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12 Signs You’re Addicted To Reading

By Robert Bruce @robertbruce76

Before I start today’s post, I’ve got to give credit to Thought Catalog—who inspired me with a post on this topic a couple of weeks ago.

So I’m totally stealing the idea, without stealing any of their specific points, and hopefully we can have fun with this.

The premise is simple: How do you know if you’re addicted to reading?

Here are the signs:

  • You don’t need wallpaper or fresh paint. You’ll cover it all with bookshelves anyway.
  • If you loan a book that isn’t returned, you’ll never forget the book you loaned and the person you loaned the book to (and you’ll never loan to them again!).
  • You take the term “book snob” as a compliment.
  • You’ll take a night curled up on the couch with a good book over a night on the town with friends any day.
  • You’d rather hang out with a terrorist than someone who brags about the fact that they “hate reading.”
  • If your house was on fire and you had to choose between your first edition Steinbeck and your dog, well, the exit’s that way, Grover.
  • You’ve spent 30% of the waking hours of your life trying to figure out how to make a living from just reading books.
  • You don’t call it your “lunch hour.” You call it your “reading hour.”
  • You’ve never seen a movie that was better than the book.
  • When you choose to watch a movie based on a book, you spend half the time pointing out all the inconsistencies and how “the director really messed up the story.”
  • You’ve asked the question, “Why didn’t Harper Lee write another novel?”
  • You forget your phone once a week, but you never forget your Kindle.

We could probably play this game for days, so I’ll open it up to you guys.

How do you know if you’re addicted to reading?


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