Reading + Collecting=Obsession

I am a lover of the written word. I have been since before I could even read. They used to have these little books that came with a 45 record. As the record played you would follow along with the book. Before I knew what a letter was, I would look more at the words than the pictures. Maybe I somehow knew they would play an important part of my life…maybe not, but I’m glad I paid attention.

Because I love words so much, reading became a part of my everyday life. As a kid in school, I would wait for the scholastic book flyer that came out once a month. Do you remember those? It had a bunch of books available to buy at a very low cost. I would get it, pour over every selection and circle the ones I wanted. Then I would pass it off to my mother who would then tell me I could pick 2 or 3 or whatever she could afford. Then it was back to the drawing board to make my final selections. I would hand it in to the teacher and then wait. A week later they would arrive in school. The teacher would hand you a little stack with a rubber band around them, but you had to put them away until you got home…oh the agony of waiting. How many times did I get “the look” from the nun that said put it away or else? Too many to count, but thankfully I knew better than to find out what that else meant. LOL!

In high school I was the one that always read the book assignments. We were given a book, told to read a certain number of chapters that week and then we had a quiz about it on Friday. I always ended up with English first period, so everyone came to me for the answers. Did I help them out? Let’s just say I finally found a way to make a little bit of extra pocket money during the school year. You gotta pay to play if you want to play with Tracie and books.

I am a collector of books. I love going to the library, but I would rather own them, because I like to underline certain passages and since I don’t like bookmarks, I turn down the corner to mark my spot. (As she is reading this, my sister is shaking her head saying no, no, no, because she thinks this is sacrilegious) I love going to a used bookstore and seeing what other people have done with their books. I have given away and donated many books due to moving around and limited space, so I finally broke down and now use the kindle app. I resisted it for a long time. I needed to feel the pages as I turned them, I didn’t think it would give me the same thrill as holding an actual book. I was wrong. Now I can read from my tablet or from my phone and I have all my books with me, which is cool, because I’m usually reading 2 or 3 at a time.

The only “problem” with the kindle is that my payment information is always there…so I have to be really careful about the “buy it now with one click” button. I do pay monthly for the kindle unlimited, which I love. For a monthly fee you can take out a certain number of books, keep them for as long as you want and then return them. You can even get free books, which is a big plus for me. But you have to be careful, because there is a lot of junk out there in the “free” category. It’s not free if it’s wasting my time.

You may be wondering, with all this reading I do, if I have a favorite book. I have several. Of course, The Bible is at the top of my list. 66 books in one with everything from straight up novel to poems to proverbs to prophecy all about God. You can’t beat it. After that, I love “The Catcher in the Rye” and just about anything from Jack Kerouac. My tastes are all over the place and I never really know what I am going to read next. The best seller lists don’t mean anything to me, and I don’t have a list of what to read next. I just go with the flow of what looks interesting. In fact, I just started a new book today that I want to get back to, so let me go so I can read for a few hours before Neil comes home.

***Question for the comments…Do you like to read? Do you prefer actual books or kindle? What is your favorite book?

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Hi, I'm Tracie. I am a writer, reader, life coach, lover of the city and the beach. I am a big fan of all things caffeinated. I dig things from many different decades, but am a definite child of the 80's. My blog is about everything and anything my mind conjures up. Enjoy the ride.

16 thoughts on “Reading + Collecting=Obsession

      1. #1 the Bible has 73 books.
        #2 Holden Caufield is a ❄️
        #3 You’re reading Class Reunion, right?
        #4 Nice shot about The List 😁
        #5 Always a pleasure to read
        #6 TTY when I got home

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        1. I’m not reading the catholic bible, so I’ll just stick to my 66…case closed. No, I’m not going to read that anytime soon. Always have a to get a lil shot in when I can lol.😁🙂📚🤪


  1. To begin…I have to agree with your sister it’s just plain wrong to dogear a book or to break the spine!
    Now with that out of the way, I love books and I love reading. I resisted the e-book devices for a while, but I finally gave in and wow! I could travel without an extra 5-10 lbs in books, (Okay that might be a slight exaggeration, but not by much). So e-books it was, but I find that there are certain books that I just want the “real deal” with. I want to feel the turning of the page, to smell the paper, etc as it somehow adds to the immersion of the story. As for what I am reading, well it just depends on my mood I suppose. I recently finished Cilka’s Journey and while it’s terribly sad at times, I enjoyed it.

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  2. Oh hopefully I have figured this out! Had to leave you my email first; and I believe I’m on! Yes this year I am reading the Bible through the end (so far, missed one day and have caught up)🤣🤣Yes I’m doing some healthy things, like you; so happy for you and Neil also improving your health; I’m like you and if I don’t have Jimmy with me, it would be hard to make myself walk the 2-3 miles everyday in this cold weather. ❤️

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    1. Yay!!!! You’re here!!! Love you Judy 🙂❤ thanks for sticking it out and finding out to be on here. Keep walking with Jimmy got to keep you healthy so you can come back to hawaii!


  3. Reading was never a strength for me…I hated reading in school as well…the Bible is the only book I read, sad to say…NIV, NASB, NEW KING or anything that is instructions I’ll read…I know my life is sad…

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  4. Hi Tracie I hated reading when I was little, but as I grew older and craved self development… reading is my favorite place to be with a real book in hand and a fizz to sip on. I find myself reading several books at a time too. That’s honestly all I’ve been doing in the past 7 months since suddenly losing our son at 14 in May of last year. It’s a matter of craving hope, surviving and making my therapy sessions. Thanks for sharing❤️

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  5. I love to read!!! It satisfies my imagination. I love words too, Tracie – I just learned a new one “calve.” When I was young, in the summertimes, I would always read mysteries. I read almost all the Nancy Drew’s and eventually migrated over to Agatha Christie and others. In high school, I discovered my love for science fiction novels including authors George Orwell and Ray Bradbury. Then, I found the Bible and indulged there. While raising two boys, I found my respite in Historical Romantic Fiction and Christian Fiction. I adore Karen Kingsbury & Jane Austen. A few years ago, I was guided towards non fiction and now enjoy learning new things on a range of subjects from different writing perspectives. I am reading 4 books right now – a science, 2 theology, and a historical memoir. When I have the time and mental energy, I pick the one that I’m in the mood for. Sometimes life is too serious tho, and I just want to cuddle up with a good little mystery – it’s in my jeans!

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    1. That’s cool…loved nancy drew. As to the word calve…which meaning, about giving birth for cows or pieces of icebergs chipping off? Or the slang for a silly boy or man? (Of course I just looked it up 🙂🤪…I am not all knowing…just curious now lol)

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      1. Look at you .. ever the researcher !! Ooo, I like the slang def, may have to use that one too! The pieces of icebergs chipping off is the actual answer to your question- it was from one of the Windows screen saver pictures and anecdotes!


  6. I forgot to answer your other original post question… I prefer physical books but one of the above mentioned books is on the kindle… it’s easier to read when the lights are off 🤣


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