Discuss: Books Trump All


A recent post on the Book Riot blog talked about how, for the bibliophiles among us, books often trump anything else going on in our lives. We stay up late to finish chapters even though we need to wake up early. We sacrifice clothing space for more bookshelf space in our rooms and apartments. We forgo buying other possible necessities for purchasing a few more bargain books. I think we are all guilty of this Book Trump syndrome at one time or another and I thought it would be a fun topic for today’s discussion post.

One of the things the original Book Riot post mentioned was purse or handbag size. Ladies, I know you know what I’m talking about. Some girls need to carry makeup, others need to have their laptops with them, but for some of us a purse is only worth buying if it can fit our latest read inside. Personally, I use book size as a criteria for purchasing handbags. What’s the point of having a bag if it can’t hold my book? Books go everywhere with me because you never know when you’ll be trapped in a boring situation or when you’ll have some spare time to fit in a few more pages.

The post also mentions it being considered ‘weird’ to want books for Christmas and birthdays. Since when? Books have always appeared on my holiday wishlist. In fact, books have been such a big part of my life that relatives and friends simply buy me books by default when Christmas rolls around. I’m certainly not complaining! Who needs the latest iPhone when you can have five thick, new volumes of prose to read?

What are your book trump situations? Do you have a specific moment when you realized that books took precedent over something else in your life? Share these stories and reflections in the comments, and let’s all revel in our bibliophilia!

— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan

2 thoughts on “Discuss: Books Trump All

  1. Paula Cappa March 21, 2013 / 8:03 am

    Books have always been on my gift lists, and music. Lately I’m into haunting the old bookstores that are going out of business (and my local library). I love the anthologies of short stories. My lunchtime reads … a little horror story to go with my green salad. I found one this week by Valery Brussof, IN THE MIRROR. When was the last time you read a Russian horror story?

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