My Book Hoarding Addiction: Owning ARCs, Paperbacks, and Hardcover Duplicates

Hello fellow Moonlight Gleamers!

Today, I’ll be sharing my book hoarding addiction with you all.

Book Hoarding Addiction: Owning duplicates of novels in multiple versions (i.e. ARCs, Paperbacks, and Hardcovers)

It’s been an issue for a few years, and I’ve decided that it’s time to make a change. This is actually a little embarrassing, so I’m hoping I’m not the only one who has this problem. I’ve shared this with friends over the last few months, and with their support, I’ll be getting rid of my book duplicates throughout the next few months (a few books at a time). I’m writing this post so that it can help me feel accountable to follow through with my decision to fix my book hoarding addiction. In truth, I feel like if I don’t fix this problem soon, it may become worse, and that’s something I want to avoid. I also plan on moving out from my parents house within the next few years and am trying to limit myself to only 3 book cases (no extra boxes).

Disclaimer: Before I continue, I just want to be clear that I AM NOT writing this post in order to brag in any way. All ARCs have either been given to me as a gift or I have traded finished copies for them or I received them for review. For the finished copies, I have purchased them myself or I received them as a gift or through trading (since I prefer paperbacks to hardcovers).

Here’s an example of what I mean:

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Now that you’ve had a small glimpse of my duplicates, let me share how I justify having them in the first place:

1. After I read an ARC that I really enjoyed, I’ll get the finished copy to support the author.

2. If I really loved the ARC and absolutely NEED to find out what happens next in the series, I can’t help but buy the hardcover edition to read it…but then I remember that I prefer paperback copies and buy them too…and end up with this:

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3. If I buy the sequel, then realize the ARC isn’t the same height…this is what happens:

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4. The most important justification for having duplicate copies: THE INFAMOUS COVER CHANGE!!!

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This is a good enough reason to keep them all right? *insert pleading eyes and heavy sigh*

Okay, I know, I know. It isn’t a good enough reason, but I had to try…I know I’m not the only one who can’t help wanting all the different cover versions of a novel or at least owning the finished copy which has a cover since the ARC may not have one. It looks more pretty on the bookshelf and with the rest of the series, but I need to remind myself that it’s just an excuse to feed my book hoarding addiction. But hey, at least it’s a healthy addiction.

To put end this addiction, I plan on donating/giving away at least two books per week until the end of the year.

How I’m holding myself accountable: Since I post an STS (Stacking The Shelves) every 3 weeks (sine Kasey and Karla alternate with me), I will include a picture of 6 books I have given away in each STS post during those three weeks. This is my promise to myself.

I’d love for you all to comment on any book hoarding addictions you have, share any similar stories, or tips on how to stay on track with this goal. If there are any meme’s or posts out there with the theme of letting go of books, please also feel free to share them!

Thanks for reading!

Lucy