Confessions [#34]: At Home with an Addict


If you’ve been a regular reader of the blog, then you’d know that my husband has been the best (and the worst) enabler any book addict could ever ask for. You should also know by now, that he makes a periodical appearance on my reviews (without his knowledge, of course). So today, I thought I should finally put a face on this wonderful man.

A little background.

My husband and I have been married for 13 years (been together for 20). He does not share my passion for reading, so more often, he does his thing (NFL, sports) and I do mine. This man has the patience of a saint. He is a very understanding person who gives in to my whiles with just a simple, “please”.  But I can never get him to read my reviews. The last time I ask him to proofread my blog post,  his answer was  – in a whiney, 7-year-old voice – “but it’s too long!” Needless to say, I don’t ask him anymore.

I do know for a fact that he is an email subscriber of my blog, because, A: I made him, and B:  he asked me one day if I ever sleep at all (the concept of scheduled blog posts escapes him). He is a man of a few words, so I couldn’t get him to eruditate any further than he did. 🙂

  1. How do you really feel about my trips to the bookstore?

It’s your passion. I’m not going to be the schmuck that gets in the way of that. 

2.  Do you ever worry that our house is now more prone to fire because of the books scattered everywhere?

No. Not fire, per se. Just our floor collapsing…You buried in the rubble of concrete and books. How do we explain that to the insurance company?

3.  What is your greatest worry about my addiction?

Mostly that you’ll kick us out of the house because you’re in need of space. I think we’re getting closer to that, honey.

4.  Do you ever think that I need therapy or an intervention?

No. But if you ask me to build you some bookshelves again, I just might. 

5.  What annoys you the most about my vice?

Those earphones. You’re turning into our teen daughter whom we have to scream at to get her attention. I rue the day you discovered audiobooks.

6.  When was the last time you’ve ever come close to losing your sh*t over my addiction?

Maybe that one weekend when the bookstore didn’t have a copy of the book you’re looking for, so I had to drive you everywhere in the city in search of this magical book. We went to two!

…Or that time when you flew to Vancouver and back because you wanted to get your books signed. Thank God for air miles. 

…Or maybe all those weekends when you’d fake sickness so you don’t have to socialize even though I knew  you just wanted the house for yourself so you can read.was sick!

Or those times you have to forgo trips to the cabin because of blog tours (whatever that means). Yeah. About that…

Or those days when you’d call in sick because you didn’t sleep much the night before because you spent the night reading. I was tired, okay?! Sue me. 

Come to think of it, these things happen almost on a regular basis. Whatever.

7.  Do you have an advice for your spouses out there living with an addict like me?

Yes. Do what she says and no one gets hurt.

8.   *Glares* No. Seriously. Give them a helpful advice!

Kiss your wallets goodbye? 

I’m about to hit you.

  • Aw, this is the best! I love that he’s supportive, even if it’s just a bit grudgingly. 🙂 And that picture is the sweetest thing.

  • This is such a fun post! Love getting the hubby’s perspective! 🙂

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  • Hahaha, awesome! Your hubby is a saint! :))) hugs to you both J., sell the books you don’t want to read and buy yourself some more shelves – that will keep him happy for awhile. 🙂 I actually listen to audiobooks without earphones so very often Al is listening to them with me 🙂

  • Awww your husband is too cute, he does sound like a supportive one that every book addict deserves. I can definitely relate to the getting out of social situations sometimes lol! Thanks for the awesome post

  • This post was too cute! Love it. 😉

  • OMG I’m all giggles. Amazing how your husband is at least supportive, lol. I definitely need a guy like him who would support my passion as well. 😀

  • Hahaha! I love this honest and fun post. I can completely relate (maybe too much) to it as well. My hubby reads, but my love for books is beyond that. Thanks for the smile today – and you guys look so sweet and adorable : )

  • This is one true couple! Love the whole interview haha! 🙂

  • Hahhaa! You love audiobooks that much? I tried listening to one (of City of Bones – a book I love) but it was so damn slow O.o

  • I love your relationship! I’ve been dating my boyfriend for 3 years and he’s been putting up with my addiction quite nicely. He says I’m the cheapest girl he knows because all I ever ask for is books lol. But congratulations on your union, I wish you cuties many more 🙂

  • OMG Joy! I love this post so much! Those answers were too funny!! He sounds like a great man and I hope that someday I find someone who supports by passion for (aka addiction to) books as much as your husband does for you! PS Please don’t get buried under all of your books. 🙂 PPS: That picture is super cute!

  • I love this post so much, Joy! My boyfriend loves reading, too but we don’t read the same stuff. He understands that this is my passion so I’m grateful for that. I will make him read this lovely post so that he gets the hint. 😉

  • Hahahhah this made me laugh! Did you end up telling him about the “blog tours”? HAHA I hope your floors don’t collapse though, but could that happen? If it could, I think we would be hearing about that right?


  • Haha, I make my family remembers subscribe as well. It sounds like you guys have a really great relationship! I actually have worried about fires with all my books now, it’s a valid concern 😉 Love this!

  • Joy! This is awesome! Your husband’s answers are so cute and funny! LMAO, I’m still laughing! He’s a great guy for understanding your addiction. THE PERFECT MAN.

    I miss your blog! <3

  • LOL! Awesome post 🙂

  • Lol, this is such a fun post!!

  • Hahahaha 😀
    You guys sound so cute!

  • HAHAHA awww, I can definitely feel the love between you two! 😛 You definitely have a wonderful husband who is willing to accept your love of books as part of you, never let him go (or escape from bookshelf assembling)! More men need to be like him and you know, help us ladies finance our love of books 😉

  • Jooooy! This is so fun! Love the interview

  • Hahaha! Lucky beech! I hope I find an enabler like your hubs 🙂

  • Eeek! This post is amazing Joy. <3 I love it so so much. Love getting to know more about your husband 🙂 And I love that he supports you buying all the books. <3 wishing I could find a boy like that. Hmph. One day, maybe 🙂 And the picture on top is gorgeous. <3 You guys are adorable 🙂 Psst. I wouldn't mind seeing more pictures of you and your family, as I think you are all gorgeous 🙂 Thank you for sharing sweetie. <3

  • Haha, this post made my day! So cute! 🙂

  • Oh my gosh I LOVED this and your husband really does sound fabulous!

    What a fun idea!! I hope you both have a wonderful weekend and holiday season! And that picture? So darn sweet!

  • Oh man, this was such a hilarious post. Love the part about being concerned you might get trapped under tons of concrete and books. Bahahaha

  • Aaah, it’s awesome that you got your hubs to answer interview questions on your blog! Mine likes to pretend it doesn’t exist, although I did force him to “like” my FB fan page. His answer to #7 seriously made me LOL. God help us if ever our men meet to compare notes. 😉

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads

  • Melanie (YA Midnight Reads)

    OMG bahaha you two xD My mum is scared too that our house is gonna collapse from all the books that floor has to hold lol.

  • Awww how sweet I hope someday I’ll find a guy like that HAHA I’m still young so…I don’t have any experiences yet hihi my parents would kill me if they found out I have a boy LOLOL

  • Haha, what a great post! I think my boyfriend feels the same way. Poor martyrs, the things they put up with :p

  • LOL I love this post, I laught a lot! It was really fun! Thanks for sharing with us. Poor husband.