Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 82

In which I had a list. 

 Do you ever go to the book shop with a list? Fully intending not to blow your week’s worth of salary on books? Last week, I had three books to pick up at Chapters. Even gave myself a pep talk. And in the beginning, I knew that for the first time in ever, the odds were in my favour. The entire Teen fiction section was blocked off due to an on-going renovation or something. So I was feeling pretty good, yanno? I was sure I wasn’t going to squander away my hard-earned money on books that I won’t get to read right away.

I walked up the escalator to the second floor and picked up the three books on my list:

100-YEAR-OLD MAN Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
Night Film by Marisha Pessl 
Incidentally, I don’t know how I ended up with two Marisha Pessl books. I don’t even know the author’s work but I do know her latest. Night Film is literally a feast for the eyes and mind. The story is told through a series of newspaper clippings, transcripts and screenshots of web news detailing the mystery that surrounds the murder of a young woman. It’s creepy and lovely and dark and I can’t wait to devour it.

Special Topics in Calamity Physics was penned by the same author. I’ve seen reviews of it and was attracted by its clever title.

100-YEAR-OLD MAN looks like a funny, quirky book.

So there I was, on my way down to pay for the books when I saw Jojo Moyes’ and Kelley Armstrong’s latests.

Omens by Kelley Armstrong sounds like a deliciously creepy Gothic read. I can’t wait to read it. 
I’ve become an instant fan of Jojo Moyes ever since I read Me Before You. So when I saw her latest, I just had to pick it up.

I bought two extra books than what I had originally planned. I didn’t think it was a big deal. Until…

As I stepped off the escalator, I heard this teeny tiny voice, beckoning me to come. I navigated the blockade, destination – that opening toward that one place that was being kept from me. And because I was weak I ended up picking those books shown above. Le sigh.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell is technically an Adult Fiction book. I have no clue how it got shelved in YA. Seriously, they should hire me.

So yeah, what started out as three books, became eleven. I shouldn’t feel ashamed though. I was stalking some book tubers Sunday morning and found one blogger who said, “why should you feel ashamed for buying books?” And gosh darn it, she’s right.  It’s not like I’m stealing it. It’s not like I’m choosing this addiction over food and clothing or my family’s needs. I’m easily swayed, I know. But this vice actually feeds the mind and sometimes, depending on the book you’re reading, your soul as well. So you know what?

I’m owning this. Here’s to a guilt-free book buying binges!

I am Joy and I’m an addict.