Wednesday, June 17, 2015

HI. My Name is J. L. Metcalf and I'm Addicted to Books

Please welcome my guest post writer, J. L. Metcalf as she bares her soul about a very dangerous addiction. Check out her deets below!


Buy Me: Confessions Of A Book Addict!

    I’m a book addict. I admit it. I can never have enough books in my life and in fact, my “To Be Read” pile is reaching extraordinary levels these days. Dangerous levels even. But I’m smart; I don’t keep them all in one dangerous, teetery-tottery pile. I keep them scattered around the house, on various bookshelves. Luckily for me, I have a lot of bookshelves and they are all chock full of delicious readable goodness. Some I’ve read before (many times) and some I have had for years but haven’t gotten around to (but it comforts me that they are there just in case the mood strikes). 
    The thing is, I keep buying more and more books, I cannot seem to stop! Lately, it’s gotten to crazy book lady (are there crazy book ladies?) proportions that I am helpless to stop. The truth is, I don’t want to stop, not really because honestly, what is a life without books?   
   All of this leads to a good question, what makes me buy a particular book? Well, three things actually.
    One, the story (I know, this is fairly obvious). Since I primarily buy my books online these days I do read the synopsis and I’ll decide if it sounds like a snoozer or a stay up all night and be exhausted the next day book. If it’s the second one, then you guessed it, I buy it!
    Two, the cover (hush up! I’ll explain!). I know we aren’t supposed to judge books by their covers but let’s be real here, I do and I bet you do too. When I used to spend hours in the local book store I would wander the aisles, looking for wayward books that needed comfy homes full of warm light and hot tea. How I would find these books would be by their covers. If it was bright, scary, interesting or anything of note that caught my eye, I would wander over, pick it up and read the synopsis on the back. Sometimes I would read the first page, then the second page, sometimes up to the 20th page because I’ve gotten so absorbed in the story. As an author myself, I know the value of a good cover. It has to be engaging enough that  it makes someone pick it up. If the cover is generic or boring, no one is going to love the book and frankly, that makes me sad. Love the books! All of the books!
Third, word of mouth. Some books people talk and talk and talk about and after awhile my curiosity gets the best of me and I have to see what they are all talking about. This is what happened to me with Fifty Shades of Grey. I kept hearing about how hot it was and how good it was and I thought, well, I have to read this and find out what the fuss is about. Personally, I found it to be a horrible book written in a horrible fashion about fairly idiotic people but I read it because my curiosity got the better of me. It happens to us all. Another example, that I hope will end better is The Martian. I just picked this bad boy up and I am PSYCHED to start reading it (but I must finish my other book first so patience little martian, patience) but the whole reason I got it? The trailer for the movie looked awesome AND a fellow reader recommended it. Once I read the synopsis I was sold.
    It’s not a difficult process finding books to purchase, honestly, the hard part is NOT buying the books because almost every day I hear about, see or read about a book that I want to read right then and there but sadly, I can’t buy ALL the books…yet. The fact is, when I really start to think I get totally overwhelmed by all the books I haven’t read and all the books I probably will never get a chance to read. Frankly, that breaks my bookish heart a little bit but then I look around my home where books are practically scattered everywhere and I remind myself that for now, I have enough books to keep me busy for a couple years.

How about you dear reader? Are you a book addict like me? What makes you choose a story to delve into? Are you fussy or will you read anything? Tell me!

BUY ME: Confession Of A Book Addict
By J.L. Metcalf

J.L. Metcalf lives in the Ocean State with her Artist Boyfriend and their very artistic cat. She one day hopes to live in a Hobbit Hole in the Shire so she can enjoy making jams, jellies and writing more books. She writes a weekly blog for Great Stories, Inc as The Female Perspective. She is the author of The Last Daughter of Lilithas well as "Coming Undone: Musings on Life, Love and Hobbits" that was released in February 2015. She is currently working on the sequel to "The Last Daughter of Lilith" amongst other projects and hopes to have her next book out on August 1st!


  1. BUY ALL THE BOOKS! hehee :) I tend to be a bit in the middle on the fussiness scale. I'm really choosy about which ones I pick, but if a book is forced at me I enjoy it almost every time. (Except for Romeo and Juliet... man, young love at its worst!) Thanks for the advice, and happy summmer! ^^

  2. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting! I'll let Ms. Metcalf know you stopped by!

  3. Thanks so much for your comment odw7200!! I think all of us book lovers have some aspect of this inside us, whether we are fussy or not fussy. Have a happy summer as well!