What do Dragons and Book Lovers have in common

This last week has been rather crazy.  It consisted of mostly boxes, books, moving, reading, editing, more boxes,  more moving, packing books, and playing musical boxes with said packed up boxes of books as I try to figure out where everything goes.  I have discovered I have a small library or as one of my friends said:

She’s like a little dragon, hoarding books… the treasure pile gets bigger every year!

 

 

 

So you might also be a little dragon hoarding books if…

  • You have more books than what your three or four bookshelves will hold.
  • You cannot walk by a book shop without going in and at least scanning the shelves.
  • The best gift is a B&N or Borders gift card
  • You haunt the new release section of the book store
  • You would rather throw out your shoes then give away a book
  • You consider you books to be fragile items and are picky about who can handle them
  • You stare lovingly at them and call them your precious (though if you are doing this you might want to see your therapist)
  • You sleep with your books
  • Your book buying fund is bigger than your food fund
  • You carry a book with you no matter where you go…because you never know when you’ll need one
  • You own all of Anne McCaffery’s Dragon Riders of Pern
  • The boxes of books out weight and out number all other possession
And please feel free to add your own reasons…
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There is a Story inside of me that I must give a voice. I write so that imagination can take me to Faerie and I can catch a glimpse of the Otherworld and hopefully so will you.

Posted on July 1, 2011, in Books, Humor, Lantern Hollow Press Authors, Rachel Burkholder and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. 7 out of 12 – I’m probably a book dragon.

    Another reason: a list of ‘books I must buy/read’ that is more than a page long.

  2. My wife and I may resemble those remarks:

    You have more books than what your three or four bookshelves will hold.
    No, but only because we bought more bookshelves. CHECK
    You cannot walk by a book shop without going in and at least scanning the shelves.
    CHECK
    The best gift is a B&N or Borders gift card
    Both to give and receive. CHECK
    You haunt the new release section of the book store
    Not too interested in new releases. There are too many good old releases.
    You would rather throw out your shoes then give away a book
    DEFINITELY. I growl if someone suggests disposing of books! CHECK
    You consider you books to be fragile items and are picky about who can handle them
    No only because our friends are book-lovers, too. Otherwise, yes. CHECK
    You stare lovingly at them and call them your precious (though if you are doing this you might want to see your therapist)
    No. We call our rings our precious, as we should. 🙂 Though, being married, it’s a little more endearing and less worrisome.
    You sleep with your books
    Not on purpose, but we have, yes. Unless you just mean in the same room as, in which case, of course! CHECK
    Your book buying fund is bigger than your food fund
    Depends on the week.
    You carry a book with you no matter where you go…because you never know when you’ll need one
    Not any more, my schedule’s more consistent. But I did in school. And my wife still does. CHECK
    You own all of Anne McCaffery’s Dragon Riders of Pern
    No, but only because I got bored with them. I’m going for all of Xanth and Discworld now. CHECK
    The boxes of books out weight and out number all other possession
    Excepting the furniture, CHECK.

    9/12- start keeping a fire extinguisher handy, especially with all those books around.

    How about ‘You pend more time reading than watching TV/playing games’, ‘You stack your books two-deep, sideways on top of your upright books, and any other odd way you can in order to fit them all in’, and ‘You realize that alcohol boxes are most useful for moving books in (they fit so neatly and you can’t pack too many in them)’.

  3. Wayne the Shrink

    Another guilty plea, but more. We trained (infected) two! When my oldest (now 30) was in the second grade and my youngest wasn’t yet in school I did an inservice and was given a $25 gift card to a local bookstore. (I put in the ages to give you an idea of the value of money) I made the mistake of taking the family with me when I went to the bookstore – I got out of there only after writing a $43 check!

    I love my kindle – I don’t have to build more bookshelves or find room for them!

    A proud Bibliophyle. And a therapist, too. Who can I see? And, after all, why should I?

    Not only all of Anne McCaffery’s Dragon Riders, but her son’s, too.

  4. Guilty on all counts, except one: I am more interested in the used and out of print section than the new release section.

    I was once told that the line between a bibliophile and a bibliomaniac is crossed when you first buy a book you already own without realizing it. I crossed that line long ago.

  5. Hmm, yes to several of these. I adore old books, but don’t buy them because I don’t have the budget to properly protect them. I have been tempted to check out books over 100 years old (from a college library) and then “lose” them.

    I’ve bought a book that I already own. Does it count if you own both a special edition and a paperback so you can read the paperback and preserve the special volume?

  6. How about “The local B&N/Boarders empolyees know you by name and genre preference” or “Your parent/spouse/roommate has banned you from purchasing more books”

  7. I’m pretty much constantly broke…so sometimes my food fund becomes my book fund…then I go hungry for a while.

  8. Wayne the Shrink

    Spouse banning you from buying books – heresy! Get each other Kindles! On the other hand, LOML has told me I absolutely may NOT buy anything else for the kitchen unless I make room for it!

  9. *You go into mourning when you wear out your absolute favorite book in the whole wide world from repeated readings over the years

    *You buy new copies of books you already have because they came out with a prettier cover

    *You don’t just buy the books… you buy the companions to the books that help you understand the books better (and also give you an excuse to have more books)

    *You immediately incinerate anyone who suggests that you don’t need to bring at least four books on a week long vacation with you

    *You immediately incinerate anyone who is clearly after you prized collection of antique books

    *You immediately incinerate anyone who tells you that they will just “see the movie version”

    *You have a system for book organization to make them pretty and perfect and beautiful and wonderful and superior to all the other drago– I mean people’s collections and also so that you will know if a SINGLE ONE IS MISSING! *draconic stare of death*

  10. There is at least one book in every room.

  11. When I moved in with my husband he built a full wall bookshelf and challenged me to fill it up. My response? “Now I can unpack!” I’ve since filled up another wall size shelf as well as several other shelves and continue to attain and give away books constantly!

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