June 21, 2012 by thebookslayer
Calling all book addicts! This post is for you. If you have found yourself hoarding books or constantly buying books before you have finished the ones you have than stay tuned.
Hello, my name is Amanda and I am a book addict. It is true. I have been addicted to books for about 2 years. Now I know you probably think that 2 years isn’t long enough to become addicted, but I am telling you I am. I have a serious problem with buying and reading these beloved stories. I have read 130 books this year alone. Heaven knows that I have bought probably the same number not to mention all the books that I have loaned from the library.
I have on handy anywhere from 10 to 30 books loaned from the library sitting by my nightstand. I probably have about 30 books on top of my night stand just waiting to be read. I can almost hear them whisper, pick me pick me. Then I have about 60 + books on my nook and kindle (ARC’s) that are demanding my attention. Is this enough? No, not for me. I keep buying them.
Now as you can imagine my Hubby tends to frown upon buying so many. This is where the creativity comes into play. Getting my purchases into the house without confrontation. See I will not lie if he asks me about the purchase but I am not about to shoot myself in the foot. So I tend to let things lay low for a while and magically books start popping up. Now ebooks are a little harder. Usually the next day Hubby will ask me if I bought books. Well yeah you see the charges. LOL.
I know I am not the only one out there so I decided to ask around and see how you, my fellow book addicts, get these purchases in without raising the alarm.
1. Take a Peek
This one is a classic. The best way to get a book in unnoticed is to make sure that no one is home or at least in another room. We grab our book(s) and make a mad dash into the bedroom to deposit the book with the rest. We know that the best place to hide it is in plain sight. If you are anything like me than it is hard to tell I have added a book when there already are tons.
2. Stash and Disperse
Now I have to say that I got this one from a friend. Kara was gracious enough to share her award-winning move with me. Thanks!
The secret is to stash your purchases in a trunk and let them sit till you can find the right time to move them little by little to your library. ‘See these books have always been here.’ ‘No I did not just put that there can’t you tell it’s been here the whole time?’ I have to say that this one might be worth trying. Kara also mentioned that this one has been perfected due to ebooks being too easy to track. So true Kara, so true.
3. The Hide and Seek
This is one that another friend of mine, Pixie, may or may not have told me about. Okay so she gladly shared and I about died laughing. I have to say this one is a winner for me. The object is to be able to walk in plain sight without anyone knowing that you have a book on you. Pixie claims that you should put this book under your shirt and casually walk past unsuspecting persons and seek the perfect place to stash your book. Now I have not tried this maneuver but I think it has some merit.
I think this is my number one technique. Being a mom of 3 I tend to be the one to go grocery shopping. Poor Hubby gets overwhelmed with all the purchases needed on a weekly to bi-weekly trip. So Momma heads out to the grocery store and gets this done and more. I am telling you that this is the best way to purchase a book. Undetectable. Unless you have the receipt it is unknown when a book shows up. Now I don’t lie, if Hubby asks I will tell him and I usually show him. But if you want stealth this baby is it.
I go to the store and make my way over to the books first. I can usually find one that is bagging me to buy. I can’t disappoint so in the cart it goes. It gets checked out with the rest of the groceries and makes its way inside all in the nice white innocent bag. Since I am usually the one to put the groceries away it makes it easy to get this book where it is needed.
A friend from Goodreads has used this maneuver often .
“I have bought them at the grocery store before even though they’re full price, that way hubby doesn’t see “Barnes & Noble” on the credit card, he just sees groceries 😉 ”
It is true. It really does work.
5. Yard Sale
I have never heard of this one until today. I am telling you I laughed so hard I cried. This one is brilliant. Most people hear the word bargain or yard sale and for some reason all is forgiven. I mean when you find a good deal why not? The funny part was that this person may or may not have paid full price and left them on the car floor just to turn around with the words ‘I found them at a Yard Sale.’ Brilliant. It gets me every time.
6. Gift Card Special
Another great idea is to purchase gift cards at the store. We discussed the merit of this in number 4. Let’s take it a step further and get a gift card. This allows you to purchase ebooks without setting off credit card alarms. Some books I just don’t want to wait for so ebooks are the way to go. Fast and easy! Now untraceable thanks to your gift card purchase.
7. Tuck and Cover
This is one my daughter has perfected. She manages to not only hide books but toys in her bed. I am not kidding. It really is crazy what I find in the morning. No this picture is not from my house, but you get the idea.
8. The Double Stack
My entire bookshelf looks like this. There just isn’t enough room for every book we own to fit on the shelves we have. Now this maneuver is great for depositing new purchases and making them blend in. Then you can head back to get your book and it is as if the book has always been there.
It is your turn now, my fellow book addict.
I am curious to see what one will win. Let the best maneuver win!
Feel free to predict which one will win the commenting below. Or share your book addiction story. Remember you are not alone.