My name is azurelunatic
, and I'm addicted to books. shadesong
has an entry going about libraries
When I was a kid, my parents took me to the Fairbanks North Star Borough Noel Wein Library
every weekend on Saturday. Saturdays were good days. We'd spend at least an hour, maybe two, in the library, and then after we got home and got all the groceries put away, I'd curl up in the corner of the couch and do some serious reading.
I am an addict. If something is written, I will most likely be reading it. I went through at least ten books a week, if not more, back in Fairbanks. I could fit quite a few books into those blue bags, and I stuffed each bag full and read them all.
It runs in the family. My father was a somewhat reformed addict: he wouldn't seek out certain kinds of books, the ones that got him hooked, on his own, but when someone put one down in front of him, or near him, where he could see it, he'd read it.
I remember one time that happened. I had gotten The Monkey-Wrench Gang
, by Edward Abbey, from the library on good ol' Fuzzy's recommendation. I put it down on the table for two minutes
, and when I returned, FatherSir was reading it. Somewhat huffy, I went off and picked out another book.
I escaped the Harry Potter craze until my father bought copies and brought them home. Then, they were just there
! I couldn't help myself! I had to read them!
...and they weren't half bad.
If I start a book, usually I finish it. It has to either be really really boring, or really really bad for me to not read it from front to back. I may skim a bit, but I read it. There are very few exceptions to this.
(One of the few books I steadfastly have refused to finish is the Gor book that boojum
gave me some years back. It may have had merit once upon a time for the BDSM content, but that merit, now that more interesting texts are available to me, is far overshadowed by the abysmal writing. Another, very battered, Gor book has fallen into my hands; I will later ritually execute it as a blow struck back for good writers everywhere.)
These days, the book-addiction gets fed by LJ, and by fanfic online. I'm always reading. You can't stop me from reading. It's just what gets read that's different.