Thoughts #59: Why Bookworms Hoard Unread Books


Have you ever looked at the bookworm in your life and wondered why they hoard books like a dragon hoards gold? Have you ever suggested that their collection might be getting a *bit* out of hand, only for them to snap at you like a Rottweiler? Are you confused and upset by these events? Well let me explain to you just why bookworms feel the need to hoard unread books, books that may or may never be read…

  • To the bookworm, the idea of having NO books to read is far scarier than the idea of having more books than you could ever read. Like panic attack inducing. So please don’t suggest to the bookworm that they might have a problem, at risk of endangering their health.
  • There’s something really satisfying about having all that choice.
  • Bookworms secretly hope that if we stare at our amassed unread book collections for long enough, we’ll learn the entire contents through the power of osmosis.
  • In an apocalypse type situation, book hoarders will be all smug. We’ll have months and months of entertainment in our unread books, although sadly we probably won’t be able to blog about our thoughts and share status updates on Goodreads…
  • Bookworms must be prepared for every situation. Need to escape for a bit? Got a fantasy for that. Need some cheering up? How about a romance. Need something gripping? Here’s a thriller! Sorted!
  • Got a wobbly table or other piece of household furniture? Pop a book under it. Bookworm to the rescue!
  • You never know what sorts of life skills might be in those unread books. The Heimlich Manoeuvre, how to cook the perfect omelette, where dragons are most ticklish… things that could be useful one day, you know.

So remember, hoarding books is GOOD! It might save your life one day πŸ˜‰

10 thoughts on “Thoughts #59: Why Bookworms Hoard Unread Books”

  1. Your first pint had me nodding in agreement with great emphasis: I often compare myself to a chain-smoker, because as soon as I finish one book, I have to start another – right there and then. And chain-reading does not affect our health, as well, on the contrary it enriches the mind.
    How’s that as a good defense against those detractors? πŸ˜€

  2. Ah yes, reading via osmosis, every bookworm’s dream lol. But haha, seriously, we’ll have lots of entertainment when the apocalypse comes, but how will we survive without GR?! I once lost my internet for like a night, and all I was all bummed because the book I was reading was a borrowed ebook so I couldn’t read. So then I was like, “I’ll just start a new book,” and then I got all bummed that I couldn’t post on GR that I was starting a new book lol. But yes, lots of books means never running out, having something for every mood, and having lots of selection!

    1. That is one of the problems, I think we’re all a bit obsessive about updating it and sharing stuff on there. I kind of feel like if a book is marked as reading on there, I’m not actually reading it??

  3. Having no books to read is 100% more confronting than seeing three entire bookshelves of unread books. I would absolutely loathe to have too few books rather than too many!

    Books are also super pretty to look at, as well. They sit in their rainbow glory on the shelf, and also full bookcases make any room look a thousand times prettier, in my opinion.

    I’m lucky that no one in my life thinks that my book buying (and not reading those books) is a problem. Or are they just enabling me? :’)

    1. I read that as ‘comforting’ then and thought ‘WHATT???’ πŸ˜›

      I’ve always wanted to try a rainbow shelf, but I’d never be able to find what I want… plus I like all the authors together. It looks so pretty though.

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