A book hoarder is someone who buys books and holds on to them. Lots of people do this, I think.
eReaders and eReader apps make this easy. But less obvious. (No rooms, tables and floors covered with books.)
A book lover is just someone who loves books. For knowledge, for pleasure, for how it feels to hold, for the words inside, for any number of reasons. But, I imagine, a book lover doesn’t necessarily hoard books.
Me, if I could, I would be book hoarder. If I had the space. A lot of book lovers would, I think.
It’s interesting, because I’ve always assumed all book lovers are also book hoarders. Or would be book hoarders, if it was possible.
Right at the moment, I have more book ARCs than normally published books. That’s because I’ve ended up donating/giving away/throwing away/selling other books. (That’s hard to do with ARCs) And textbooks. I got a few of those, too.
I guess that doesn’t make me a hoarder? But I do have an eReader and that could turn me into a hoarder. If I had actual physical copies of all the books in my eReader, every surface would be covered in books. So maybe that makes me a hoarder.
I don’t know. Do you hoard books?
- Book Hoarders Anonymous (retroinsomniac.wordpress.com)
- What Reader Species Are You? (tysonadams.com)
- Hoarders or Just Messy? Reclaim Your Kid’s Room with These Tips (allstate.com)
- Book Hoarder’s Selection (31): Beautiful Lies by Jessica Warman (readinginwinter.com)
- Five Ways to Help a Hoarder (psychologytoday.com)
- The Definition of a Hoarder (helpforhoarding.net)