Saturday, April 10

Why My Bookshelves are Always Messy

Because I answered "yes" to 19 of these questions:

Self-Test for Literature Abuse: How many of these apply to you?

I have read fiction when I was depressed or to cheer myself up.
I have gone on reading binges of an entire book or more in a day.
I read rapidly, often "gulping" chapters.
I sometimes read early in the morning or before work.
I have hidden books in different places to sneak a chapter without being seen.
Sometimes I avoid friends or family obligations in order to read novels.
Sometimes I re-write film or television dialog as the characters speak.
I often read alone.
I have pretended to watch television while secretly reading.
I keep books or magazines in the bathroom for a "quick nip."
I have denied or "laughed off" criticism of my reading habit.
Heavy reading has caused conflicts with my family or spouse.
I am unable to enjoy myself with others unless there is a book nearby.
I seldom leave my house without a book or magazine.
When travelling, I pack a large bag full of books.
At a party, I will often slip off unnoticed to read.
Reading has made me seek haunts and companions which I would otherwise avoid.
I have neglected personal hygiene or household chores until I finished a novel.
I become nervous, disoriented, or fearful when I must spend more than 15 minutes without reading matter.
I have spent money meant for necessities on books instead.
I have sold books to support my reading "habit."
I have daydreamed about becoming a rich & famous writer, or "word-pusher."
I have attempted to check out more library books than is permitted.
Most of my friends are heavy fiction readers.
I have sometimes passed out or woken groggy or "hung-over" after a night of heavy reading.
I have suffered 'blackouts' or memory loss from a bout of reading.
I have wept, become angry or irrational because of something I read.
I have sometimes wished I did not read so much.
Sometimes I think my fiction reading is out of control.

If you answered "yes" to five or more of these questions, you may be a literature abuser. Affirmative responses to ten or more indicates a serious reading problem --seek help now! Fifteen or more "yes" responses indicates a severe or chronic "readaholic" personality. Intervention is seldom effective at this stage.
(via Carmon)

And if that's not enough of an excuse for untidy bookshelves, how about this one?