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Everyone has that one thing they can just never say no to, right? Because I don’t want to feel crazy for knowing I have an addiction to something. What is that something you might ask? Books. It’s so hard to stop myself from buying books when I’m in a store by myself!
I mean I don’t go into Barnes and Noble and buy everything I see because, let’s be honest, that would cost waaaay too much money. But I pretty much can’t leave Half Price Books without buying something and if I find something interesting at Goodwill or yard sales I can’t leave those either.
It’s gotten a little worse for me recently too. This is because I’ve discovered that I like covers, so when I see a book I like with a really cool cover I want to buy it. This happened with the edition of Dracula I have and it will eventually happen when I find a copy of this cool edition of Farenheit 451 that looks like a match book. As you can imagine, buying multiples of books because I like different covers can be a strain on my bookshelf and my bank account!
What’s even worse for my wallet is being a Harry Potter nerd. I saw the covers of the new US editions and made the choice to collect every single Harry Potter novel in every language it’s been published in. And let me tell you, that’s A LOT of books. I have had the original US editions since they came out, but since I’ve collected the first three UK children’s editions, two of the new US editions, and the Latin and Spanish editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. (The picture below doesn’t even include all of the different versions.)
I don’t really go out and scour the web for every version I can find. I really enjoy the excitement of walking into a bookstore, seeing a book I don’t have, and snatching it up before anyone else can (even though there aren’t other people around ready to grab it.) As a struggling college student, this hobby of mine, or addiction if you think I should call it, is probably costing me a lot of money I should save for future purposes. But sometimes I really can’t help my love for being surrounded by books.