I HAVE A PROBLEM

HI, my name is Kate and I’m a book addict. Yes, yes, yes. We’ve already been off the book-buying and borrowing wagon once this year , maybe...


HI, my name is Kate and I’m a book addict. Yes, yes, yes. We’ve already been off the book-buying and borrowing wagon once this year, maybe twice, but I am telling you, it doesn’t matter if the book is on CD and you’re just using your driving time to good effect. I’ve just finished Peter Carey’s True History of the Kelly Gang and Helen Garner’s The Spare Room. On top of that, I seem to have transferred any book buying I was doing to spending hard won dough on magazines. I have a problem, it’s true. The irony is the magazines are actually more expensive than the second-hand books I was buying.

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  1. i am an addict too. the thrift stores here have magazines, so i've been picking here and there at them. i buy about 2 new books a month from Barnes and Noble or Borders, and grab handfuls every other week from the thrift store. i just went through all my bookshelves, gutted them, took a bunch out and donated them, and reorganized my bookshelves. i even painted the living room bookshelf a glossy white. ahhhh

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  2. I had to ban myself from buying magazines about 2 years ago. It was costing me a fortune and cluttering up the house (because I couldn't beat to get rid of them).
    As long as I stay away from the newsagencies and book shops, I seem to be ok!
    I also swap books with my mum and my sister to try to keep costs down.

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  3. Oh boy, we are a bit nuts about buying books. I try and try but I cannot resist a bargain book. So we have them oozing out of Minnie's bedroom and playroom and I have them stashed in cupboards and sideboards.

    And the mag thing. I have been very good and now only buy 3 (2 cooking and one interior mag). I keep them all forever (yes, I have plastic tubs full). I am a child of a father that hoards. There was no escape.

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  4. Maybe we need to form a club? Magazine/books addicts anonymous? I have to hold back with the magazines - although this weekend I did go out and splurge on the new Peppermint magazine. I've got Issue 1 somewhere at home but missed out on Issue 2, so thought I'd have a squiz at Issue 3. Maybe we can organise magazine swaps? I'm happy to send on my read magazines!

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  5. Apparently the first step is admitting you have a problem?!

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  6. a house without a library is like a body without a soul. Your house has soul girl! Ahhh, books, love them. The smell, the texture, the pretty covers, the words.
    You can pop over and borrow some of mine. I worked in bookstores for 7 years. I have a collection.

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  7. ...hi, my name is meg...i have a house full of books & some great mags...my bedside table is overflowing....there is not enough time in the day to read...first hand, second hand, newspaper articles, words, words, words...yes, I admit I have a problem too. Thank you Kate

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  8. Magazines are really expensive now day aren't they. I had a problem with them "accumulating" a few year back and i had to make some hard deecisions.

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  9. I say indulge that book addiction:)

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  10. I am the same way. I recommend libraries for magazines, it's cheaper.

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  11. Aren't new magazines ruthlessly expensive?! It's a real treat when I buy myself one. I just wish I could check them out of the library. Sigh.

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  12. Love books! I have to stay away from them at library sales!

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  13. I say go with it! You're not exactly drinking yourself into a stupor every day (as far as I know) or indulging in other unhealthy habits. Life is too short to deny yourself books.

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  14. im in the GO 4 IT gang! bin that guilt lady its a good habit. books r one of those truely lovely harmless indugences make life worth living. u deserve those books. am i helping you here?!!!

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  15. I have been meaning to read the spare room for a while - loved monkey grip and enjoyed last days of chez nous. I have had alot of luck thrifting novels lately and have loved going back in time to discover and re-read some of those mid century classics. I also find mags a guilty pleasure. Happy reading!

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  16. Oh I hear your pain! I too suffer from this addiction and am waiting until the day one of my children leave home so I can convert one room into a library!

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