Are all/most avid readers, the ones who read anywhere from something like 75 to several hundred books per year, victims of some sort of compulsive behavior disorder? If so, I suppose that the consolation is that it is a rather healthy one compared to folks who are addicted to gambling, pornography, or washing their hands hundreds of times a day.
And if so, would anyone "suffering" the disorder actually choose to be cured of it? I know that I would not.
I believe that book lovers are born, not made, that if the book-loving-gene is not present at birth, there is very little possibility that a person can be transformed into someone who reads every day of the year. Now, that's not to say that a born book lover cannot be fine tuned into a "super" book reader, one of those 200-books-a-year types. My theory is that those lucky enough to live in a home filled with books and people who take obvious pleasure from reading them will almost alwyas dedicate more and more of their own personal time to reading. But turning someone who has no desire to pick up a book into someone who reads even 26 of them a year? That's a miracle, my friend.
So. Are you the "victim" of a compulsive behavior disorder that demands that you read every day...and more importantly, that you read as many books per year as you possibly can?
- Are you compelled to read a certain number of pages per day?
- Are you compelled to read at least one more book this year than you read last year?
- Do you eat lunch alone so that you can read?
- Do you read while brushing your teeth because no one can possibly expect you to talk then?
- Do you carry a spare book in your car at all times?
- Do you read in bank lines, in doctors' offices, and anyplace that will require you to wait in a line for even five minutes at a time?
- Have you actually started looking forward to the down-times where you are forced to wait for service so that you can sneak in a little reading time?
- Do you keep a book on the front seat of your car that you can grab while stopped at exceptionally long traffic lights?
- Are you always looking for the next great read?
- Are you a daily book-blogger?
- Do you follow twenty or thirty other book blogs and consider all twenty or thirty of the bloggers to be personal friends of yours?
- Do you sometimes find yourself secretly competing with your friends to see who can read the most books in a given year?
And that's just a start.
If you answered yes to more than one or two of these questions, you might be a "compulsive reader." And, I'm willing to bet that you have been this way for most of your life.
And I whole heartedly applaud your efforts. Keep up the good work.