When people join the book blogging community we really should warn them of the biggest side effect: book hoarding. All casual readers become collectors when they join the blogosphere and their TBRs grow with an alarming rate. It’s not long until books take up every spare space in your house.
This hoarding is dangerous and not without its risks. We could spend all day here coming up with a list of ways books destroy our lives, but here’s 5 perils associated with book hoarding:
1. Extreme Violation of Health and Safety
When you truly become a book hoarder, your bookshelves are overflowing. It’s not long until books are piled on desks, tables, floors, any spare flat spaces. Once those are taken up you get to the chairs, the fridge, the wardrobe. Every hallway is blocked by books. If your house were ever to catch fire it’d have plenty of kindling to catch quickly, and when you try and escape the fire you probably won’t get very far.
2. Death is One Fall Away
As you pile books around your house they have a tendency to get taller and taller. As things gain height they also become structurally unstable. And with the number of books we have it could become an epic series of dominoes and I really hope your head isn’t at the end.
3. Emergency Savings? Never Heard of Them
Gaining all these books requires money. Unfortunately Sim cheat codes don’t work IRL so money is finite. We should be saving it for important things, but often books are at the forefront of our minds. This means that when we are in a situation where we need emergency funds we have to beg friends, family, and random strangers for help.
4. A Never Ending Quest
When you have overflowing shelves you end up putting books wherever they fit. Well at least I do now. Once upon a time it was organised chaos but now things are… everywhere. This makes finding specific books a challenge, especially if you haven’t thought about them for a few months. Any time you want to pick up a certain book you better call in the squad to help you search thoroughly.
5. No pets for us
Sure pets are cute and really add something special to all the book photos we love to take. But do you know what else pets do? DESTROY BOOKS. And take up space. And require feeding and effort. We don’t have time for that, there’s too much reading to be done. Plus we want our books to smell like paper and glue not animal urine.
I should probably mention “perils of book hoarding” was the September post theme for the Book Buying Ban Challenge. I’ve been doing pretty well on this challenge! Been receiving a lot of review books (which means I’m not doing to crash hot with the TBR smash challenge) but haven’t bought anymore since the Bookfest relapse.
Are you a book hoarder?
What perils did I miss?