I’m sure I’m not the only person with this affliction. Being someone who likes reading, you’d think that book shops and libraries would be happy and fulfilling places to be. Sadly this is not the case for me.
Every shelf is full of books I wish I could read but can’t.
A Five Volume History of World War One – “Oh, that would be interesting to read and there’s no doubt it’s important to understand more about the ‘Great War’. But it costs $100 – oh well…”
Marriage and the Gospel – “That would help me be a better husband for sure. But I just read a marriage book and we already have half a dozen at home I haven’t read…”
Then there’s recommendations on Amazon, audiobooks, recommendations from friends and all the books we already have on our bookshelf which Carly brought into our marriage and I still haven’t read. There’s just not enough time in a lifetime to read every good book I’d like to read.
Carly has another strain of Book Stress which has similar symptoms but is more related to worrying about choosing the best possible book to read rather than a less good one which would be a waste of time.
The best solution I’ve found so far is to have an Amazon wish list of books I’d like to buy and read at some point in my life so that I at least feel I’m not leaving those books behind. This isn’t so much a cure as a moderate reduction in symptoms and it still doesn’t really help with the book shops and libraries. There is also the affliction of Book Stress by Proxy where you wish that your kids had the opportunity to read all the good kids books you see.
Ultimately I know it’s terminal and the best I can do is try and control the symptoms when I’m in high risk environments (see picture) and try not to get to stressed and be an unpleasant person to be around. Maybe there’s a book written about it which will help.