between.
However, it’s a different story when I enter a library, a thrift shop, or a used bookstore. If the book is cheap enough, I will buy it, provided I either:
- Heard good things about the author
- Heard good things about the particular book
- Am convinced by the reviews on the back cover
- Think the book sort of looks like something I would enjoy.
Naturally, I tend to come away from thrift stores with piles of paperbacks. I went into a store in my new town last weekend looking for a bookshelf, a wastepaper basket and kitchenware and came away only having bought three books — only because I was restrained by the fact that I still hadn’t gotten a bookshelf.
Trips to the library can be similarly hazardous. Normally, I’ll pick up anywhere from 10 to 15 books at a stretch, barely getting any of them read before they have to go back. But eventually, these books have to go away, so I’m not sure they can be considered hoarding.
For the moment, any tendencies toward book accumulation on my part are checked by the very small size of my bookcase, and my unwillingness to begin piling books on the floor. But once I finally crack and decide that books beside the bookshelf are just as good as books on the bookshelf, look out — there’s no turning back.
What about you? Do you hoard books? Tell us all about it in the comments!