I enjoy Facebook memes, particularly those featuring a cute or grumpy animal.
Lately I’ve noticed several memes about book hoarding. Reading enthusiasts are portrayed as proud owners of towering bookshelves groaning under the pressure of hundreds, if not thousands, of epic tomes.
As a writer, I am also an enthusiastic reader because there is absolutely no way to be a writer without also being a reader. Well, I have a deep, dark secret to confess: I don’t hoard books. In fact, other than a small stack of reference books I use professionally and a few novels that have been autographed to me by the authors, I don’t keep books at all!
Several years ago I had a sizable collection of both fiction and non-fiction. But, when my husband and I downsized in order to move to the city, the books didn’t make the cut. I thought that I would rebuild my collection once we got settled, but I didn’t. Instead, I discovered Chicago’s wonderful library system. And when I do purchase books, I give them away to friends and family or donate them to the Goodwill—after reading them, of course!
Today, I have no desire to surround myself with books I have already read. There are just too many books I haven’t read sitting in the local library. As proof of my bizarre behavior, I am including a picture of the bookshelf that sits in my living room. No books!
The nerd police are going to show up any day now to strip me of my glasses and official “I Heart Homer” badge.
….wait, was that a knock on the door?
Erin Wright is a freelance writer and editor in Chicago, Illinois. She specializes in business documents, copywriting, marketing collateral, website copy, and blogs.