I have always loved books obviously but since I started working in a bookshop, I have developed an addiction to buying them. I used to buy a book, read it, and then buy another book but now I have a pile of around 40 books waiting for me to read them.
Going to a bookshop is no longer an infrequent activity. I now see books ALL the time. I see new, shiny ones arrive and put them out on a table or bookshelf, glancing at blurbs, a cover catching my eye, and so often seeing one that looks like something I’d love, and really should come home with me. Plus the staff discount makes it seem almost wrong not to buy the book!
I remember writing a blog post about to-be-read piles, marvelling that I had bought three books at once. Ha! That seems ridiculous restrained right now. I definitely think the reason I buy a book has changed too. I used to buy a book because I was planning to buy it. I’d go into a shop or online and just buy the book I wanted because it was part of a series or I’d heard good things on Twitter, from bloggers, or was recommended it because of other books I’d liked in the past. But now I buy a book I may never have heard of before.
This means I am trying a wider range of books I think. I went through a phase of just narrowly reading YA books and I still love picking up YA but I have also tried books I wouldn’t have done without being surrounded by so many, such as modern classics, books I had thought ‘oh I should read that one day’, and now actually have, or books spotlighted for customers that I have loved. Fellow booksellers and even customers have recommended books to me as well.
I am sure that widening the range of books I’m reading will help my writing too. I am obviously reading a lot more women’s fiction now I will be part of the genre (April 2016 hurrah!) with my own novel, The Second Love Of My Life, but reading around the genre too. All reading helps writing.
So, although the side effect of being a bookseller is that I buy far too many books now, I have no problem with my addiction. I love to read. I love to look at my pile after finishing a book and being able to choose between titles for my next read depending on my mood that day. Although sometimes I do worry I won’t be able to get through the books I have!
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