May 14

I Think I Might Have a Problem

Genres: craft, non-fiction

Not to make light of people with debilitating and life-altering addiction issues, but does anyone know of any 12-step programs for people who are addicted to books?

Hello. My name is Susan and I am a book addict.

My house already resembles a library gone mad, but I just can’t resist getting more books. A visit to the local library with my children often sees me bring home at least 3 – 4 books for myself, even though my TBR pile could quite easily crush anyone foolish enough to be standing nearby if it ever avalanched.

I was forced to face the uncomfortable truth of my addition as incontrovertible evidence was delivered to my front door yesterday.

In an attempt to distract myself from books and save some money, I have decided to dust off my sewing machine and put my hand to making some clothes for myself and the kids (skirts, pinafores, pyjama pants etc). All sounding harmless and commendably budget-conscious so far? Hmmm. You’d think so, wouldn’t you?

Of course, getting back into the sewing groove requires some assistance. My sewing skills are reasonable but basic, so I thought I would check out Fishpond.com for some sewing book recommendations. I should have known where that would end. Behold the results of my sewing book spending splurge:

sewing for dummies

Sewing for Dummies by Jan Saunders Maresh

sew what skirts

Sew What! Skirts by Francesca Denhartog and Carole Ann Camp

weekend sewing

Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross

simple sewing

Simple Sewing by Lotta Jansdotter

sew u

Sew U by Wendy Mullin and Eviana Hartman

sew u home stretch

Sew U Homestretch by Wendy Mullin and Eviana Hartman

Sad, isn’t it? I plan to salve my guilty conscience somewhat by reviewing each of these books in the near future. That makes buying them a business expense, right?

Are you a book addict? Do you want to take the first step and admit your book compulsive behaviour? You’re amongst friends here, don’t be afraid. Post stories about your own compulsive book behaviour in the comments below.


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  1. J. Kaye

    Oh yes, I have a problem – BUT – I don’t keep my books and my addition stays well hidden…lol! Of course the mail carrier will tell a different story. 😉

  2. Susan

    I often wonder what the parcel delivery guy things as he turns up several times a week with parcels for me. I’m starting to feel like I should be providing him with a coffee and snack, he calls in so often.

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