You have too many books!

If I had a dollar for every time I heard those words, I’d have enough to buy a lot more books.

If you were to walk into my living room, you’d see that the place of pride is taken by my bookshelves. Besides a piece of artwork that hangs between my shelves (which has a place of honor because it was drawn by my great grandfather) there is nothing in I my home that I consider more beautiful.

I love to look at my shelves and I don’t understand people who can’t appreciate a stack of books. Unfortunately something I often hear instead of “wow how awesome” I hear “why do you have so many books” or “you have too many books”. I’ve heard it so often that I have found myself feeling ashamed when people ask what I did this weekend and all I did was go to the bookstore. But I’ve decided to remove that kind of negativity from my life. I don’t look in my friends’ closets and say “wow you have too many clothes” or “you buy too much makeup” so why the hell is it acceptable for people to judge me for what I choose to spend extra money on? So what if I choose to buy a nicer copy of The Hobbit instead of the latest fashion trend? And that is one of the reasons why I’ve decided to join this community and surround myself with people who feel the same way about books as I do.

I read that the Japanese have a word for book hoarding and it is ‘Tsundoku’ which translates to buying more books than one can read. And I think that’s freaking beautiful. Maybe I’ll get it tattooed somewhere.

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